Chocolate Caramel Apples

Dipped into chocolate and caramel, these special treats make an impressive Christmas gift.

Chocolate Caramel Apples
Photo: Peter Krumhardt
Prep Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 14 ounce package vanilla caramels, unwrapped

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 8 - 10 medium apples

  • 8 - 10 wooden craft sticks

  • 2 ½ cup semisweet chocolate pieces (15 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon shortening

  • 1 ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted, and/or coarsely chopped peanuts


  1. Butter a piece of foil; place on a baking sheet. Set aside. In a medium saucepan combine caramels and water. Cook over medium-low heat until caramels are melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Turn heat to low.

  2. Wash and dry apples. Insert stick into stem end of each apple. Dip apples into hot caramel mixture, spooning caramel over apples to coat entirely. Allow excess caramel to drip off. Place on prepared foil; let stand about 30 minutes or until firm.

  3. In a small saucepan melt chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Dip bottom halves of apples in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Sprinkle with nuts. Place on a piece of parchment or waxed paper set on a baking sheet. Let stand about 30 minutes or until set. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


Although most apple varieties will work for Chocolate Caramel Apples, youngsters may prefer sweeter ones, such as Gala, Delicious, or Crispin. Many adults, however, will delight in the contrast of sweet caramel with tart apples, such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Jonathan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

772 Calories
31g Fat
132g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 772
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 132g 48%
Total Sugars 98g
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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