Caramel Apple Recipes for a Sweet Homemade Treat

Marbled Caramel Apples
Photo: Blaine Moats

When it comes to fall desserts, you can't go wrong with the classic caramel apple. The sticky sweet caramel topping on crisp, tart apples is always a treat, but there are more ways to elevate the seasonal dessert. Here you'll find caramel apple recipes beyond the basic caramel. These irresistible caramel apples feature fun new topping ideas such as candy, trail mix, and even booze.

01 of 09

Caramel Apples

caramel apples
Hannah Bigot

If you're looking for a basic caramel apple recipe, this is the one. But when you're feeling like taking things up a notch, look to the 13 innovative variations (think pretzel, Hawaiian, and chocolate turtle) to turn your dessert into a gourmet caramel apple.

02 of 09

Dark Chocolate-Orange Walnut Caramel Apples

Dark Chocolate Orange Walnut Caramel Apples
Andy Lyons

Dark chocolate combines with vanilla caramel candies for this amazing take on caramel apples. A hint of orange zest adds the perfect amount of citrus to every bite. The crunchy walnuts provide a nutty contrast.

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03 of 09

Marbled Caramel Apples

Marbled Caramel Apples
Blaine Moats

This gorgeous caramel apple recipe only looks difficult. Once the base caramel apples are set, dip into a measuring cup with drizzled chocolate and vanilla candy melts (watch how to make the swirl in the recipe video) for a stunning marble effect. Turn the leftover candy melts into chocolate bark for a bonus sweet snack.

04 of 09

Bourbon Candied Pecan Caramel Apples

Bourbon Candied Pecan Caramel Apples
Andy Lyons

Bourbon's warm flavor is the perfect spirit for adding to caramel apples. In this case, we like making the candied pecan topping with a hint of bourbon. The sweet, crunchy pecans make an irresistible caramel apple topping.

05 of 09

Chocolate Caramel Apples

Chocolate Caramel Apples
Peter Krumhardt

Chocolate lovers will devour these caramel apples with nuts (we like peanuts, but you can use your favorite). Instead of starting with caramel candies, we use a base of melted chocolate pieces. The creamier caramel flavor comes in through the addition of sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and light corn syrup.

06 of 09

Spiced Caramel Apples

Caramel-Spiced Apples
Jason Donnelly

For anyone that loves apples and caramel but not necessarily on a stick, make these fancy-looking yet easy caramel apples. Simply place apple halves in your slow cooker with spices, apple cider, and lemon juice. Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce and voila! A gourmet caramel apple served deconstructed.

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07 of 09

Salted Caramel Apples

Salted Caramel Apples
Alexandra Grablewski

It's amazing what a bit of salt can do for your caramel apple topping. We like using Granny Smith apples here for the perfect blend of sweet, tart, and salty. Look for larger sea salt flakes such as Maldon to achieve the signature flavor.

Buy It: Maldon Sea Salt Flakes ($8, Walmart)

08 of 09

Choose-a-Flavor Caramel Apples

Choose-a-Flavor Caramel Apples
Andy Lyons

These DIY caramel apples allow you to decide whether you want the sweet caramel coating to have chocolate, peanut butter, or cinnamon flavor added. Whichever you choose, be sure to stock up on pretzels, granola, and nuts for crunchy toppings.

09 of 09

Fresh Caramel Apple Pops

Pumpkin Apple Pops
Hannah Bigot

Here's a fun caramel apple recipe to celebrate fall's arrival. Slices of crisp apples are dipped in chocolate with a gooey caramel core. Feel free to dress these delicious treats up with sprinkles, nuts, and extra chocolate swirls.

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