Dairy Farmers of Canada

Caramel Apples

Easy, gooey and delicious. What kid would not love to bite into this sweet and sticky treat? For extra goodness, double dip your apples!

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 25
  • Refrigeration: 40 min
Yields 9 - 10 apples
caramel apples


  • 2 cups (500 mL) 35 % cream
  • 2 cups (500 mL) corn syrup
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter cut into cubes
  • 9 to 10 apples such as Granny Smith or MacIntosh, washed and dried
  • 9 to 10 popsicle sticks thick wooden skewers or chop sticks
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In a large, heavy bottomed pot, combine cream, corn syrup, sugar, water, condensed milk and butter; bring just to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low; place a candy thermometer in the pot and bring to 235 °F (112 °C), about 70 minutes or until thickened and deep caramel in colour, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove stems from apples; insert popsicle sticks into the stem end. Place on baking sheet and refrigerate.

Remove from heat and carefully pour mixture into a heat-proof bowl; let cool to 200 °F (100 °C), about 10 minutes.

Holding apples by the stick swirl each apple into the caramel mixture, until fully coated; allowing excess to drip back into bowl; scrape excess caramel from bottom. Place on prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until just firm. Repeat with remaining caramel for double dipped apples, returning caramel mixture to pot and heating on low if it hardens.

Refrigerate until firm; cover with parchment paper and tie at end. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Since the mixture is very hot, it is best for adults to prepare and kids (of all ages) to decorate and enjoy.

Be careful not to use plastic wrap to cover the apples as it will stick to the caramel.

After the final dipping of caramel, dip bottoms of the apples in seasonal Halloween candy, such as candy corn, or candy chocolate pieces. Toasted chopped nuts are another option.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 737 Calories
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrate: 127 g
Fat: 29 g
Fibre: 4.4 g
Sodium: 83 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 9 % / 97 mg
Riboflavin: 11 %
Vitamin A: 29 %
Vitamin C: 15 %
Vitamin E: 11 %