Creative Caramel Apples

by in View All Posts, October 28th, 2010
Making Caramel Apples
A fresh caramel apple taking a spin through the toppings bar

I became addicted to caramel apples while visiting my parents’ fall festival, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, last weekend. In three days, I ate more caramel apples than I care to admit: for breakfast, for late-night snacks and just for fun! Nothing satisfies cravings for sweets better than crisp, juicy apples dipped in luscious, buttery caramel. It’s the perfect Halloween treat.

dipping apples
Dipping an apple into a huge copper kettle of caramel

At Vala’s, tart Jonathan apples are hand-dipped into large copper kettles full of hot, molten caramel, but the best part is the toppings.

completed apple
Topping combos are endless when you're making creative caramel apples.

At the “toppings bar” the caramel apple consumer becomes the creative creator. A plain caramel apple is like a blank canvas, ready for an endless possibility of topping combos, from toasted pecans and crumbled candy bars to mini marshmallows and melted chocolate.

Adding a final drizzle of chocolate to a caramel apple

Make perfect caramel apples at home, with this step-by-step caramel making how to and DIY topping bar ideas from Food Network Magazine. For more apple inspiration, flip through our top apple recipes.

For a salty-sweet creative twist, roll caramel apples in crushed cheese crackers!

My favorite topping combo: A thorough coating of pecans and a generous drizzle of milk chocolate, resembling a caramel turtle. What are your favorite caramel apple toppings?

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Comments (13)

  1. Zach says:

    Nice job. Makes me want to go back and get some more caramel apples!

  2. Emily says:

    Those caramel apples are the best! My favorite toppings are heath bar crumbles and peanuts. Perfect fall snack (or breakfast)!

  3. geri says:

    Vala's Pumpkin Patch is the best. I have to have my caramel apple before i leave.

  4. Adrian says:

    Lets see some gummy worms on those apples!

  5. Paula D. says:

    This might sound a bit strange, but just hear me out: crickets. Delicacy in some countries and even marketed here in the states. Throw a few on there at your next weekly caramel apple making party – just don't tell the guests! :p :p :p

  6. Luke says:

    Great article! Caramel-dipped caramel apples are one of my favorites at the Pumpkin Patch.

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