Coated in golden caramel and covered in just about everything else, these caramel apples are definitely the ultimate fall treat! Load ’em up with all your favorite toppings.
Because literally everything tastes good on a caramel apple.
As you may have heard back in this post of Apple Week that I have a slight obsession with anything-caramel apple.
But NOTHING in universe beats the real thing.
Lets take a poll: Who else (besides me) is a total kid-at-heart and eats caramel apples every fall?
Now, don’t make me feel like a fool and SOMEBODY raise their hand, please and thank you.
I’m sorry, but there’s just something about caramel apples that make me uber-nostalgic and bring back tons of awesome caramel-y fall memories….
Usually ones that involved epic messes of caramel all over my face while trying to eat a caramel apple. Probably 2-ish years ago?
The best kind of memories. 😀
These really are the ULTIMATE of all caramel apples. We’ve got our super-gooey and super-addicting homemade caramel sauce that is pretty much just spoon-in-the jar-worthy.
The caramel is then covered in basically everything….okay, except bacon cause that’s just gross.
And that’s coming from the person who puts bacon on nearly everything.
Except caramel apples….just no.
My favorite caramel apple toppings include…
- Chopped nuts (pecans are my personal fav)
- Crushed pretzels (sweet + salty = perfecto)
- Shredded coconut
- Crushed graham cracker crumbs
- Mini chocolate chips
- Melted semisweet chocolate and/or white chocolate
Gosh, I wish there was some way that I could just put ALL of those toppings onto one apple. That might be going a tad overboard though….
Nothing outta the ordinary in Sarah’s insane world 😉
Load up ‘them gorgeous apples with all your favs. They’re kinda naked with just the caramel, ya know…
Even if you’re not completely caramel apple-nutso you still TOTALLY need these sweet treats in your life this fall. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: It is NOT fall without homemade caramel apples.
Plus your kids will love you forever, since I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love caramel apples.—You’ll definitely earn some big points in the kitchen-department. 🙂
That being said, go buy those apples and get crackin’.
Or caramelin’. You get it. 😉
Everything Caramel Apples
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 apples
- Popsicle sticks
- Assorted toppings: Melted semisweet chocolate chopped nuts, crushed pretzels, ect.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring butter and honey to a boil, stirring occasionally. Let caramel boil about 1 minute, then slowly pour in cream (be careful it doesn't splatter hot caramel) Continue cooking caramel until thickened and turns a dark golden color. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Cool caramel 5 minutes.
- Once caramel is slightly cooled insert popsicle sticks in apples and then dip apples into caramel, swirling to evenly coat.
- If desired, roll apples in chopped nuts or toppings of your choice, then place on wax paper. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired then chill apples until caramel is set.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Caramel apples are the best! They totally remind me of fall and Halloween. I love the toppings you mention to add on! I don’t think I’ve had anything other than nuts or chocolate chips.
Fun toppings = uber fun caramel apples! You totally need to try some of those toppings, Gayle! They MAKE a caramel apple. 🙂
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
Gah!!! I love Caramel Apples! Now those screech fall to me! 🙂 And, I have to say ~ I’ll bet bacon would be good on a Caramel Apple. Is that you throwing down a challenge Sarah? Don’t make me do it!!! 🙂
Hahaha! Oh, gosh I donno if I could do bacon on a caramel apple…When you say it like that though, I’ll admit it MIGHT sound a smidge tasty! You should just try it and report back to me, Kristi. LOL. 😉
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Yum, I don’t think I’ve ever felt like having caramel apples for breakfast as much as I do now – those look absolutely incredible girl!!! Love caramel apple anything especially during this time of year. The melty chocolate and pecans are totally calling my name right now! Pinning 🙂
Caramel apples for breakfast sounds like the best idea in the world. DO IT. 🙂 Thanks for pinning, girl!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Oh how I just love caramel apples! One of the best parts of fall! Around here at Halloween time, they make this huge corn maze, and have a ton of carnival games around it. We go every year, and I must get a caramel apple when I go. But all your toppings on yours makes it even better! You know what is not good? Those red cinnamon-y kinds. Yuck! Who would ever choose that over a caramel apple?
Gahhh I LOVE corn mazes! I’m kinda ashamed to admit that I don’t actually go for the maze—it’s the caramel apples fo’ sure! 😀 And oh my gosh I HATE those spicy cinnamon ones too!
Caitlin @ teaspoon says
Wow I want this right now. I love caramel apples, but I feel like an old lady because I usually cut them up so I don’t feel like they are going to rip out my fillings lol. My sweet tooth got me too many cavities as a young kid, but I still like to eat the same things! And bacon doesn’t sound all that bad in all honesty…
Hahaha! I do the same thing with my apples, Caitlin! My teeth can’t handle all that chewing. 😉
Caramel apples are one of my favorite things, and I love that you made the caramel with honey! What a delicious fall treat!
Thanks, Marcie! The honey adds an amazing flavor to the caramel and makes the texture so so good!
Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes says
How beautiful!!! These are just tantalizing with all those delicious toppings. What a warm welcome to fall!
Thanks so much, Annie!
It’s definitely not fall without caramel apples. There are so many toppings you can add to these, love it! I need to get on making some caramel sauce asap!
Thanks, Danielle! You so need to try homemade caramel apples STAT. 😀
It’s been far far too long since I had a caramel apple! I love the idea of using pretzels to top them with! So glad it’s apple season – I’ve already started buying them like mad!
Pretzels is SUCH an awesome topping—the sweet and salty combo is unreal. 🙂 And I’m so with you there on buying apples by the tons. LOL.
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
My oh my, these look absolutely perfect for fall!!
Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen says
These apples look so fun and tasty! The fun toppings are so welcome. This would be great for a Halloween treat!
Thanks, Jessica! My caramel apples have gotta be loaded with all of the above! 😉
Caramel Apples are one of the best things about fall! Love how you decorated yours. So pretty!
Thanks Christin! You’re too sweet, girl! 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
This recipe just made my day! Nothing says fall like a apple like this! YUMMY!
Thanks so much, Pamela! You’re the best, girl. 🙂
Ok, I don’t mean to sound gross, but maybe bacon on a caramel apple would actually be good?! I don’t think I’ve had a caramel apple since I was a kid, but after looking at your photos I want one right now! I love all your topping ideas! I love caramel so much, so I gotta make some caramel apples soon! Have a great weekend, girl 🙂
Hahaha! It’s kinda funny how many people have told me that bacon caramel apples sound good. I guess MAYBE it’s worth a try! LOL. 🙂
Sarah I am ALOT older than you and I LOVE caramel apples ,too! It was horrible when I wore braces and couldn’t eat them. I can’t wait to make these!
I hope you’ll let me know how they turn out, Carla! 🙂
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says
I feel like you are still a kid! And not just at heart, lol! These caramel apples look fabulous! And I totally agree that literally everything tastes good with a caramel apple!
Thanks, Lindsey! 🙂