Simplest Caramel Apples

October 25, 2012

Author Notes: No thermometers. No corn syrup. No stress. Just delicious caramel.Food52

Makes: 4 caramel apples


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 apples
  • 4 popsicle sticks
  • Parchment or wax paper
In This Recipe


  1. In a wide, heavy-bottomed, deep-sided pan, melt sugar over medium heat, stirring once or twice in the beginning once the edges begin to melt.
  2. When it darkens to your desired color (we like it to be the color of a copper penny -- this will happen just after it starts to smoke), stir in butter and cream. It will bubble up at first, but will calm down quickly as you stir. Remove from heat.
  3. Skewer each apple with a popsicle stick and roll in warm caramel to coat, dipping twice for extra-thick caramel. Place on parchment-lined tray to cool. Serve once the caramel is firm, or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

PauPau October 30, 2013
It really just all pooled on the parchment. What remained is a very thin layer of caramel even after dipping twice. Nice flavor though and easier on the teeth!
me B. November 8, 2012
Super excited to finally find a caramel apple recipe that does not require the tediousness of using a candy thermometer! This sounds like a perfect homeschool activity for the fall...saved, check.