Caramel apples are a great treat to make with the kids – keep in mnd that the caramel will be very, very hot, so if doing this with younger kids, its best if an adult dips the apples and let it cool a moment before the kids take it to dip into whatever they wish.


  • 8 red apples, room temperature

  • 8 lollipop sticks

  • ¼ cup 60 mL water

  • 2 cups 500 g granulated sugar (caster sugar)

  • ½ cup 150 g white corn syrup (or golden syrup)

  • ½ cup 125 g unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 tsp 5 mL vanilla extract

  • pinch salt

  • dipping items such as: granola, toasted coconut, Reese’s Pieces (or M&M’s), salted peanuts, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed pretzels


  • 1.

    Wash & dry the apples well. Insert the lollipop sticks into the top of each apple, but be sure that it doesn’t poke through to the bottom. Place the apples on a parchment-lined baking tray. Have all your dipping items ready before making the caramel.

  • 2.

    Place the water in the bottom of a medium saucepot and add the sugar and corn syrup and have the butter, vanilla and salt on hand.  Bring the sugar up to a full boil over high heat without stirring, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pot with water and boiling until the sugar turns a light amber colour.  Immediately remove the caramel from the heat and whisk in the butter (be careful for the steam that will emanate).  Once the mixture stops bubbling and the butter is completely whisked in, whisk in the vanilla and salt.

  • 3.

    Dip an apple into the caramel (do take care, as it will still be very hot) and spin it slowly to let any drips run off and for the caramel to set a little.  Dip the apples into the items of your choice, or simply leave plain.  Place the apple back on the baking tray to set and repeat with the other apples.  If the caramel in the pot sets as you are dipping, warm it over low heat, stirring gently until melted again.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)

  • Energy 640kj
  • Fat Total 23g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Protein 0g
  • Carbohydrate 114g
  • Sugar 105g
  • Sodium 72mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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