Caramel Apples

Ron Nebrerecipes

caramel apples with nuts
Looking to serve apples as a special autumn treat? Imagine the surprise on your friends and family’s faces when you bring out a tray of crisp apples, swirled in rich caramel, and rolled in crunchy almonds or peanuts. These caramel apples make excellent gifts, just wrap in a cellophane bag and tie with a bow.
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12 caramel apples


  • 12 large apples
  • 228 g / 1 cup Mirage margarine
  • 266 g / 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 290 g / 1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 180 ml / 3/4 cup golden corn syrup
  • 400 ml / 1 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 g / 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 ml / 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 g / 1 cup almonds or peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • 12 wooden craft sticks, chopsticks or thick wooden BBQ skewers


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease with Mirage margarine.
  2. Wash and thoroughly dry apples. Remove stems and push wooden sticks into stem end through 3/4 of the apple core.
  3. apples with sticks in them

  4. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan on medium heat melt the Mirage margarine, sugars, corn syrup, condensed milk and salt together and bring mixture to a boil while stirring continuously.
  5. sugars, maragarine, corn syrup

  6. Reduce heat to medium low and stirring frequently allow mixture to gently bubble until the temperature on a candy thermometer reaches 115°C (240°F) (a small amount dropped into an ice water bath should form a soft sticky ball). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. caramel sauce
    caramel sauce with vanilla

  8. Pour caramel into a heatproof bowl and dip each apple in, turning gently to coat. Hold coated apple over bowl for a few seconds to allow excess caramel to drip off. Roll in crushed nuts if desired.
  9. dipping the apple in caramel

  10. Place apple on foil lined sheet and when all are coated refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Caramel apples will keep up to three days in the refrigerator.
  11. apples dipped in caramel

Chef Notes

  • If caramel starts to thicken while dipping apples rewarm gently over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave (checking consistency every 15 seconds).

apple in caramel