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Old Fashioned Caramel Apples

Simple 5 ingredient old-fashioned caramel apple recipe.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make caramel apples, old fashioned caramel apple recipe, old fashioned caramel apples
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 13 apples
Calories 364.56 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix sugar, corn syrup 1 cup of the cream in a large bowl.  Once the mixture is smooth and well combined pour into a large heavy sauce pan.  Add the butter.  Cook over medium/low heat until mixture begins to boil. Wash the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush, if sugar crystals are present.  Stir constantly.  When butter has melted and mixture has come to a rolling boil, slowly add remaining cream trying not to let the mixture stop boiling.

  2. Clip on a candy thermometer, turn heat to low. Stir constantly and cook until caramel reaches 234F.  Drop a small amount of the hot caramel into a bowl of cold water.  If you can pick up the caramel and form a soft ball the caramel is finished.

  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Gently stir.  Let cool for 5-7 minutes.  Carefully dip apples that have been washed and thoroughly dried.  Place on a non-stick mat or a buttered baking sheet.  Allow to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Caramel Apples
Amount Per Serving (1 apple)
Calories 364.56 Calories from Fat 186
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.67g32%
Saturated Fat 12.92g65%
Cholesterol 68.93mg23%
Sodium 88.78mg4%
Potassium 27.46mg1%
Carbohydrates 46.94g16%
Sugar 45.9g51%
Protein 0.82g2%
Vitamin A 756.43IU15%
Vitamin C 0.22mg0%
Calcium 28.45mg3%
Iron 0.02mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.