StoneGable No Fail Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples are the taste of Fall! Delicious, sweet, sticky and tart all in one big messy bite!
Even though they look easy to make, I must admit, I spent the last 4 days, several recipes and countless batches of caramel to get an apple whose caramel was delicious and would stick to the apple.
I was so frustrated I almost said a bad word!!!!!  But always up for the challenge, finally today I found a true wonder of a caramel apple!!!! I adapted a couple of recipes and got a yummy and adhesive caramel.
Just FOLLOW the directions and you will have a homemade taste of fall!
StoneGable Caramel Apples

8 small apples (please no red delicious~ they aren’t!) I used granny smith and honeycrisp
8 organic non toxic tree twigs
2 1/4 brown sugar
10 TBS unsalted butter, cubed
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup dark brown corn syrup
1 tsp molasses (if you don’t like molasses substitute 1/4 cup maple syrup)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
chopped nuts
mini chocolate chips
crushed butterfingers
ice bath
parchment lined sheet pan
Wash apples in HOT sudsy water using dawn dishwashing liquid. I used a soft scrub brush to wash off any wax. Rinse under HOT water and dry completely. Remove stems.
I used small branches from our apple tree to make a handle for the apples. Please research what branches are non poisonous and make sure your tree is pesticide free. You can also use popsicle sticks or skewers.
Using a kitchen mallet, hammer the sticks into the center of the apples.
Refrigerate the apples until ready to dip.
Pour out sprinkles, nuts, mini chocolate chips and crushed butterfingers into separate saucers.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, condensed milk, corn syrup and molasses.  Using a wooden spoon gently mix ingredients together. Cook over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and put candy thermometer in the syrup. Continue to boil until it reaches the firm ball stage, 250 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool for a couple of minutes.
While the caramel is cooling, make an ice bath.
Dip apples, one at a time, into the caramel and swirl.
Immediately dip apple into an ice bath for a couple of seconds. Dab the apple dry with a paper towel.
Dip apple into individual goodies in the saucers, or if you are a purist (like me) rest apple on a parchment lined baking sheet.
*NOTE ~ If you are dipping your apples into anything chocolate, keep the apple in the ice bath a little longer and press the chocolate with your hands into the caramel. Refrigerate.

Invert a decorative cupcake paper and fan out. Use it as the base for the caramel apple. Embellish stick with a coordinating ribbon… just for fun!!!

I am participating in APPLE RECIPE ROUND-UP at A Little Lovliness


  1. says

    gosh what a brilliant idea using the sitcks from the tree, i never thought of that! mine are so supple though, i worry… and the ice bath is pretty nifty too :)

    ahh fall, you got the best taste of it right here!

  2. Anonymous says

    Yvonne, Such a funny story … today I was at Darrenkamps and Judy, the cashier, asked me if I ever made candy apples. I said I had and she asked me how I got the caramel to stick to the apples. I said, “Have you been talking to Yvonne?” and she looked at me like, “how did you know that?!” Apparently your caramel apple dilema was the topic of discussion for some very bored cashiers/baggers!! You must be sure to let them know what you figured out! Just wanted you to know that you can’t get away with anything in this town – hahaha!
    Kathy Fritz

  3. says

    Now THESE caramel apples I might just LOOOVE! The traditional ones are always too thick and difficult to eat (for me). THESE look and sound wonderful! Thanks so much! The tree branch idea is genius! You think of EVERY detail! XO, Pinky

  4. says

    Apple sticks is brilliant! My oldest daughters Birthday is this time of year and as a child she always wanted caramel apples instead of cake for her birthday treat. Over the years, I came up with our Faithfulness Farm recipe and have never been tempted by another…til now :)


  5. says

    Yvonne, these look delicious! And thanks for doing all the research. I’ve tried in the past and the caramel just slid right off–DRAT! I think this means no more purchasing the delicious, but expensive, Mrs. Prinaibles
    that meant sharing one apple for four people!!


  6. says

    Yvonne, my children would just love these! The sprinkles make them so fun for children! I read that Southern Magnolia tree is also a good choice for the ‘stick’. Thank you for the time that you put into creating the perfect recipe, so we don’t have to! I will try these! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  7. says

    I’m new to your blog…my sister in law recommended you…she said I would love it! Not only is she absolutely CORRECT…but I’m losing sleep trying to get caught up on all past blogs! Good grief you are adorable and all your decorating and ideas! You need to host your own TV show!
    Where in the world did you get those adorable black and white checked plates? I am in awe of them!
    I look so forward to your new posts… :0)

  8. says

    I have never had trouble having the caramel stick – that would be so frustrating. Now I have had trouble having the chocolate stick to the caramel, but I just have to be patient and let the caramel cool first.

    Love the sticks.

  9. says

    Yvonne! Those look beyond yummy and too beautiful to eat…well…almost! I absolutely love that you used the sticks in them and we are some caramel apple lovin’ fools in this house so this one is definitely going to be making an appearance!
    P.S. I’d love to have you join my party this week if you get a chance!

  10. says

    Not only do these look delicious but they are so pretty. I don’t have an appple tree, but use branches from my plum tree for mine. Sorry you had so much trouble with your caramel. We would have never known…the result is beautiful.


  11. says

    I just wandered through your blog and have to tell you it is gorgeous. I want to try one of everything! It is homey and comfy and beautiful and elegant!!! So happy to have found you!

  12. says

    Perfection… again??? Of course :).

    Poor little red delicious apples – sometimes we get good ones, but something has happened to them over the years… not so good anymore.

    So anyway, here I am at 7:40 in the morning, and all I can think about for breakfast is a caramel apple. Good thing I don’t have any on hand at the moment. wink-wink


  13. says

    I am a friend of Patti’s and she sent me over here.

    You went to a lot of trouble to find the exact recipe for those cameral apples.

    I can see why you de-waxed them and then did the ice bath – understand completely. How smart you are.

    They look delish and I am making a hard copy.

    You have a tremendous following – it’s nice to find you.


  14. Anonymous says

    The only red delicious apples I have found to be consistently good are the one from Washington state, for what it’s worth.

  15. says

    Oh I am SO thankful for you! I was thinking about making caramel apples with Sweet Boy and currently searcing for a recipe. So glad you took the frustration factor out of this.

    The sprinkles make them oh so pretty.

  16. says

    Another beautiful creation from the kitchen of Yvonne!! You always go the extra mile, and that’s what makes everything about your blog so inspiring and beautiful. Many people (including myself) make caramel apples, but the twig holding handle, the ribbon decoration, and the many yummy and decorative add-ons take ordinary caramel apples and turn them into something incredible.

    Thanks for the inspiration to go the extra mile.

    Oh, and I’m with you on Red Delicious apples. I NEVER buy them. Granny Smith is my favorite. We have two apple trees—Gala and Jonagold. Unfortunately, they didn’t produce this year due to freezes in late spring. But when they produce, I dry tons of them and also make and can quarts of applesauce.

    Have a lovely weekend.


  17. says

    Caramel Apples are one of my FAVORITE things and I never make them. I usually buy one when we go to Kilwins in Blowing Rock. I like to get mine with the caramel rolled in pecans pieces and a drizzle of chocolate. Just typing this makes me want to go on a little road trip to get one.:) Your’s look delish!

  18. says

    We used to make these quite often, when the grands were small. However, we took the easy way out with Kraft Caramel Apple Wraps. :)
    When the caramel was still warm, they could roll them in different coatings. Lots of fun but the taste didn’t come CLOSE to what your homemade caramel must taste like.
    hugs, bj

  19. says

    Oh Yvonne, I’m so glad that you went to the trouble to find the perfect recipe. Four days??? I never would have had the time, let alone the patience. God bless.

    They look amazing. And if I get to candied apples this year, yours will be the recipe I’m sure to use.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  20. says

    You are a good girl to make caramel apples from scratch. I cheat and use the store bought caramel dip for apples, that is if I have any left after dipping my finger into it every time I walk by the fridge!

  21. says

    Yvonne, those caramel apples look delicious! I think my children will want to help me make them, and I am certain they will want to help eat them. Thank you for sharing your recipe in my Apple Recipe Round-Up!

    I also enjoyed the apple primer. We enjoyed sampling a variety of apples at our recent book club meeting. The sweeter the better for me!

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