Gourmet Caramel Apples

As a kid, I remember going to Park City and staring through a window at these fancy perfect gourmet caramel apples and thinking to myself, “why the heck don’t my family’s look like that?!” My mom used store bought caramels and made according to my package, which don’t get me wrong- is great, but did they really ever look beautiful… no, not likely :)

The apples I was staring at though the window were gorgeous. Almost too pretty to eat. Not only did they have caramel, but they had chocolate, they had oreos, they had candy, they looked like something you wanted to frame. 

I tried to make caramel apples last year, but to no avail, they looked much like my moms.  This year however, I stumbled across THEE PERFECT dipping caramel recipe for apples from Our Best Bites.  Those gourmet apples in the window… yeah, pretty much nailed it :) Okay, maybe that is a slight gross exaggeration, but I have yet to find a caramel as delicious and easy to work with than this recipe.  

If you are looking for a great after-school-snack or family activity, this is the recipe for you. Kids love making their own… and me, well, lets just say it became quite the competition who could get theirs the most beautiful.   And by competition… the only one completing was myself. My siblings were having too much fun to care about beauty. I, on the other hand, wanted to make apples worthy enough to align themselves with the ones behind the window.  Needless to say, we all had fun making AND eating them :)


(recipe from: Our Best Bites) 

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    1. Chef in Training

      Thank you so much Kristy! That means so much to me!

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Nikki, these are definitely a sight to see! So gorgeous and perfect.. just like the apples in the window, I'm sure :) I'm a traditional caramel apple girl, so the forefront one looks the best, but I can see how easy and fun it'd be to deck yours out with chocolate and crushed candies! Mm.

    And what's dark brown powdered sugar?! That sounds awesome!

    1. Chef in Training

      oh thanks so much Hayley! I love your comments! And that ingredient was a typo... its been a long week haha! It is just dark brown sugar. Fixed now :)

  2. Michelle

    These look amazing. I am going to try them out, fingers crossed they turn out to be pretty :)

  3. Julia

    Yum! I also whipped up some caramel apples this month, though they had to be dairy-free so I could eat them too! Yours look divine!

  4. Natalie McIlwain

    Beautiful apples! I tried my hand at some the other week...not quite as fancy as yours, but check them out here: https://natlizmac.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/festive-caramel-apples/ :)

  5. Elizabeth

    These look like so delicious! I think I'm going to make them for a "caramel apple station" for my party tonight :)
    Quick question though, is it really 1 pound of brown sugar or 1 cup? 1 pound seems like a lot (around 2 1/2 cups?), but if that's what it takes for these amazing apples that's what I'll do!

  6. Veronica

    Yummy! Almost no maple taste; would have liked a little more vanilla taste. This made 15 large apples; did not work on apple slices, too wet to stay on. We left the caramel in the pot and reheated on the stove as needed; a couple times for the batch. Need to figure out how to drizzle chocolate because our chips melted with shortening just "glopped" on the apples.

  7. Melissa

    This caramel is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!