Caramel apples are a classic, but let’s mess with them—especially for Halloween. We reserve the right to dip into traditional recipes and swirl it all around for the whole month of October. (Who are we kidding? We always do this.) Performing a few tricks on a classic is our treat to you. And come on, this is pretty sweet.
This seasonal pairing is the perfect combination of holiday sweetness and fall wholesomeness. Get into the spirit by stuffing and rolling caramel apples in various tasty ways: a classic peanut butter–chocolate combo, a sweet-salty version with chocolate and pretzels, and an East-meets-West rendition with marzipan and toasted sesame seeds and almonds.
Or just dip apple slices in our caramel coating for a simpler Halloween sugar high. Each recipe includes tips for prepping, making, and storing the apples—and ideas for what to do with any leftover caramel.
Peanut butter and chocolate are a much-loved favorite. Just ask those Reese’s people. Add in gooey caramel and crunchy bits of honeyed peanuts and it’s just, well, nuts. Get our Peanut Butter-Chocolate Caramel Apples with Honey Peanuts recipe.
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It’s like a Twix candy bar, but with a crunchy apple and pretzels instead of that crunchy cookie layer. Or think of this as a Milky Way bar, minus the nougat, plus that other stuff. You know how salted caramel has been a thing for awhile? Well, now it’s a thing on an apple. Get our Chocolate Caramel Apples with Salted Pretzels recipe.
This is the East-Meets-West version. East would be the sesame and almonds. West would be the marzipan and apples. Together, it tastes and feels as good as we imagine world peace would, in your mouth. Get our Marzipan Caramel Apples with Sesame and Almonds recipe.
An easier version of the classic that still satisfies the urge to snack off of sticks, these apples are hollowed out and filled with tender cinnamon-scented cake, then robed in gooey caramel. Get the Cake-Stuffed Caramel Apples recipe.
Another reason stuffed caramel apples are even better than the usual? No pesky core to eat around. These replace it with a decadent mixture of peanut butter, butter, and graham cracker crumbs. (But you can cook with apple cores if you don’t like to waste any scraps.) Get the Peanut Butter Stuffed Caramel Apples recipe.
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These apples aren’t stuffed, but there’s so much good stuff on them, we had to include ’em. Bourbon caramel and cinnamon pecans, plus a chocolate drizzle, make for enchanting apples indeed. If you don’t do alcohol, you can replace the bourbon with apple cider instead. Get the Sweet and Salty Bourbon Cinnamon Pecan Caramel Apples recipe.
Summer’s s’mores are still good to eat all autumn, but perhaps even better when you translate them into caramel apples. These are quadruple dipped in caramel, melted marshmallow, chocolate, and crushed graham crackers for the full experience. Get the S’mores Caramel Apples recipe.
These Disney-copycat caramel apples are dipped in a thick layer of classic caramel, then white chocolate and cinnamon sugar, with crushed pie crust crumbs on the bottom. Marshmallow mouse ears are optional, but very cute if you like to dress up your apples. Get the Apple Pie Caramel Apples.
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So you don’t want to fuss with all those tricks and you want your sweets straight up. We get it. That’s cool. Get our Basic Caramel Apple recipe.
Or, for an easy-to-make and easy-to-eat option, simply slice your apples, impale those on sticks, and dip them in chocolate and caramel before you sprinkle on whatever toppings you desire. Get the Caramel Apple Slices recipe.
If you adore everything miniature—and/or are trying to keep portion sizes in check—these cute little caramel apple grapes are a great party treat. Use green grapes for the closest flavor to the real thing. Get the Caramel Apple Grapes recipe.
If you want to go next-level, see how to dress up your candy apples in costume.
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This post was originally published by Amy Sowder in 2016 and has been updated by Jen Wheeler with additional links, text, and photos.
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