Salted Caramel Apples (Recipe)


Though I love ‘em, caramel apples are always just a bit too much. Too rich, too sugary, too decadent. It’s a shame, really, because once I’ve gotten my fill, it’s not the easiest treat to save for later. So I decided to scale back, nixing the candy and nuts in the process. Instead, I replaced the heavy toppings with coarse salt. It gave the caramel apples a little more sophistication, and toned down their richness and intensity. And yes, I can finish the whole thing now!

Salted Caramel Apples


  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 dash of table  salt
  • 8-10 medium apples, washed and with stems removed
  • Coarse salt – fleur de sel is ideal, but kosher salt or other coarse salts will do

Special Tools & Equipment:

  • 8-10 lollipop sticks, chopsticks, or any other wooden sticks
  • Candy thermometer
  • Wax paper, generously buttered

1. Place wooden stick in every apple.
2. Combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and milk in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil.
3. Stir mixture for about 30-40 minutes, until the candy thermometer gives a reading of 248 degrees. If you’d like your caramel to be softer, let it heat to about 245 degrees.
4. Remove caramel from heat and stir in vanilla and one dash of salt.
5. Work one apple at a time. Dip apple, holding the stick, in the caramel. Move it around to coat the entire surface evenly. Let any excess caramel dip back into the pan. Immediately roll caramel in salt. Let cool on buttered wax paper and repeat with next apple.

Recipe Adapted From:

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Vee Jackson
Past Member 1 years ago

are you kidding corn syrup really

Connie O.
Connie O.3 years ago


Penny B.
.3 years ago

Delicious, thanks for sharing.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Kate B.
Kathleen B.3 years ago

What can you offer to those of us unfortunates who wear dentures?

Rita White
Rita White3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda3 years ago

ciekawy przepis, tylko skąd wziąć syrop kukurydziany, nie spotkałam u mnie.

Nicole Gorman
Nicole Gorman3 years ago

I'll be making these this weekend!

Er F.
Er F.3 years ago

Yum, I was just thinking about trying to make these.

tracey p.
tracey p.3 years ago

sounds delicious!