caramel apples

Caramel Apples

I read Heidi’s blog religiously.  I love her photography, use of words and creative food combination utilizing natural ingredients.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I saw a beautiful shot of caramel apples on her site the other day.

Prior to reading her recipe I had not given much thought to making this glorious Halloween treat.  The idea of high fructose corn syrup and other weirdly engineered ingredients was somewhat off putting.  And I must confess, the notion of eating pure heavy cream and agave still is, however, I think the boys will be able to handle it (once or twice per year) and will completely relish the novelty of this overly sweet, dairy laden treat.

Now, since I do not own a candy thermometer, nor do I keep lollipop sticks in the house, I decided to make my own easy (read lazy) version of caramel apples.

The boys had my first test batch for dessert, dipping apple slices in home made caramel and loved it.  I stayed up and made another test batch after I put them to bed, indolent, yet unable to let go of Heidi’s caramel apple perfection.  I wanted caramel that set.  And I wanted it the easy way.  Alas, it was to no avail, so I reluctantly settled for this “apples dipped in caramel” recipe.

I hope you find this shortcut useful and that your little ones enjoy lapping up this luscious treat.


  1. Lori says


    I just made this with unsweetened coconut milk instead of heavy cream and used coconut syrup (made by cooking down 3:1 organic coconut sugar to water) instead of agave. It’s delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. says

    i used this caramel sauce to top some homemade vanilla ice cream, it was better than the store bought stuff! i will need to make more since everyone ate it all on christmas day!

  3. says


    Thanks for your comment and for pointing out that I did not have an instruction as to when salt was added to this recipe; I have edited it thanks to you.

    The vegan caramel made with coconut milk sounds delicious –what a great idea.


  4. Dawn says

    Once I saw this recipe, I was really wanting caramel apples. We can’t have dairy so I substituted Coconut Milk in place of the heavy cream. My daughter and I just had some of the caramel apples and she really wants them in her lunch tomorrow. I think it turned out pretty good. My only question is when do you add the salt? I added it when I added the Coconut Milk. Thank you for all the great recipes and ideas — I am always looking forward to your next recipe.

  5. says

    zebe -Thanks for you comment; I think we’re on the same wavelength.

    Tammy -Ooh! That sounds so good.

    Ruth -You’re in luck; Anina posted a df version below your comment.

    Anina -Thanks!

    Sophie -It’s high time for caramel apples, isn’t it?

  6. says

    This is my kind of recipes :). I’ve been craving a candy apple with caramel this entire season…I still haven’t satisfied that craving, but I need to give in soon :D!

  7. Anina says

    Ruth, I saw an agave caramel recipe in one of my raw cookbooks – Everyday Raw. I’ve never made it, but thought about you and Elana because it is dairy free:
    2 cups agave
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    Blend ingredients in blender (they use a Vita-Mix) for 20 seconds. Chill in freezer for 2 hours. Remove until softer, about 20 minutes, before serving.

  8. Tammy says

    Thank you! Thank you! This is one of my favorite treats. As long as you’re doing dairy, you can mix the caramel with an equal amount of cream cheese in a food processor and make a more tangy apple dip with some protein to it. I can’t wait to make this.

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