Crock Pot Caramel Apples

caramel apples
Photo: Diana Rattray
    110 mins
Ratings (4)

These caramel apples are surprisingly easy to make with your slow cooker! The caramels are melted in the crock pot and then the apples are coated. 

 Make them extra-special with crunchy coatings. Toasted coconut or chopped pecans or walnuts, candy pieces, and cereal are just a few ideas. See the ideas for optional coatings below the recipe instructions.

The recipe can be scaled up easily for a crowd or large party. Don't wait for apple season or Halloween to enjoy these delicious caramel apples! 

What You'll Need

  • 2 packages (14 oz each) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 medium crisp apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, or Fuji
  • 8 popsicle sticks for the apples

How to Make It

Unwrap the caramels and put them in the slow cooker with the water. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until caramels are melted, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, line a large baking pan with wax paper and butter the paper.

Wash and dry the apples. Insert a stick into stem end of each apple. Reduce crockpot heat to LOW.

Note: If the caramel does happen to scorch, put it through a mesh strainer and discard any dark particles.

Put the sauce into a saucepan or back into the cleaned slow cooker and keep warm while you dip the apples.

Dip apple into hot caramel; turn to coat entire surface. Holding apple above pot, scrape off any excess accumulation of caramel from bottom apple.

Place the caramel-coated apples on the prepared wax paper-lined pan, stick-side up. As you near the bottom of the pot, use a spoon to spoon the hot caramel over the apples.

Put the pan of coated apples in the refrigerator to set thoroughly.

Use caution if children are helping -- the crock pot will probably be quite hot to the touch and the caramel could scald.

Makes 8 caramel apples.

Optional Coatings - Roll the bottom half of partially set caramel apples in one of these coatings, or in a combination of two or three.

  • Toasted Coconut
  • Chopped Dried Cranberries
  • Toasted Chopped Pecans
  • Toasted Chopped Walnuts
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy Coated Chocolate Candies (M & M's)
  • Crumbled Cookies
  • Maple Flakes
  • Small Cereal (Cheerios, Fruit Loops, etc.) or Granola

Tips and Variations

Store caramel apples unwrapped in the refrigerator. Or place the apples on rounds of wax paper or on a muffin-top papers and wrap them individually in cellophane bags; store wrapped caramel apples for several days at room temperature. The apples will keep for about 1 week either way.

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