Fran's Caramel Apples

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Hill Family

This is an old school recipe for caramel apples.

Top Review by a_goddess

Was looking for a recipe that didn't use caramels to melt or whipping cream. This was delicious, smooth, easy and perfect for candy apples! I used the items I had: butter instead of margarine, white corn syrup instead Karo syrup. I made only enough for 4 apples, and cooked it on med for approx 10 min until it reached soft ball stage (take 1/2 tsp of caramel, drop it into a cup of cold water, then roll it in your fingers, it should form a soft ball). It was not gritty at all. Perhaps the last reviewer didn't cook it long enough? I would use this one again! Delicious, creamy and not too sweet, perfect!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add all ingredients (except vanilla) to a saucepan.
  2. Cook; stirring constantly on medium heat until the mixture reaches 235* (firm ball stage).
  3. Stir the vanilla into mixture after you take this off the heat.
  4. Roll apples in caramel mixture and set on wax paper to cool.
  5. Makes 2 ½ lbs caramels or about 20 small apples.

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