Memories of those trips to the mall back in the day flood your mind when you take that first bite into these Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Caramel Apples! Homemade caramel-dipped Granny Smith Apples on a stick. Enjoy them just as they are, or roll them into your favorite candies or nuts, or give them a dip in some melted chocolate.
Making your own gourmet apples at home isn’t as hard as you’d think. With just a few tricks, some basic ingredients like heavy cream, evaporated milk, corn syrup and sugar, you can be dipping those Granny Smith apples!
Caramel apples are one of my most favorite treats when fall rolls around, and I have always wanted to post a recipe for them. So today is the day!!
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Caramel Apples
I spent a whole bunch of time at the mall when I was younger. I worked at a Berman’s Leather store during high school. But there wasn’t a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
It wasn’t until years later when I had kids of my own, and I would load them up in the stroller and we’d head to the mall to get out of the house, that I had my first caramel apple from the new Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I was in heaven. If memory serves me right, it was a Snickers one, caramel apples and my favorite candy bar in one? Heck yea!
Removing Wax from the Apples before Dipping
Did you know that that shiny finish on apples is actually wax? Well, if you have ever wondered why you made caramel apples and the caramel didn’t stick, it might be because the wax wasn’t removed.
How to remove the wax? Well, a simple dipping of the apples in boiling water and drying them with a towel will do it. Just remember that you will want to cool the apples before you dip them in caramel. Even chilling them in the fridge will give you a successful drip-free dip!
Ingredients in Homemade Caramel Apples
As I mentioned before, making old fashioned caramel apples isn’t difficult, it just takes a little bit of time, and the effort, I promise is so worth it!
- large Granny Smith apples, are the best apples for making caramel apples. Of course, you can use red apples, but if you do, reach for the tart ones.
- evaporated milk
- heavy whipping cream
- corn syrup (light or dark)
- brown sugar, granulated sugar can also be used
- vanilla extract, if you don’t buy the pure vanilla extract, I encourage you to do so. It makes a huge difference!
Find the measurements and instructions at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe card.
Caramel Apple Toppings
There are all sorts of additional toppings you can add to the apples once they are dipped in the caramel. Some ideas for toppings can include:
- dark and white chocolate
- chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips
- crushed candy bars
- graham cracker crumbs
Tip: If you want to roll the caramel apple thrugh the toppings, do that immediately. If you want to dip the apples in melted chocolate, let the caramel set up first.
How to make the perfect caramel apples
Clean the apples thoroughly by bringing a large pan of water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, dip apples in boiling water for a few seconds, then dry with paper towels to remove any wax from the peel.
Insert a wooden stick firmly into the bottom of each apple for a handle. Set apples aside until completely cool.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large saucepan, combine milk, whipping cream, butter, corn syrup, sugar, and salt, stirring over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium.
Cook until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C), this will take at least 30 minutes, maybe even longer. Be patient. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
Tip: To test drop a teaspoon of the syrup, into a glass of cold water, it should form a firm ball when it’s ready.
Remove caramel from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Working quickly, dip each apple into the hot caramel to completely coat the apple and about 1/2 inch of the wooden handle.
Transfer to the parchment-lined cookie sheet to set if leaving them as is. If you are rolling them into nuts or candies work quickly and do that now.
If you want to dip the apples in melted chocolate, make sure that you let the caramel set up well. Melt the chocolate, and cool it down a bit. Otherwise, it’ll heat up the caramel and it’ll all slide right off.
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For the LOVE of Apples!
If you are like us, you are always up for another apple recipe! Here are some of my favorites:
- Copy Cat Dairy Queen Apple Pie Blizzard (pictured above)
- Apple Chicken Salad
- Apple Upside Down Cake
- Halloween Apple “Donut” Monsters
- Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
- The BEST Apple Crisp Recipe
- Apple Cider Mimosa
- Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes
Let’s make some old fashioned caramel apples with this Copy Cat Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory recipe!
- 8 large Granny Smith apples
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- ¼ cup whipping cream
- ¼ pound butter (1 stick)
- 1 ¼ cups corn syrup (light or dark)
- 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Ideas for Toppings: dark and white chocolate, chocolate chips, M&M’s, crushed candy bars, nuts, sprinkles, coconut
- Clean the apples thoroughly by bringing a large pan of water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, dip apples in boiling water for a few seconds, then dry with paper towels to remove any wax from the peel.
- Set apples aside until completely cool. Insert a wooden stick firmly into the bottom of each apple for a handle.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large saucepan, combine milk, whipping cream, butter, corn syrup, sugar, and salt, stirring over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium.
- Cook until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C), this will take about 25 to 30 minutes; stir constantly to prevent burning. To test: drop a teaspoon of the syrup, into a glass of cold water, it should form a firm ball when it’s ready.
- Remove caramel from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Working quickly, dip each apple into the hot caramel to completely coat the apple and about 1/2 inch of the wooden handle.
- Sprinkle apples with any desired toppings while still hot. Or dip them into melted chocolates.
Making these apples takes a little bit of patience, but they are well worth the effort!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 801Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 513mgCarbohydrates: 130gFiber: 8gSugar: 118gProtein: 7g
Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.