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These homemade caramel apple bites are made with just 4 simple ingredients. The combination of crisp, juicy apples and sweet, chewy caramel makes them the perfect fall treat. These adorable caramel apples are easy to eat and fun for the whole family to make.

side view of mini caramel apples.
Perfect caramel apples for a crowd

Love these caramel apple bites? Try my Cinnamon Rolls With Apple Pie Filling and my Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies for more recipes perfect for fall.

Caramel apples just scream fall! Eating full size caramel apples can be so big and messy, and sometimes hard to finish. These caramel apple bites are the answer! They are super fun to make with your family and perfect for kids to help make.

They also make a great party dish or a fun treat for friends!

mini caramel apples on parchment paper.
Mini caramel apples perfect for dipping

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The perfect fall treat and only takes 30 minutes to make!
  • They’re bite-sized, crunchy and sweet.
  • Perfect for bringing to parties and events.
  • They’re easy to handle and easy to prepare.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Apples – use your favorite apples! Tart apples are best because it balances the sweetness of the caramel.
  • Caramel Bits you can also use individually wrapped caramels, just make sure they are fresh. If they are stale or old the caramel will be extremely tough after it is melted.
  • Heavy Cream – helps to make the caramel the perfect consistency.
  • Nuts – this is an optional step, but toppings are fun.

How To Make This Recipe

four image process making caramel apple bites.
Caramel apple bites process
four images making caramel apple bites.
Caramel apple bites process

Step 1:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts in a small bowls and set aside.

Step 2:

Using a melon baller, scoop rounded balls from all the apples and stick each apple ball on a sucker stick.

Step 3:

In a medium glass bowl, melt caramel bits with heavy cream for 2 min in the microwave. Stir, and if necessary, microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until fully melted.

Step 4:

Apples need to be very dry for caramel to stick. Use a paper towel to dry each apple bite before dipping it in the caramel.

Step 5:

Dip each apple bite in the melted caramel, then immediately in the nuts. You will need to work quickly as caramel cools fast. You can reheat in the microwave if needed.

Step 6:

Place the dipped caramel apple bites on the sheet of parchment paper and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool.

close up of one caramel apple.
The easiest mini caramel apples

Toppings

More fun topping ideas…

  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • Crushed Butterfingers
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Chopped Pistachios
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter Drizzle
  • Pumpkin Spice and Cinnamon

Variations

In lieu of caramel sauce, try…

  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • Nutella
  • Nut Butter

Recipe Tips

  • Lightly dust the serving plate with powdered sugar to prevent the bottom of the caramel apples from sticking to the plate.
  • You can place the apple bites in mini cupcake wrappers, typically found in the baking isle of most grocery stores.
  • If you use too much heavy cream, the caramel will not set up well.
  • The apple bites need to be as dry as possible before dipping them into the caramel sauce.
  • Chop nuts finely by putting them in a zip top bag and pounding them with a rolling pin.
  • Add toppings quickly after the caramel or they won’t stick!
  • Refrigerate your apples until ready to serve to keep the caramel from melting.
  • You can also use a popsicle stick or pretzel sticks if you don’t have any sucker sticks.

Storing

Caramel apples are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

FAQ

What is the best kind of apple to use for caramel apples?

Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp make great tasting and looking candy apples!

How do I keep caramel from sliding off apples?

Allow the caramel to cool for 3-5 minutes before dipping the apples. If it’s too hot it will slide off the apples more easily.

Can these be made ahead of time? 

They will last well for 3-4 hours in the fridge, or 1-2 hours sitting out at room temperature.

Do I need to refrigerate caramel apples?

Yes. Leftover caramel apples should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: 20 Servings

Caramel Apple Bites

mini caramel apples on parchment paper.

These homemade caramel apple bites are made with just 4 simple ingredients. The combination of crisp, juicy apples and sweet, chewy caramel makes them the perfect fall treat. These adorable caramel apples are easy to eat and fun for the whole family to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Assembly Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large apples
  • 1 ounce bag caramel bits
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Finely diced nuts

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts in a small bowls and set aside.
  2. Using a melon baller, scoop rounded balls from all the apples and stick each apple ball on a sucker stick.
  3. In a medium glass bowl, melt caramel bits with heavy cream for 2 min in the microwave. Stir, and if necessary, microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until fully melted.
  4. Apples need to be very dry for caramel to stick. Use a paper towel to dry each apple bite before dipping it in the caramel.
  5. Dip each apple bite in the melted caramel, then immediately in the nuts. You will need to work quickly as caramel cools fast. You can reheat in the microwave if needed.
  6. Place the dipped caramel apple bites on the sheet of parchment and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool.

Notes

  • Lightly dust the serving plate with powdered sugar to prevent the bottom of the caramel apples from sticking to the plate.
  • You can place the apple bites in mini cupcake wrappers, typically found in the baking isle of most grocery stores.
  • If you use too much heavy cream, the caramel will not set up well.
    The apple bites need to be as dry as possible before dipping them into the caramel sauce.
  • Chop nuts finely by putting them in a zip top bag and pounding them with a rolling pin.
  • Add toppings quickly after the caramel or they won’t stick!
    Refrigerate your apples until ready to serve to keep the caramel from melting.
  • You can also use a popsicle stick or pretzel sticks if you don't have any sucker sticks.
  • Caramel apples are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1 apple bite

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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