Gourmet Caramel Nut & Chocolate Dipped Apples

Since I didn’t make my Triple Treat Caramel Dipped Pretzels this year I decided to go with Gourmet Caramel Apples for gift giving. They present well, taste awesome and everyone loves them!

These are so easy to make. Buy enough ingredients to make a double batch – you won’t want to give them all away. Seriously your family will be begging you to let them eat one!

Don’t be in a hurry you will need about 2 hours to make these. You need to let the caramel and the layers of chocolate dry in between each step. Prep all of the ingredients before you melt the caramels. Once the caramel is melted you are committed to dipping the apples!

In the produce section of the grocery store you can find wooden sticks for caramel apples. Popsicle sticks also work. Remove apple stems, wash and dry the apples, insert the sticks.

Melt the caramels according to the package directions – I like the microwave method. Using my fondue dish works perfectly for keeping the caramel all melty for dipping. If you don’t have a fondue dish that’s okay. If the caramel gets stiff just microwave it a little to soften it up.

Use a spoon to help evenly coat the apple. Let excess caramel drip off, scrape off the extra that accumulates on the bottom.

Immediately roll in chopped salted nuts if desired. You could also use chocolate chips, candies, peanut brittle, crushed cookies, sprinkles and so on instead of nuts if you wish.

Cover completely with nuts or your choice of topping.

We prefer half the apple rolled in nuts. Place dipped and rolled apples on a baking sheet lined with wax paper that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Place  in refrigerator to help set the caramel. This takes about 15 – 20 minutes.

When the caramel is set prepare the chocolate to drizzle over the top. Good quality chocolate chips are my first choice – they melt nicely and more importantly they taste good! Ghirardelli 60 % Cacao bittersweet and Classic white are my two favorites. Using about 1/2 cup of chips at a time, melt in the microwave in a glass dish for 15- -20 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted. Place a quart size freezer bag with one corner down in a short glass, draping the top of the bag over the sides of the  glass. This will become your decorating bag! Let the melted chocolate cool slightly before transferring it, so it won’t melt the plastic bag.

Twist the top of the bag down to the melted chocolate, snip a tiny piece off the corner of the bag. Apply a little pressure and drizzle melted chocolate over the apples. Sorry no photo of the drizzle part – there was no way I could take a photo and  drizzle at the same time! I should have had my camera tripod set up for that but once I started working with the melted chocolate there was no stopping! 🙂 Set the apples back in the refrigerator to set the dark chocolate before proceeding with the white.

If you wish, while the chocolate is still melty you can add colored sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, graham cracker crumbs, cookie crumbs, little bits of candy bars and so on. You can even double dip the apples in caramel, refrigerating between dips if you like extra thick caramel. Or you might choose to dip the caramel dipped apples halfway in melted chocolate before rolling in nuts. So many choices!

My favorite is as shown here. They are plenty sweet and decadent – sometimes less is more! These are not just for Christmas, they make wonderful holiday treats for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Halloween, birthdays and so on.

To wrap for gift giving cut a little circle of wax paper to set them on inside a large clear plastic food bag. Tie with ribbon. Watch the faces light up when you give these away! 🙂

The best way to enjoy these is to slice them into wedges. Delicious!

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Gourmet Caramel Nut & Chocolate Dipped Apples

  • 1 – 14 ounce bag of Kraft caramels, unwrap each little square
  • 5- medium size apples (I used Gala but any kind will work, Granny Smith are good for the contrast of sweet caramel with a tart apple)
  • wooden sticks
  • chopped salted peanuts 2-3 cups or candies, peanut brittle, sprinkles, crushed cookies, garaham cracker crumbs and so on
  • dark chocolate chips or your choice of milk chocolate or semi sweet
  • white chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips
  • wax paper
  • non stick spray
  • quart size freezer bags
  • large clear plastic food gift bags and ribbon

Assemble all of the ingredients before you melt the caramels.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper that has been sprayed with non stick spray.

Place the chopped nuts (or candies etc.) in a shallow container.

Remove stems from apples, wash and thoroughly dry them. Insert wooden sticks.

Melt the caramels according to the package directions. Stove top method; place caramels and 2 tablespoons water in a large saucepan, cook on medium-low heat until caramels are completely melted, stir constantly. Microwave method; combine caramels with 1 tablespoon water in a large microwave safe bowl on high for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes, or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute.  At this point I light the little candle under my fondue dish to keep the caramel soft and melty.

Working quickly dip each apple in the melted caramel, spooning caramel over the apple to cover it completely, let the excess drip off, scrape off the extra on the bottom of the apple.

Roll in nuts or candies if desired and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with all apples.

Refrigerate until caramel is set.

Place a quart size freezer bag with one corner down in a short glass, draping the top of the bag over the sides of the  glass. This will become your decorating bag! Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips at a time in a microwave safe dish, 15 – 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted.  Let the melted chocolate cool slightly before transferring it, so it won’t melt the plastic bag. Twist the top of the bag down to the melted chocolate, snip a tiny piece off the corner of the bag. Apply a little pressure and drizzle melted chocolate over the apples.

Chill apples in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. Repeat with white chocolate if desired and let chocolate set in the refrigerator.

Once the chocolate is set the apples can be wrapped for gift giving. Cut a small circle out of wax paper or parchment paper to set the apple on inside the plastic food bag. Tie the top with ribbon. Enjoy the smiling faces when you give these away!

Note: I made one batch using the individually wrapped caramels and one batch using the new Kraft caramel bits and I thought the individual caramels tasted better and I liked the color of them better.

This recipe is featured on A Little Nosh Tasteastic Thursday!

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We finally decided on our Christmas menu – it’s going to be grilled steaks and chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts sauteed with garlic olive oil, and Chocolate Fallen Souffle Torte for dessert!

Of course for Christmas breakfast I will be making our traditional Aelbeskivers – little Danish pancakes and Carol’s Short Cut Eggs Benedicts along with fresh fruit and hash browns.

We also have the tradition of opening Christmas Crackers after breakfast. Christmas Crackers are a favorite tradition in England and contain a paper crown, a small gift, a motto or joke rolled up inside a decorative card board tube. The “cracker” is pulled apart with two people each holding one end of the tube and pulling on it. This results in the tube coming apart the contents spilling out and of course, the pop sound when it is pulled apart! It’s silly but something we have been doing for over 20 years now so it’s a part of our holiday morning tradition. Fun!

I made a double batch of the Caramel apples and we gave them away so I purchased more supplies to make another batch or two! They really are a fun gift to give and you will want a a couple left over for your family too.

Happy Holidays!


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  1. Biz says:

    Tami, those look absolutely professional! I love, love any type of caramel apple – I’ve deemed them insulin worthy!

    This will be a low key Christmas – Hannah is spending Christmas eve at her boyfriend’s families house, my SIL is staying home, my Mom is going to be at my brothers and my sister is staying home – just me and Tony! Not sure what I am going to cook though – he’s been eating nothing but toast, rice and bananas for two weeks!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    These look so amazing! I’m sure they taste just as good:)

  3. fittingbackin says:

    THESE ARE STUNNING! I love the look of these and so smart to make them adorable, edible gifts – so smart! I have to try these!

  4. Janine Klein says:

    Wow–these look totally professional–in fact, better than professional! The presentation is beautiful too—you sure tie the bows beautifully. Lucky recipients.

  5. Dawne Warkentin says:

    Hey you,
    I’m trying to lose weight!!! 🙂 They look fantastic and your Christmas Day menu sounds fabulous!

  6. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    The apples are a fun gift. I’ve been to a party where an enormous one was cut into wedges and served as a treat for guests. That would be a nice addition for someone to serve for a New Year’s celebration.

    We always have Christmas crackers at our family Christmas brunch. It’s a tradition that everyone put on their paper crown while eating. I also save one small gift to open at the table. That probably my favorite part of the day.

    Merry Christmas Tami!

  7. Kiri W. says:

    Oh man, all my favorite toppings! These look amazing!

  8. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Pardon me for drooling all over your blog. 🙂 I’m sure the recipients greatly appreciated these luscious treats!

  9. Carol says:


    You are amazing Tami…your apples look so professional!Sure would make a nice gift!

    I never buy the crackers{we’re never here for the holiday meal} but my sister or niece always have them. We have a lot of fun with the prizes. And, I’m the only one who can’t fit the paper crown…big head I guess!

    Enjoy the holidays!

  10. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    Let me see if I can find a last minute flight your way! 😉

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO yummy looking!!! AND those “crackers” would be great for New Year’s Eve!

    Have a wonderful holiday Tami & will be looking for your cooking show in 2012!

  11. Phillys says:

    Even though I was doing a lot of cooking for Christmas, I had not really planned out Christmas Eve dinner. After lunch on Christmas Eve, it dawned on me that I did not have a dessert for our evening meal. I remembered reading about a chocolate dessert on your blog, and decided to investigate further. Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Torte sounded wonderful, and a cake that is *supposed* to fall sounded like just the ticket for a stress-free dessert. I only had almonds, so that is what I used. I also had to use a 9” spring form pan, and the dessert was baked in 30 minutes. It was FABULOUS! I cannot believe it is low fat. On Christmas Eve, it was just for my husband and me, but you can bet that it will be made again for family and friends. A definite keeper!

    1. Tami says:

      That is one of my favortie desserts! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it. Happy holidays!

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