Perfect Caramel Apples

Makes 4-6 caramel apples



6 small or 4 medium tart apples, rinsed and dried

1 tablespoon water

7 oz. caramel candies (about 28 candies)

Nonstick cooking spray

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Special equipment: candy sticks, craft sticks or plastic forks


Topping ideas: crushed pretzels, mini candies or chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts, and cinnamon and sugar



Prepare toppings in shallow cups. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.


In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, add caramels and water. Melt until smooth, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla extract. Dip apples into caramel one at a time, rotating the apples in the saucepan to help coat evenly. Let excess caramel drip off. Dip apple in toppings of your choice and place on the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.