These Stuffed Caramel Apples with Chocolate Drizzle are going to take your Halloween to the next level with the best toppings!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Apples – use any kind of apples of your choice like empire, granny smith, fuji or honeycrisp.
- Dulce de leche – make your own or use a store-bought variety of caramel or dulce de leche.
- Chocolate chips – use milk or dark chocolate chips.
- White chocolate chips – you can leave these out and just use regular chocolate chips if you don’t like white chocolate.
- Crushed peanuts – crushed hazelnuts would also be delicious.
- Shredded coconut – both sweetened or unsweetened coconut will work. For a similar tropical flavour, use chopped macadamia nuts.
- Toffee bits – make your own or buy some at the store.
- Cinnamon sugar – you could also sprinkle on some brown sugar or regular cinnamon.
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How to make stuffed caramel apples
- Make the dulce de leche.
- Cut the apples in half.
- Scoop out the core.
- Add the dulce de leche.
- Drizzle with chocolate.
- Sprinkle on any toppings and enjoy!
What type of caramel to use
I prefer dulce de leche for these caramel apples, since they give you that traditional caramel apple taste. You can typically find dulce de leche with the jams and ice cream syrups at your local grocery store, or you can order some online.
If you want to make your own dulce de leche, submerge a can of sweetened condensed milk in a large pot of water with the label removed, and keep on a slow boil for 3 hours, filling up the pot with water every half hour or so as necessary. Let the can cool for at least 30 minutes before opening and using.
I know the dulce de leche may seem high maintenance and like it takes a long time, but it’s so worth it compared to store bought caramel. And honestly, all you really have to do is boil a can of sweetened condensed milk in water for a couple hours. I could eat it by the spoonful!
Frequently Asked Questions
Any type of apple will work with this recipe – bonus points if you picked it fresh from an apple orchard! I prefer empire apples because they have the best combination of tartness and sweetness, but granny smith is a popular choice for caramel apples as well. You want an apple that has a bit of a bite to it, not a subtle sweet flavour like a red delicious, so watch what you choose. You don't want the caramel to overpower the apple!
You don’t technically have to dip the apples in caramel since you’ll be stuffing them with dulce de leche, but if you want to dip them in dulce de leche too, go for it! Just make sure the caramel has cooled a bit before dipping your apple. If the dulce de leche is too hot, it won’t stick to the apple and will just slide right off.
The main difference between candy apples and caramel apples is the coating. Candy apples are covered in a coating of corn syrup and sugar, whereas caramel apples are covered in caramel/dulce de leche.
Storing and reheating
Unfortunately, you can’t really store this recipe for later – it’s best made fresh! That being said, you can prep your toppings ahead of time so they’re ready to go.
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Order some dulce de leche for true caramel taste.
- An apple corer will get you more even apple slices, perfect for snacking!
Stuffed Caramel Apples with Chocolate Drizzle
- 6 apples sliced, half and cored (I used Empire apples)
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted
- 2 tbsp crushed peanuts
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp toffee bits
- 1 tbsp cinnamon sugar
- If you didn't buy storebought dulce de leche, submerge a can of sweetened condensed milk in a large pot of water with the label removed, and keep on a slow boil for 3 hours, filling up pot with water every half hour or so as necessary. Let can cool for at least 30 min before opening and using.
- Cut apples in half and cut out the core. Add dulce de leche and drizzle with melted chocolate, then top with your favourite toppings. My favourite combo is caramel and shredded coconut!
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Comments & Reviews
Looks lovely but can you make them ahead of time? Any tips on keeping the apple from going brown other than lemon juice as this would interfere with your flavours?
Taylor Stinson says
Hi Lynette! The lemon juice actually doesn’t really interfere with the flavours if you are making these ahead of time. I find the acid soaks into the apple and prevents it from browning, and it blends with the apple’s own acidity. Of course you will taste the lemon juice if you eat them right away, but if they sit for a few hours the taste isn’t really noticeable and it’s a natural preservative. Be sure to keep them in the fridge as well, that also helps!
Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness says
I love the idea of stuffed apples. These look wonderful!
Taylor Stinson says
Thanks so much Dawn!