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Homemade Caramel Apples Without Corn Syrup

Impressive Homemade Caramel Apples Without Corn Syrup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 8 apples 1x


Last Halloween, my caramel apples were a hit. Even the adults love ‘em, too! What they didn’t know is that I made them without corn syrup. Yes, you read that right – homemade caramel apples without corn syrup.



  1. 8 apples, any variety will do
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup water
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar or ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar, whichever you prefer
  5. Optional: 2 teaspoons food coloring


  1. Wash the apples and pat dry. If the apples are waxed, dip in hot water for a few seconds to remove the wax coating before drying
  2. Put bamboo candy sticks in the middle of each of the apples
  3. In a medium pot, add the sugar, water, lemon juice (or vinegar or cream of tartar), and food coloring on medium high heat
  4. When the mixture starts boiling, lower the heat to medium and place the candy thermometer into the pot
  5. Let the sugar mixture boil for about 12 more minutes until the temperature reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Once the sugar mixture reaches the perfect temperature, remove the pot from the heat immediately
  7. At this point, quickly dip the apples into the sugar mixture, swirling around and holding the apple for a few seconds to let the excess mixture drip. Place the apple on top of parchment paper. Repeat this process for the rest of the apples
  8. If the sugar mixture has hardened before you’re done with all 8 apples, reheat the mixture for a few minutes to loosen the mixture up
  9. Let the apples sit for at least 40 minutes before serving
  • Category: Candy
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