German Chocolate Caramel Apples

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German Chocolate Caramel Apples are dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, then drizzled with creamy caramel, coconut and pecans. They’re the perfect sweet treat for fall and holidays like Halloween!

german chocolate caramel apple slices on a polka dot plate
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Imagine swirling a honey crisp apple into melted chocolate, then dipping it in your favorite toppings. If you’re a german chocolate lover like me, you’ll go crazy over these gourmet caramel apples that taste just like your favorite slice of cake!

These apples are perfect for parties and fun holidays like Halloween. Kids of all ages love these chocolate dipped caramel apple slices. They actually look and taste like a candy pop!

Making chocolate caramel apples is a fun activity to do with kids. Even though it can get kind of messy, that’s the best part. You can’t mess up these apple slices no matter how hard you try!

stack of honey crisp apples on a floral plate.

Ingredients

  • honey-crisp apples
  • unwrapped caramels
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • coconut oil (ad)
  • sweetened flaked coconut
  • chopped pecans

You’ll also need a popsicle stick for each slice. (Quantities are listed in the recipe card.)

ingredients for caramel apples including caramels, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans

Variations

I was inspired to create this recipe because German Chocolate is my favorite type of cake. But. if you want to create a caramel apple bar and offer different toppings, go for it! The sky is the limit!

  • candy sprinkles (rainbow, stars, edible glitter)
  • crushed cookies (Oreos, Nutter Butter, Mint Patties)
  • crushed candy bars (Butterfinger, Heath Bar, Almond Joy)
  • candy chips (butterscotch, white chocolate, peanut butter)
  • all types of chopped nuts (cashews, pistachios, peanuts)
  • dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, cherries)
apple being dipped into a bowl of melted chocolate.

Instructions

1 – Start by slicing apples into 1/4 inch slices. It’s best to cut off the ends and slice down the middle so the apples will be flat on both sides. You should be able to get 2 to 3 slices from each apple.

2 – Cut a small slit in the bottom of each slice and insert a popsicle stick until it is firmly anchored. Set the apples aside.

3 – Set up a candy dipping station with all of your toppings in bowls. Melt chocolate in a microwave in 30 second intervals. Stir each time until chocolate is creamy. Add coconut oil and stir well.

steps showing how caramel apples are made

4 – Dip apple slices into chocolate. Use a spoon to fully cover each slice. Place slices on a waxed paper lined sheet pan.

5 – Immediately sprinkle coconut and pecans on each slice covered in chocolate. Melt caramel in microwave in 30 second intervals with 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir each time until caramel is creamy.

6 – Using a spoon, drizzle caramel over the top of apples that have been sprinkled with coconut and pecans. Place apples in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden. After they harden, break off the excess candy and place on a serving dish.

steps showing the progress of making caramel apples

Fun Facts

Is there anything that takes you back to childhood more than apples? I remember bobbing for apples when I was in 5th grade. I was hoping I wouldn’t drown myself and ruin my cute little hairdo.

After the sixth attempt of sticking my head in ice cold water, I didn’t care anymore. I wanted to beat all the boys and bite those apples!

Making German Chocolate Caramel Apples is more fun than dunking your head in a bucket of water! Slicing the apples instead of using whole fruit makes them easier to bite.

Serving Suggestions

These apples make great gifts when individually wrapped. Simply place one caramel apple in a plastic bag and tie it with a twist tie or pretty bow.

German Chocolate Candy Apples make perfect favors for birthday parties, baby showers, or even wedding receptions!

Once apples have been decorated, keep them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Take out of the fridge and allow to warm up a bit before serving.

caramel apple slices wrapped in plastic bags

Recipe FAQS

How do you keep caramel from sliding off apples?

Make sure the apples are completely dry before dipping them in chocolate. Once the chocolate is on the apple slice, it will keep the caramel from sliding off.

How long does it take caramel apples to dry?

It only takes about 30 minutes for the apples to set if they are placed in the refrigerator after dipping. The caramel will harden quickly.

Can these apples be refrigerated?

Yes, in fact, you should store them in the refrigerator after 1 day. They are better when freshly made, but can last at least 2 days in the fridge.

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Recipe Card

german chocolate caramel apple slices stacked on a white plate.

German Chocolate Caramel Apples

German Chocolate Caramel Apples are dipped in semi-sweet chocolate, then drizzled with creamy caramel, coconut and pecans. They're the perfect sweet treat for fall! 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 351kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 6 small honey crisp apples
  • 16 popsicle sticks
  • 12 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 cups pecans finely chopped
  • 11 oz. caramels unwrapped
  • 1 Tbsp. milk or water

Instructions

  • Wash and dry apples very well. Slice into 1/4 inch slices. They must be completely dry.
  • Cut a small slit in the bottom of each slice. Insert a popsicle stick until it is firmly anchored.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals until creamy. Stir each time. Add coconut oil and mix well. Keep warm. 
  • Dip each apple slice into chocolate. Use a spoon to fully cover each slice. Warm chocolate up in microwave if it hardens.
  • Place slices on a waxed paper-lined sheet pan.
  • Sprinkle coconut and pecans on each slice. 
  • Unwrap caramels and melt with milk in microwave at 30 second intervals until creamy. Stir well. Keep warm.
  • Drizzle caramel over top of apples with a spoon. 
  • Place apples in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • After candy hardens, break off excess and place apples on serving dish or in wrapped packages.

Notes

  • You may have to microwave chocolate and caramel throughout process to keep it from hardening.
  • Before eating, let apples sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow caramel to loosen.
  • Store apples in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Slicing the apples is brilliant! Why had I not thought of this before???? Can’t wait to try these fir the grand kids!

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