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!
What's Special About This Recipe?
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 praying 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.
Ingredients You'll Need
This recipe requires only 6 ingredients!
You'll need small honey-crisp apples, unwrapped caramels, semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut oil , sweetened flaked coconut, and chopped pecans. You'll also need a popsicle stick for each slice. (Quantities are listed in the recipe card.)
Can I Use Different Toppings?
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.
Popular Apple Toppers
- 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)
How to Make German Chocolate Caramel Apples
Start by slicing apples into ¼ 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.
Cut a small slit in the bottom of each slice and insert a popsicle stick until it is firmly anchored. Set the apples aside.
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.
Dip apple slices into chocolate. Use a spoon to fully cover each slice. Place slices on a waxed paper lined sheet pan.
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.
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.
Why You'll Love This Candy
Oh my gosh...these apples are so yummy! Kids of all ages love these fun candy slices. They actually look like a candy pop! Adults love them too, but some prefer the chocolate, coconut and pecans to the caramel since it tends to be sticky. That's why I like to make a little of both so everyone will be happy!
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.
More Chocolate Recipes to Love
If this recipe excites you, then be sure to try my other chocolate goodies...
- Salted Chocolate Toffee Bars
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Bark
- Berry Brownie Cups
- Beryl's Chocolate Sheet Cake
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