How to Make Caramel

See how to turn sugar into caramel, then browse our caramel apple toppings bar.

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Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the water before the mixture boils; stray granules will turn your caramel gritty.

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The mixture will thicken and change color as it cooks. Remove the caramel from the heat when it is just light amber; it will darken as it cools.

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Heavy cream makes the caramel soft and sticky, rather than brittle. Be careful: The cream will bubble and splatter when you add it to the hot caramel.

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Caramel Apples

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Caramelize This: Use the caramel sauce above for more than just apples. 

Caramel Apple Toppings

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Perfect Caramel Apples

Don't let fall go by without biting into at least one really great caramel apple.

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Ballpark Blend

Roll apple in: Salted peanuts and caramel popcorn. The salty-sweet combination can't be beat.

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Cookies and Cream

Roll apple in: Crushed Oreo cookies and a drizzle of melted white chocolate. Almost any dessert is better with crushed Oreos on it.

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Tropical Twist

Roll apple in: Toasted shredded coconut and chopped macadamia nuts. This tropical mix is a no-fail flavor combination.

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Health Nut

Roll apple in: Chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. Try this for a "healthier" treat.

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Asian Fusion

Roll apple in: Diced crystallized ginger and toasted sesame seeds. Try this for a surprising, Asian twitst on classic fall flavors.

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Cheddar Crunch

Roll apple in: Crushed cheese crackers. This creative topping riffs on apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust.

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