Healthy Caramel Apples

This recipe came from Cooking Light and claims to be healthy, but they tasted so good that I'm not sure where the healthy part comes in... I guess it's all relative and these are healthier than other versions!

The original recipe came from Cooking Light, October 2010, posted here. I'm putting my own pictures into this little recipe/tutorial though and you can download the recipe to print here (pdf and doc versions available).

  • 16 wooden sticks (popsicle sticks)
  • 16 small apples, chilled
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups Half-and-Half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Candy thermometer

1. Push the wooden sticks into the tops of the chilled apples (we just put them in the fridge for a half hour or so before we started this project). Then put the apples back into the fridge until you have the caramel ready.
I love this project... and not just because this sour apple green is my most favorite color ever... but it helped!
2. Put the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan. Boil them, stirring until dissolved. Boil, without stirring, 9 minutes or until light golden.

3. Combine Half-and-Half, vanilla, and salt; slowly stir into pan. Boil until candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees Farenheit (about 45 minutes), stirring frequently.

a close-up of the candy thermometer (less than $5 at Walmart! wohoo!)
4. Pour caramel into a bowl sitting in a hot water bath. Swirl apples in the caramel and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

this was our hot water bath - a big glass bowl and a big soup bowl

the boyfriend did a much better, cleaner job dipping these so the pictures are of his technique...
we have metal shelf things on our counter, so it was easier to just put wax paper on those and then leave the apples to dry, so that's what we did and we had no problems...

We wrapped the dry caramel apples with cellophane and pipe cleaner ties because we didn't plan to eat all of them at once and we had minimal issues with the cellophane coming off later!

The one issue we did have is that the caramel was very, very thick and somehow we ended up not having enough caramel to cover more than 10 apples. The boyfriend says he thinks that if we had heated up the caramel for longer, it would have been thinner and covered more apples. Also, the apple we sampled the same night we made these was a little intense and hard to eat with the thick caramel, but a few days later, they were much easier to eat!

If you want to print out the recipe for your own recipe binder, feel free to download it here.

According to Cooking Light, for each serving (one caramel apple), you have 221 calories, 3.7g fat, 2.2g saturated fat, 1.2g protein, 48.9g carbohydrate, 2.5g fiber, 11mg cholesterol, 0.2mg iron, 57mg sodium, and 40mg calcium. Obviously I can't test this myself so I'm just passing on this information not personally guaranteeing it. I do guarantee that these were YUMMY! : )


  1. Looks delish! The healthy part is the apple! What a hairy arm you have there.

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  2. (found this on a link party)
    ohhh I have been wanting to make these for awhile but didnt have a recipe! thanks for sharing they look so yummy!

  3. Hi! Came over from Look What I Made with Kara... Wanted to invite you to link up this recipe on my Tasty Tuesday party... the link closes tonight, but you can always come over next week if you miss it. Hope to see you there!

  4. Cracks me up that these are healthy. Must be because they use half and half and light corn syrup instead of cream and heavy corn syrup? LOL They look yummy! Great idea with the warm water bath. I always have to reheat my caramel in the middle. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  5. Yumm! I looove caramel apples!

    I'd love for you to share at my weekly link party:

  6. What a great Halloween snack. Please link this to my Halloween Traditions link up!

  7. I love Caramel apples - will have to try these!

  8. Thanks for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday. I have featured you on my fb page. Are you a fan?

  9. What a great recipe! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


  10. Hmmm yummmm....these look wonderful and i love the green apples!

  11. I'm going to have to give these a try! I am featuring them tomorrow on your Spotlight post! :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites FFA party! Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! XOXO!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  12. I always love your projects and I wanted to stop by and thank you for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful and let you know that I featured you yet again this week. :)

  13. Yummm...I will make this for my wee one-I'm thinking a whole bunch of little kids would love these at a birthday party :-)

    Happy new follower, hope you can stop by my neck of the woods, I've got a fun contest running right now.

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE caramel apples! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  15. Yummy! If they are healthy then it will be ok if I eat one with every meal right? ;) Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing it with us at our link up party!

  16. I'm not sure where the healthy part comes in either, but it's all relative when it comes to treats like that. And they certainly look YUMMY, which makes them good in my book! Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!


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