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Spooky Black Caramel Apples

Spooky homemade black caramel apples, a fun treat perfect for Halloween parties!
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Caramel, Halloween
Servings: 5 apples


  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C heavy cream
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp McCormick black food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter


  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Prepare apples: wash, dry and remove stems. Insert sticks or popsicle/craft sticks. Set aside.
  • In a medium heat proof bowl, add corn syrup, water and granulated sugar. Microwave for 5-7 minutes until mixture boils and turns a light amber color. Watch closely and remove immediately after it has reached ideal shade.
  • Stir in heavy cream, followed by salt, vanilla and food coloring. Mix until well incorporated. Finally stir in butter until smooth.
  • Immediately dip and coat one apple at a time. Tilt and rotate to coat completely. Hold over bowl with stick up, allowing excess to drip off or 10-15 seconds. Flip upside down, with stick down, letting caramel set for 15-20 seconds. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
  • Chill for at least 30-60 minutes to completely set caramel.
  • Can be made up to a day ahead.


*If caramel doesn't immediately stick to the apple, the caramel may be too hot and liquidy. Stir until slightly cooler and thicker.
**If caramel thickens quickly, reheat in the microwave or over a saucepan of simmering water until it is of pourable consistency again.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel