Learn to celebrate the simple things in life with these sweet vegan caramel apples. Apples are available all year round with countless choices to appease your appetite. From delightful Granny Smith to delicious Fuji, you’ll have so much fun being creative with your caramel-dipped concoctions.
Once your apples are prepared and your caramel is creamy, the rest is a cinch. My suggestion is to get your apples and tasty toppings assembled ahead of time. Then, all you have to do is dunk and dip!
Did you know that the traditional ruby red candy apple was invented in 1908 by the candy maker, William W. Kolb of Newark, New Jersey? He sold them at Christmas time with their signature sweet cinnamon mixture for only 5 cents apiece. They were so popular on their own that the appearance of the chewy, creamy caramel apple didn’t occur until the 1950s.
Having an excess of caramel candy from Halloween sales at the Kraft factory, Dan Walker (an employee at Kraft) decided to use the extras to cover apples. Surprisingly, it was a huge success and the caramel sheets were soon created. After around 10 years of making caramel apples by hand, Vito Riamondi of Chicago, Illinois created and invented an automated caramel apple machine in the 1960s.
These uniquely attired apples paved the way for other delightful dips such as taffy, chocolate and even jelly (which is softer, sweeter, and cherry flavored)! Which topping would you be tempted by the most?
Another interesting option is to substitute the whole-apple-on-a-stick variety for slices. Instead of using popsicle sticks, for ease of eating, cut the apple into circular or wedge-shaped slices. You’ll get sweet satisfaction in seconds!
Once you slice your apple in the shape you desire, hold one end and dip the bottom half into the creamy caramel. Tap on some tasty toppings and arrange each gently onto parchment paper.
You could also cut your apple into “fries” and cover with caramel as mentioned above. Add a little bit of natural red food coloring to a portion of the caramel and you’ve got yourself “fries and ketchup!” Place in a small wax paper bag and the kids will go wild.
You’ll need to use full-fat canned coconut milk for this recipe, not the kind in the carton. The canned version will give your caramel mixture an extra thickness and richness that is perfect for this decadent treat. Any leftover, luscious milk can be saved and refrigerated.
Caramel tastes simply delicious on its own, but adding some spice can make it sensational! Try these scented suggestions:
Endless possibilities, but here are several sassy suggestions:
While vegan caramel apples are best eaten the day you make them, you can always refrigerate any leftovers for a day or two. After that, the caramel might begin to fall apart a little and the apple may become mushy. Keep your festive apples fresh by following these simple steps.
The best way to store your extras is to wrap each apple separately in a piece of wax or parchment paper. Rip off a piece of paper (around 12” square) and place the apple in the center. Lift the 4 points of each side toward the stick so that the apple itself is completely covered. Secure around the stick with a twist tie, tape, piece of string or ribbon. If you have extra wedges or slices, simply place parallel into a paper-lined container and store in the fridge.
In a pinch, you could use any overripe apples for an impromptu vegan caramel apple crumble. Add the leftovers to a small casserole dish, top with a ½ – 1 cup of homemade granola, a tablespoon of vegan butter, and a dash of cinnamon (or even cinnamon sugar!). Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F until golden and bubbly.
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If you love the flavor of caramel, but can’t find a vegan-friendly version, you must consult the Vegan Caramel Guide. It has everything you need to know about this buttery, sweet ingredient!
We want to thank our amazing recipe testers, J.J Steele and Anne Sparks!
Homemade Vegan Caramel Apples recipe by Julie Massa. Photos by Zhoro Apostolov for World of Vegan. Recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved.