Caramel apples are one of the most enjoyable treats to customize to any theme or holiday. So many fun options. When made with homemade caramel and dipped into rich chocolate, sprinkled with toppings and then designed to match the party, they are sure to dazzle. This is fun because you really get to use your creativity on this one, with regards to decoration ideas. Here are some of my ideas for creating a Christmas caramel apple.

This post is made for someone who has already tried out homemade caramel apples and feels fairly confident in making them. If you want the basics of making a caramel apple, go check out this post first, Caramel Apples. Below, you’ll only find decorating ideas and not a whole lot about the steps to make the actual caramel apple.

Christmas Tree Caramel Apples

Here how I’d recommend doing it. First you dip your apple in the homemade caramel. Once the caramel has set, dip that same apple in melted white chocolate. The easiest type of chocolate to use is compound, meaning it’s already mixed with cocoa butter and does not need to be tempered. This just makes it so much more simple and easy to work with. Plus, it still tastes delicious. Van Leer White Chocolate Snaps are my favorite to use.

if you’re a fan of the apple pie caramel apple flavor like I am, you can sprinkle cinnamon & sugar on the wet white chocolate. Or if you’d rather a blank canvas to work with, you can leave it plain white.

Next step is finding a Christmas Tree you want to use. To get a tree on the apple, you just need a silicone mold like this one. Dye your chocolate green with a liquid food coloring and then pour it into the mold and let it set. If you are inpatient, like I am, you can put the mold with chocolate inside the freezer for 5 or so minutes and it will harden up. Take the tree out of the mold and stick it to your apple with a medium sized dot of melted chocolate on the back, which acts like a really tasty glue.

Christmas caramel apples with trees on the front

Christmas Light Caramel Apples

Very similar to the first set of instructions, you dip your apple in some caramel and then in some chocolate. Except this time, if you want to use milk chocolate as well, I love this compound chocolate. Again, compound is just easier to melt because you do not have to temper it. Now after your chocolate has set you can add some Christmas lights by pouring some colored chocolate (with colors or your choosing) to set in some molds like this.

Christmas caramel apples with light strands

Christmas Pattern Caramel Apples

By this point in my post, you get the drill. Dip the apple in the caramel, dip that apple (once set) in some compound chocolate and then sprinkle on some toppings (if you desire). Finally, pour some colored chocolate (you can dye white chocolate with liquid food coloring) into some molds like these. Then you can adhere the little mini chocolate designs to your apple by dotting a bit of melted chocolate on the back, just like glue. These are so fun! Whether you make these with kids, with friends or by yourself, you’ll have a blast.

Food is an Art

For the person who just wants to get creative in life, but also wants the end result to be practical, this is for you. Food can be so much fun to get creative with. After you are done, it can be enjoyed with your eyes and your taste buds. I hope this post got your creative juices flowing. Look below the recipe for my Instagram handle and tag me with all your creations!

Try these Christmas caramel apples for your next holiday party

Caramel Apples

5 from 1 vote
Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20 apples
What pairs better than homemade caramel & crisp sour apples? A perfect year-round treat. You can up your game by dipping your finished caramel apple into melted chocolate.


  • 2 cups karo syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk 1/2 14 oz. can
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 granny smith apples
  • 20 apple sticks


For the Caramel

  • Plug in a large (10 quart) kettle in and turn dial to 250 degrees, or place a very large pot on stove top on medium heat.
  • Pour in karo syrup & sugar, stir with a wooden spoon until sugar has melted
  • Put heavy whipping cream and condensed milk in a double broiler on low heat to warm
  • Pour in 1/2 cup of warm cream mixture into large pot and stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Repeat every 5 minutes until all the cream is mixed in.
  • Turn heat up to 300 degrees and place a candy thermometer in
  • Boil the caramel until it reaches soft ball stage (234 degrees)
  • Turn heat off or take off heat immediately and stir in vanilla

For the Apples

  • While the caramel is cooking, check each apple for bruise of puncture. Cannot use the apple if it has either.
  • Remove stem by twisting it until it falls off
  • Wash each apple in warm water and fruit wash
  • Thoroughly dry apples
  • Push sticks into apples where stems once were
  • After the caramel is cooked, let it cool for 5 minutes and start dipping
  • Fully submerge the apple into the caramel, shake off the excess and scrape the bottom of the apple against the pot
  • Place the dipped apple on parchment paper so it doesn't stick to your counter
  • Once set, you can enjoy as is or dip in melted chocolate


Calories: 447kcal Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 3g Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 17g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 84mg Sodium: 34mg Potassium: 300mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 46g Vitamin A: 1174IU Vitamin C: 9mg Calcium: 86mg Iron: 0.3mg

Have you tried this recipe?

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