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18 candy apple recipes

Whether you want to dip your apples in chocolate and caramel or a spicy mixture made with cinnamon Red Hots, one of these creative candy apple recipes is sure to be a hit this year.

During the colder fall and winter months, we naturally crave the season’s best cinnamon and apple sweets. Whether your kids are begging for a batch or you’re throwing a fall-inspired party, candy and caramel apples are the perfect dessert. They’re also great additions to a Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner.

Now, here’s the fun part! There are so many ways to make amazing candied apples. Not only can you choose your favorite apples, but you can also choose your favorite ingredients and flavor combinations. So whether you want to mix chocolate and caramel or spice things up by melting cinnamon Red Hots into the candying mix, there’s probably a recipe for it. Get started with one of these 18 candy apple recipes and make some of the best candy apples yet.

1. Maple candied apple

Celebrate apple season this fall with this maple candied apple recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. Top the candy apples with a wonderful web of spun sugar for a unique flare.

2. Brown sugar candy apple

Pour a little brown sugar in your classic candy apple recipe to make these extra-sweet candy apple party treats from The Magic Onion and Oils. Perfect for any fall party.

3. Red hot candy apple

These easy-to-make Red Hots candy apples from MomStart will be a hit with your family and friends this fall. So roll up your sleeves and give them a try.

4. Chocolate-covered caramel apples

For all of the chocolate lovers out there, this chocolate-covered caramel apple from The Brewer and the Baker will feed your endless craving. Coat them with marshmallows for an amazing s’mores twist.

5. Traditional candy apple

If you’re looking to keep it traditional — and easy — here’s a great candy apple recipe, found on Delish, for those who don’t have a family recipe to follow.

6. Cinnamon candied apple

A few drops of cinnamon oil can turn the traditional treat into an even more delicious indulgence — cinnamon candied apples via Chica and Jo. They’re perfect for a warm and cozy night in.

7. Chocolate caramel apples

Drench apples with caramel and chocolate, ala this recipe from She Wears Many Hats, for a sweet overload that you won’t be able to resist. And for your apple toppings, nuts or even sprinkles work great.

8. Mini caramel apples

A coffee scoop (or a melon baller!) will come in handy for making these mini caramel-covered apples from At Home In Love. This recipe is great for kids to help make and eat — and if you’re lucky, they may even leave some for you!

9. Apple pie candy apple

For the best of both apple pie and candy apples, make these heavenly apple pie apple treats from The Cooking of Joy. They won’t fail to amaze family or friends.

10. Black candy apples

These spooky black candy apples from Baked by Rachel are perfect for Halloween. Make them for your haunted Halloween bash and watch your guests quickly devour them.

11. Red white and blue candy apples

For a very patriotic treat, try out this adorable red, white and blue candy apple by Tidy Mom.

12. Candy and caramel apple slices

These easy-to-make and even easier-to-eat candy and caramel apple slices, found via The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, are a great bite-size fall treat for the whole family. They’ll cut down the mess when little ones munch on them.

13. Apple crisp caramel candy apples

This recipe from Divas Can Cook combines fall favorite apple crisp with a caramel candy apple. Don’t forget to work quickly to avoid a hardened caramel mess.

14. Candy apple popcorn balls

Perfect for fall or winter, these candy apple popcorn balls by the Country Cleaver are simple to make and as delicious as your traditional candy apple.

15. Vegan candy apples

Your vegan friends shouldn’t have to be deprived when you whip up a batch of candy apples, so try this vegan candy apple recipe from Vegan Nook.

16. Cotton candy apple

These fun and colorful cotton candy apples by Sweetapolita will bring the carnival home for your little ones. Decorate them with your favorite bright sprinkles for an even more whimsical look.

17. Candy apple cupcakes

Short on apples? Try out a batch of these candy apple cupcakes from Honest Fare that will make about 44 mini cupcakes out of only four apples.

18. Peanut butter caramel apples

If you really want to go all in, make these fully-decked-out peanut butter caramel apples, using The Spruce Eats recipe. They’re topped with peanut butter cups, chopped peanuts, and semi-sweet chocolate. Yum.