101 Candy Apple Treats

More than 101 candy and caramel apple recipes, from quick toppings to gourmet presentation. There’s even a few cocktails to sip while you dip.

More than 101 candy and caramel apple recipes, from quick toppings to gourmet presentation. There's even a few cocktails to sip while you dip.

I didn’t try my first candy apple until I was in college, but not for lack of trying. I remember childhood trips to the state fair and begging my parents for one of the caramel-enrobed orbs hanging with the pastel puffs of cotton candy. “You’ll break your teeth,” they told me, and bought me cotton candy instead.

Candy apples: My forbidden fruit. The first one I ever tried was smothered in sticky caramel and drizzled with chocolate, and it was divine. I’m hooked now. And I still have all my teeth.

Here’s a basic method for you to follow when making candy apples. And here are more than 101 ways to enjoy your candy apples:

Toppings for days

1. Kosher salt
2. Sea salt
3. Sprinkles
4. Cinnamon sugar
5. Pretzels
6. Chocolate-covered pretzels
7. Oreo cookie crumbs
8. Potato chips
9. Crushed saltines
10. Shredded coconut

A little nutty

11. Peanuts
12. Pecans
13. Almonds
14. Walnuts
15. Cashews
16. Pistachios
17. Pumpkin seeds

Candy crush

18. Chocolate chips
19. Peanut butter chips
20. Candy Corn
21. Chopped candy bars
22. Peanut butter cups
23. Mini M&M’s
24. Toffee pieces
25. Red hots
26. Cotton candy

Crazy for caramel

27. Traditional Caramel Apples
28. Vanilla Bourbon Candy Apples
29. Cinnamon Buttermilk Caramel

Drizzles & dips

30. Dark chocolate
31. Milk chocolate
32. White chocolate
33. Peanut butter
34. Butterscotch
35. Dulce de Leche

Delicious combos

36. Birthday cake: white chocolate + rainbow sprinkles
37. Salted caramel and buttered popcorn
38. Triple chocolate
39. Dark chocolate + sea salt
40. Bourbon caramel + pecans
41. Salted Turtles: Milk chocolate + pecans
42. S’mores: Marshmallows + graham cracker crumbs
43. Chocolate on chocolate

Pops rock

44. Mini Caramel Apples
45. Caramel Apple Pops
46. Caramel Apple Kebabs
47. Bite-Size Candy Apple Pops
48. Caramel Apple Slice Pops

Snacktime

49. Caramel Green Apple Chips
50. Homemade Caramel Apple Dip
51. Healthy Candy Apple Wedges
52. Cream Cheese Toffee Apple Dip
53. Vegan Caramel Apple Dipping Sauce
54. Caramel Apple Puppy Chow
55. Candy Apple Cookies

Apple-free

56. Caramel Dipped Pears
57. Caramel Grapes
58. Halloween Marshmallow Pops

Drink it up

59. Caramel Apple Jell-O Shots
60. Caramel Apple Sangria
61. Cinnamon Candy Apple Mini Pousse Cafés
62. Caramel Apple Moonshine
63. Caramel Apple Martini
64. Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktails
65. Caramel Apple Cider
66. Bloody Candy Apple Milkshakes
67. Caramel Apple Milkshake

Spooky scary

68. Snow White’s “Poisoned” Toffee Apple
69. Bloody Candy Apples
70. Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins
71. Spiderweb Caramel Chocolate Apples
72. Vampire Candy Apples
73. Spooky Black Caramel Apples
74. Witchy Caramel Apples

Special effects

75. Drizzled
76. Piped designs
77. Stuffed
78. Sparkly
79. Painted
80. Marbled

Colorful

81. Ombre
82. Neon
83. Pink
84. Red
85. Orange
86. Gold and silver
87. Green
88. Blue
89. Indigo
90. Purple
91. Black
92. White
93. Red, white and blue

Piece of cake

94. Caramel Apple Cake
95. Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake
96. Candy Apple Cake Pops
97. Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Holiday traditions

98. Crushed candy canes
99. Pumpkin Pie Spice Apples
100. Apple Pie Candy Apples
101. Maple Candied Apples

Ha ha ha! We couldn’t stop at 101! Here are bonus apples, just because we love yah!

102. Apple Cider Caramel Bourbon Apple with Bacon

103. Ooey Gooey Caramel Apple Nachos

104. German Chocolate Candy Apple

105. Caramel Apple Slice Pops

Oh, and here are 10 Candy Bar Toppings for your Candy Apples. Just cuz we’re crazy like that. Happy Halloween!

This article originally appeared in October 2015 and was revised and republished in September 2016.

Susannah Brinkley

Susannah blogs at Feast + West where she specializes in cocktails and easy entertaining recipes. She can (and often does) eat a whole jar of olives in one sitting, sans cocktail. A graphic designer, Susannah also blogs about design for bloggers at Garnishing Co.