Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples

These easy to make Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples are sure to please all the kids this Halloween, including the kids-at-heart!

Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples

Put away the candy thermometer because you won’t need it to make these charming caramel apples. With only two bags of Werther’s original chewy caramels, a bit of evaporated milk, and some food coloring you’ll be rocking these Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples in no time.Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples

I can hardly believe that it’s almost Halloween. I’m not especially a great lover of dressing in costume or in decorating our home with all sorts of spooky decorations. I decorate more for fall with corn stalks, pumpkins and garden mums, than with tombstones, ghosts and witches. This way you get more bang-for-your-buck because you can keep all the decorations out through Thanksgiving.
Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples
I’m also not especially a fan of gross and gory Halloween foods, even though you’d never suspect it from past Halloween recipes I’ve shared here on the blog. Recipes like…
Rat Loaf Meatloaf
Twice-Baked Potato Graves
Eye-Candy Cake Pops
Pukecumber Dip
Blood Suckers
Or, I may throw you off just a bit with how I’ve edited my Facebook profile picture this year. 
Get ready…
HaHaHa. See? I’m more about cutesy! *insert evil laughter here* Yeah, right! 
Well, at least these Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples are cute, and really easy to make too. Here, let me show you how…
Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples
Yield: 4 caramel apples    Hands on Time:  30 minutes
4 large honey crisp apples (or your favorite variety)
2 packages Werther’s Original chewy caramels, unwrapped
2½ tablespoons evaporated milk
orange, black and green food coloring 
1 cup flaked coconut
4 long lollipop sticks
parchment paper
baking sheet
paint brush for painting the faces
-Insert the lollipop sticks into the washed and dried apples. Set aside.
-In a small bowl, mix together the coconut with a few drops of green food coloring until you’ve reached your desired shade of green. Set aside.
-Place the caramels in a microwave safe bowl along with the evaporated milk. Microwave on medium power for 1-2 minutes and stir until the caramels are smooth and melted. Stir in several drops of orange food color until you’ve reached your desired shade of orange.
-Dip the apples into the colored caramel, swirling to coat. Remove the apple from the caramel and allow the excess to drip off, and back into the bowl. 
-Dip the bottom of the apple into the green coconut and place each dipped apple on a parchment lined baking sheet to dry. Allow to dry for 20 minutes.
-In a very small bowl, blend 1 drop of black food coloring with 1 tablespoon water. Use a paintbrush and the diluted black food color to paint the jack-o-lantern faces on the caramel coated apples. *Note – I found it easiest to paint on the caramel apples if you raise up the baking sheet or plate using several books instead of having to bend over.
-Place the painted apples on a platter with the remaining green coconut. Serve.
Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples
Speaking of cute Halloween decorations…How about a little more Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin cheer?
Jack-O-Lantern Painted Wine Glasses
If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from glassware items to aprons, to tea towels, please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit my shop on Etsy. Custom orders are always welcome, and I’m happy to work from any photo or description you send my way.
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!


  1. This is such an adorable idea! Love it!

  2. I am so impressed with these! Not only are they fun, but they are easy! Totally dig that rat, too! Usually I am not big on creepy Halloween recipes (when something looks like real maggots, that is too much for me,) but I love the creativity behind your recipes!

  3. These are SO cool Renee!

  4. I love these! So cute, but I am not sure that I would have the talent or steady hand to paint those faces on, lol. 😉 Such a great idea for Halloween party!

  5. Oh my gosh – how cute are these??!! I love that I don't need a candy thermometer!

  6. These apples are so fun! They totally remind me of my childhood!

  7. They are very cute…all your ideas are great!

  8. I just love your new profile photo, Renee! You are so much fun and all these ideas are so perfect for a Halloween party!

  9. Oh my gosh these are SO awesome. I love caramel apples and these are just perfect for Halloween. I love that photo of you too. How hilarious is that. You cracked me up.

  10. What a clever trick! These are almost too adorable to eat… just almost, though. I'm all about the caramel apples this time of year, and I've yet to find anything that would stop me from chomping down on one. 🙂

  11. Renee, those are the cutest caramel apples I've ever seen. What an awesome idea for Halloween parties!

  12. Bahaha. That puking pumpkin picture! That gave me a good laugh. Thank you. 😀 These caramel apples are so, so neat. It's hard to believe that they're edible!

  13. I love all of this so much! I've never done caramel apples before…and I'm pretty ashamed to admit that!

  14. Holy heck, Renee! Those are freaking awesome! I love the faces on them!

  15. These are just too perfect! They look like glass. You are talented with a paint brush…mine would n-o-t look that way lol!!

  16. These are brilliant Renee! I never would have thought to paint a face on a caramel apple (but of course you would!!!) – and color the caramel. So adorable and perfect for Halloween.

  17. These are absolutely adorable! You are so crafty, my neighborhood kids would love them!

  18. These are so fun and creative! I never would've thought of these. Love love love!

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