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Turtle Caramel Apples
Turtle Caramel Apples
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This twist on a traditional caramel apple adds chopped peanuts and chocolate chips for a gourmet treat.

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8 turtle caramel apples
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Turtle Caramel Apples
Light Brown Sugar
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8 turtle caramel apples


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 2 cups Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • 8 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Remove stem from apples and insert popsicle sticks. Place on wax paper or silpat. Set aside.
  2. Mix chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan large enough to hold all ingredients (excluding apples) melt butter. Add sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, brown sugar and salt. Stir to a boil, preferably using a heat resistant rubber spatula.
  4. On medium heat continue to stir until the caramel reaches 245°F.
  5. Remove from heat and pour in vanilla extract.
  6. Carefully tilt pan to obtain a deep caramel layer. Dip one apple at a time rotating in caramel until well coated. Remove from caramel and dip in bowl of chopped nuts/mini chocolate chips. Place on wax paper or silpat.
  7. Allow to cool before consuming.
  8. Remaining caramel can be reheated and used for sweetening coffee. Soak the pan in water for easy cleanup.


Turtle caramel apples make a thoughtful holiday gift. Just wrap individually with cellophane and a ribbon.

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