• 4-5 medium-sized Granny Smith apples
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk (ensure it’s gluten-free)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Wooden sticks for dipping
  • Toppings of your choice: chopped nuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed gluten-free cookies, etc.


  1. Prepare the Apples:
    • Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. This ensures that the caramel will stick properly.
    • Slice each apple into wedges. For easy handling and eating, consider cutting each apple into 8 slices.
  2. Insert Wooden Sticks:
    • Insert wooden sticks into the bottom of each apple slice. This will make them resemble traditional caramel apples on a stick. Place the prepared apple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Make the Caramel:
    • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, butter, and light corn syrup.
    • Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low. Continue to cook and stir for about 10-15 minutes until the caramel thickens and turns a rich, golden brown color.
    • Remove the caramel from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. Dip the Apple Slices:
    • Dip each apple slice into the caramel, ensuring it’s fully coated. Allow any excess caramel to drip back into the saucepan.
  5. Add Toppings:
    • While the caramel is still warm, roll the caramel-coated apple slices in your choice of toppings. Chopped nuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or crushed gluten-free cookies work well.
  6. Set and Cool:
    • Place the caramel-coated apple slices back on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let them cool and set. This will take around 15-20 minutes.
  7. Enjoy:
    • Once the caramel is set, your gluten-free caramel apple slices are ready to enjoy. They make a perfect Halloween treat or a delightful dessert for any occasion.
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