Caramel Apples in the Slow Cooker

A Caramel Apple Recipe

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Caramel Apple Event, CARES Team

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Need a fun food idea for an event? Try caramel apples with your slow cooker. It’s easy to do, and event attendees will love the apples. The photo below is a caramel apple event of a CARES team.

A CARES Team Caramel Apple eVENT

Get bakers’ caramel bits. If you can’t find them, use the individually wrapped caramels. It’s more time consuming, but it works. You can buy short apple sticks at the store or order them through Amazon. They’re like skewers but shorter and thicker.

My daughter, Cristen, made this recipe as a team member in the CARES program at an apartment complex. I was visiting her and her family once when she made the caramel apples. I had fun helping unwrap the caramels.

Slow Cooker Caramel Apples

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Caramel Apples


  • apple sticks
  • 50 apples
  • 10 packages Kraft Caramel Bits
  • fruit wash
  • Optional: slow cooker liners


  1. Wash the apples with fruit wash or the caramel won't stick to the apples because of the wax on them.
  2. Cut the stems off.
  3. Insert the short sticks into the apples.
  4. Put the caramel in the slow cooker, and turn it on low or high untilcaramel melts.
  5. Stir it every 15 minutes or so until it's smooth.
  6. Then turn your slow cooker on the buffet setting if it has that option.
  7. Dip your apples in.
  8. Add your toppings (nuts, M&Ms, etc.)
  9. It's best to use slow cooker liners.
  10. If you don't buy liners, scoop as much as you can out with a cup, wipe the excess off the sides with a hot wet wash rag, and then you can turn the crock pot off.
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Cristen and her husband ran out of the caramel bits and had to buy the individually wrapped ones. It was all worth the effort when apartment residents came to get their apples dipped in caramel and toppings.

Host your own caramel apple event. It’s great for community, family, birthday party, and other events.

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CARES Team Caramel Apple Event




  1. Caramel apples from a crock pot? I would never have thought of this. It’s a great idea. How long does it take for the wrapped caramels to melt?

    1. Author

      I don’t recall how long it took, but I know that I stirred it quite a bit while I was unwrapping the caramels and adding them to the mixture.

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