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This easy Caramel Apple Nachos recipe uses apple slices and caramel sauce to make a delicious fall treat. Easier than traditional caramel apples and less mess!

caramel apple slices with chocolate and candies served liked nachos on a platter

As much as we love traditional caramel apples, apple slices topped with caramel and candies are so much easier to eat!

Just make the caramel sauce, prepare the apples, pour and dig in!

This easy caramel apple recipe is the perfect fall treat for family gatherings, movie nights or Halloween parties. It also makes a yummy after school snack — My kids love it!

If you love the classic pairing of crisp apple and caramel, try my caramel apple dip or baked caramel stuffed apples and check out more easy desserts!

granny smith apples, lemon, caramel sauce and mini m and m's candy

Apple Nachos Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients for this caramel apple nachos recipe. They should be easy to find in your grocery store or online.

  • Green apples — I use Granny Smith apples, but any tart apple variety will work. Soft apples don’t hold up as well and sweet apples will make this fun dessert too sweet.
  • Caramel sauce — Melt a package of caramel candies of caramel bits, or use homemade caramel sauce
  • Lemon juice — to prevent apple slices from turning brown. You can also use lime juice or lemon lime soda, like Sprite
  • Candies — Mini m and m’s or any small candies for topping

How to Make Caramel Apple Nachos

First, make the caramel sauce. Follow directions on the package of caramel candies to melt the caramels. You can use your microwave or the stove top.

Next, rinse, core and cut apples into even slices. No need to peel the apples unless you want to. Leaving the apple peel on tastes more like the traditional candy apple dessert!

apple slices on a white platter

Brush apple slices with lemon juice, and arrange them neatly on a large platter. You can layer the slices, but be sure not to cover each layer completely.

Next, drizzle melted caramel evenly on top of the apples. Thin ribbons of caramel work best for caramel nachos!

drizzle caramel sauce over sliced apples

Sprinkle candies and fall sprinkles on top of the caramel.

You can use chocolate syrup or melt chocolate chips and white chocolate chips to drizzle chocolate over the apple slices, as well.

Serve these delicious dessert nachos, and dig right into the gooey caramel topped apples.

The great thing about this simple recipe is you can add as many of your favorite toppings as you want. It’s actually a great recipe for using up Halloween candy!

caramel apple nachos in hand

Recipe Variations

Use caramel apple bits in place of the caramel squares. You can use a jar of caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping as long as it’s thick. A bottle of squeezable caramel will be too runny to hold the candies.

Use a mix of red apples and green apples for a pop of color.

Add toffee bits, chopped candy bars, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows or melted marshmallows.

Have an apple nacho bar. Serve the warm caramel sauce in a bowl, and place toppings in separate bowls so folks can build their own easy apple nachos!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Caramel-topped apple slices are best eaten the same day. However, you can refrigerate leftover apple nachos in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

Can you reheat caramel?

Yes. Store leftover caramel sauce covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Reheat caramel sauce over low heat on the stove, stirring frequently, until smooth.

Helpful Tips

Dip apple slices in lemon juice so they won’t turn brown.

To make this apple dessert ahead of time, slice and store fresh apples dipped in lemon juice in the refrigerator up to a day ahead of time. Place the sliced apples in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Pat them dry, and prepare the nachos as usual.

Take the easy way out, and top with good quality caramel sauce like Torani sauce or Ghirardelli caramel sauce.

5 from 4 votes

Caramel Apple Nachos

By: Dee
This easy Caramel Apple Nachos recipe uses apple slices and caramel sauce to make a delicious fall treat. Easier than traditional caramel apples and less mess!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 large Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • mini m and m candies
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  • Prepare caramel sauce according to directions on package of caramel squares
  • Wash, core and slice apples. Brush with lemon juice, and pat dry
  • Arrange apple slices on platter
  • Drizzle caramel sauce on top of apples
  • Drop candies over caramel, and top with your choice of toppings


You can use homemade caramel sauce or use caramel toffee bits in place of square candies.
Use lime juice or lemon lime soda to coat apple slices if you don’t have lemon juice.


Calories: 91kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.02g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 82mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 56IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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We love this easy recipe more than the classic caramel apple! This delicious treat is just perfect for this time of year.

For more favorite apple recipes, try my apple crisp without oats, crescent roll apple dumplings , apple pie dump cake or browse the fall recipes archives.

I hope you enjoy this delicious fall dessert as much as we do. If you try it, please leave a comment and/or star rating.

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Recipe published in 2022 and updated in 2023.

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  1. Troy says:

    So easy and then I got to eat it! Yummy! This will be good any time!5 stars

  2. Edna says:

    Wow, how simple and easy! Not too messy either. Great for little grandchildren’s fingers.5 stars