Enjoy the flavors of a caramel apple in an easy-to-make fudge.
This 3-ingredient fudge is made using white chocolate and Dulce de Leche (caramelized sweetened condensed milk) and is speckled with bits of soft apple rings.
easy caramel apple fudge
This fudge has all the flavors you love about a caramel apple in a soft fudge. It’s easy on your teeth, unlike sticky caramel, and it tastes great.
Plus, it’s super easy to make by melting white chocolate together with Dulce de Leche.
What is Dulce de Leche?
- Dulce de Leche is caramelized sweetened condensed milk.
- It has a rich caramel flavor and smooth creamy texture.
- You can buy cans and jars of Dulce de Leche or you can make homemade Dulce de Leche.
Just like all of our recipes, this caramel apple fudge is easy to make, but you may want to check out our fudge FAQ page for tips and tricks.
Sometimes different ingredients, such as the white chocolate you use can change the texture of fudge, and it’s helpful to know this before you begin.
how to make easy caramel apple fudge
Caramel Apple Fudge is a simple white chocolate fudge (white chocolate chips combined with Dulce de Leche) with chopped dried apple rings added.
tools you’ll need:
- 8 or 9-inch square baking pan
- non-stick foil (you may also grease the pan)
ingredients you’ll need:
- white chocolate chips – I use Nestle Premier White Morsels.
notes on the white chocolate:
- This recipe was developed using Nestle Premier White Morsels which are compound white chocolate (also known as confectionery coating). This white chocolate is made using palm kernel oil not cocoa butter and it makes a soft fudge that holds its shape well.
- If you use pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), you will need to add 4 ounces to the fudge recipe. Pure white chocolate won’t set as firmly as confectionery coating, so you need more in this recipe.
- Dulce de Leche – You’ll need 14 ounces (1 can) of this soft caramelized sweetened condensed milk. I used 1 can of Nestle Dulce de Leche to make this fudge. It’s soft and creamy yet thick.
- apple rings – Look for soft dried apple rings (not crunchy apple chips) to make this fudge. Chop them into 1/4-inch pieces. You can find apple rings at most grocery stores and health food stores.
step one: Prepare your baking pan.
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick tin foil or lightly greased parchment paper.
- You may also use a 9-inch square pan if that is what you have, but the fudge will be a bit thinner.
step two: Melt the ingredients.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl stir together 20 ounces of white chips (or 24 ounces of pure white chocolate) with 14-ounces of Dulce de Leche.
- Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power.
- Let the bowl sit in the warm microwave for 3 minutes.
- Then, remove the bowl and stir until the white chocolate melts.
- If the chips are not melting, let the bowl rest for another few minutes, then stir again.
- If necessary, microwave for additional 15-second intervals, stirring after each until melted.
- DO NOT overheat the white chocolate or your fudge will become greasy.
- Alternatively, melt the chocolate and Dulce de Leche in the top of a double boiler (a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.)
- For best results, melt the chips with heat only until they are about three-quarters of the way melted, then rely on residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chips, rather than adding additional heat. This prevents scorching.
step three: Add the apples.
- Reserve some chopped apples for the top of the fudge.
- Stir the remaining apples into the fudge.
- Scrape the fudge evenly in the prepared pan and sprinkle the reserved apples over the top.
- Chill until firm, for at least 2 hours, or let the fudge cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours.
- Lift the fudge out of the pan by grasping the edges of the foil, then cut it into 16 squares.
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printable caramel apple fudge recipe
Soft caramel fudge speckled with chopped dried apple rings is easy to make using white chocolate and Dulce de Leche.
- 20 ounces Nestle Premier White Morsels (or 24 ounces pure white chocolate chips)
- 14 ounces Dulce de Leche
- 1 cup chopped soft dried apple rings
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick tin foil or lightly greased parchment paper.
Stir together the white chips and Dulce de Leche in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl.
Heat in the microwave at 70% power for 90 seconds.
Let the bowl rest in the warm microwave for 3 minutes.
Remove and stir until melted.
If the white chips have not completely melted, let rest for 3 more minutes, then stir again.
If needed, heat for 15 seconds at 70% power, then let rest in the microwave for 3 minutes before stirring until melted.
Reserve about 3 tablespoons of chopped apples then stir the rest into the fudge mixture.
Spread the caramel apple fudge into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the reserved apples over the top of the fudge.
Press the apples into the fudge to ensure they stick.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until firm, or set aside and let the fudge cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours until firm.
Remove from the pan, peel off the tin foil, and cut into 16 squares.
- Store your caramel apple fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
- You can freeze the fudge for up to 3 months. Wrap it in wax or parchment paper, then overwrap it in tin foil before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then set on your counter at room temperature for at least 2 hours before unwrapping. This will keep the fudge from getting sticky (wet from condensation).
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