Caramel apples are one thing that all kids and adults love.
Delicious, crunchy, and importantly, you can easily prepare them. If you don’t want to prepare them, you can easily find them being sold in carts or grocery stores
You bought a bunch of caramel apples in excitement or made some at home. Later you realize that “I may not be able to finish all this at once.”
Hardly one can finish one caramel apple at once. It’s not an issue, but it would be if caramel apples go bad.
So here I will tell my experience about how long caramel apples will last and how you can store them to preserve them better.
Generally, Caramel apples last for 14 days in the fridge. But this time varies depending on different situations. Let’s know more about it.
Did you know: That the recipe for caramel apples came from a woman called Mrs. Edna Kastrup?
Do Caramel Apples go Bad?
Caramel apples do go bad as all the other food items do. Apples are, in nature, perishable products, but they don’t go bad, unlike some other fruits.
Hence caramel apples have a considerate shelf-life. But their shelf-life may vary depending on conditions such as where you store them.
The thing that also impacts the shelf-life of caramel apples is how you store them in the fridge or the freezer.
Don’t have time, here’s a Quick Table
|Cut Caramel Apple
|3 to 4 days
How Long Do Caramel Apples Last in the Fridge?
Caramel apples last in their best condition when stored in the fridge. It’s the best option that you have got under your sleeves.
In the fridge, your caramel apples will last around 2 weeks if you store them in proper conditions.
The best option is to buy or make the required amount of caramel apples if it’s for a one-time snack item.
But however you have some leftovers or have made caramel apples so that you can cherish them for more than just one day, you should store them in the fridge.
If you buy caramel apples from packed stores that are not freshly made, you have to look for the “Best By” date.
Just remember that the “Best by” date determines the quality of the food item and not the safety.
How Long Do Cut Caramel Apples Last?
Caramel apples that have been sliced will last for a little less than those that you leave unsliced.
This is because sliced apples react with the atmosphere. And, as soon as they get exposed to air, they quickly oxidize, brown and soft.
You can easily store sliced caramel apples in the fridge for 2 to 3 days, maybe even 4 sometimes, considering that you have stored them properly.
It’s not much suggested to keep caramel apples in the freezer. Still, if you have no other option that works for your situation, you can store caramel apples for around 3 to 4 months.
Tips to Remember: Prevent browning; sprinkle the caramel apple slices with lemon juice. Make sure to wrap any unconsumed slices in cellophane and refrigerate.
How long do Caramel Apples Last Unrefrigerated?
Caramel apples are not something that will stay in good condition if you decide just to leave them outside. They are prone to changing their texture. They get sticky and go bad in a very short time.
However, if you want them to be appropriately set before storing them in the fridge, you can keep your caramel apples outside for some time until they get set.
Caramel apples (unsliced) will last for around 2 hours at room temperature, and the sliced caramel apples would last for around 1 hour.
You are keeping caramel sauce outside so you can serve your family or some guests after some while. It’s fine to do but don’t let them stay out longer than the given time.
Tips to Remember: Apples would last well out for a few days, but the caramel of the caramel apples would start to melt faster than you think.
How to Store Caramel Apples in Fridge?
Storing caramel apples can get messy at times because the caramel tends to melt if you have kept caramel apples outside for far too long than required. But no need to worry. You just to remember a few points we will be mentioning, and you will be all good to go.
First and foremost step, if your caramel apples are homemade, let them get set properly so there won’t be any sticky mess.
You can place all the caramel apples made on a tray covered with plastic or parchment paper. You have to do this so your tray or plate doesn’t have much caramel and will be easy to clean.
Tip to remember: If you are using frozen apples to make caramel apples, then your caramel will get hardened much faster than an ordinary apple.
Once the caramel is hardened, you can transfer caramel apples into an air-tight container. You can also store them in plastic bags by using wax paper to separate them.
And when it comes to cut or sliced caramel apples, you can store them in resealable bags or airtight containers. As you cut the caramel apples, they get brown in some time, so you can store them in the fridge for 3 – 5 days to avoid browning.
Removing as much air as possible from the plastic bag to preserve caramel apples properly. Less moisture, the lesser the chance of microbial contamination.
You can also wrap each caramel apple with plastic wrap, tie it properly, and you will be free to store them in the fridge or the freezer.
How to tell if Caramel has gone bad?
As said earlier, no matter how tasty your dish is, it may not stay fresh for a long time. The same is the case with caramel apples. They do go bad eventually. If you eat some by mistake, there can be some health consequences.
So you should understand and recognize that the caramel apple has gone bad. There are some key points to remember, and you will remain safe.
After 2 weeks of storing caramel apples in the fridge, you should throw them away because caramel apples will lose their quality and safety after this point.
If you cut open your caramel apple and discover that the center of the apple becomes brown, you should throw it away as soon as possible.
If your caramel apple smells funny or weird, you should need to do a taste check. If caramel apple is not tasting the same, you should discard it.
If mold or fungi grows on your caramel apples, you know it is better to throw them away.
We hope that we have answered all your queries regarding how long caramel apples last and how you can store them to preserve them properly.
You need to remember that unsliced and sliced caramel apples have different shelf-life.