How long are caramel apples good for?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long are caramel apples good for” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of caramel apples. Moreover, we are going to discuss the health implications of eating spoiled caramel apples and the tips to preserve the freshness of caramel apples.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long are caramel apples good for?

Caramel apples are good for about 2 weeks (14 days) when they are stored properly in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit but it is recommended to eat them within the first few days to enjoy their optimum quality and taste. 

You should store your caramel apples on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge that can mess up the quality of the caramel apples. Moreover always store your caramel apples away from strong-smelling foods.

So, you should always store your caramel apples at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below provided that you are going to use them within a few days. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your caramel apples at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

Thus, the cool temperature of the fridge slows down the bacterial growth on the caramel apples and prolongs their shelf life.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of caramel apples.

What is the optimum temperature to store caramel apples?

You should always store your caramel apples at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your caramel apples at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

Can I store caramel apples in the freezer?

No doubt that you can freeze caramel apples but that does not mean that you will be satisfied with the result. No doubt that freezing can prolong the shelf life of caramel apples but on the downside, it will negatively impact the texture and flavor of caramel apples.

Frozen caramel apples when thawed will become soggy and soft and won’t have the same rich flavor as that of fresh caramel apples. Therefore we do not recommend you freeze caramel apples.

Which type of apples can be used to make caramel apples?

There are a variety of apples that you can use to make caramel apples like Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp. Moreover,  if you like the sour or tart taste then you can go ahead and use Granny Smith to make caramel apples.

It is worth mentioning that you can add honey, chocolate, almonds, vanilla, raisins, or nuts, etc. to increase the deliciousness of your caramel apples.

Tips to preserve the freshness of caramel apples 

  1. Always refrigerate the caramel apples at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in air-tight containers at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. It is better to store caramel apples on one of the shelves of the refrigerator rather than the door as there are a lot of temperature fluctuations at the door of the fridge that can mess up the quality of caramel apples.
  1. You should store the caramel apples in an air-tight container, to prevent them from picking up the smells of other food items present in the fridge. It is recommended to store caramel apples away from strong-smelling foods.

You can read how to make caramel apples here.

Health implications of eating spoiled caramel apples

If you have improperly stored caramel apples for a long time (more than 2 weeks) at room temperature then Listeria bacteria can grow on them and cause listeriosis if such apples are consumed.

Eating a spoiled caramel apple can put you at the risk of many food-borne illnesses, especially listeriosis that is characterized by headache, stiff neck, headache, confusion, and gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long are caramel apples good for” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of caramel apples. Moreover, we discussed the health implications of eating spoiled caramel apples and the tips to preserve the freshness of caramel apples.

Citations

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2016/10/caramel-apples-and-food-safety-how-to-avoid-listeria
https://www.mrsprindables.com/why-refrigerate-caramel-apples/#:~:text=The%20Importance%20of%20Refrigerating%20Caramel%20Apples&text=Our%20Caramel%20Apples%20will%20last,factor%20as%20long%20as%20possible.
https://www.parents.com/health/parents-news-now/dont-forget-to-refrigerate-your-caramel-apples/
https://news.psu.edu/story/490097/2017/10/24/impact/caramel-apples-stored-room-temperature-extended-periods-can-pose-risk
https://findanyanswer.com/how-long-do-caramel-apples-stay-fresh

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.