I LOVE this recipe for making Caramel Apples! It can also be used for Caramel Candies as well.
The key is temperature and patience!
Do NOT let it burn (my students found that out the hard way).
For Caramel Apples: Make sure apples are washed, dried, and stems are removed. Lay out a layer of wax paper, prepare sticks and stake apples. Quickly dip apples into prepared caramel covering ¾ of the way up the apple. Lift out of caramel rotating over pan to remove excess caramel ( THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT OR YOU WILL JUST WASTE CARAMEL BECAUSE IT WILL POOL). Place on waxed paper to set.