Caramel Apple Pudding Cups: A Sweet Treat for Fall


Want the delicious flavor of a caramel apple without all the mess that goes with food on stick? Try these decadent Caramel Apple Pudding Cups instead.

Caramel Apple Pudding Cups are a sweet treat layered with flavored pudding, chunks of apple, rich caramel topping and chopped nuts to give you a dessert your family can enjoy with a spoon. Serving the Caramel Apple Pudding Cups in clear tumbler glasses also makes them look super cute for fall and Halloween entertaining.

Caramel Apple Pudding Cups: A Sweet Treat for Fall

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Tuesday marked the beginning of fall here in North America, bringing with it cooler temperatures and cravings for all things apple. I, myself, am not a huge fruit fan, but couldn’t resist creating these sweet Caramel Apple Pudding Cups for my family to enjoy after dinner one night. I used a small container of store bought applesauce and a pinch of cinnamon to enhance the vanilla pudding. I’m hoping we can go apple picking some time in the next few weeks, though, so we can make our own cinnamon applesauce to use next time.

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Caramel Apple Pudding Cups: A Sweet Treat for Fall
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Caramel Apple Pudding Cups

Want the delicious flavor of a caramel apple without all the mess that goes with eating food on a stick? Try these decadent Caramel Apple Pudding Cups instead. This sweet treat layers flavored pudding, chunks of apple, rich caramel topping and chopped nuts to give you a dessert your family can enjoy with a spoon.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pudding, caramel apple
Servings: 5
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Carrie Ypma


  • Medium-sized Bowl
  • 9oz Clear Plastic Cups
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef's Knife


  • 1 package Vanilla Pudding Instant – 3.4 oz
  • 2 cups Milk Cold
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Peanuts Chopped
  • 12.25 oz. Caramel Topping Jar
  • 1 Apple
  • Cinnamon Sticks Optional for Garnish


  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the instant vanilla pudding and cold milk.
  • Stir in the cinnamon and applesauce. Refrigerate the pudding for 5 minutes.
  • Cut the apple into small bite sized chunks, discarding the core.
  • Set out your four ingredients to create the layers: pudding, apples, caramel topping and chopped nuts.
  • Using 4 or 5 clear plastic cups, put 3-4 tablespoons of pudding in the bottom of each cup.
  • Next, add 2 tablespoons of chopped apple, followed by 1-2 tablespoons of caramel topping.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts as the next layer.
  • Repeat each of the layers one more time in the same order ending with the chopped nuts.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick (optional) and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 2mg
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Caramel Apple Pudding Cups: A Sweet Treat for Fall

A Few Ideas for Caramel Apple Pudding Cups

  • Skip the layers. The caramel topping makes the them incredibly sweet. As an alternative, you could skip having multiple layers. Instead, just fill the cups with the cinnamon apple pudding, then top with apples, caramel, and nuts.
  • Serve in wine glasses. I wanted the dessert to be kid-friendly so I used plastic cups. You could really dress up this dessert for an adult evening by serving it in wine glasses, champagne flutes or even martini glasses.
  • Put the chopped nuts on last. The chopped peanuts started to take on moisture from the caramel topping. If you’re going to be making the Caramel Apple Pudding Cups in advance, I’d suggest waiting to add the final layer of chopped nuts until you’re ready to serve them.

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Originally published September 2014. Updated September 2018.

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    1. Your kids need all the extra calories so they can burn them off with all their athletic events! What a fun and busy life you lead, my friend!

    1. You “crack” me up, Karisa! It’s got applesauce in it, so that practically makes it a fruit. And fruit is good for you, so I say try it! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Jessica and your sweet invitation to your link party. I tried to swing by to join us, but it’s already closed for the week. I’ll keep an eye out for the next one.

  1. This looks soooo good! I must try it! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  2. Oh Carrie these pudding cups look simply delicious! I love the individual cups, and the cinnamon stick in each! Saying hello from Wimsey Wednesday!

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  4. This is a GREAT idea! my kids will love it! Thanks for linking up to DIY inspired- you’re being featured tonight at Handamde in the Heartland so be sure to stop by!

  5. These look Fantastic.
    We’re not of a nut eaters at our household so I thought maybe in place of the nuts I might use the HEATH BITS ‘O BRICKLE Toffee Bits to sprinkle on top.
    Thanks for sharing this great delight of a dessert

    1. I think that’s a wonderful idea, Colleen! It would also be delicious with graham cracker or vanilla cookie crumbs as replacements for the peanuts.

  6. Wow this looks delicious! Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats, except there was always too much apple for the caramel! This little treat fixes that 🙂

  7. I found this on the Pin Me linky party. My boys would definitely love a treat like this. Pinning.

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    1. Hi RBS, we’ve made the recipe! If you like apples and caramel, then we encourage you to try it and let us know what you think. We really liked it, but my husband thought the caramel topping made the Caramel Apple Pudding Cups a little too sweet for him. You could just use the caramel on top if you want it less sweet.

    2. Ha I thought the same thing. Everyone one puts it looks good or I love ……, but no one put that they did try it and what they thought. One of my pet peeves. Other than the person who put recipe up, no one has made it!

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