Allrecipes.com provides a highly-rated recipe for syrup-coated candied apples as well as one for caramel-coated candied apples. These recipes call for approximately 15 whole apples in the variety of your choice.
Lightly grease two cookie sheets. Insert 1 craft stick into each apple, where the stem would be. Combine 2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 cup of light corn syrup and 1 and 1/2 cups of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat this mixture to approximately 300 F, or until a small amount of the syrup forms brittle threads when dropped into cold water.
Remove the syrup from heat and stir in 8 drops of red food coloring. Take an apple by the stick and dip it into the candy syrup, turning to coat evenly. Repeat with each apple, placing the dipped apples on the prepared sheets to harden.
To make a caramel dip, take 1 14-ounce package of individually wrapped caramels and unwrap each. Place the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of milk. Microwave the caramels for two minutes, stirring once. Allow this mixture to cool briefly, then dip each apple in the caramel sauce until well coated. Place on the baking sheets.