This super tasty caramel apple dip recipe is a quick and easy dessert with only 4 ingredients! When I think of autumn, I think of apple recipes.
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Well, I also think of pumpkin, but I’ve been sharing a lot of pumpkin recipes lately, so it’s time for something new!
Have you ever attempted to make caramel apples? They’re fun to make and eat, but when I need caramel apples for a crowd, I make this super simple caramel apple dip.
It’s a simple ingredient combination that results in a spectacular dessert, snack, or appetizer. Dip away with some sliced apples!
WHY THIS RECIPE IS BEST?
What could be more delicious than apples and caramel? Apples and caramel, as well as cream cheese!
- Caramel sauce is delicious on its own, but it’s even better when combined with cream cheese and vanilla extract!
- This Caramel Apple Dip isn’t limited to apples! Try it with sweet dippers like graham crackers, cinnamon tortilla chips, and cookies, or with salty dippers like pretzels.
- It only takes 5 minutes and a few ingredients. “Last-minute dessert idea,” anyone?
Today’s apple dip recipe requires only five ingredients!
- Caramel. The base for this recipe is a jarred caramel dip. You can also use a thick caramel sauce topping, similar to what you’d put on ice cream. Most supermarkets also sell tubs of caramel dip near the apples in the produce section.
- Toffee crumbs Heath baking bits work fantastically well here. Alternatively, you can chop up your own candy bars (milky way is also delicious)! You could even go the extra mile and make your own English toffee!
- Apples. For today’s dip, I like to slice my apples thinner than usual. Refrigerate until ready to serve with a splash of lemon juice. Ideal for visitors!
- Extract of vanilla. Using my homemade vanilla extract is, of course, always preferred. But if you don’t make your own, make sure to use the real thing rather than imitation.
WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER?
Apple butter is one of the four ingredients in this recipe. Apple Butter is similar to a thicker, more intensely flavored applesauce.
It’s fantastic! It is simple to prepare at home in your crockpot. However, it is also widely available in supermarkets. It can be used to make my apple cookies.
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HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL APPLE DIP?
- This caramel apple dip is made with lightly sweetened cream cheese that is spread into the bottom of a serving dish. To finish, the cream cheese layer is topped with caramel and sprinkled with toffee bits.
- For the caramel layer, I usually use a tub of pre-made caramel dip, such as Marzetti brand, which can be found near the apples in your grocery store’s produce section. You can also use caramel sauce, but it should be thick and not runny like some sundae toppings. A can of dulce de leche is another delicious topping option.
- I like the crunch and flavor of the toffee bits, but you could also use chopped peanuts or peanuts, or even mini chocolate chips, to top this dip.
WHAT APPLES TO USE FOR DIPPING?
Strong, sweet apples like Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, and Gala are my favorites. It’s also good with sliced pears.
HOW DO YOU GET THE PERFECT CARAMEL CONSISTENCY?
The goal for this dip is for it to be easily dippable, so bring the sugar mixture to a nice bubble but not a full boil.
If you boil it for too long or too hard, you’ll get a thicker caramel that’s good for dipping whole apples but not so good for dipping apple slices and pretzels.
CAN YOU USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN CORN SYRUP?
I’m frequently asked about replacing the corn syrup in this recipe, and I haven’t experimented with it much, so I don’t recommend it.
In this recipe, my white cloud frosting recipe, and caramel corn, I only use corn syrup. That being said, it is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. Here’s an article about it from The Kitchn.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NOTICE MY CARAMEL IS BURNING?
Don’t leave this recipe alone while it’s cooking. You must stir vigorously, or the bottom of the dip will scorch and burn — not the dream.
If you notice the bottom of the pan starting to scorch (you’ll see little flecks of really dark sugar when you stir), remove it from the heat immediately.
If the caramel hasn’t finished cooking, you can return it to the heat, stirring carefully and avoiding scraping up the burnt sugar on the bottom of the pan.
If the scorch isn’t too bad, you won’t be able to taste it, but your caramel may still have little flecks of dark sugar in it. It’s not ideal, but it’s preferable to feeling as if you ruined the entire batch.
HOW TO SERVE CARAMEL APPLE DIP?
This dip goes well with a variety of foods, but I especially enjoy it with sliced apples. Here are a few of our personal favorites:
- TIP: To keep sliced apples from browning, soak them in Sprite, pineapple juice, or lemon water.
- Gingersnaps, shortbread, and oatmeal cookies are all excellent choices.
- Graham crackers and butter crackers are excellent with this dip.
Of course, because it’s called “caramel apple dip,” it goes well with apples. Nonetheless, you can serve it with whatever you want! I went rogue and cut up some peaches, and let me tell you, they were delicious.
If you want to serve this as a “caramel dip” charcuterie, here are some great options to try.
- Soft pretzels (chocolate covered as well)
- Sticks of chocolate
If you have any leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Before dipping, reheat your dip for a few seconds!
This can also be stored in the freezer! Freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
RECIPE TIPS AND VARIATIONS
- Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature before mixing. This contributes to it being creamy and easy to dip.
- I like to microwave thicker caramel dip for 15-20 seconds to make it easier to spread.
- It’s best to serve this caramel apple dip at room temperature. If making ahead of time, place in the refrigerator and remove about 30 minutes before serving. This softens it and makes it easier to dip.
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Keep your apples from browning: The only disadvantage of apple dip is that it can cause apples to turn an unappealing brown color when left out.
They are still edible, but the browning turns off children in particular. There are, thankfully, a few things you can do to help prevent this from happening.
- Cut the apples with a sharp knife to avoid damaging the apple cells.
- Use Fresh Fruit: This is an ascorbic acid/Vitamin C product found in the market’s canning section. This, in my opinion, works the best.
- Any juice containing citric acid, such as lemon juice. Simply brush the fruit with the juice or dip it in it. Keep in mind that the flavor juice you use will affect the taste of the apple.
- Indulge in ginger ale.
- Tart apples have a higher acidic level and should be used.
- This recipe can also be used as a caramel topping instead of a dip. Serve with ice cream, apple pie, oatmeal, yogurt, or even hot chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best apples to dip in caramel?
You can use any apple variety you like, such as Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp. Granny Smith apples are a popular choice for caramel apples because their tartness pairs well with the sweet buttery caramel.
How do you make caramel stay on apples?
If you line a baking sheet with parchment paper before you begin, you can easily store the dipped apples in the refrigerator. This will help to set the caramel and keep it from sliding off the pan.
Should apples be cold when making caramel apples?
If possible, chill the apples in the refrigerator for at least one day before dipping. The cold apples will help the warm caramel stick to the apples more quickly as you dip them.
How do you make caramel apples not sticky?
If you don’t want a sticky face, slice the apple after it’s been dipped. Because caramel does not adhere well to the flesh of the apple due to its natural moisture, dipping the entire apple first ensures a thick coating of caramel on the skin of each slice.
More alternative caramel apple dip recipes to try:
Salted Caramel Apple Dip
This dish has it all: creamy, sweet, and completely addictive. It’s especially delicious with sliced apples, but you’ll want to dip all of your favorite fruits into this fantastic, easy-to-make dip. For a fun fall snack, pair with these Easy Baked Apple Chips!
Caramel Apple Dip with Sweetened Condensed Milk
Caramel Apple Dip at its creamiest and most delectable. Although only a few ingredients are needed, the dark brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk make this recipe a popular favourite at any gathering.
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