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Caramel Apple Dip

Updated on November 16, 2012
Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel Apple Dip | Source

Fresh Apple Recipes

Ah…I love this time of year! The days are cool, and the nights are chilly, and the leaves have turned into brightly colored displays. The skies are usually sunny, and there’s often a gentle breeze blowing through the pines. My house and front porch are all decked in their autumn attire, and the scent of fresh apples fills my home. It’s the season when apples are ready in the mountains to the north of us, and I’ve been taking full advantage of the bounty with a number of fresh apple recipes. So far, I’ve made apple pies, tarts, baked apples, an apple cake, fried apples, and fruit salads with diced apples. Perhaps my most popular apple recipes as far as the grandkids are concerned are my caramel apples and my caramel apple dip. Of these two, I’ve found that my cream cheese caramel apple dip is the better option – for kids and for adults. I suppose adults like it because it has more complex flavors than regular old caramel apples, and the kids like it because it’s easy to eat. Everyone seems to love the crunchy topping, too. Below, after a couple of paragraphs, you’ll find my caramel dip recipe. I also provide some tips for making a healthier version of the dip. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

Caramel Apples
Caramel Apples | Source

Caramel Apples

Who doesn’t enjoy chomping into caramel apples? They provide the crunch of apples with the sweet, slightly salty taste of caramel – an awesome combination. I’ve seen them everywhere during the past few weeks – in supermarkets, at roadside stands, and at local festivals. I sometimes buy them for the grandkids, but sometimes I make my own. They’re really not that difficult to make, but they can be rather messy. The method involves melting the caramel candies, dipping the apples in the melted caramel, and waiting for the coating to firm.

I suppose my biggest problem with giving caramel apples to the kids is that the grands rarely finish one. This is especially problematic for the younger children. Even when I’ve used small apples, the smaller grandchildren have trouble eating the goodies. The best solution I’ve found is to slice up some fruit and provide a caramel dip for apples. Apples are super healthy, and if you can encourage your kids to eat more of them – good for you!

Prevent your apple slices from turning brown.
Prevent your apple slices from turning brown. | Source

Caramel Apple Dip

Caramel apple dip is a great way to get the wonderful flavors of caramel apples without all the fuss. It requires absolutely no cooking. You won’t even have to use your microwave. In fact, you can just open a bottle or jar of caramel topping for ice cream, slice a few apples, and have at it. On the other hand, you might prefer something a little different, like the recipe I’m going to share with you.

Let’s talk about apples for just a moment. Which variety or varieties work best with my caramel dip for apples? Since the dip is sweet and creamy, I like to pair it with tart, crisp apples. My favorites here are Granny Smith and Jonathan, but any apple variety will work. Try Stayman, Gala, Northern Spy, or Braeburn apples.

No matter which apples you choose, you’ll need to prevent their turning brown. This is especially important if your dip and fruit slices will sit for any amount of time. The way I do this is to slice the apples underwater. I then place the slices in a large Ziploc bag and make a solution of lemon or lime juice. I combine two tablespoons citrus juice with two teaspoons sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. I then pour the juice over the sliced apples and shake the bag to make sure all the slices are covered.

Healthy Recipes For Kids - use fresh apples!
Healthy Recipes For Kids - use fresh apples! | Source

Healthy Recipes For Kids

If you’re looking for healthy recipes for kids, you might discount my caramel dip for apples at first glance. You see the caramel sauce and the cream cheese and most likely think something like, “That caramel dip recipe is full of fat, sugars, and calories!” You’d be right. As the recipe stands, it’s not exactly healthy. But wait – you can tweak it to make it healthier.

Instead of using regular caramel sauce, use the sugar-free version. The kids probably won’t be able to tell the difference. To reduce the amount of fat, use reduced-fat cream cheese or fat-free cream cheese. Instead of adding sugar to the cream cheese, add Splenda. Okay, what about the crunchy praline topping? It’s super high in sugar, right? Right again! Make the caramel dip recipe without the praline topping. Substitute some chopped nuts, instead. You won’t get exactly the same flavor, but you will get a nice crunch, and nuts are healthy. Use raw, unsalted pecans, almonds, or walnuts. Chop the nuts before using it as a topping for the caramel apple dip.

This is one healthy food that your kids will love. After all, what’s the use in serving healthy recipes for kids if the kids refuse to eat them? You won’t have that problem here. Every kid I know loves this stuff, along with all the adults I know who have sampled this dish. It’s great for parties or as appetizers and snacks.

Spread cream cheese mixture in pie plate.
Spread cream cheese mixture in pie plate. | Source
Add caramel.
Add caramel. | Source
Sprinkle with praline topping.
Sprinkle with praline topping. | Source

Caramel Dip Recipe

This cream cheese caramel apple dip is super quick and easy to make, and it’s great for parties and other get-togethers. Just recently, we served it at a kids’ Halloween parties, and there wasn’t a spoonful left! Remember to treat your apple slices as I suggested above. By the way, you can find the praline topping in the ice cream section at Walmart and at supermarkets.

Rate my recipe here. Thanks!

3.3 stars from 13 ratings of Caramel Apple Dip

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 8-10 servings


  • 8 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 jar caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 jar praline crunch ice cream topping
  • 6-8 tart apples, sliced


  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread into a standard glass pie plate.
  2. Pour caramel over cream cheese mixture.
  3. Sprinkle praline topping evenly over caramel.
  4. Surround caramel apple dip with sliced apples.


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    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Carter! Yes, the healthy caramel apple dip is almost as good as the regular version. Good to see you!

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      Soulfully, apple crumble with ice cream sounds awesome!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Just reread this Habbee & had to say the healthy option makes good sense if worried about kids sugar intake..but as a weekend treat this recipe is delicious..cheers

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      soulfully 4 years ago

      I'd prefer the caramel dip as opposed to chomping on caramel that had set hard on the apple; It tends to stick to my teeth a bit too much. :D

      I think your recipe looks really delicious, and I would thoroughly enjoy it. However, my all time favorite sweet dessert (since I was a kid) is apple crumble with ice cream.

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      Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Wow, all this lovely caramel! I am afraid my granddaughter has a weight problem and I will have to opt for the healthier version.

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      Nemingha 5 years ago

      It's unfortunate that praline ice cream topping isn't available in my country, otherwise I would try this recipe for my granddaughter's upcoming 4th birthday! Lovely hub though.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hubs like this so make me wish I wasn't eating healthier for the apples...have to try...dam!!! :)

      VUU & A...cheers

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Two thumbs up I love this and will be making it this weekend. Although I know about healthy eating I think that I will keep the fat and sugar in. Thanks so much for this, I truly needed this.......keep hubbing

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      The keyword here is caramel..My favorite flavor in the world. Great ideas and great photos... I am still here to comment on loyal followers. To me that is as important as writing.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great idea! Bless you

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for this great caramel apple recipe, Holle, which looks delicious with or without the apples. :)

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      Pat Materna 5 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Nothing says fall like caramel apples. I'll have to do the dip idea at my next gathering ... love quick, easy and cook ideas like this.