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Caramel Apple Dip
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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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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- 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
- Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread into a standard glass pie plate.
- Pour caramel over cream cheese mixture.
- Sprinkle praline topping evenly over caramel.
- Surround caramel apple dip with sliced apples.