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The Best Caramel Apple Dip

Updated on January 31, 2014

This Caramel Apple Dip is Sinfully Delicious

The crunch of a perfect crisp apple is only made better when dipped in caramel. Apples are nutritious, healthy, and for the most part low in calories. But not when you dip them in this sinfully delicious, butter filled, caramel dip. Don't even try to count the calories in this snack, you don't want to know, trust me. Just enjoy.

I've been making this apple dip for several years and everyone I share it with asks for the recipe. My coworker and I believe the apple is only the carrier for the caramel, we dip the apple as far as we can into this caramel sauce and end up with strings of caramel on our chin and smiles on our faces.

The recipe says this makes 16 servings, but don't count on it. If you love caramel, or apples you might find yourself being a little stingy and it only making a serving for four. I will eat two apples, okay they are small to medium apples, with dip while I watch TV in the evening.

Addictive Caramel Dip - Perfect Fall Fruit Dip

Start With Caramel Squares - Save Money, buy in bulk

The biggest problem I have with this caramel dip is not having enough. For serving at a party I'm normally very disappointed I don't have enough to take back home. To be quite honest every time I've taken it to a Halloween or Harvest party it doesn't last more than an hour before it's gone. At the last party I had kids scooping the dip into their cups.

Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Black
Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Black

I once used the small Crock-Pot mini "Little Dipper" 16 ounce size for a party. Yea, didn't work, not nearly big enough.

For a large party, say an open house, Halloween party, or even for graduation parties where people come and go all day a two quart crock pot is perfect to keep the caramel dip warm and your guest happy.

Just make sure to have plenty of apples on hand. Granny Smiths have just the right amount of tartness to counter the sweet buttery caramel.

 

The most time consuming part of this recipe is unwrapping the caramels. Really. It's a 5 minutes recipe which can be made in five minutes of less. I pour the warm dip into small Ziplock containers and store in the refrigerator for handy snack size portions.

If you are hosting a Halloween, fall or Thanksgiving party or family get together this recipe will be very popular and you might want to have a print out of it ready for guest to take home.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 16 (depending on appetite)

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Kraft Caramels
  • 20 large marshmallows (can substitute 25% with flavored marshmallows- Pumpkin or Gingerbread marshmallow are good)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preparation: unwrap caramels and melt butter in small bowl
  2. Melt caramels in large bowl on high for 1 minute in microwave. Caramels won't be soft at this point, so don't try stirring
  3. Add 20 large marshmallows, heat on high for 1 minute in microwave
  4. Add melted butter and cream
  5. Stir quickly with a large whisk or spoon, make sure to get the caramels down at the bottom of the bowl.
5 stars from 1 rating of Easy Apple Dip

Apple Kitchen Gadgets - I Love Kitchen Gadgets

I have drawers and cabinets full of kitchen gadgets, but only a few I use a lot. One is my apple slicer, it stays on the counter all the time during the fall. The other is my apple peeler. Besides being fun, using an apple corer and divider makes nice and even slices for dipping.

Apples and dip is great for after school snacks, many kids won't eat whole apples and will only eat sliced apples. An apple slicer is fast and easy, that's important for busy moms.

OXO Good Grips Apple Slicer, Corer and Divider
OXO Good Grips Apple Slicer, Corer and Divider

I LOVE my apple corer and divider, it's very similar to the Pampered Chef Apple Wedger, but I actually like this one better. It has large soft rubber handles. Don't get a cheap apple cutter, you might think your saving money, but the metal separators will eventually break off from the frame. Get a good one that will last for years.

 
Progressive International Wedge and Pop Apple/Pear Slicer
Progressive International Wedge and Pop Apple/Pear Slicer

Now this apple slicer is even better. 16 slices per apple, which allows a higher caramel to apple ratio, you know apples are just the carrier to the caramel right?

This slices the apples in 16 uniform thin pieces, great for small children. It also has a raised pad which will allow the apple slicer to cut all the way through the bottom of the apple.

 

You Can Always Buy Caramel Apples - Premade Caramel and Chocolate Covered Apples

To me caramel apples are a tradition at the county fair and I can't leave the state fair without one. But, every now and then I want a sweet treat when I'm at the shopping mall and there is a gourmet candy shop with rows of caramel and chocolate covered apples in the display case.

Some are covered in peanuts, some in toffee, others drizzled in layer upon layer of white and dark chocolate. These giant apples cannot be just eaten on a stick but cut into slices and shared with a friend, normally a girlfriend, because that is who on my shopping trip.

Dunked Caramel Apple w/ Milk Belgian Chocolate - (1 Milk Apple Only)
Dunked Caramel Apple w/ Milk Belgian Chocolate - (1 Milk Apple Only)

Buttery caramel and Belgian chocolate covers these fresh granny smith apples.

Large enough for 8 servings per apple, yes you heard right, these are JUMBO Granny Smith apples, these delicious Amy Gourmet Apples won the "Best Overall" award from the Wall Street Journal.

 
Heath Toffee Caramel Apple
Heath Toffee Caramel Apple

Again, from the gourmet kitch of Amy's Gourmet Apples comes a Heath Toffee coated apple.

Each Jumbo granny Smith Apple is hand dipped in velvety caramel then carefully covered in finely chopped pieces of rich Heath Toffee.

If you like Heath Bar candy then this is the treat for you.

 

How to Keep Apples From Browning

Soak for 3-5 minutes in..

Cold salt water 1/2 tsp per 4 cups or

Lemon juice and water 1 TSP per cup water or

Bowl of Sprite or lemony soda or

Sprinkle with citric acid

Gourmet Caramel - Caramel not just for fall or apples

Caramel seems to be a dessert candy suited for fall, and during apple season caramel products do seem to show up more on grocery store shelves. So here's a few ideas on how to add caramel to your favorite foods and drinks

Starbucks Caramel Syrup (1-L.)
Starbucks Caramel Syrup (1-L.)

Caramel apple cider from Starbucks is my favorite drink, I'm not a coffee drinker, so when I go to Starbucks I get a delicious Caramel Apple Cider.

Sweet indulgent caramel syrups can be added to not only hot cider, but hot chocolate, tea and even coffee.

Now I can have my Starbucks at home at the fraction of the price.

 

I love to cook, I love dessert, and I love food. Comfort food, if you have an idea to add to this recipe or a tip, OR just want to say thanks or "Hi There" Please do so, Please PIN this recipe to Pinterest if you have an account. I'm also addicted to Pinterest.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 2 years ago from Templeton, CA

      These do sound delicious though I have to avoid them for dental reasons. I do like the looks of that apple slicer, though.

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      lisabnyc 3 years ago

      I think it would make a terrific "caramel apple bar" with bowls of chopped nuts, mini chocolate and peanut butter chips and other crushed candy toppings.

      -Lisa B.

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      Marianne Gardner 4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Carmel and apples just belong together, don't they. It looks tempting.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @clevergirlname: I see you like caramel apples as well. Saw your cupcakes, OMG, I definitely have try those.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      Apples and caramel yummy!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh gosh, these are so simple I could make these today! the best recipes are the simple ones like these.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I love caramel apples. Who doesn't?