If caramel apples make your mouth water, you are far from alone, but they can be a frustrating food to try to eat. With this dip, you can enjoy all that delicious sweet-and-sharp combination without the fuss and difficulty of trying to eat a whole apple like this. You’ll also get a much better ratio of sugar to fruit!
This is a great little treat that will be popular with adults and kids alike, and it’s perfect for parties and fall days.
How To Make Caramel Apple Dip
To make caramel apple dip, you are going to need:
- Brown sugar: you can use either light or dark brown sugar, but dark will give you a more toffee-like flavor, so many people prefer it. However, light should work just fine too.
- Light corn syrup: this helps to make the dip liquid enough to plunge your apple slices into.
- Vanilla: what recipe is complete without vanilla essence? This will pair beautifully with the sweeter ingredients.
- Sweetened condensed milk: apples can be quite tart, so you want to make sure your dip has plenty of sweetness to counteract that.
- Salted butter: you absolutely need the salt in this recipe to hit that perfect caramel taste, so don’t use unsalted butter.
Tips & Tricks
Do you want to make your caramel apple dip even better – if that’s possible? Try a few of these twists and ideas to bump up your recipe.
- Don’t boil your dip for too long; if you leave it over the heat for more than a few seconds once it has started bubbling, the caramel will start to thicken. This may be very pleasant, but it won’t be easy to scoop it up on apple slices, or to drizzle it across ice cream.
- Try sprinkling a generous handful of toffee bits into the finished dip, and stir them through it.
- Serve the dip warm for best results, although it is still delicious at room temperature. Be gentle when reheating this dip.
- If you want a more interesting, layered dip, try adding some sweetened cream cheese to it. You can make the dip following the recipe above, but then pour it over some softened cream cheese whipped with sugar, and enjoy. The cream cheese lends it a slightly sourer note, which works beautifully with apples.
- Try other fruits, such as pears, strawberries, or bananas with this dip; they work brilliantly. If you are making this for a party, create a full fruit platter with a few bowls of this dip in the center and watch your guests tuck in.
- If you want to stop your apple slices from going brown, soak the slices in water and a little salt for 5 minutes, and then drain and rinse. This should slow down the oxidization process and make sure the apples keep well. Covering them will also help to keep them fresh. It’s best to cut apples open as you serve the dip where possible.
- If you love cinnamon on apples, try stirring a teaspoon into the mixture when it has finished cooking, and this should lend it a wonderful extra flavor. You can also grate in a little nutmeg if you like.
How long will this dip last?
Stored in the fridge, caramel apple dip can easily last a week. It is full of sugars, so it won’t go off quickly. If you do notice a change in the texture, try gently reheating the dip to recombine the sugars. This should make it smooth and silky again.
Is this dip easy to burn?
Making caramel can be a bit tricky, so make sure you are standing by the pan at all times, and keep the heat low. It’s better to use a gentle heat and take a little longer over it than to burn the bottom of your caramel sauce.
Why is my dip pale brown?
If your dip has come out a rather pale color, it is likely because you used light brown sugar. This is totally fine and it will still taste great, so don’t worry about it.
Will the dip set?
You may be wondering if you could use this dip for caramel apples or other caramel surfaces, but it doesn’t set hard. The point of cooking it for such a short time is to ensure that it stays soft and silky enough to dip things into – so it won’t create a caramel shell on foods.
What if my caramel becomes too thick?
You might have cooked it for too long. You should aim for a light bubble before taking the caramel off the heat, but don’t boil it. This batch could be used for glazing apples or something else, but you will need to make a fresh one if you want runny caramel.
Can you make this dip in advance?
Yes, this dip actually tastes much better if it is made a day ahead, because the flavors will have more time to meld. Store it in the fridge, and then gently reheat it or allow it to come to room temperature before eating it.
Other Dip Recipes
Caramel apple dip is a perfect recipe for cool fall days, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy crispy apples as the cold weather sets in!