Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip

by Cate on February 22, 2011

Caramel + Apples make up a perfect dessert that you’ll find yourself making again and again.

Recipe Coming This WeekIn the interest of full disclosure, I will readily admit a few things.

I hate apples.  The kids eat them like there’s no tomorrow, and I will quite happily bake with them.  But raw, like from your hand?  No thank you. It’s a texture thing.

I am not a fan of caramel anything.  Not Snickers, no caramel-coated apples.  None of it.  Hate the stickiness.

So when my friend Mary said she was bringing her Caramel Apple Dip to my Valentine’s Day party last week, I figured I was safe.  Cupcakes, I would be tempted by.  The occasional piece of chocolate, sure.  But Caramel Apple Dip?  Nah.  And apparently I was totally 100% unequivocally wrong.

And darn her for leaving it here at the end of the night.

The “try anything once” rule is not only for my kids, but for me as well.  Because if not for that, I wouldn’t have discovered that I actually don’t mind salmon sometimes, like brussels sprouts and have embraced the world of tilapia.

So at the end of our meal, when all the dessert was put out (and there was A LOT of dessert, fancy that!), I tried an apple dunked in the dip.  And another.  And another.  Clean eating?  Not so much.  But hey, I ate apples! And I stand by the statement that a little indulgence is a good thing.  If you deprive yourself too much, for too long, you’ll end up caving and eating far more of that “little indulgence” than you would have in the first place.

Caramel MountainsSo, if you don’t like apples.  Or caramel.  I don’t care.  Make this.  Try it.  And share it.  Above all else, get it out of your house before you finish off the dish by yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

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February 22, 2011, Photo #52

Hard at WorkNick is off from school until Thursday, and celebrated by coming to the office today. Puzzles were used to break up the monotony of the schoolwork his Mom and Grandmother forced him to do. ;)

Caramel Apple Dip

2 – 8oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tub of Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip
Mini chocolate chips
Blend together cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Layer in a rectangular dish. Top with caramel and then sprinkle with mini chips.
APPLES:  Soak in pineapple juice (could be as little as an hour, overnight, etc.)
Drain and serve with dip!

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Mama Kelly aka Jia February 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

The kids love apples and anything they can dip. This would be right up their alley!!!


Casey February 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Soak in pineapple juice? Interesting.

I’m not a fan, either. The skin grosses me out. This sounds delish!


Joanne February 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

I could totally be that person who makes this and brings it to a party. Although I would make my own caramel. In the interest of making it out of real foods and all :P


debbie February 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

Sounds like something that would be great to take to a potluck here at work. The pictures are great. Looks delicious!


Kris #40 February 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Oh goodness – how yummy!

Now seeing this I’m wishing it was October so I can go and pick some Winesap apples to go with it. Our 30 lbs of apples lasts about a month and a half and most of them are eaten raw.

Guess I will have to make this for Granny Smith’s


Vivienne February 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I had something similar to this at a party a few weeks ago. I am ashamed to admit that I parked myself next to the dish and didn’t leave. The lady who made it said she just spread the softened cream cheese by itself. She poured the caramel dipping sauce over that, then toffee pieces (like Heath) and then the mini chips. I think I will need to try your version too! Yum! Thanks for sharing!


Sarah Caron February 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Wow, that looks incredible. Not a cream cheese fan … but I would LOVE to try that.


Mary February 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I recommend using Granny Smith’s…their little bit of tartness go so well with the sweet dip! And yes, soaking the sliced apples in the pineapple juice keeps them nice and crisp, they don’t turn brown and surprisingly, they don’t soak in the pineapple flavor. Enjoy!


Tarrant February 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I am not a big fan of apples either. (Orange pippins which taste of orange are the exception, but since you can only get those for about 2 weeks if you live near some or have a farmer’s market–I am out of luck.)

I haven’t typically been a fan of caramel dips for apples either. On the other hand…it has cream cheese. I just may whip it together.


Ashlee October 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Making this for a Halloween party I’m having tomorrow! Can this be made the night before? Trying to make as much as I can the night before :)


Cate October 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hi Ashlee! Yes, you can absolutely make the dip the night before. I would just cut the apples right before serving. Hope you love it!


Melissa September 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’m happy to say I found your recipe on Pinterest a while ago, and while I have it memorized (yes, I’ve made it that many times!), I’m still giving your recipe to people. I make it for a local store’s scrapbook night once a month, and it’s always a hit! Thanks for sharing with us!


Sandy S Feathers January 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Sprinkle toffee bits on there as well. Delish!


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