Warm Caramel Apple Dip with crisp apple slices is easy to make and makes the perfect Autumn and Halloween treat.
Warm Caramel Apple Dip
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
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Warm Caramel Apple Dip is my recipe of the day as part of a selection of Halloween finger foods I have posted with a group of blogging friends. As well as recipes for caramel apples with the blogging group Sunday Funday.
National Caramel Apple Day
- Caramel Apple Cake Mix Cookies by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
- Caramel Apple Strudel by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Caramelized Apple Dessert Cups by Sneha’s Recipe
- Spiced Caramel Apple Cake by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Warm Caramel Apple Dip by Palatable Pastime
Time Flies! (And so do Witches, Vampires & Bats!)
Happy Halloween! I simply cannot believe it’s going to be November in a few days. It’s been so mild here the last month, then last night it turned very cold. It was a rude slap in the face to wake up to those kinds of temperatures, down in the 30’s and it didn’t get much above 40 all day.
The forecast even called for snow flurries overnight, but I didn’t see any. The cats had stepped outside for their usual fresh air break and quickly wanted back inside, their wide eyes seemed to be asking “What happened to Autumn”?
But Autumn is still here in force and our weather will be moderating over the next few days. And we still have trick or treaters to contend with. Who all has had to replenish their Halloween candy supply as the bowl evaporated faster than water in a hot desert?
I added a couple bags of M&Ms back in, as they were on sale. Hopefully all that will be gone Halloween night, as I instantly hate seeing that candy around on November 1st. I’ll probably ship the rest off to work with Bill.
This is very good served warm, and you can refrigerate the extras, microwaving what you need later on.
This kind of dip wasn’t around when I was a kid as I recall- we always had taffy apples and candy apples. My favorites were the ones a lady sold from her home down the street behind my school. I’d go there in the afternoon sometimes when I had pocket change and buy one. They were the red candy type and were the best I’ve ever tasted (too bad I don’t have the recipe!)
Warm Caramel Apple Dip
Tradition was caramel and candy apples
You don’t really see people selling things like that from their house anymore. And time was, someone would drop a taffy apple into a trick-or-treat sack if you were lucky. And if you were not so lucky, some loving lady would drop her delicious cupcake into your sack and smoosh it over everything.
Retro Halloween Fun
But lots of things happened back then that don’t seem too common anymore- homemade treats like popcorn balls and fudge. Parties with scavenger hunts and dunking your head into a tub of water to see if you could grab an apple with your teeth. Halloween parades at school, marching up and down the street in costume, and parties by the PTA who would bring us fistfuls of treats and orange drink in our classrooms with their huge carts.
Homemade costumes, and store-bought costumes with hard plastic masks that everyone ended up taking off because it was hard to breathe and made a person’s face sweat.
Running from house to house on Halloween night after dark, kicking up the piles of leaves the people would rake to the curb. Halloween was safer then and we’ve watched it decline year by year. Hopefully some of the old traditions can still be kept at parties at home with family and friends. And if you do have a party (mostly adults do but hey, let’s not forget the kids!) make sure to whip an easy batch of this caramel dip up. I’m certain you will enjoy it as much as we do. And don’t forget-
Treat or Treat!
Smell my feet!
Give me something good to eat!
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Warm Caramel Apple Dip
Warm Caramel Apple Dip
- 1 double boiler
- 1/2 cup butter
- 14 ounces condensed milk
- 11 ounces caramels unwrapped
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Melt the butter and whisk with the condensed milk until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir constantly over low heat (I used a double boiler- which consisted of a stainless bowl set over a smaller saucepan with simmering water several inches beneath the bottom of the bowl, but you could also use a diffuser plate), just until the caramels melt and you don’t see chunks coming off the spoon. DO NOT BOIL.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Refrigerate extra and reheat if needed over low heat.
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More Halloween Finger Foods to Enjoy
- Cheesy Ghost Chains by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cobweb Eggs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Ghouly Pumpkin Butter Biscuits by Our Good Life
- Matcha Monster Rice Krispies by NinjaBaker.com
- Spooky Pizza Bites by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Sincere Pumpkin Patch Spicy Cheese Ball by Food Lust People Love
- Spooky Snack Mix by Pies and Plots
- Vampire Blood Soup with Monster Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by My Imperfect Kitchen
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This recipe has been updated from 10.29.17 for copy and other minor tweaks.
Sounds like the perfect fall dip to serve with crisp local apples!!!
Perfect for snacking while watching Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin.
I miss the days of homemade treats and homemade costumes! Life is so different now, but this apple dip looks like a wonderfully sweet way to bring back memories of simpler times!
Great idea for fall! This is a keeper!
Such an interesting post, Sue. I had no idea Johnny Appleseed was so smart or that apples were used for purifying water. Wow! Double wow for your yummy warm caramel dip recipe =) P.s. Now I want to try a Melrose apple!
We love serving apple slices with dip. We’ve been stuck on a peanut butter and yogurt one for a while, maybe it’s time to switch to caramel!
This recipe sounds just as good now as it did before. I think it would be the perfect addition to a cheese board too.