Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Homemade Caramel Dip

The Fall means Apples, Apples, and more Apples! What is better to dress up that crunchy, fresh fruit than some homemade carmel dip?! (Ohh . . . carmel apples would be awesome too, but I have braces and can't eat that right now.)

I decided to make two different recipes of homemade caramel dip to see which I like better. I can honestly say that I LOVED them both. Each has a diffent texture and flavor that I think is equally delicious.

Classic Caramel Dip
This recipe tastes very much like eating the plain caramels that you unwrap (obviously) and like the store bought dip. Makes 3 cups.

1 14oz bag Kraft caramels
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 stick of butter

Stovetop: Unwrap caramels and combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir occasionally until completely melted.  
Microwave: Just place ingredients in microwave-safe bowl and heat in intervals, stirring often to avoid scorching.
Serve warm with apple slices for dipping.
4 Ingredient Caramel Dip  - from An Oregon Cottage
This recipe has just 4 simple ingredients so you know exactly what you are eating - no mysetrious filer ingredients. Color will vary depending on how dark your brown sugar is. Makes 3 cups.
1 stick butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup honey (or corn syrup)
Melt the stick of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. The add remaining ingredients. Raise heat to med-high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 3 minutes while stirring.
Peanut Butter Caramel Dip : While your carmel is still hot stir in 1/2 - 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter until melted. This is so so good and can be done with either recipe.
If your caramel gets hard just warm it up in the microwave until it is soft. 
Pour the caramel over ice cream. I love doing this!
If you like caramel apples but have braces (or your kids do) just sprinkle chocolate chips or other goodies on a slice of apple. Works great!
Need a gift for a friend? Pour some caramel into a small container, tie a ribbon on top and give to your neighbor with a bag pf apples. It's the prefect fall treat to cheer anyone up!

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  1. Those look delicious!! Any tips on how to keep caramel from sliding off of caramel apples?

  2. Kari- I have no idea. I'm not sure that I've ever made actual caramel apples before. Good Luck!



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