It’s that time of year when caramel becomes king! I embrace this idea whole-heartedly as I absolutely adore caramel. I grab the bulls-eyes at parades and rob the kids’ goody bags (if I’m allowed to) as well as eat the caramels before I get around to making the desserts that I bought them for. Yes, caramel and I are BFF’s.
I do concede that I might be a little over the top; but surely, everybody loves caramel in the fall, right? So last week, I put on the recipe for caramel corn, this week I’m putting on the recipe I use for caramel dip for fruit, on October 18th I’ll put on a recipe for a caramely Candy Corn Popcorn Treats for a fall blog hop I’m participating in, and by Christmas time I’ll give you my recipe for Caramel Brownies. (You really didn’t know how serious I was when I said that I adore caramel, did you?)
Now even though I really, really like caramel dip, I really, really, REALLY dislike the prices that stores charge for those little 8 ounce containers of caramel. With a family of seven people, that little tub does not go far, and it’s probably 25¢ per tablespoon. I’m just too cheap for that. So I started googling for a caramel recipe, and one of the first ones I found was this Apple Caramel Dip below. It’s super easy to make; it makes a large amount; and it uses ingredients that you already have or, at the very least, are easy to find.
All you have to do is put the first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan, stir them over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, which is pretty quick. Then remove from it from the heat and add the vanilla. Easy-peasy!
Now let me tell you a little secret: I pour half of the caramel into a different container while it is still hot and add peanut butter to it. YUM! (I also love peanut butter!) I like the Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Dip even better than the regular caramel dip–although both are great. There is no magic amount of peanut butter. Just spoon a couple of tablespoons in, stir it until the peanut butter is melted, and taste it. If you want more, put more in!
This recipe makes a lot of caramel–I have never measured the amount, but I would say probably around 4 cups. You can use it also as an ice cream topping or on top of other desserts. With caramel, the options are endless. And if you need a sugar-fix in the afternoon, a tablespoon of caramel by itself fits the bill. (Of course I would never have done anything like that. 😉 )
I dare you –make the recipe below, and you won’t be buying the store caramel apple dip anymore! It does not taste just like the store’s dip; but we love this dip just as much if not more than the store’s caramel dip.