Salted Caramel Apple Dip is a perfect fall treat that combines two of the most popular flavors of the season. This apple dip is made with cream cheese, brown sugar, powder sugar, and a hint of salt. It is a great addition to any party or gathering, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This gluten free kids snack is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients, it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Caramel apple dip is also versatile and can be customized to suit individual tastes. For those who prefer a sweeter dip, more brown sugar can be added, while those who prefer a saltier taste can add more salt.
Cream Cheese Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel apples are a fall favorite and a traditional treat that goes back for ages. We’ve taken that classic treat and turned it into a party favorite with this rich salted caramel apple dip recipe. Made with cream cheese as the base, the caramel dip is smooth, creamy, and perfect for scooping with a sliced apple, cookies, or a spoon!
Choosing the Right Apples
When it comes to making SALTED CARAMEL APPLE DIP, choosing the right apples is crucial. The perfect apple should be firm, crisp, and juicy. The flavor of the apple should complement the sweetness of the caramel and the saltiness of the dip.
Sweet Apples: If you prefer a sweeter flavor, then sweet apples are the way to go. These apples have a naturally sweet flavor that pairs well with the caramel. Some of the best sweet apples for this dip include:
- Pink Lady
Tart Apples: If you prefer a tart flavor, then tart apples are the way to go. These apples have a tangy flavor that pairs well with the saltiness of the dip. Some of the best tart apples for this dip include:
- Granny Smith
Caramel Apple Dip Ingredients
Cream cheese: You will need one 8-ounce brick of softened cream cheese for the base of this caramel apple dip.
Brown sugar: Using 1 cup of brown sugar will give the dip the brown coloring and caramel taste, thanks to the molasses.
Powdered sugar: For added sweetness, add in ¼ cup of powdered sugar.
Vanilla extract: Help enhance the flavors in this dip by using ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Salt: Adding in ½ teaspoon of salt will balance the flavors and make the dip taste incredible.
Peanuts: You can add in ¼ cup of peanuts, cashews, or any other type of nuts. I like to use coconut-covered cashews, yum!
How to make Salted Caramel Apple Dip
In a bowl of a stand mixer (or use a medium bowl and hand-mixer), beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
Then, add in the brown sugar and powdered sugar, mix again until well combined.
Next, add in the vanilla extract and salt, beat ingredients until mixed.
Transfer the dip to the serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.
When you are ready to serve, top with nuts and enjoy!
Salted Caramel Apple Dip
- 8 oz package cream cheese softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup peanuts
- Prepare dip: In a bowl of a stand mixer (or use a medium bowl and hand-mixer), beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
- Add in the brown sugar and powdered sugar, mix again until well combined. Add in the vanilla extract and salt, beat ingredients until mixed.
- Chill: Transfer the dip to the serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill. When you are ready to serve, top with nuts and enjoy!
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What to Serve with Creamy Apple Dip
This dip would be great served with any of your favorite sliced apples, but it would also be nice when paired with salty pretzels, small cookies, or other fruits such as green grapes. Crispy apple chips and even sliced bananas would be an incredible pairing as well.
Can I make dip for apples with sweetened condensed milk?
To make caramel dip for apples with sweetened condensed milk, start by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar, and stir until well combined. Cook the mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens and turns a caramel color. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Let the mixture cool before serving with sliced apples.
How long is apple dip good for?
You can keep this prepared dip in the fridge for up to 3 or 4 days in a well-covered bowl or tightly sealed container. However, it is best to consume it within a few days for optimal freshness and flavor. I do not recommend freezing this dip just because the consistency will be a bit “off” once thawed.
What ingredients can I add to caramel dip to enhance the flavor?
To enhance the flavor of caramel apple dip, you can add a pinch of sea salt for a salty-sweet contrast, or a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and cozy flavor. You can also add a tablespoon of bourbon or rum for a boozy twist. Chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, can also add a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to the dip.
Serving Suggestions for Caramel Apple Dip
Pairing with Drinks: Salty and sweet flavors of the SALTED CARAMEL APPLE DIP can be paired with a variety of drinks to enhance the taste experience. Here are some drink pairing suggestions:
- Apple cider
- Hot chocolate
- Red wine
For non-alcoholic options, consider pairing with apple juice or sparkling water. The dip can also be served with ice cubes for a refreshing summer drink.
Dessert Pairings: The SALTED CARAMEL APPLE DIP can be used as a topping or filling for a variety of desserts. Here are some dessert pairing suggestions:
- Apple pie
- Ice cream
- Cinnamon rolls
For a quick and easy dessert, serve the dip with sliced apples or graham crackers. The dip can also be used as a filling for crepes or as a topping for pancakes.
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Whip up this salted caramel apple dip as a fun after-school snack or as a sweet appetizer for your party platters. It’s sure to be loved by all!