This creamy, delicious fall-inspired dip is perfect for your holiday get-togethers! Everyone will fall in love with this unique caramel apple dip.
Why it works
There is a balance with this caramel apple dip. It is thick and velvety enough to use as a spread on your graham crackers or even your toast.
It is smooth and fluffy enough to easily dip just about anything your imagination comes up with. If it goes with caramel or apple, it'll taste great here.
You get lots of caramel, but the apple still shines through as a bright pop of flavor. We don't add any extra sugar, so it isn't too sweet despite being a desserty dip. That means it is great to dip other sweeter things into like fruit.
There is something about fall that makes me want caramel apple in every form possible. It isn't enough to simply eat caramel apples. I need to have it in any way possible like apple cider caramel, caramel apple cupcakes, and caramel apple upside-down cake.
It was long overdue for me to make a caramel apple dip. A lot of the caramel apple dips I found were simply caramely dips that were perfect for eating with your apples. I wanted to do something different and bring the apple flavor into the dip itself.
Don't worry though, you can still dip your apples into this creamy dip.
How to make
We do a few things to make this dip amazing.
First, we start with the same ingredient we use for many of our favorite sweet dips: cream cheese. It brings a bit of tang and helps keep the dip a lusciously velvet consistency.
Next, we take apple cider and cook it down to a syrupy consistency. It almost makes it a bit of an apple cider extract. This gives us a nice hit of apple flavor without thinning down the dip.
Finally, we have caramel and toffee or honeycomb bits. I use salted caramel sauce in the dip to give it a nice caramel flavor without making the dip too sweet. You can also use regular caramel sauce, just be sure to remember to add a touch of salt to the dip to keep it from becoming cloying. The bits add a bit of texture and added flavor to the dip. You can go for toffee or honeycomb - whichever you can get your hands on works!
If you store this caramel apple dip right, it should last up to a week. You should be storing the dip in your refrigerator in an airtight container. When you are ready to serve, take out the dip to warm to room temperature, then give it a quick whip.
The dip does not freeze well so I don't recommend freezing. If you do want to attempt to freeze it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before bringing it to room temperature. If you do have success, please comment and share your tips!
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Caramel Apple Dip
- 1 cup apple cider
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ½ cup caramel sauce plus 2 tablespoons
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- toffee bits for garnish
- Add your apple cider to a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently until it cooks down to a syrup-like consistency. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth.
- Add in the caramel sauce, cider, salt, and vanilla and beat well for about 4 minutes.
- Allow it to sit for a few minutes for the flavors to bloom before serving (you can also add more caramel and/or cider to taste.
- Top with toffee bits.