An easy, 3 ingredient caramel fruit dip and topping suggestions to make your own gourmet caramel apple bar! A fun fall treat!
Caramel + apples = fall. End of story.
Also, I’m obsessed with easy, 3 ingredient recipes.
You guys, my littlest girl started walking when she was 9 months old. And not 9-months-but-really-almost-10. Like 3 days after she was 9 months old.
And some kids will walk a little bit, but mostly crawl just because it’s easier. I knew this was never going to be her.
All she has wanted to do since she realized she had an older sister is to keep up with her, and she does whatever it takes. So that means I have a 3 year old (and she’s crazy enough on her own), and a 10 month old that wants to be 3.
You think I’m joking, but seriously? The girl is just constantly frustrated because she is not as fast or as tall or as strong as her sister. And in all honesty, she makes the whole cooking/baking/blogging process a little more difficult.
So just because I’m still making and bringing you recipes, doesn’t mean that I wasn’t cooking and photographing with a 9 or 10 month old suctioned to my legs. Hence the 3 ingredient recipes.
I actually found this recipe in an old Taste of Home magazine (Fall 2001) I borrowed for my mom, and I just loved the idea of having a quick, simple, cooked-in-the-microwave dip to dip my apples in all winter long. I love how easy it is to customize and make smaller or larger batches!
So then I had this gorgeous, thick caramel and a bunch of sliced apples and I can’t help but looking around my kitchen for things to dunk them in. Like all those fancy gourmet caramel apples! It’s like a warm, caramel apple fondue party.
Except that I’m not really a big fan of caramel apples. I mean, I love caramel and apple. But when you dunk a whole apple the apple to caramel ratio is just not there, you know? You eat the outer layer and then you’re left with pretty much a whole apple.
Not that eating plain, whole apples is a bad thing — but when I’m going for a caramel apple I want the perfect ratio!
For dunking, I use chopped, salted peanuts, sprinkles (hello, I have a 3 year old), and Skor (or my American friends call them Heath) bits. Here are some other things that would be great:
- chopped pretzels
- chocolate shavings
- crushed Smarties
- crushed Oreos
Okay so my mind immediately goes to all of the junk food in my cupboard, but you get the point. Whatever you like!
Like your apple goodies as much as I do? Check these out!
- 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 25 caramels, unwrapped
- ¼ cup milk (I used 1%)
- In a large, microwave safe bowl, combine all 3 ingredients. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir. If needed, microwave again for 45 seconds and stir until completely smooth.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving with apples, cookies, or other fruit.