Easy Caramallow Fruit Dip and a Gourmet Caramel Apple Bar

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 8

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An easy, 3 ingredient caramel fruit dip and topping suggestions to make your own gourmet caramel apple bar! A fun fall treat!

caramallow fruit dip in a white bowl with sliced green apples all around
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Caramel + apples = fall. End of story.

Also, I’m obsessed with easy, 3 ingredient recipes.

green apple slice being dipped into caramallow dip

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.

caramel apple dip in white bowl with green apple slices and sprinkles peanuts and toffee bits on the side

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!

three apple slices dipped in caramel dip and covered in sprinkles toffee bits or peanuts

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!

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Easy Caramallow Fruit Dip and a Gourmet Caramel Apple Bar

5 from 1 vote
An easy, 3 ingredient caramel fruit dip and topping suggestions to make your own gourmet caramel apple bar! A fun fall treat!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Servings 8
Calories 203cal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 25 caramels unwrapped
  • 1/4 cup milk I used 1%

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*This dip reheats very well, so don’t worry if you have to make ahead or have leftovers!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 203cal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! These are so well balanced – fruit to sweet! I’d dip mine in crushed pecans or pretzels πŸ™‚

  2. Nora @ Savory Nothings says

    9 months and walking is SO crazy! Mine is 14 months and could technically walk, but she pretends she can only crawl πŸ˜‰ I’m all about the 3 ingredient recipes as well, there’s practically no cooking going on around here without a tiny person clinging on to my knees! This dip looks so delicious Ashley, I don’t think I’d have leftovers with the two sugar monsters I live with πŸ˜€

  3. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    I agree, the ratios are totally off on caramel apples, sliced apples are much better! And 9 months and walking is crazy! I though mine walked pretty early at 11 months. That gets so crazy busy when they start walking. Funny how the younger ones want to keep up with their siblings all the time!

  4. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls says

    I walked at nine months too! *proud* But seriously, that is so adorable that your littlest one wants to be like her older sister. I’m sure it’ll lead to some very fun and interesting times as they get older! This dip looks absolutely fab! Marshmallow and caramel go together so well! And only three ingredients? Perfect!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha, is it weird that I have no idea when I walked (or talked… or anything)? Maybe I need to ask my mom. She is totally crazy and is always full of bruises (or worse — bloodied lips!), but she won’t stop! Thanks Amanda πŸ™‚

  5. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says

    Walking at 9 months?! You’ve got yourself an advanced little gal! Sounds like they’re are keeping you might busy trying to keep up with them. Sisters are just the best : ) This caramel apple dip sounds SO good!

  6. Annie says

    Those girls are going to give you a run for your money!! πŸ™‚ I am the oldest of four kids and I seriously do not know how my Mom did it!

    I really love this fruit dip, such a fun idea for a halloween party!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says

    Girl, I hear you on how your 9month old wants to be 3! My girls are older than yours but I still have two and the younger one loves her older sister and wants to be just like her! well, I love the caramel covered apples!! such a fun fall treat! We’re making caramel apples this week!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I don’t know how you get so much accomplished with two kids, Ashley! You seriously amaze me! I have no kids and work on my blog 24/7 and still feel like I have so much to do! But onto this dip, it sounds amazing! I love caramel dips this time of year, so this homemade version sounds just perfect!

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