I love caramel apples, but they can be super messy, so I tend to get my fix by dipping sliced apples in thick caramel dip. In the past, I would get a tub of it at the grocery store, but no more. I have a fantastic option that takes just a few minutes to make at home:
Consisting of just three ingredients and a little time cooking and stirring, you can have the dip ready in less time than it takes to slice a few apples. What's more, it keeps very well in the refrigerator … if you have any leftover to store there! I like to make a double batch and put it in a resealable glass jar and just have it on hand for apple season. The apples this time of the year are perfect and I can have a quick snack or dessert when I have this dip on hand.
The combination of rich caramel, creamy peanut butter, and crispy apple slices is just a part of fall for me. I know pumpkin spice everything is all the rage, but these treats really spell fall for me in a much tastier way. This also can be a great appetizer at any fall gathering, including Halloween parties. Forget bobbing for apples … you'll want to just keep dipping them instead!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2/3 c. smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine the sweetened condensed milk with the peanut butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the vanilla extract. Store the cooled caramel dip in the refrigerator. If desired, microwave the dip for 30-60 seconds to soften it when serving.
- Yields: About 1 1/2 cups
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes