This recipe makes THE.BEST.CARAMEL. dip. It is my favorite, and its easy, and it is delicious with granny smith apples.
Start with a can of sweet condensed milk. Put it into a pot and fill it with water, covering the can completely. I use one of my older pots as the glue from the can label can get on the pot and it takes extra scrubbing to clean.
Lightly boil for a while. A long while. Like 4 hours- awhile. (There are some crock pot versions of this recipe, but we tried it and our crock pot didn’t cook it hot enough- so it was an epic fail-ha). You will want to refill the water several times and turn the can over with tongs a few times during the 4 hour cooking time.
Next, take the can out and let it cool for a bit. Then you get to see the magic- from sweet condensed milk to caramel.
This caramel is sooooo soft, sweet, and creamy. It really doesn’t compare to the pre-packaged caramel dip. You don’t need to buy it ever again when you have a recipe this easy! Put the dip into a cute fall bowl and plate add some extra fall decor- because food should look pretty too!
And then serve it to your friends of course! Because things this delightful are meant to be shared!
Some of our blog readers taste testing the creamy sweet caramel at our Cultivate Study!!! They approved 🙂
If you want more caramel and apple ideas check out these blogs. Can you have too many caramel recipes? No the answer is no? 🙂
Tradition in our family for the first day of Fall, is making Caramel Apples.
We decided to try something a little different this year and it was a HIT.
First I needed to gather my supplies. Normally I make caramel from scratch, but I didn’t have time this year. I wasn’t super excited about unwrapping 100 caramels, but when I got to the caramels in the grocery store Kraft became my best friend.
YOU GUYS. They have these caramel bits that you just add a little water to and microwave for 2 minutes. So much better for mama and the dishwasher, (also mama). I found some popsicle sticks and parchment paper for easy apple retrieval. As for toppings, I went a little crazy this year as you can CLEARLY see here:
Our apples were a little small, but the treat is a sugar fest so small is ok for me. I started out by slicing off the ends which we cut in half for bite sized caramel dunkers, and then I was able to get three slices/apple of workable material. I removed the seeds from the middle and extra stem/base but if you have one of those cylinder alligator teeth apple corer things this would be what you would want to use. To insert the popsicle stick I started a slit with a knife and then the popsicle stick slid right in.
We invited some friends over for Caramel Apple night and my friend wrote everyone’s name on their popsicle stick-totally helpful after they were all decorated, and then we dunked the apple into the caramel.
Laid it on the parchment. And went to town with toppings.
The fridge firmed up the caramel in about 10 minutes and we were ready to taste test!
Everyone agreed these were much easier to make and eat than the traditional apples. Hope you guys are ready for fall!