How is it that Halloween is only two days away? This month has flown by, and I have so many fun activities packed into the next few days that I don't even know how we're going to fit everything in. We've got a preschool pumpkin party, a visit to the pumpkin patch, the school costume parade, a trunk or treat, a caramel apple party with friends, and trick or treating on the big day itself. I'm exhausted just thinking about it all. :) This week I gave in to the kiddos at Costco and bought a giant bag of pre-cut green apples. Only to find, shortly after we got home, that my four year old only likes red apples (which she had conveniently forgotten when we were at the store). I knew I had to come up with a brilliant plan to use our multitude of apples, and this caramel apple dip totally fit the bill!
I've made caramel several times (check out my favorite caramel recipe ever by clicking here) but it was kind of fun to try a new method with this dip. It's really important not to stir the sugar after it's on the heat because it will disrupt the caramelization process and make things not turn out well. I love the beautiful rich color the caramel gets when it's done... it's beautiful with the bright green apples!
I honestly didn't plan to post so many pictures in this post, but this caramel dip is as tasty as it is photogenic! :)
Caramel Apple Dip1 cup sugar2 tablespoons corn syrup1/4 cup water1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces1/4 cup heavy cream1 tablespoon sour cream1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanillaAdd the sugar, corn syrup, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat without stirring. Simmer until the sugar has turned a dark caramel color, about ten minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter, heavy cream, sour cream, salt, and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before serving. Best served warm.adapted slightly from Lil' Luna