This is was one of the few menu items that has been on the list since I ever started planning the apple themed shower. Other ideas came and went, but this one was must have throughout the planning process. I love make your own food bars and what can be better than a caramel apple one? Whole caramel apples are hard to eat though, and with so many other treats I didn't want people to have to commit to a whole apple. So we did slices instead!
This caramel sauce is based on the no-fail caramel sauce, but is thicker at higher temperatures. I kept it over candles to keep it warm for serving. That made it easy to drizzle over the apple slices, though it would have been perfectly dip-able at room temperature. All you need are the apples and plenty of toppings! We did mini chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, sprinkles and chunks of graham crackers. All were yummy!
Easy Warm Caramel Apple Dip
3 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup butter
a generous pinch of salt
2 T vanilla
- Place butter, brown sugar, half-and-half and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan (I love this cast iron saucier for stuff like this because it heats evenly and doesn't have any corners, but any saucepan will work.)
- Cook over medium-low heat using a whisk to get it all incorporated.
- Once the butter is melted, set the timer for 6 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently.
- After the 6 minutes is up, remove from heat. Let cool for a couple of minutes, then whisk in the vanilla. The dip will thicken as it cools.
I hope you enjoyed your peek inside John & Lindsey's shower!