Looking for a little something extra for your Halloween Party? This one is easy to make and offers a different approach to caramel apples.
For some people, apple cider, apple pie, and caramel apples are some of the essential fall things, conjuring up memories of trips to the orchard, fall festivals, and such. I have never been one to go out of my way for a caramel apple, finding them sticky and messy to eat. But anything with caramel piques my interest, and this recipe for a dip really intrigued me.
In addition to the savory appetizers I served at Mr.D’s birthday party, I wanted something cold and fruit based, that children would like. Let me tell you, this was definitely it. Apples cut into thin wedges, arranged on a platter with this dip, some chunks of cheddar cheese, and some grapes made a perfect counterpoint to the hot and savory Salsa Wings and Baked Broccoli Parmesan Dip
This sweet smooth and fluffy dip is really a crowd-pleaser. Be careful it’s so good that you won’t want to stop eating it.
In my haste to set it out for everyone to enjoy, I forgot to take a photo of the final platter arrangement of fruit, dip, and cheese. But what I did was set the bowl of dip in the center of a square serving platter. In the two diagonal corners were piles of apple wedges, in another corner were the chunks of cheese, and in the fourth corner was a bunch of red grapes. This was a pretty arrangement, with all the cool foods grouped together.
The recipe calls for 3 apples, but I cut up 6 apples, and still there was some dip leftover. The next day, I put a small container of it and an apple in Mr. D’s lunch. He really liked having it as a mid-day snack at work. So this would also be good in lunch boxes for school, or as an after school snack, if you are someone looking for such ideas.
CARAMEL APPLE DIP
Yield: 2-3 cups of dip
- 1 package (8-ounces) low fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 1 tsp, vanilla extract
- 1 cup marshmallow creme
- 3 medium eating apples
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. water
1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and brown sugar,
add caramel topping and vanilla and beat until smooth;
Fold in the marshmallow creme. This can be really sticky so I used my beater on low speed to get the marshmallow mixed in evenly.
2. Cut apples vertically into thin wedges. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and water; toss apples in the lemon juice mixture. Drain.
3. Serve apples with dip, and enjoy.
Happy Halloween, everyone, and have a great weekend!
SOURCE: Taste of Home