Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Caramael Apple Dip & A Kitchen Aid WINNER!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Caramael Apple Dip & A Kitchen Aid WINNER!!!

I think I have two of the pickiest eaters on the face of this earth. I do have to admit they're getting better but, it's a slow road.  Finding different ways to disguise food is what I have to do most of the time. I have one that likes apples and one that will eat a bit of it if I take off the peeling.

I thought I would try making a Caramel Apple Dip to see if that made the apples more appealing to my little guy who is the pickiest of them all. I knew my daughter would eat it because over the Thanksgiving holiday we had something similar and she loved it.

This was all about getting Carson on board. The variation we had over the holiday was not quite as fancy schmancy.
They just took a block of softened cream cheese and placed it on a plate and poured caramel topping all over the top. It tasted really good, but I didn't care for the way it was plated and served.
For one the caramel topping ran off the top of the cream cheese and pooled all over the plate. And the second was it was very difficult to dip the apples pieces into the cream cheese without just getting a blob of cream cheese and no caramel.
I thought if I whipped it into a dip and tweaked it up a bit, it would be a bigger hit. I searched around and looked at quite a few caramel dips and just added the ingredients that I liked from all the recipes into one.
I think it came out really great. Plus in the end my kiddos liked it and that's all the matters right? Don't forget at the end of this post I will be announcing the winner of the
Kitchen Aid Mixer from Sam's Club
These are the ingredients you will need: caramel topping sauce, brown sugar, marshmallow fluff, toffee chips, vanilla extract (not pictured) I ended up adding it at the end so it didn't make it in the photo. And last apples.

add the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and mix until creamy. Add the caramel sauce, brown sugar and vanilla extract mix again until smooth.

transfer dip to a decorative bowl. Drizzle on more caramel sauce and sprinkle toffee chips on top. Serve with sliced apples. If you kiddos don't care for the toffee bits you can just leave them out. A lot of kids have issues with textured things. Again my children, but my dd loved the toffee part.

Caramel Apple Dip

1 - 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1/4 - 1/2 - cup your favorite caramel sauce (I used Ghiradelli)
1 - tablespoon light brown sugar
1 - cup marshmallow cream
1/2 - tsp vanilla extract
1/2 - cup of heath English toffee bits
6-8 - golden delicious or granny smith apples, sliced

Blend cream cheese and marshmallow cream in a medium mixing bowl until creamy. 

Add the caramel sauce, brown sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth. Transfer to a decorative bowl. 

Drizzle more caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle generously with toffee bits. 

Place the bowl in the center of a decorative platter, surround with freshly sliced apples and serve.

Cook's Note:  You can also just mix the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff together for even easier fruit dip. Minus all the other ingredients. Dip apples, bananas or any kind of fruit use desire.

And the Winner of the Kitchen Aid Mixer is....

Your Random Number Is: Result: 295

Congrats to Nicole Harrison.I will be emailing you to get your contact information. You will have 48 hours to respond.
We had a whopping 891 entries WOW guys that's great!!! Thank you to everyone who entered.

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~M said... #

This looks wonderful. I'm so disappointed that I do not have all the ingredients on hand. I'm sure my children will Love it! I've had the dip with the cream cheese and marshmallow cream before but never thought of adding caramel! Ingredients added to grocery list!!!

Teri said... #

Congrats Nicole!! I'm green with envy, but I still hope you enjoy your mixer.

Oklahoma Granny said... #

Your dip sounds amazing! We'll have to try it sometime.

Congrats to Nicole!

Amanda said... #

Congrats to Nicole! The dip sounds wonderful :)

Mandy said... #

Yummy dip!! Congrats to Nicole, too!

Julie said... #

Congrats to the winner! Enjoy your new "toy"!!!

Jamie Cooks It Up! said... #

Boy this looks great, Tina.
I sure enjoy reading your blog, it's set up so well. Very clear and organized.
Happy Sat Share fest...
Have a great day, hope you get all your holiday stuff done!

Laura said... #

Mmmm...this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing. I made a post a few weeks ago about caramel apples that I saw on QVC and they were $5-6.00 each. Your recipe looks like something I can handle. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Heidi said... #

That dip sounds great. I am up for anything with marshmallow fluff!

farfalla said... #

Congrats Nicole!
The prescription reads so tasty... and with your photos I properly get appetite. I have just mulled wine - jelly cooked. Also I love my kitchen:-) And pleases me very much that I have found new suggestions and prescriptions with you. Thank you very much!

Julie said... #

Looks like a wonderful dip to me! Congrats to the winner :)

Midday Escapades said... #

I am salivating over here! Congrats to the winner. What a great giveaway.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Catherine said... #

Mmmm, Yummy! And a great way to get kids to eat their apples!

Kelly - 2 Kids (and a mom) Cooking said... #

You're so right, all that matters is if the kiddies like it :D And I totally understand the challenge of getting 'em to eat foods. Despite the fact that they help me cook most of the, and you'd think they'd want to try food they made--this is not the case.

I'm sure both Alex and Soph would love this Dip, marshmellowy, carmelly, mmmmmmmmmm.

Thanks for sharing...

And,even though we're totally jealous, congrats to Nicole! :D

Stacie said... #

Congrats to the winner. The caramel apple dip looks delicious.

Desi said... #

I made this dip recently, as I had to pick a caramel apple recipe for a cooking challenge. We loved it! Check out my post if you like :)

Colleen said... #

So glad to find your caramel dip recipe.
I plan on making this; putting dip in 4oz. jars, placing an apple on top of jar and putting in cellophane bags and giving as gifts to my family members and neighbors.

Thank you for the recipe