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3 Ingredient Caramel Dip for Apples

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Make your own easy 3 ingredient caramel dip and slice up some apples to satisfy your sweet tooth in such a tasty way. This caramel dipping sauce is simple to make, stores well and tastes amazing!

Apple slice dipped into container of homemade caramel sauce.

What’s even better that a caramel apple? Sliced apples and creamy caramel dip are better, or course.

Caramel Apples vs. Caramel Dip

While caramel apples look so inviting and beautiful, it is nearly impossible to take a graceful first bite. They are delicious but messy and hard to eat.

So we prefer slicing the apple and dipping it into caramel instead. Or arrange the apple slices on a plate and drizzle the caramel on top.

Then sprinkle on any of your favorite toppings and serve them as apple nachos. You get all of the flavor with an even more fun presentation.

Storing Your Caramel Dip

This recipe makes a big batch of caramel that you can use throughout apple season. Store any extras in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Just be sure to use a clean utensil when taking some out to enjoy and only warm up the amount you intend to use. For the longest storage and best results, don’t dip apples into the big bowl of dip or warm up the whole container.

Ladle filled with thick rich caramel sauce with some dripping over the edge into the saucepan.

The dip can be enjoyed at room temperature or warmed slightly in the microwave. Either way is delicious.

For longer storage, put the caramel dip in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to three months. It will be easier to enjoy later if you freeze it in smaller portions rather than one large one.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples to dip in caramel?

Whatever apples you like to eat fresh will be good dipped in caramel sauce. We like honeycrisp, Jonagold, pink lady, gala and more.

How do you keep apple slices from turning brown?

If you want to slice your apples ahead of time, there are a few ways you can keep them from turning brown. Our favorite way is to soak them in a white soda like 7up or Sprite for a few minutes.

It gives you the acid needed to prevent oxidation without making the apples sour like lemon juice can. Otherwise you can use lemon water or salt water to prevent browning.

Using this Recipe for More Than a Dip

As written this recipe makes a thick and rich caramel dip for apples. Of course it is great for dipping, but it would also make a great filling for homemade chocolates as well.

Just coat the inside of a mold with chocolate and allow to set. Put cooled caramel into chocolate coated mold and refrigerate to set completely.

Fill the rest of the mold with melted chocolate, making sure to form a seal all the way around the caramel. When the caramel comes back to room temperature, you will have a yummy gooey caramel center!

Plate of apple slices topped with caramel sauce, mini chocolate chips and chopped peanuts to make apple nachos.

This recipe also makes a great drizzle or topping for other treats. Use it as an ice cream topping or drizzle some over a homemade latte.

If it is thicker than you would like, just add a few drops of water or milk to the mixture when you warm it up. Adjust as necessary until you reach your desired consistency.

Easy Adaptations

We love this caramel dip, just the way it is written. However, there are several ways you can change it up a bit so it is different each time you enjoy it.

I recommend stirring your desired add-ins into a small portion of the caramel rather than the whole batch. That way you aren’t committing to a ton of any one thing.

Close up of caramel sauce dripping off apple nacho slices.

A little cinnamon or apple or pumpkin pie spice stirred in the caramel adds another layer of flavor. Just add a little bit at a time until it is the way you like it.

You could also melt in a few chocolate chips. Just be careful not to scorch the mixture and add a little milk if necessary it needs to be thinned out.

Or stir in some peanut butter to make a yummy peanut butter caramel. Doesn’t that sound perfect with apples?

More Great Dessert Dip Recipes

If you like quick dips for your apples, try whipping up some peanut butter yogurt dip. It literally only takes a minute to make and it is really tasty.

Creamy apple butter dip is another easy and yummy option. It doubles up on the apple flavor and adds a little bit of spice.

Apple slice with thick caramel dip dripping off it.

If you like chocolate and peanut butter, you are going to love puppy chow dip. It has the flavors of the classic snack mix, but in a dippable form.

Or try some peanut butter and jelly dip. It is a fun dip for fruit, but also for pretzels, graham crackers and more.

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Apple slice dipped into container of homemade caramel sauce.

3 Ingredient Caramel Dip for Apples

Servings: 36 Servings
Author: Carlee
Make your own easy 3 ingredient caramel dip and slice up some apples to satisfy your sweet tooth in such a tasty way. This dip is simple to make, stores well and tastes amazing!
4.72 from 50 ratings
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 11 ounces caramels
  • ½ cup butter


  • If using wrapped caramels, remove plastic wrappers.
  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium-low to medium heat.
  • Stir frequently until caramel is melted and the mixture is homogenous.
  • Enjoy with apples slices.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 60mgSugar: 14g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Can you make this in a crockpot?


Thursday 23rd of November 2023

I am sure you could. Just keep a close eye on it, because I have a feeling it could scorch like queso if it sits too long without being stirred.


Wednesday 11th of October 2023

Super easy and tastes great! Made it to share with really crisp and sweet HoneyCrisp apples at a neighborhood party tomorrow. Will definitely be making again. Thanks much for sharing!


Thursday 12th of October 2023

Yay! I am sure it will be a hit. I am so glad you liked it!

Megan Pacifico

Tuesday 12th of September 2023

Hi saw your Carmel sauce looks pretty easy. Do you know how many ounces of Carmel sauce you end up with from this recipe. Thinking of making favors for baby sprinkle putting Carmel sauce in 4 oz ball jar into a cello bag w one or two apples and tying shut with ribbon. Based on ounces per batch I'll know how many times will need to make and the number of ingredients I will need. Please let me know. Thanks Megan Pacifico


Tuesday 12th of September 2023

What a great idea! We usually eat it up pretty quickly, so I haven't had a chance to measure it. But it should make roughly 3.5 cups, so I would think you could get about 7 jars out of the recipe.