Lazy Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip

9 Dec

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.


NOTE: Grace is busy having a baby this week, so her sister, Emily, is filling in for her. This is another of Emily’s concoctions.

I am lazy. I am also morally opposed to the idea of eating something that is good for me unless it is dipped in something that will probably kill me before I am 40, so this recipe — which involves two ingredients and almost zero effort — is one of my favorites.


Submerge the unopened can in a deep pot of water.

First, peel the label off a can of sweetened condensed milk. I use Eagle brand because I like the taste better than some of the other brands, but any brand will work. Just make sure the can says “sweetened condensed milk” and not “evaporated milk.” They are not the same thing, and the latter absolutely will not work here.

Submerge the unopened can in a large pot of water. Boil for two hours, adding water as needed to keep the can covered. (A small stockpot is excellent for this purpose, as you can use a lot more water, thus allowing the can to remain covered longer, with less intervention from you. The deeper pot is also less likely to boil over and douse the flame  if you’re using a gas stove.)

Use tongs or a jar lifter to remove the can from the water. Let it cool for an hour or two.


After boiling for two hours, the milk magically turns into caramel.

Open the can. Inside, you will find that the contents have magically turned into soft, creamy caramel that looks and tastes a lot like the inside of a Caramello bar.

Slice up an apple or two (Granny Smiths or Honeycrisps work the best, IMHO) and dip the slices in the caramel. One can of dip is usually good for about three apples.

If caramel apples don’t thrill you, try dipping oatmeal cookies or Hershey bars into the caramel instead.

This caramel also makes killer centers for chocolate turtles, as it is easy to make, easy to work with, and stays soft and creamy even when stored in the refrigerator.

— Emily

Postscript from Grace’s mother:  Grace’s big event was this morning. Her second son was born at 8:09 am, weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured almost 21 inches long. He and Mama are doing well and Daddy is very relieved. Big brother is quite proud, as are grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.


2 Responses to “Lazy Recipe: Caramel Apple Dip”

  1. mangocheeks December 12, 2009 at 7:23 AM #

    OMG that looks so sickly sweet, but so so delicious!

  2. Kim December 14, 2009 at 12:03 PM #


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