The wafting fragrance of pumpkin spice. Sticky, bubbling apple cider. Warm and hearty butternut squash. Fall is the only season that seems to have its own food group. I mean think about it, you never hear someone say "Oh my gosh, I cannot WAIT until spring snacks start coming out!" And sure, winter does feature lots of baking and traditional meals but those are mostly due to the holidays rather than the harsh cold season itself.
Fall is a special time because lots of fresh produce is in season and we suddenly feel the need to put cinnamon on literally EVERYTHING. My favorite fall tradition is to go apple picking. We used to go all the time when I was little and to this day I make it a point to go every year. I strongly believe that there is no better way to eat an apple than right off the branch.
This yearly apple picking tradition, of course, results in many many apples that I have no idea what to do with. Even after they have been made into applesauce, baked into pies and shared with my friends, I always seem to have some kicking around.
Recently, I discovered a foolproof way to get rid of my extras in no time. Just whip up this Sweet & Salty Caramel Apple Dip for any party or gathering and watch the apples disappear before your eyes! The best part is that it only takes 5 minutes to make!
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1tbsp Vanilla greek yogurt
- Caramel Sauce (you can make your own with this recipe, or buy it from the store)
- Chopped toffee bits
- Chopped peanuts
- A crunchy apple
- First, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and greek yogurt. Stir until smooth. Most recipes just call for cream cheese but I think the greek yogurt makes the texture a bit more smooth and easy to dip.
- Next, spread out your cream cheese and yogurt mixture along the bottom of your serving bowl.
- Pour a generous amount of caramel sauce over the cream cheese. In this recipe, I use a dark caramel sauce to add a bit of a smokey flavor.
- Top off your dip with chopped up toffee bits and peanuts. For the toffee bits, I used Daim but you can go with Skor or any pre-chopped toffee bits as well.
5. Finally, Slice up an apple or two and place them on a plate with your dip. I find the best apples to use are those on the more sour side like a Granny Smith or a Mcintosh.