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The creamiest and most delicious Caramel Apple Dip you’ll ever find. Just a few ingredients are required, but dark brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk make this recipe a crowd pleaser at any get together.

If you’re craving the flavors of Caramel Apples, but want to avoid the hassle, this recipe will do the trick in the form of a simple dip! If you like this recipe, try our Caramel Apple Nachos!

Caramel Apple Dip

The best Caramel Dip!

I always like to have appetizer ideas on hand for last minute get-togethers/girl’s nights/etc. This caramel dip happens to be one of these! It’s always a hit every time I make it.

I have had my fair share of caramel dip recipes and this one is my favorite – BY FAR! It is literally so delicious and so addicting!!

Dipping apples into this caramel is my favorite, but you could basically dip any food into it. Here are some of our favorites to dip:

  • Pretzels
  • strawberries
  • bananas
  • pound cake
  • marshmallows

The list goes on and on!

Scroll up and take a look at that picture. Smooth as butter! Use this dip for an after school snack for your kids. Nothing like a little caramel dip to get your kids talking about their day and what they learned at school. Works every time.

caramel dip ingredients

How to Make Caramel apple dip

This recipe does call for dark brown sugar, which we don’t always have on hand. You can definitely use light brown sugar, but we highly recommend using the dark. It’s what makes the dip sinfully delicious since it has more molasses in it.

Once you have your dark brown sugar, the rest is easy. Less than 10 minutes and you’ll be enjoying the creamiest, thickest, and best caramel dip you’ve every tried. It takes just two simple steps…

  1. Melt your butter in a small pot and add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and you’re set!! Serve it warm as a dip knowing everyone will go nuts over it.

Store. Remember to save any extra in the refrigerator. This caramel dip will stay good for up to 1 week!

This recipe will feed about 10 people. Double the recipe if you need it to feed a crowd or more. I’m also never mad about caramel leftovers. More is more in this situation. 😉

Caramel dip for apples

MORE recipe Tips

Keep your apples from browning: The only negative aspect to apple dip is that when you set out apples they can turn an unappealing brown color. They are still perfectly good to eat, but kids especially are turned off by the browning. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help keep that from happening.

  • Cut the apples with a sharp knife which leaves less damage to the apple cells.
  • Use Fresh Fruit: This is an ascorbic acid/Vitamin C product that can be found in the canning section at the market. In my opinion, this works the best.
  • Lemon juice or any juice containing citric acid. Simply brush or dip the fruit with the juice. Be aware that whatever flavor juice you use will affect the taste of the apple. 
  • Soak in ginger ale
  • Use tart apples as they have a higher acidic level

Not just a dip: You can use this recipe as a caramel topping instead. Serve over apple pie, ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt or even hot chocolate. 

Recipe Notes:

  • We use light corn syrup NOT high fructose corn syrup.
  • Remember to stir constantly, and get the caramel off the bottom, so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Don’t overcook or it will thicken and harden making it difficult to dip your sliced apples in.
  • Use a few drops of lemon juice to help prevent sugar crystals

Cut up some super juicy apples- any kind will do- and start dipping! You probably won’t be able to stop dipping because you’re going to fall in love with this caramel.

Trying to think of all the excuses so I can eat this for 3 meals a day… LOL!

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5 from 32 votes

Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
The creamiest and most delicious Caramel Apple Dip you’ll ever find. Just a few ingredients are required, but dark brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk make this recipe out of this world and a crowd pleaser at any get together.
Servings: 10
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sliced apples for serving
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  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, 6–7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool before serving. Serve with apples or any other desired dippers.



Make Ahead: This dip can be made up to 1 week in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What to Dip? Apples are our favorite, but pretzels, strawberries, bananas, pound cake or marshmallows are also great dippers.


Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 347kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 63mg, Sugar: 69g, Vitamin A: 284IU, Vitamin C: 0.003mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. drew says:


    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You are so welcome!! Thank you for sharing that!

  2. Nancy Dowling says:

    How long will the caramel dip last?
    Do I need to refrigerate?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yes, you’ll want to refrigerate. The dip will last for about 1 week. Enjoy!! It’s addicting! 🙂

  3. april says:

    could you email me please

  4. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Can hardly wait to try it

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Hope you like it!

    2. Shawna says:

      Does this need to be refrigerated?

      1. Lil'Luna Team says:

        Yes! You’ll want to store any extras in the fridge.

  5. Doris wall says:

    If there is still sugar crystals in the caramel, does it work to cook it again? Or
    Will it get hard?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Hmmm..that’s a good question. I haven’t tried re-cooking it. I mean you could keep it in the pan, stirring constantly, so it doesn’t burn, until the sugar is dissolved. It should get hard.

  6. sydney says:

    5 stars
    Looks interesting, I’ll try to cook 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It’s so good! I hope you do 🙂

  7. Ana Maria says:

    5 stars
    Best caramel dip for apples i’ve had

  8. Ashley says:

    could you throw the ingredients in a crock pot and melt/cook it that way?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Sure could!! Enjoy!!

  9. Aimee clayborn says:

    Would this caramel dip work for the apple nachos also? Or is it too thin?


    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I think it would. It is a little more thin, but that’s ok 🙂

  10. Missy says:

    This looks so delicious! So does it stay soft when it cools or does it harden? Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It stays pretty soft 🙂 It’s one of our favorites!