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Apple Dippers Bar

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I was compensated to create this recipe for the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association. Any opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.

I’ve had this song in my head for the last few days….mostly just the chorus cause I don’t know any of the other words. My daughter was only in preschool, but for whatever reason is super pumped for summer. Did I teach her this, or is it an innate reflex she picked up in the womb somehow? Either way, I can’t blame the girl. We’re going to visit her favoritest cousins at the end of this week :) Summer is pretty rad, not gonna lie. No early mornings, rushing around trying to pack a lunch. It’s glorious.

Except when your kids still wake up at 6 anyways.

Darn those kiddos.

Anyways, this summer I’m trying to find more fun activities we can do at home {that won’t cost one million dollars} so we don’t die of boredom. I came up with this semi-healthy idea last week and my daughters eyes just about popped out of her head when she saw all the goodies.

The Apple Dippers Bar consists of 3 kinds of sweet dips and lots of toppings for kids and adult alike to go buck wild and enjoy a sweet treat while staying occupied for a good 30 minutes.  Things get a little messy, but if you cover the table to parchment paper, it’s not so bad.

Feel free to make only one dip and have less of a variety of toppings. I had everything on hand to throw this together, so I’d recommend doing the same. See what you have and work from there.

Here’s how you make these:

caramels

For the caramel dip, unwrap 20 caramels and add in a splash of milk. Microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted and set aside.

chocolate

For the chocolate dip, measure out some milk chocolate chips into a bowl and add in a splash of milk. Microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted and set aside.

….are you seeing a pattern here?

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Milk {and cream cheese} are items we always have on hand. Just ALWAYS. My kids drink organic milk and I’m always baking or spreading something with cream cheese. Since it’s June Dairy Month, I thought it fitting to use them in each dip recipe :)

PS- dairy items are so easy to use and develop recipes with! There’s always inspiration and creative possibilities with those products! Probably why I can always be found in the dairy aisle. Lol!

PPS- dairy products also include my favorite *addicting* coconut almond milk! Mmmm…..

PPPS- I know you were really wondering about my favorite non-dairy-but-still-found-in-the-dairy-aisle-milk. You’re welcome.

peanut butter

For the peanut butter dip, stir peanut butter together with some softened cream cheese….then add in some marshmallow fluff.

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So it turns into this smooth and fluffy mixture that tastes amazing with apples.

dipper toppings

Now for the goodies!! Anything that is small, sweet and edible would be a good topping. My favorites were the coconut and salted peanuts!

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The last thing to do is wash and slice your apples. Then lay everything out and start dipping!

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You could try chocolate and graham crackers…

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or peanut butter with coconut {one of my favorites!}

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Or this beauty! Caramel with salted peanuts….swoon!!

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Not only were these tasty treats, but the whole thing was relatively simple to throw together. My daughter loved this and so did I. Playing with your food is fun, yo. For more fun snack ideas to make with your kids this summer, be sure to check out Easy Home Meals/NFRA webpage.

Here’s the printable. Have a great day, friends!

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Apple Dippers Bar

Yield: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

for the caramel dip:
20 caramels, unwrapped
3 tablespoons milk

for the chocolate dip:
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons milk

for the peanut butter dip:
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup marshmallow fluff

any desired toppings such as:
crushed oreos
shredded coconut
graham cracker crumbs
mini chocolate chips
chopped nuts
mini marshmallows
etc.

4 apples, washed and sliced

Directions:

For the caramel dip, microwave caramels with milk stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.

For the chocolate dip, microwave chocolate chips with milk stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.

For the peanut butter dip, whip peanut butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Stir in marshmallow fluff and set aside.

Place toppings into small serving dishes.

Place all dips into serving bowls and serve with apples and toppings.

*if chocolate or caramel dips start to thicken, simply microwave 15-20 seconds to thin out again.

 

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Such a fun idea to do with the kids over the summer, love these!

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  2. I LOVE caramel apples!! Did you do anything to the apples to prevent them from turning brown? Thanks!

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    • Lauren — June 23rd, 2014 @ 6:15 am

      You can always toss them in lemon juice. That does the trick :)

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  3. Super creative! And that peanut butter dip looks like something I need in my mouth ASAP!!! Pinned :)

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  4. Love this — who wants plain ol fruit when you can dip it in all the things?? So perfect for the kiddos :)

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  5. Love this idea!! Pinning it to use at a future Women’s Ministry fellowship. I’m especially looking forward to trying the peanut butter dip. 😉

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  6. This is such a fun idea – my kids love to dip their apples, and all the toppings would make their day! Thanks for the idea :)

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  7. This is so perfect!!! With my daughter’s loose tooth, I am already cutting up apples everyday. This makes it much more fun :) Pinned and shared. I am so psyched to try this!!

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  8. My kids wake up at 6 too. If not earlier. These would definitely ease the pain. 😉

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  9. We had the fire pit going tonight.My grand kids were upset that
    we weren’t making s’mores…until I brought apple
    dippers out. These were so good!!!! They were gone
    Within minutes. We are planning a beach trip…these are
    on the list to make while there! Thanks for the great idea and
    recipes.

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