Apple Dippers Bar

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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!

Homemade Snickers Ice Cream

Ridiculously decadent and completely homemade, this ice cream will knock your socks off!
servings 6 cups
Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 d 30 mins

Ingredients

For the ice cream base-

for the nougat-

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

for the caramel sauce-

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 oz semi sweet dark chocolate finely chopped

Instructions

  • For the ice cream: Pour 1 cup of half & half into a medium saucepan and whisk in cocoa powder until combined. Pour in remaining half and half and heavy cream and heat over medium low heat, stirring frequently until it comes to a small simmer. Turn off the heat.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks until pale yellow. Slowly incorporate granulated sugar until mixture thickens slightly to create ribbons that fall back on itself. Take about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture and whisk it into the eggs to temper.
  • Whisk in another cup, then stir the tempered eggs into the pot. Heat over low heat stirring frequently until mixture reaches 175 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Strain into a bowl sitting on ice {to cool the mixture quickly}. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  • For the nougat: Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir in sugar and evaporated milk and cook over medium heat to melt. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer lightly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour onto a parchment paper lined plate or baking sheet. Cool 1-2 hours, then cut into small bite-sized pieces.
  • For the caramel sauce: Place sugar and water into a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Mixture will stay white, then become clear as the sugar melts, then start turning amber in color. Once it turns a light amber, reduce heat and whisk in heavy cream. It will bubble violently at first, but keep whisking and it will all melt together to become a sauce. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into a bowl and cool to room temperature.
  • To make the ice cream: Pour chilled chocolate ice cream base into a frozen bowl of ice cream maker and churn 7-10 minutes until smooth and frozen {like soft serve}. Scoop half of the mixture into a large Tupperware container. Top with half the nougat pieces, half the peanuts, half the chopped chocolate and half the caramel sauce. Swirl into the ice cream using a butter knife. Repeat with remaining ice cream and ingredients. Cover and freeze 4-6 hours until firm. Scoop into bowls or cones and enjoy! Best ice cream ever.

Nutrition

Calories: 947kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 352mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 1708IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Snickers Ice Cream

 

 

 

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31 Responses
  1. Cookbook Queen

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

  2. Cyndee

    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. 😉

  3. Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    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 🙂

  4. Katie @ The Surly Housewife

    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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  15. Kayla

    Do you think this would keep for a party? I wanted to do an apple dipper bar for my daughters party. Or do you think I need a crock pot/ fondue pot?

    1. Lauren

      I think a small crockpot would work great in keeping that caramel warm, but don’t go out and buy one if you don’t already have one. Microwaving a bowl of caramel a few times isn’t that big of a hassle!

      1. Kayla

        Okay, thanks! Do you think the same for the chocolate? Or will it stay melted pretty easily? How is the consistency of the peanut butter dip? That sounds DELICIOUS, so definitely want to do that!

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