The Best Caramel Dip Recipe

by Melissa

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This is hands-down the BEST caramel dip for apples or any other fruit. It’s easy to make, perfect to feed a crowd, and the best part?

This caramel dip will stay soft for weeks without reheating! 



I know it’s pretty bold to say this caramel dip recipe is the best ever. But really, it’s the truth. 

Caramel apples are such a popular treat in the Fall along with pumpkin recipes but sometimes making a full caramel apple isn’t practical if you have lots of people to feed or are short on time. 

And let’s not forget how those other caramel apple dips don’t stay soft, so you have to reheat it like every 30 seconds?

That’s why this caramel apple dip is the bomb dot com (not to mention the 2nd most popular recipe I’ve ever shared!) You can enjoy the delicious taste of caramel apples with minimal effort on your part. 

You make this soft caramel dip once and it stays soft for weeks (even after it has been refrigerated.)




  • This caramel dip is delicious! The flavor is light and creamy– a great compliment to apples, bananas, pineapple. It’s also yummy on ice cream! Or just plain by the spoonful. Don’t worry. I won’t tell.
  • This caramel apple dip stays soft without any reheating! Seriously. Ever made some delicious caramel that hardens after just a few minutes? Not this one.
  • This recipe makes a ton-around 7 cups of caramel goodness!  But don’t let that scare you. (You’ll see why in my next reason.) Because it makes so much, it’s the perfect recipe for a baby shower, bridal showercaramel apple bar , Thanksgiving dinner, back to school snack, and more! You can feed a crowd simply.
  •  The dip stays well in the fridge for a few weeks, so you can make a big batch of it and have it ready for a party, snack, dessert, or treat to take to someone on a moment’s notice.You can try out these other simple caramel apple dip recipes, but this one is still our favorite! Period.

Related: 8 Tips For Hosting an Amazing Caramel Apple Bar 



This caramel apple dip is easy to make. Combine brown sugar, butter, light corn syrup, and salt in a medium sauce pan and cook for a few minutes.

Then add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and cook for a few more minutes. 

The last step of this caramel apple dip recipe is to stir in cream cheese and sour cream, which is the secret to making this caramel dip so amazing and soft. 

This recipe can be made in advance. And like I’ve said before, you can pull it out of the fridge whenever you are ready to eat it and it will be soft and ready for dipping apples!

Of course, apples are the most obvious choice for dipping, but you can also dip pretzels, cookies, graham crackers, bananas, strawberries, etc. in this. Or use this caramel dip on top of your ice cream!  



  • Although making caramel for apple dipping is not hard, be very careful to not burn it. 
  • Mix the sour cream and cream cheese very well together making sure there are no lumps before you stir them into the cooked caramel mixture. 
  • You can half the recipe if you don’t need 7 cups worth. But since the dip stays good in the fridge for a few weeks, just make the whole batch and use it for gifts if you can’t eat it all. 
  • Make sure you have a clean, large bowl with a lid to store the caramel dip in after you have made it.
  • This makes yummy and easy Fall gifts! Pick up some smaller glass jars to place the dip in and wrap it up in cellophane with an apple! So cute!
  • Use this 16-slice apple cutter to make cutting apples so quick and easy! 




If you’re wondering if this recipe is great for a Caramel Apple Bar, the answer is YES! 

Like I mentioned, it stays soft for a few weeks in the fridge, meaning that if you are having a bridal shower, baby shower, or other Fall gathering say a family dinner, you can prepare this dip ahead of time and serve it as part of your caramel apple bar.

Check out all the details of our Caramel Apple Bar at our “Fall In Love” bridal shower.

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This really is the best caramel for apple dipping recipe you’ll ever find. So don’t wait! Make this asap. I promise you’re going to love it! 

After you make this recipe, will you pretty please leave a comment with a star rating? This will help others find this amazing recipe! Thanks SO much! ♡

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The Best Caramel Apple Dip

  • Author: So Festive!
  • Cook Time: about 20 minutes
  • Total Time: about 20 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x


The best soft caramel apple dip… no reheating required and stays good in the fridge for weeks!



  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup real butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened


  1. Combine butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat and boil for 7 minutes. Stir consistently so it doesn’t burn.
  2. After 7 minutes, reduce heat to low. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Cool until it is just warm to the touch.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the sour cream and cream cheese together with a hand mixer until very smooth. If you skip this step, you will have small white lumps of cream in your caramel. It will taste fine, just won’t be as pretty. Make sure your cream cheese is very soft to avoid lumps.
  5. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container. This caramel dip stays soft, so you will not have to reheat it each time you eat it unless you want it warm. Dip apples, bananas, or other fruit in it.
  • Category: Dips

Keywords: caramel apple dip, fruit dip, caramel, caramel apples, dip for apples, caramel dip for apples




Michelle September 29, 2015 - 3:12 am

This was SO yummy! We made it tonight and haven’t stopped eating it!

Mel August 31, 2016 - 2:46 pm

I’m so glad you love it!!

Family Gajeski September 28, 2016 - 10:00 pm

What is a “cube” of butter?

Mel September 28, 2016 - 11:50 pm

Sorry for the confusion. A cube of butter is 1/2 cup. Here our butter comes in 4 cubes per package.

Mel September 28, 2016 - 11:52 pm

I’ve updated the recipe now. Thanks for letting me know this was confusing! Let me know if you have other questions.

Laura P. October 20, 2016 - 11:08 am

My friend brought this to a get together last night…it’s the most delicious caramel apple dip I’ve ever tasted! I asked her for the recipe right away.

Mel October 21, 2016 - 2:25 pm

Isn’t it the best? Once we tried this, there was no going back. I LOVE how soft it stays. Happy Fall!!

Tara November 10, 2016 - 12:49 pm

How much is in a can of sweetened condensed milk? Aren’t there different sizes? How much should be used?

Mel November 10, 2016 - 5:49 pm

I use a 14 oz can. Sorry for the confusion! I’ll update the recipe.

Zoie February 15, 2017 - 1:59 am

Can you make without the corn syrup like you can with some caramels? I’m cooking for people with corn allergies

Mel February 16, 2017 - 3:18 am

I’ve never tried it without, but it may work! Let me know if you try it.

Andrea June 28, 2017 - 3:36 pm

Im getting married in Oct and want a caramel apple bar at my reception. Would this dip work? Is it too soft for them to dip the apples in sprinkles? Trying to find what would work best for lots of people.

Melissa Sunday June 28, 2017 - 10:24 pm

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! Will your guests be dipping the apples or do you want them pre-dipped? It is a softer dip that is perfect if it was in a little cup or something, but to have the apples pre-dipped in it I think would be too soft. Let me know if you have more questions!

Sophie October 17, 2017 - 11:30 am

Very tasty! It was eaten very quickly! I used Sucanat instead of brown sugar, and honey instead of corn syrup. Worked perfectly and is very creamy! Perfect for dipping apples and also worked good for dipping caramel apples in toppings. Thanks for the recipe!

Melissa Sunday October 17, 2017 - 8:04 pm

so glad you loved it! Thanks for the substitution ideas!

Amber October 28, 2017 - 3:06 pm

Wow! This recipe does make a lot… can the extra be frozen for the next holiday? TIA ?

Melissa Sunday October 30, 2017 - 2:39 pm

I’ve never tried freezing it, but it will stay well in the fridge for a long time.

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karen October 8, 2018 - 2:57 pm

can you keep this warm in crock pot for a party?

sofestivemel October 8, 2018 - 8:40 pm

I actually have never tried this, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. I would just keep it on super low, so it doesn’t burn! Leave a comment letting us know how it turns out!

Jen October 10, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Would this work if I put it in a squeeze bottle? It’s for a caramel apple bar at a work party. Thanks for sharing!

sofestivemel October 10, 2018 - 2:45 pm

That is a BRILLIANT idea! I’m sure it would work just fine…as long as the opening isn’t too small. Let me know how it turns out.

Christy September 5, 2019 - 8:58 am

How many does this serve to you think? Considering doing a neighborhood carmel apple party. I dont’ know how many to make

sofestivemel September 5, 2019 - 9:19 am

This batch makes 7 cups– a lot! Depending on how many you plan to invite, I think 1-2 batches would be plenty!

Ruth Radwanski October 10, 2019 - 8:23 am

How many apples can this dip cover

sofestivemel October 10, 2019 - 9:56 am

It makes 7 cups worth.

Sarah October 11, 2019 - 11:54 am

There were hard white pieces in the caramel sauce after adding in the sour cream and cream cheese. Based on other recipes I have read, it looks like the cold cream caused the sugar to seize. Next time, I will have to make sure I warm it up a bit before putting it in the sauce.

Baily October 28, 2019 - 10:25 am

Do you add the sour cream and cream cheese mixture into the caramel while it’s still cooling? Recipe doesn’t specify what to do next.

sofestivemel October 28, 2019 - 9:50 pm

Yes! I updated the recipe, but you want to let it cool until just warm before adding the sour cream and cheese mixture together.

melissa August 1, 2020 - 9:24 pm

Honestly, this is the only caramel dip we ever make. It’s easy and love how it stays soft!

Michelle Schow September 15, 2020 - 2:17 pm

My very favorite! My kids look forward to this every year.


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