Why You Should Make Your Own Caramel Dip and How To Photo Tutorial

Caramel dip with apples is an autumn treat that the milk allergic cannot enjoy.  Store bought caramel dip is loaded with milk, butter, cream and the like.  But I have come up with five reasons that everyone, regardless of allergies or not, should make their own caramel dip.

  1. It is easy to make.
  2. It has only 3 ingredients.
  3. The store bought kind has 17 (I counted them at the store yesterday) ingredients.
  4. This same store bought kind is loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other unpronounceable ingredients.
  5. The homemade variety is free of any refined sugar.

I found this recipe at Comfy Belly and have tried it two times.  The first time I used agave nectar.  At first it really tasted like agave to me, but I really grew to love it and it tasted more like caramel all the time.  It made a lovely color too.  The second time I used brown rice syrup and I did not like the taste or color as well as agave, although it is still a better alternative than store bought.  I have not yet tried honey, but I bet that would probably be my favorite.

The picture of the dip shown above and at the very end is made with agave nectar.  The tutorial pictures are with brown rice syrup except this first one.  You need three ingredients…thick coconut cream or heavy whipping cream (if you can tolerate it), liquid sweetener and salt.

Measure out one cup thick cream from the top of the can of coconut cream.  The remaining cream and coconut “water” can be saved in a different container and makes a thick, delicious smoothie later on.

Place the cream, as shown above, in a pan.  Stir the cream like in the picture below.

Cook the cream until it is smooth like pictured below.

Add two shakes of the salt shaker to the cream.  Slowly add one cup of the liquid sweetener.

Stir to combine.Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Cook and stir constantly for roughly 15 minutes if you want a “thinner” and more pourable dip.  For a thicker caramel that hardens over time, cook about 25-30 minutes being careful to not burn.  Cooking a shorter amount of time will make a dip that will pour easily the following days.  Cooking a longer amount of time will make a dip that hardens in the refrigerator.  This can scoop out and will easily soften in the microwave in a few seconds.

After your desired cooking time, carefully place your pan in a sink full of ice water.  Being careful to not let water in your pan, chill for about 15 minutes.

 Pour into a sealable container and store in the refrigerator.


Since I didn’t really change much from the original, you can get a printable copy of the recipe at Comfy Belly

Shared at Make Your Own Monday, Allergy Free Wednesday and Real Food Wednesday.

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18 Responses to Why You Should Make Your Own Caramel Dip and How To Photo Tutorial

  1. This sounds fantastic. I wonder if I can make it using homemade coconut milk. I think I’ll give it a try.

    • admin says:

      I think that would be worth a shot. You may just have to cook and stir a little longer since you would be starting out with something thinner. Thanks for coming by and commenting. I love hearing from readers!

  2. Jennie says:

    Looks great! Have you ever tried it with maple syrup?

    Also, if you choose to cook longer, would you use the harder “caramel” for candies? I’m just wondering what the best uses would be for the harder version. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin says:

      I have not tried it with maple syrup. And yes, I do believe the harder version would be good for candies. Or maybe a good way to do caramel apples. It does get quite hard and would stick to the apples, but I think the more pourable version would slide right off of apples. The hard kind can be still be used as a dip, you just have to sort of chip at it and soften it in the microwave first. Thanks for commenting…I love hearing from readers.

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  7. My daughter just asked me yesterday for caramel apple dip. I’m pinning this one to try! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yum – and so easy too! I must make a trip to Trader Joe’s and pick up some coconut cream. Thanks for the recipe – I know my dairy-allergic daughter will love this!


    • admin says:

      It really is just as good, if not better than store bought, so I am sure your daughter and yourself will love it! TJ’s sells the coconut cream affordable as well!

  9. Kipp says:

    I’ll try using a good quality raw cane sugar or honey. Just had a caramel sauce to put on top of Pumpkin Gingerbread (gluten-free) last night – SO yummy!

  10. Kitty says:

    Wow, caramel is one of my absolute favorite things and dairy free will solve one of my worst problems. other than all the carbs of course. but this could be good for a once n a while splurge. LOL THANKS

    • admin says:

      Yes, a splurge is okay once in a while I figure…esspecially if one is on some sort of “restricted” diet. When I treat myself now and then I find it easier to eat healthier overall. You will love this caramel…and so easy too!

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