Sunday, December 16, 2007

Emergency Apple Dip

At Tennessee Christian Teen Convention my friends Jessica, Mandy, and I are the back stage hostesses. We basically keep the backstage crew and on-stage talent in water, snacks, and coffee all weekend. It's pretty funny because Mandy and I don't make coffee. (This year Jessica has a new job that takes her out of our Green Room. She may have to pre-measure some filter for me if I can't find the pre-measured stuff.) We've been doing this for about 7 years now and we have a few standards that we are not allowed to show up without. One of the most popular is our caramel apple dip. This is how you make it:

Apple Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 bag "Bits O Brickle" (Crushed Heath bar with out the chocolate)

Mash together until well blended. Store in refrigerator. Serve with sliced apples that have . dipped in pineapple juice, orange juice, or Sprite.

It's super easy and comes from a friend who swears she cannot make any dish other than this one. I was catering a party and had planned to serve this when, much to my dismay, I discovered Kroger is no longer carrying the Bits of Brickle, only the crushed Heath bar. You can still make it with the chocolate, but it's sweeter and I just like it better plain. I had purchased the cream cheese and brown sugar, but never made it to another store to find the Bits O Brickle. I looked in the pantry at our "unclaimed items" shelf and found a bag of marshmallows. Knowing I had to do something and thinking of the marshmallow cream cheese fruit dip, I came up with this:

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 bag marshmallows
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and brown sugar together. When bubbly, lower heat to medium and add marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are melted. Turn off heat and add cream cheese, stir until melted and creamy. Add vanilla and stir well. Refrigerate until time to serve. It's good slightly warm or cold. Serve with sliced apples.

When you are serving sliced apples keep a bowl of orange juice, pineapple juice, or Sprite near by to dip the apples in. The acid in the juices will keep the apples from turning brown. I hope you like those two options. I heard Target has Bits O Brickle, so stock up if you find some!


Anonymous said...

I am not so sure about me not being down there with you guys. It won't be the same!!!!! At least I can help you guys get all set up and hopefully help when I'm not upstairs. Again.....not really sure about not being down there with my friends : (

Those organic coffee packs from Sam's last year worked awesome!!!!!!


Meriam said...

We will miss you, Jess! At least we will be close enough that you can visit! You aren't recording during the main sessions, so we can hang out then!

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