This easy Caramel Apple Nachos recipe uses apple slices and caramel sauce to make a delicious fall treat. Easier than traditional caramel apples and less mess!
As much as we love traditional caramel apples, apple slices topped with caramel and candies are so much easier to eat!
Just make the caramel sauce, prepare the apples, pour and dig in!
This easy caramel apple recipe is the perfect fall treat for family gatherings, movie nights or Halloween parties. It also makes a yummy after school snack -- My kids love it!
Apple Nachos Ingredients
You only need a few simple ingredients for this caramel apple nachos recipe. They should be easy to find in your grocery store or online.
- Green apples -- I use Granny Smith apples, but any tart apple variety will work. Soft apples don't hold up as well and sweet apples will make this fun dessert too sweet.
- Caramel sauce -- Melt a package of caramel candies of caramel bits, or use homemade caramel sauce
- Lemon juice -- to prevent apple slices from turning brown. You can also use lime juice or lemon lime soda, like Sprite
- Candies -- Mini m and m's or any small candies for topping
How to Make Caramel Apple Nachos
First, make the caramel sauce. Follow directions on the package of caramel candies to melt the caramels. You can use your microwave or the stove top.
Next, rinse, core and cut apples into even slices. No need to peel the apples unless you want to. Leaving the apple peel on tastes more like the traditional candy apple dessert!
Brush apple slices with lemon juice, and arrange them neatly on a large platter. You can layer the slices, but be sure not to cover each layer completely.
Next, drizzle melted caramel evenly on top of the apples. Thin ribbons of caramel work best for caramel nachos!
Sprinkle candies and fall sprinkles on top of the caramel.
You can use chocolate syrup or melt chocolate chips and white chocolate chips to drizzle chocolate over the apple slices, as well.
Serve these delicious dessert nachos, and dig right into the gooey caramel topped apples.
The great thing about this simple recipe is you can add as many of your favorite toppings as you want. It's actually a great recipe for using up Halloween candy!
Use caramel apple bits in place of the caramel squares. You can use a jar of caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping as long as it's thick. A bottle of squeezable caramel will be too runny to hold the candies.
Use a mix of red apples and green apples for a pop of color.
Add toffee bits, chopped candy bars, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows or melted marshmallows.
Have an apple nacho bar. Serve the warm caramel sauce in a bowl, and place toppings in separate bowls so folks can build their own easy apple nachos!
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Caramel-topped apple slices are best eaten the same day. However, you can refrigerate leftover apple nachos in an airtight container for up to 1 day.
Yes. Store leftover caramel sauce covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Reheat caramel sauce over low heat on the stove, stirring frequently, until smooth.
Dip apple slices in lemon juice so they won't turn brown.
To make this apple dessert ahead of time, slice and store fresh apples dipped in lemon juice in the refrigerator up to a day ahead of time. Place the sliced apples in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Pat them dry, and prepare the nachos as usual.
Take the easy way out, and top with good quality caramel sauce like Torani sauce or Ghirardelli caramel sauce.
Caramel Apple Nachos
- 2 large Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- mini m and m candies
- Prepare caramel sauce according to directions on package of caramel squares
- Wash, core and slice apples. Brush with lemon juice, and pat dry
- Arrange apple slices on platter
- Drizzle caramel sauce on top of apples
- Drop candies over caramel, and top with your choice of toppings
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
We love this easy recipe more than the classic caramel apple! This delicious treat is just perfect for this time of year.
I hope you enjoy this delicious fall dessert as much as we do. If you try it, please leave a comment and/or star rating.
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Recipe published in 2022 and updated in 2023.