Whew! I am back. We just got our son off to the MTC to serve a mission in the Tucson, Arizona where he will speak Spanish. It was a harrowing last couple of weeks which finally culminated in tears (mostly me) as we parted. So I have been a wee bit busy, and unable to post.
This one is very, very (can I emphasize very) easy to make. I actually invented this a few years back when in desperate need of an appetizer for a Relief Society social in the fall. Maybe this has been done by someone else, but humor me and make me think I am clever.
These are the required ingredients. Count them - 4!
12 oz container of cool whip
1 jar of caramel ice cream topping
If you don't have a fresh lemon, you can use lemon juice. And if you are going to eat it right away, you don't need the lemon at all.
First step one is put cool whip in a lovely bowl. Add as much cool whip as you want dip. Then drizzle caramel ice cream topping into the cool whip and mix gently. You can more caramel if you want more of that flavor or less if you want it more fluffy. It is all just a matter of preference. If you are one of those people desperately in need of measurements, how about a 12 oz container of cool whip to 1/2 jar of Hershey's caramel ice cream topping.
Now put this in the fridge while you cut up your apples. We are gala fans and fuji comes in second place. Put some water in a bowl and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice in it (this is where you can use lemon juice from the bottle if you wish). Cut your apples slices into the bowl of lemon water. Let hem sit for just a minute and then drain. Arrange apple slices on the plate around your bowl of caramel dip and serve. The lemon water will keep your apples from going brown and unless you get crazy about adding lemon juice you won't even taste it.
If you use fat free or low fat cool whip this ends up being a fairly light and low fat treat. You can also keep cool whip in the freezer and the jar of caramel in your pantry so you can always have it on hand for a quick treat to take somewhere. Hope you enjoy this!