“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The origin of this phrase comes from Wales, where the Welsh ate apples stuffed with caraway seeds at bedtime. Caraway seeds were thought to be very healthy, and the apple simply provided a way to eat as much caraway as possible. Similarly, an apple dip can help coax picky eaters into having more fruit.
Recently, there have been various studies trying to determine if in fact, there’s a relationship between apples and health. In 2015, one study determined that there is no direct relationship between apple consumption and physician visits. However, people who ate an apple a day used fewer prescription medications.
If nothing else, apples should be eaten for their nutritional benefits. High in fiber and low in calories, they make an excellent snack any time of the year. They are delicious on their own, but if a dip is needed to mix things up and tempt the younger crowd, this one (found at tasteofhome.com) is a great choice.
This apple dip combines cream cheese with sugar and toffee bits to provide a whole different taste to those apples.
I tried this first with full-fat cream cheese and again with Neufchatel and I preferred the Neufchatel version as I felt the texture and taste was better; good news for those who prefer lower fat with no loss in taste (I am raising my hand).
This dip is quite sweet, so a tart apple is recommended for dipping. Think Granny Smith or Braeburn, both are excellent.
I would also say this dip will feed a crowd! It originally called for 3 apples, but after dipping 3 apples worth of slices into this dip I feel I hardly made a dent. Therefore, the nutrition calculations are based upon 40 servings, not counting the apples, in case that is important to you.
This would make an excellent addition to any appetizer buffet!
Apple Brickle Dip
- 8 oz cream cheese Neufchatel
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 package English toffee bits or almond brickle chips 7-8 oz
- tart apples cut into slices or chunks
- In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugars and vanilla.
- Fold in toffee bits.
- Serve with apples.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
Give this delicious dip a try!