Sweet and Salty Caramel and Chocolate Apple Nachos

These sweet and salty apple nachos, drizzled with caramel and dark chocolate, and topped with crushed nuts, are a fantastic treat for kiddos and adults alike! Read on to find my tips to keep your apples from browning.
sweet and salty apple nachos with chocolate and caramel drizzle

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These apple nachos are nutritious and make a delicious sweet and salty, crunchy and gooey snack! They satisfy even the hungriest of kiddos and are the perfect after school snack for Fall or anytime of the year!

Can you believe it's October this week? I don't know about you, but this Fall has flown by πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸ‚ Christmas will be here before you know it, and on that cheery note, I have a fun announcement at the end of my post! πŸŽ…

How to Make Sweet and Salty Apple Nachos

This recipe is so easy it doesn't even really qualify as a recipe. Cut apples and toss some stuff on top. Done. But, there are a few tips that are good to know to keep your apples from browning as well as using caramel and chocolate.

This is one of those snacks that's best eaten as soon as it's assembled. I planned to have it ready as my daughter was finishing up her online classes, and she was pleasantly surprised to have a plate of apple nachos brought up to her room by her personal waitress...her momπŸ˜‰

When I first made these a couple years ago, and told my kids we were having apple nachos, they looked at me like I had two heads...they thought I was putting apples onto tortilla chips and melting cheese on top! LOL.

Nope, it's all sweet and salty and chocolately, caramely goodness! Apple nachos are totally customizable so just put whatever you love on top! Things like crunchy chopped pretzels, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, crushed oreos or graham crackers. I even thought of adding a few candy corn to the top, but the only ones we had in the house were the "turkey dinner candy corn" that Mr DIY brought home as a joke (stay away from the green bean and the roasted turkey flavors...you have been warned!)

Gather ingredients

Keep the apples from browning using this trick

Nothing is more unappealing that brown fruit! So before you wash and cut your apples, fill a bowl with cold water and added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (either fresh or the ReaLemon from the grocery store, which is what I used). Add the apples to the bowl and let them soak while you prep the rest of the ingredients for these yummy apple nachos. 

soak cut apples in lemon water

I try to cut my apple slices the same size so the presentation looks more attractive, and use a mixture of apples! I used Granny Smith and Gala because our tastes run from some who like tart apples and some who don't. This way everyone was happy, and the green and red looked so pretty on the wood platter. Use your family's favorite apples or try a few new ones!

For this snack, I used three apples. If I was serving these apple nachos to guests or a larger crowd, I'd use more apples and maybe slice them a little thinner.

Drain apples

Next, you want to drain the apples well on a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Once all the water is soaked up, you can proceed with making apple nachos OR you can put the apples in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple days! Planning ahead saves on prep!

dry apple slices

Assemble the apple nachos

Grab a large plate or platter or charcuterie board and arrange the apple slices on top in a pleasing way. It doesn't have to be perfect! These will be gobbled up soon anyway.

arrange apple slices on platter

Melt caramels

Rather than the square caramels that you have to painstakingly unwrap, I just buy the Kraft caramel bits; they're already unwrapped and are in smaller pieces so they're easier to melt!

Put the caramels in a glass bowl and add 1-2 tsp water. Melt in microwave at 80% power for 30-45 seconds, stirring in between. Continue until caramel is melted and slowly drizzle over apples.

Melt chocolate

You can use any chocolate you like, I've been buying these Hershey sugar-free chocolate chips because then I can snack on chocolate guilt-free! I also like the flavor; they have a richer flavor like dark chocolate.

I melt them the same way as the caramels, in the microwave. To make them a little runnier for drizzling, you can add a little butter or cream.

Drizzle chocolate over apples.

Crush and sprinkle on nuts

I added some roasted almonds and salted peanuts into my mini food processor and chopped them in seconds. I love this little gadget when I don't want to bring out my large food processor! The chopped nuts were ready to go and immediately sprinkled on top of the warm chocolate and caramel.

chop nuts

This would be the time to add any other dry ingredients like mini marshmallows, cookie crumbles, or crushed pretzels. They'll stick better if you sprinkle them on while the chocolate and caramel are still warm.

Call the kids

Apple nachos with sweet and salty toppings are a great snack anytime and my kids love them! They're apples loaded with yummy toppings so what's not to love? 🍎🍏

apple nachos with caramel and chocolate drizzle and crushed nuts

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Christmas announcement

I am so excited to be sharing a Facebook Live Christmas craft tutorial this Friday, October 2 at 11:00 am Central Time on KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms Christmas page! You can CLICK HERE to join the group and see all the video tutorials. I would love to have you follow along and get some Christmas inspiration. If you miss it, I will be posting the project and video here to the blog on the weekend (it's a good one!).


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