This allergy free caramel dip can be used as a dip for apple slices but also works well as a sauce. Drizzle it over ice cream, cake, coffee drinks, oatmeal (yes, I said oatmeal!) Everything tastes better with a little caramel!
My search for an allergy free caramel dip began with a trip to the apple orchard where my son asked if he could have one of the freshly dipped caramel apples.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find one that was safe for him so I decided to try making it myself.
My first goal was to make a dairy free and soy free caramel that could be melted and used for dipping.
That proved to be tricky since caramels need fat and protein to become the right consistency. Each failed attempt yielded caramels that were so chewy they could quite possibly break one's jaw.
So, I settled for a dip that doesn't quite firm up to be a caramel but still tastes like one. My son loved dipping his apple slices in this dip and it was probably easier to eat than a caramel apple, too!
Allergy Free Caramel Dip
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- ¼ cup cold water
- ⅓ cup dairy free half and half
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To make dairy free half and half: Add 2 tablespoons of Vance's Darifree powdered potato milk to ⅓ cup boiling water. Mix well.
- In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn starch and water. Add the half and half and corn syrup. Stirring frequently, cook mixture over medium high heat until it comes to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and add the oil and vanilla extract. Serve warm or cool (as this sauce cools, it will become thicker)