Drizzled with caramel sauce and fudge, these easy Apple Nachos are a fun and easy fall treat. Top with mini chocolate chips, crushed nuts or other toppings and enjoy as a snack or dessert. Great for sharing too!
Easy Caramel Apple Nachos
If you love caramel apples, you’re going to love these apple nachos! They’re essentially a deconstructed caramel apple that is loaded with caramel, chocolate, and lots of fun toppings. I find them easier to make than traditional caramel apples and I’d say they’re a little less messy to eat, as well.
You can serve a platter of these apple nachos at home or at a fall party or gathering for everyone to grab a slice. They’re a fun snack or dessert for the kids to get involved in making. What’s better to a kid than adding chocolate to a fruit? Not much!
Even as an adult I love this fall treat. It’s just the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and a nice alternative to some of the heavier desserts that populate the dessert tables this time of year.
What You’ll Need
These are made with all the traditional ingredients of a caramel apple plus a few fun extras.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Apples: I always use two types of apples, for a combination of sweet and tart. I recommend one Granny Smith apple and a sweeter Honey Crisp or Pink Lady apple. The different colors also add more visual interest, but feel free to use your favorite.
- Lemon juice: Used to help prevent the apple slices from browning.
- Caramel squares: Caramel squares are melted to create the caramel drizzle.
- Heavy cream: Combined with the caramel squares to make it nice and creamy.
- Chocolate hot fudge: Be sure to use hot fudge and not chocolate syrup. The chocolate syrup is too runny for this recipe.
- Mini chocolate chips: You can use regular chocolate chips, but minis are easier to eat.
- Crushed nuts: You can use peanuts, almonds, cashews, or any other nut you prefer.
More Topping Ideas
Mini chocolate chips and crushed nuts are just the beginning of the possibilities when it comes to these apple nachos! Here are a few ideas for additional toppings:
- Melted marshmallow (or marshmallow fluff)
- Toasted Coconut flakes
- Crushed pretzels
- Crushed candy bars (like Kit Kats, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way or Reese’s)
- Homemade chocolate sauce (in place of the hot fudge)
How to Make Apple Nachos
Caramel apple nachos are easy and fun to assemble.
(Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.)
- Toss the apples with lemon. Slice each apple into 8 slices then place them in a bowl with cold water and lemon juice. Toss, then pat dry. This is just to prevent browning so don’t worry, your apples won’t taste like lemon!
- Arrange the apples. Arrange apples in a circular pattern on the serving platter, alternating colors.
- Add the toppings. Melt the caramels with heavy cream in the microwave in short intervals. Drizzle over apples. Then add the hot fudge over the apples. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and crushed nuts.
- Serve. Serve immediately and enjoy!
How to Store
Apple nachos should be enjoyed immediately. However, you can cut and slice the apples in advance. After being tossed with lemon, they will last in the fridge for several hours until it’s time to assemble the nachos.
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Caramel Apple Nachos
- 1 large Granny Smith apple , cored
- 1 large Honey Crisp or Pink Lady apple , cored
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Kraft caramel squares , unwrapped
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons chocolate hot fudge (not chocolate syrup – it's too runny)
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup crushed nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc)
- Slice each apple into 8 equal pieces. Place them in a bowl with some cold water and the lemon juice; toss, then pat completely dry. This helps prevent browning – it will not make the apples taste like lemon.
- Arrange apple slices in a circular pattern onto a round serving platter, alternating between the different colors.
- In the meantime, place caramels in a microwave-safe bowl with the heavy cream. Microwave in 20 second intervals until just melted. Drizzle warm caramel over apples. Then hot fudge over the apples.
- Sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips, followed by the crushed nuts.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!NOTE: If you can find the hot fudge in a squeeze bottle, it makes it super easy to drizzle over the apples. If the hot fudge is in a jar, you might need to warm it slightly in the microwave, to get it to drizzling consistency.We also recommend making our homemade caramel sauce and chocolate sauce recipes! For recipe variations and other topping ideas, please refer to the full article.