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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Crockpot Caramel Dip

This was a delicious recipe we found this week at Crockpot Recipe Exchange . It took one try and it made the family recipe book! This delicious and simple caramel dip is wonderful for dipping apple wedges, and would make a fabulous ice cream topping or even a sauce for an apple tart! We have also used it as a middle layer between shortbread and melted chcoalte chips for a decadent cookie bar! This is a soft carmel (unlike a hard store bought caramel cube) , but it will stiffen in the fridge some. Apparently this is an "old recipe" that used to be cooked right in the can, but here is a more healthful twist on this old classic!*

1 can of sweetened condensed milk**

1. Take the milk from the can and put it in a pint jar. Secure a lid (we use plastic).
2. Lay a washcloth in the bottom of the crock and put your jar in and cover with water. (I had to lay mine down and weight it with a heavy cereal bowl so that it could be totally submerged under the water.)
3. Cover and turn on High and let cook for 4-6 hours. If you pull it out on earlier it will be lighter in color and flavor, if you let it go the longer length it gets richer and darker in color and flavor.

This is a rich dip and it makes what I would call 8 very "responsible" servings (small) of dip. (Pictured above.)

* This can also be done on the stove top, in a double boiler, covered, on moderate heat for about 60-90 minutes.

** FYI - Trader Joes has Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk!! (The only place I have ever seen that!) If anyone else knows of another source for organic - please tell me!

To double it, we put 2 cans in a quart jar and lay it on its side on my oval crock.


singing mama said...

Yummo! I actually have a can of condensed milk in the cupboard so I am going to try this one tonight!
I love all the recipes you post Pamela, it is so great to get some fresh ideas and yummy wholesome new recipes to try especially slow cooker ones!!
Luv Donna

Michelle said...


We use 2 cans and after they have cooked to a beautiful thick caramel color and cooled, we pour/scrape it into a graham cracker crust. Chill then "decorate" with whipped cream. Then you have a super yummy, super rich Caramel pie. Thanks for sharing how to make it in pint or quart jars. Great idea!

Enid said...

Ohh wow thanks for sharing that...!

Mommy Set Free said...

That sounds down right dangerous!!! :-) Thanks for sharing it. I am sure we will try it. Hailey just made one of our family favorites last night (apple sqaures - which are like apple pie in a bar form) and I was thinking about how yummy it would be to encorperate that carmel sauce with apples in a pie! Maybe I'll try that and post both in the furture. :-)

Michelle said...


Apple squares, apple squares with caramel, MMMM

Yes, please post!!

Mommy Set Free said...

Chelle, I have flooded the email boxed of those who get the blog posts thier with almost 20 recipes this week for the crockpot topic....so I am feeling a bit guilty about that. :-) I will try to give it a little rest..for now. But keep your eyes open for it. I will post it in the furture for sure. :-)

DawnJ said...

I have a DIY sweet condensed milk recipe that is a perfect substitute!
1/3 c boiling water
¼ c butter (or earth balance if vegan)
¾ c evaporated cane juice crystals
½ t vanilla extract
1/2 c raw cashews
BLEND all together until totally smooth. If you don't have a high power blender, simply add ½ of cashews in the blender with water, butter, sugar and vanilla... and blend until cashews are completely smooth. Add remaining cashews a little at a time until all are incorporated, smooth and syrupy. The result is NEAR IDENTICAL to the original sweetened condensed milk. I should know, I used to drink it directly from the can!

Mommy Set Free said...

Dawn, I am going to try that for sure! (I need to get some cashews!) Thanks so much for sharing it! Much Love to you and yours! Would Rapadura or Fructose work? That is what I have on hand.