Caramel Apple Nachos – Cooking with Kids

I get it. I know that caramel apple nachos sound sketchy by name alone. Erase visions of tortilla chips from your mind as this is one snack you will want in your rotation. It can be taken as an appetizer to parties or served as a quick snack after school.

Caramel Apple Nachos - Cooking with Kids - The Gifted Gabber

Do you like apples? Do you like caramel? Peanuts? Chocolate? Yes? Stay with me.

One of the many things I cherish about fall are caramel apples. Never having been much of a candy apple fan, I’m drawn to the messy caramel and peanut concoctions instead.

Several years ago, I discovered those little apple dipper snacks, beckoning to me from a produce aisle loaded with prepackaged fruit snacks. I typically don’t give in to overpriced convenience snacks like this. But after craving a caramel apple for several weeks, I was caught in a week moment, and I bought several packs.

Soon after, for my girls’ night at a friend’s house, I decided to prepare a large platter of sliced “caramel apples” as the item I was contributing to the meal. I found an idea for apple nachos on the Marzetti website and knew it deserved a shot.

Caramel Apple Nachos
I knew that this was the perfect snack to let LO help with. At 22 months, she loves to “help.” Some of the cooking I do with Scooter Britches can still be a bit much for LO, but with these apples, she could gather and sprinkle to her little heart’s content.

I used two Gala apples. With my handy-dandy apple slicer, I sliced each apple into even-sized pieces and soaked them in a bowl of salt water (one quart of cold water with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt) for about five minutes to prevent browning. Then, I arranged the apples on the bottom of a serving plate.

Next, I drizzled caramel sundae syrup over the apples. In the past, I have also scooped several spoonfuls of warmed caramel dip (warmed for 20-30 seconds in microwave) into a small Ziploc bag and snipped a tiny whole in one corner of the bag. Using the snipped corner of the bag, I drizzled the caramel over the apples.

For me, nuts are my favorite topping on a caramel apple. I used my meat cleaver to smash about 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts, and I put them in a small plastic bowl for Little One. Obviously, we have no peanut allergies in this home.

We had Rice Krispies cereal in the pantry, and I thought they might add another touch of crunch to the apples. I placed them in another bowl.

Little One had a big time sprinkling on the peanuts and the cereal. She managed to dump most of the peanuts and the cereal into one large clump. Then she picked up a few at a time from there to sprinkle on the apples. She loved it!

What she was not a fan of was getting her hands messy with the caramel.

Little diva!

Caramel Apple Nachos - Cooking with Kids - The Gifted Gabber

Caramel Apple Nachos - Cooking with Kids - The Gifted Gabber


Caramel Apple Nachos - Cooking with Kids - The Gifted Gabber


The great thing about caramel apple nachos is that you can add any toppings you want: chocolate chips, peanut butter, white chocolate, marshmallows, coconut, etc. Think of all the possibilities!
We obviously have a thing for caramel apple over here. Have you checked out the caramel apple float we created for our Frozen Flavor series earlier this month? It’s divine!
Caramel Apple Nachos
Caramel Apple Nachos – Cooking with Kids


  • Apples (as few or as many as needed for the number of servings)
  • Store bought container of caramel dip (I have used Marzetti's Old Fashioned Caramel Dip and Smucker's Caramel Sundae Syrup)
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)
  • Rice Krispies Cereal (optional)
  • Mini chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Clean and slice the apples.
  2. Soak them in a bit of salt water to prevent browning.
  3. Drizzle with warm or room temperature caramel syrup.
  4. Sprinkle on toppings of your choice.
  5. Enjoy!
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Be sure to check out the other bloggers’ apple recipes in our Kids’ Kitchen series:

Kids’ Kitchen: Apple Pie Dessert Pizza | Sugar, Spice & Glitter

Pumpkin Scones | Royal Little Lambs

Apple Peanut Butter Bites | A Little Slice Of Us

Yummy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins | Living Montessori Now

Mini-Pumpkin Pies | CraftCreateCalm

Apple Muffins Recipe | Mess for Less

Apple Oatmeal Cookies | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

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