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Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos are the no bake dessert you can eat with your fingers! With tart apples covered in caramel, chocolate and crunchy nuts, this easy recipe turns regular apple slices into a sweet and gooey treat.

Green apple slices arranged on a white plate in a spiral and topped with melted marshmallow, chocolate, caramel, and peanuts.

Raise your hand if you like caramel apples? Yeah, me too! Apple Nachos were born from a lifelong love of biting into a crisp apple surrounded in gooey caramel.

The biggest drawback about caramel apples, for me, is the mess. They’re messy to make and messy to eat.

And as anyone with kids knows, they have the borderline ability to make messes exponentially bigger. So, especially when my kids were little, I was in no hurry to make homemade caramel apples.

The first time I made Caramel Apple Slices, I was thinking of a way to make my kids’ afternoon snack of apple slices more exciting.

Adding caramel, and some of our other favorite candy apple toppings like nuts, seemed like an ideal choice.

I was under the delusion that what I call “Apple Nachos ” would somehow be easier to eat than a traditional caramel apple.

Spoiler alert: They’re not. These are gooey and messy and . . . totally delicious.

A few sticky fingers now and then is worth it. Or, you could eat them with a fork to keep things on the cleaner side.

The kids loved these and they’ve since become a regular feature in our snack time routine.

We don’t make them every day as they’re a bit too rich for that. But every now and then it’s a great way to add some decadence to your fruit!

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Apple nachos on a plate with green apple slices, caramel, chocolate, and melted marshmallow.

What kind of apples to use

Green apples just look so pretty arranged on a serving plate.

Granny Smith apples are my preferred apple to use for caramel apples and other apple desserts.

The tartness is important for balancing the super sweet caramel, chocolate and marshmallows that go on top.

If you can’t get Granny Smith, Pink Lady apples make a decent substitution. Just avoid super sweet apples here if you can!

Step by step photos showing how to prep ingredients to make apple nachos

Sweet Caramel Apple Nachos

I could have just sliced up some apples, covered them in caramel and had a delicious snack. However, I wanted to make these truly “nacho” like! That meant, I needed a sauce to be the “cheese”.

Enter marshmallows. I made a creamy sauce by melting butter and marshmallows together.

Then, in a separate bowl I melted together lots of unwrapped caramel candies or caramel bits. (You can swap out the caramels for caramel ice cream topping if you prefer)

Next, I drizzled both sauces over a plate of sliced apples arranged in a spiral.

Finally, I added some swirls of chocolate syrup, a sprinkle of peanuts and some mini chocolate chips. (You could also swap out the syrup for melted milk chocolate chips).

Thanks to the layers of drizzle, every bite of apple had a slightly different balance of chocolate to caramel to marshmallow flavor. The salty crunchy peanuts add the perfect finishing touch.

Step by step photos showing how to assemble caramel apple nachos.

How to keep apples from browning

Whenever I share a recipe with sliced uncooked apples, I’m often asked, “How do you prevent your apples from browning quickly?”

Depending on your environment, those pretty apple slices can turn to an unpleasant brown color within a few minutes. While they’ll still taste fine if this happens, they definitely lose some of their visual appeal!

If you’re not eating the apple nachos right away, here are a few techniques I like for preventing browning.

  • Salt water: Soak apple slices in a cup of water with 1/8 tsp of salt. After 5 minutes, drain and rinse the apples well before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Lemon juice: Squeeze a little lemon juice onto the sliced apples while you prepare the other apple nachos ingredients. This will delay the browning, but will add a hint of lemon flavor to the apples.
  • Honey: A quick way to prevent browning is stirring a spoonful of honey into a bowl of water, then submerging the apples in the mixture for 30 seconds. Remove the apples and proceed with the recipe.

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Plate of apple slices topped with melted caramel, marshmallow and chocolate.

Variations

The recipe I’m sharing below is the staple version of caramel apple slices we make and enjoy most at our house.

As a simple dessert or fun snack option, kids love the apples with marshmallow, caramel and chocolate!

Feel free to mix up the apple nachos based on what you’re in the mood for. Here are some other great options to change it up:

  • White chocolate – Sub the mini chocolate morsels for white chocolate chips, or go half and half!
  • Other nuts – Chopped walnuts and almonds taste great with caramel.
  • Toffee – Heath toffee bits would be a delicious addition reminiscent of toffee candy apples.
  • Sprinkles – What kid is going to say “no” when you give them the optioon of a snack with sprinkles?
  • Candy- sprinkle on some M&M’s, chopped peanut butter cups or Snickers candy bars, or Reese’s Pieces for a delicious candy apple treat!
  • Peanut Buttermelt some peanut butter morsels, or warm up some creamy peanut butter and drizzle over the top with chocolate syrup!

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Yield: 8 servings

Apple Nachos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Apple Nachos are the no bake dessert you can eat with your fingers! With tart apples covered in caramel, chocolate and crunchy nuts, this easy recipe turns regular apple slices into a sweet and gooey treat.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 35 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 35 caramels
  • 1 Tbsp evaporated milk (or half and half)
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet morsels
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Slice apples and arrange on platter.
  2. In saucepan, melt marshmallows and butter until creamy. Set aside.
  3. In microwave dish, melt caramels with milk (cooking in 30 second intervals, and stirring). Set aside.
  4. Pour marshmallow cream over apple slices, followed by caramel sauce. Drizzle chocolate syrup and sprinkle with peanuts and mini chocolate morsels. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 3gSugar: 60gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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It’s all the great taste of caramel and candy apples sliced up on a plate. Go ahead and make snack time a little ooey-gooey with this easy Apple Nachos recipe!

Aimee

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on June 9, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. These are so delicious and I don’t mind at all getting a little messy while eating them. So worth it!

  2. Holly smokes, I just saw this. These are the best nachos I have ever seen in my life 🙂 I am going to share this recipe in my FB page. I just love this idea!

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  4. Anybody have any ideas how to make this lactose free? I know there are substitutes for the chocolate, but what about the caramel and condensed milk?

  5. I love your posts. This one really hit home for us – we had to try them immediately. The only one who came out neatly was the child in the house at the time. She wanted to try bathing in the hose and having a drink out of it, but I was able to say truthfully that the weather wasn’t acceptable and we didn’t have a hose. On the other hand, I drank out of hoses all the time as a kid, sometimes removing the sprinkler so we could. It didn’t do us any harm, although my grandmother swore it raised out IQ every time we did so she asked us to stop. Thanks again for this great recipe.

  6. may try this with melted rolos, my son has a nut allergy and I have rolos at home now. Good snack for the rainy day we are having!!

  7. Great idea and I loved drinking out of the hose. I did it all the time as a kid and adult. SO I say HOOEY to all the hose crap. I’m 55 and healthy as a horse so I’m thinking it’s fine. I may have ate dirt too I know I ate paste in Kindergarten so all the stuff is right of passage. But the apples look awesome. Sad to share LOL

  8. I had something similar at a family reunion. Mix 2 tbs brown sugar w/ a block of crm cheese and either form it in middle of plate or you could spread it in a sm dish. Then sprinkle with tofee bits and drizzle with caramel ice cream topping. Serve with sliced green apples for dipping. delish

  9. Love this idea. Here is a link to my chocolate nachos, I thought you might like them too. http://www.jenmijenmi.com/chocolate-nachos/ 🙂

  10. I know that this is one of your older recipes, but I think I found my first recipe to try. I love apples and caramel. I think I will use fluff instead. I hope it will come out OK.

  11. This looks delicious. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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