Apple Nachos

October 30, 2010 by Ali

How fun are these?????

I happen to be a HUGE fan of caramel apples. But as my friends and I discussed at a local Apple Festival this year — caramel apples seem so much more enjoyable (and easier to bite into!) when the apples are sliced instead of whole. So when I saw this recipe recently in “Taste of Home”, I knew I had to give it a try!

But in addition to topping the apples with caramel, they also suggest melting some marshmallows for an extra sweet drizzle, and then sprinkling them with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. I ended up taking a shortcut and just using caramel sauce (like you buy for ice cream) instead of unwrapping and melting a bag of caramels. But chose to stick with their simple topping ingredients, since those happen to be favorites. If you want to branch out, though, I’ve included a list of other fun topping ideas below.

Let’s just say — I think this was my speediest photography job yet. Click. Click. Eat. YUM. :)

Apple Nachos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 5-7 servings


  • 5 medium tart apples (I used Granny Smith), peeled, cored and sliced very thin
  • juice of 1-2 lemons
  • 1 jar caramel sauce (or melt together 36 caramels and 1 Tbsp. water in microwave)
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips


After slicing the apples, immediately dip them in lemon juice (or give them a good sprinkle) so that they do not brown. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt marshmallows and butter over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove and set aside.

Arrange apple slices on a large platter. Drizzle with caramel, and then with the melted marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts and chocolate chips. Serve immediately while the caramel is still warm.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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Ali’s Tip:

Other fun toppings for these might include:

  • Heath Bar (toffee) chocolate chips
  • shredded coconut
  • crushed pretzels
  • sprinkles
  • melted peanut butter and chocolate mixture

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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52 thoughts on “Apple Nachos

  1. I found marshmellows that were punkin spice I:am going to try that.

    - candice

  2. Kids will LOVE these. Um, and me too…

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

    - Mrs. Tucker (Patti)

  3. O.M.G. that looks & sounds TOTALLY delicious!!

    - Parrie Jenkins

  4. Melted Nutella would be fabulous!! Can’t wait to try all the variations.

    - Marisa

  5. looks really good! A couple things though; you make caramel by heating sugar and adding cream and butter, not melting down individual cubes. And i like to add some water to my lemon juice so as not to impart a lemony flavor, but then, I usually cook en masse and cut them an hour or so before use.

    - jfkdsa;

  6. You can also put the just sliced apples in a preferred lemon lime soda bath and they will stay fresh for a very long time. You can even slice hours ahead and soak them in it and they will not brown. Found this to be way easier to than squeezing and covers better, cheaper too I believe. :)

    - Robin

  7. They would also be DELISH with some melted brie cheese! Or melted, sweetened cream cheese drizzled over…YUM!!

    - Elisha

  8. Yum!!! We had a small-scale version of these for my daughter’s after school snack today and it was a hit. She and I both thought they were yummy and fun. :)

    - Tamie

  9. Ok, I’m just going to ignore you and all your WONDERFUL recipes from now on! lol I am going to my kitchen and slice up my Rusty Coat apples and open my little single serving caramel dipping sauce and go sit in the corner and pout.

    - Judy Hudgins

  10. YUM!!!!

    - amanda

  11. Yumm! I first saw this in stumble upon and now I am ready to make them! excited!

    - Sarah Smith

  12. Oh YUM!!! And so easy! :)

    - sheila @ Elements

  13. The day after we received the ToH magazine with this recipe, my daughter made it for a goals project for a class. She took it into the school and hand delivered it to 2 of her teachers. It was a great hit!

    - Kimery

  14. Ohh they look so yummy!
    this makes me miss those days when my family used to go to the Wollman Skating rink in central park during winter. and I would always get caramel apples there…
    so it reminds me more of winter than fall I guess…haha

    - Christina Lee

  15. WH0AAAAAAAAAA these look DELISH~!~!

    I like eating it with caramel and then rolling it around in coconut. I know people think it’s weird coconut flakes and apple lol but I LOVE IT!!

    Omg PLEASE LET ME WIN THE IPOD GIVEAWAY!!!! I’m a poor college student graduating this upcoming spring and I will be in A LOT OF DEBT lol my ipod broke couple months ago so now I’m mp3-less it’s horrible. ME ME ME !! :) lol ok I’m done.

    I am going to try this recipe soo cute

    - Doris

  16. What a great take on nachos!

    - kate bakka

  17. I love the health spin on nachos!

    - Amanda

  18. I want to go to an apple festival. Heck, I want to go apple picking.

    I also like the chocolate and heath bar suggestion

    - ashley m

  19. The best caramel apples come from my county fair. Look forward to them every year!

    - Emily

  20. This is a genius idea! Sounds so delicious!!

    - Skye

  21. I must make these. I bet it would be delicious with dehydrated apples too! Crispy and delicious!

    - Alison

  22. Oh, I saw these too, and think the idea is so much fun. :)

    - Michelle

  23. I just discovered your site from The Kitchn. LOVE IT!. I used to travel to KC every week when I worked for Houlihan’s. I miss my shopping sprees on The Plaza.

    My favorite way to eat a caramel apple is on a stick where it gets really messy and the juicy apple starts dripping everywhere! I like caramel rolled in peanuts. Sweet, salty, juicy, crunchy goodness.

    - Kris

  24. Yum! Those look delicious!

    - Julie

  25. This looks so gooooood, marshmallows are my favorite!

    - Sarah

  26. Yum! Can’t wait to try!

    - Kat

  27. I love this idea! Perfect and creative way for a great treat that looks super delicious too! My favorite way to enjoy caramel apples are at a picinc with my husband!

    - Bonnie

  28. You have such creative apple ideas! I would have never thought about this! I definitely think a melted nut butter would be a great addition!

    - Karen G

  29. caramel apple lollipops!

    - shelley c

  30. My best friend’s mom makes the best caramel apples. She dips them in caramel and chocolate and then covers them in marshmallows, nuts, pretzel pieces, and M&ms. They’re so delicious that I can’t even eat a whole one in a sitting, I need to spread the goodness over a few days!

    - Caroline

  31. I love apples with lots and lots of thick caramel. I’ll eat it whole or sliced up! So delicious!

    - jenn

  32. Will be on our menu at tonight’s Halloweenie Party!!!

    - Jim

  33. YUM! I have to try this!

    - Hanne

  34. caramel apple rolled in snickers

    - terri

  35. OMG!! These look amazing!! How fun and simple!

    - McKenzie

  36. Wow. I love apples no matter what way you slice them. But once I had one dipped in caramel and butterfingers! YUM!

    - Monica

  37. this looks great! perfect for an afternoon snack! I’d even consider it “healthy”!

    - lynne

  38. i like freshly picked apples with homemade caramel! It’s so gooooooood!

    - Paige Shadden

  39. this is genius! i love caramel apples any way!!


    - christen krumm

  40. These look beautiful – and delicious!!

    - Beth Wilke

  41. Yum! Such a great wait to make different versions of the caramel apple.

    - Maggie

  42. What an ingenious way to enjoy candied apples! So much easier on the teeth. I look forward to trying this when my kids are home in December.

    - Heather

  43. O M G! My step daughter would go ape for these!

    - Melissa Monge

  44. As someone with sensitive teeth, and who can’t handle biting into a whole caramel apple, this recipe is awesome. i can’t wait to try it

    -Krystal @

    - Krystal

  45. Mmmm YUM!

    - LisaP

  46. Fun! Apple nachos! I guess dipping apple slices is my favorite way. I absolutely hate eating carmel apples from the hardened carmel, apple on a stick variety. It hurts my mouth too much! But these nachos…they should take care of that issue!

    - Jessica F

  47. These look good! I love caramel apples with sprinkles or chocolate chips on them!

    - Mireya

  48. Those are so fun! We enjoy caramel apples on a stick!

    - Julianna

  49. These look amazing!!!

    - jill