I am a huge fan of caramel apples. The last one I had in the fall of 2017 at the amusement park was ah-mazing and memorable. It was huge and created quite a delicious mess. That is the problem. Sometimes they are just so hard to eat. These are my top two complaints about the real thing. They keep falling off the stick and the caramel part is gone too fast. I whipped up this homemade caramel apple chip ice cream today and wowza, it is bomb. It wasn’t very difficult but takes a little time. It is totally worth every second because it really is totally delicious. This post is sponsored by Seneca Foods but the ideas and opinions are my own. I used Apple Chips (Original) in this recipe. They are awesome AND gluten free which is perfect for me.
This recipe works best if you have an ice cream maker. In our family we use the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It takes a little planning to remember to freeze the interior bowl before being able to start. It also requires some refrigeration time in between steps. If you are making this with kiddos, I recommend making the base first and having it ready.
Here is the recipe.
- 1½ cups whole milk
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- pinch table salt
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1½ tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup melted caramel
- 1 cup broken Seneca Foods Apple Chips
- In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
- Turn the ice cream maker on; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 30 to 35 minutes.
- Add the melted caramel and the apple chips and mix for another 2 minutes.
- The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
The funnest part is stirring in the apple chips and the caramel.
I like to transfer the ice cream base to a bowl so the kids can see it mixing up with the other ingredients.
LOOK at the delicious combinations. The chips stay a little crunchy which makes the treat the best.
If you are busy and don’t have time to make this recipe, you can take a yummy shortcut. The apple chips are fantastic crushed and poured over vanilla ice cream with a little caramel drizzle. It works too!
Just in case you want a little information about the Apple Chips, here you go. They are delightful on their own as a snack. They are crispy and sweet. I love that they are gluten free (I think I already mentioned that but it matters…) and taste so fresh. I love them!
Cheers to Ice Cream, Apple Chips and Summertime!
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