Out of all the dessert dips I’ve made, this apple brick is one of my favorites, hands down. And that’s saying a lot, because there are plenty of dessert dips on this site and I sing all of their praises. And I still love them in their own ways… but I love this dip more.
The real secret that makes this dip stand out?
Crushed up Heath bars.
Because how can you possibly go wrong with crushed up candy bars and fruit?
How do you keep apples from browning?
This dip is best served with fresh apples for dipping, and if you plan on leaving this dip out for your guests, you’ll be faced with a common problem:
How do you keep cut apples from turning brown?
There are a couple different ways you can do this and I’ve listed my favorites below. Some of these may impact the taste of the fruit, but it should be very minor. Personally, I think it’s a small price to pay to keep your painstakingly-sliced fruit from looking unappetizing. Because really, what does a hint of flavor matter if no one eats them at all? It’s better to have a good presentation so no one hesitates to enjoy the dip.
- Brush the fruit with juice. Lemon juice is the most common choice, but you could use any acidic fruit to get the job done (orange, apple, etc).
- Soak the fruit in a mixture of water and lemon juice. Submerging the fruit quickly after cutting will ensure that the oxidation process never starts and the lemon juice will give the fruit some longevity once it’s out of the water. I usually do a ratio of one cup water to one to two tablespoons of lemon juice. For this to work, make sure the fruit is completely submerged. The fruit can soak until ready to serve (max two days).
- Soak the fruit in salt water. I’ve never tried this method, but it could be a great alternative if you’re in a hurry, as you can’t soak the fruit in salt water for very long. To do this, use 1/2 teaspoon salt per quart of water, and let the fruit soak for a maximum of three to five minutes.
What else can you serve with bits of brickle apple dip?
This dip is designed to be served with fresh apples, but don’t let that limit you – there are plenty of other options! Here are some of my favorites:
- Other easy-to-handle fruits, like strawberries, cubes of pineapple, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew.
- Nilla Wafers
- Graham Crackers
- Sugar Cookies
- Gingersnap Cookies
- Cubes of pound cake
Can you make this dip in advance?
Yes, you totally can!
Once prepared, transfer the dip to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator for three to five days.
This dip will firm up once chilled, so before serving, allow the dip to return to room temperature by letting it sit out for about 30 minutes.
Can you freeze apple brickle dip?
Due to the cream cheese in this recipe, I cannot recommend freezing this dip. The freezing and thawing process causes the texture of cream cheese to change, and in most cases, it will ruin the smooth creaminess of this dip.
How long can you leave out a dessert dip?
Dips are designed to be a “serve it and forget it” type of snack, but be sure you’re also following food safety guidelines.
For most foods, the general rule of thumb is that a perishable item should not be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours. And by “danger zone”, this is usually at or just above room temperature. This dip will be served at about room temperature, and that should give you a maximum of two hours to leave it out, depending on any outside factors, such as the temperature of the room.
As the party goes on, you can return the dip to the refrigerator once you get past the two-hour mark. If your guests still want more dip, let it chill for at least 30 minutes before bringing it back out again.
Notes & tips for apple brickle dip
- This dip is made using softened cream cheese to make mixing easier, and it also makes for an especially creamy dip. However, if you’d like the dip to be a bit firmer, put it in the serving bowl of your choice and refrigerate for 1-3 hours, checking the consistency until it’s as firm as you’d like it to be.
- For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This isn’t a recipe you can make by hand with a whisk.
Other great dessert dips
How to make apple brickle dip
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 2 – Turn off the mixer and pour in the crushed Heath bars (or toffee bits). Use a spatula to thoroughly fold and mix the candy in with the cream cheese.
Step 3 – Serve with apples and enjoy!
This recipe was originally published on September 9th, 2015. It was updated with new photos, revised recipe, and text on February 1, 2019.
Apple Brickle Dip
This tasty apple brickle dip combines fresh apples, sweet cream cheese, and crushed Heath bars to make a fun dessert dip that's perfect for parties or snacking!