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Terri Cooper grew up with the apple dip recipe that she serves to her children. Her mother got the recipe from her aunt and she said it is possible that it originally came from her great-grandmother.
“Mom used it for an after school snack for Sunday afternoons,” said Cooper. “Basically it was a way to get us to eat fruit and it works. It works for my kids too.”
The apple dip is a tradition in Cooper’s family. She often serves it after school or in the afternoon on the weekends when the kids are hungry and need a snack. She keeps all of the ingredients in the house so she is always ready to make a batch.
“Sometimes I’ll make it just for me when I’m craving sweets,” said Cooper, mother of five. “It doesn’t stay around for long.”
Cooper believes that her grandmother may have made the dip with chocolate chips, but Heath bars were the favorite when she was growing up. She likes the convenience of Heath chips that are now available, but her mother used whole Heath bars.
“I can remember when my mom would get Heath bars and pound them with a hammer,” said Cooper.
The apple dip often shows up at family gatherings for Cooper’s family, who live in Ohio.
Cooper’s family does not eat out often, so she does a lot of home cooking. She especially likes slow cooker meals that can be prepared while her kids, ages 6 to 17, are in school.
Some favorites are beef stew and chicken noodle soup.
Making meals ahead this way gives her time to be with her kids when they get home from school.
The first time Cooper shared the apple dip outside her family was at a recent Aprons and Ideas Homemakers meeting that she hosted in her home. Her guests begged for the recipe, and some even ate it with a spoon.
Toffee Apple Dip Recipe:
2 packages of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Heath bits to taste (Cooper uses the whole package)
Mix all of the ingredients together.
Can be made ahead and chilled if desired.