Does anyone know the term "Sweater Girl?" If you Google "Sweater Girl", pictures of old Hollywood actresses will come up, like the one on the left of Patti Page, who along with Lana Turner and Jane Russell, epitomized the "sweater girl" look, popular back in the 1940s and 1950s. Tight fitting sweaters and sweater sets were all the rage back then! Wikipedia said: "The Sweater Girl look emphasized the bustline...The look requires the woman to wear a pointed circular stitched conical shape bra, sometimes called a bullet bra, which raises and separates her breasts." Good to know! Now, if you Google "Sweater Boy", you won't get anything...no pictures, no legends or lore...which is unfortunate because Sweater Boy does exist! However, whereas the Sweater Girl look emphasized the bustline, the Sweater Boy look emphasizes the belly...there is no raising or separating, just one big round curvature surrounded in cashmere. Sweater Boy is also known as the mister...every day for 20 years, the mister has worn a sweater to work at Global Headquarters...V-neck with long sleeves...never a vest or cardigan or a round neck...he has standards! So Sweater Boy goes through a lot of sweaters...and recently he went on a sweater-buying spree...purchasing a bunch of sweaters at one time, justifying his purchase with, "These should get me through to the coffin." One could hope. Sweater Boy has a sweater fetish. It would be amusing if it weren't so expensive...because of Sweater Boy's sweater fetish, I cannot afford to be a sweater girl...alas, there are no bullet bras in my future!
But let me tell you what IS in my future...and should be in yours, too...Caramel Cream Cheese Toffee Dip. It is out-of-this-world good...in fact, I'm going to use an out-of-this-world word to describe it...Marom, from the Vulcan language, meaning excellent on every level. Yes, I speak Vulcan. I had this dip with apples last week (Oh...thank you Denise!) and I could not get it out of my mind. I was told I'd find a recipe on Pinterest and I found many - like fifty - and all of them had mostly the same ingredients and said to prepare it the same way...put the cream cheese on a plate and pour the caramel sauce on top then sprinkle with toffee bits...well excuse me...but what if I tried to scoop up some dip on my apple and only got cream cheese? Or what if I only got caramel? What a shame that would be! So I combined everything into one big bowl (which is how Denise made it, too) and then my dipping issues disappeared!
I'm on my third batch...not something I'm particularly proud of but if they ever hold a Caramel Cream Cheese Toffee Dip Olympics, I'll be ready! In the first batch I used vanilla extract - it was excellent but on the subsequent two batches I used maple extract, and it just seemed to make everything right with my world... I'm easy like that.
Caramel Cream Cheese Toffee Dip - Adapted from Many Recipes on Pinterest
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 Heath Bars, coarsely chopped or 1/2 cup toffee bits or a combination of the two (I prefer Heath Bars because they are coated in chocolate - just an extra bit of yummy-ness!)
1/4 cup caramel topping (I used Smuckers Caramel Topping, found near the ice cream section of the grocery store)
1 teaspoon vanilla or maple extract (I actually prefer the maple extract, but the vanilla is great, too!)
3 to 4 sliced and cored apples - Fuji, Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples taste great