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Rockit™ Apple Wine and Cheese Pairing

Rockit™ apples are miniature apples with a crunchy, sweet and delicious taste. They have just the right balance of sweetness and acidity to make a perfect on-the-go-snack. This also makes them great apples for baking and cooking.  Why not make a cheese and apple tasting for the...

Rockit™ apples are miniature apples with a crunchy, sweet and delicious taste. They have just the right balance of sweetness and acidity to make a perfect on-the-go-snack. This also makes them great apples for baking and cooking. 

Why not make a cheese and apple tasting for the whole family by pairing Rockit™ apples with kid-friendly cheeses like Babybel, string cheese, cream cheese and mild cheddar? Mom and dad can pair theirs with a crisp dry Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay to complement the selection of mild and creamy cheeses.

Click below to download our Pairing Card!

Rockit™ Apples Partners with Walmart at Halloween Drive-thru Events Across the Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 30, 2020 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Julie DeJarnatt, phone (479) 531-3640, email julied@chelanfresh.com Chelan Fresh’s pocket-size apple to delight children and parents during socially distant trick-or-treat events CHELAN, WASHINGTON, October 29, 2020 – Rockit™ Apples, the original miniature-sized apple grown for on-the- go snacking, has announced a partnership with Walmart for...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct. 30, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Julie DeJarnatt, phone (479) 531-3640, email julied@chelanfresh.com

Chelan Fresh’s pocket-size apple to delight children and parents during socially distant trick-or-treat events

CHELAN, WASHINGTON, October 29, 2020 – Rockit™ Apples, the original miniature-sized apple grown for on-the-

go snacking, has announced a partnership with Walmart for the retailer’s Halloween drive-thru trick-or-treat events taking place at its stores across the country.

Free to attend and fun for all ages, Walmart’s drive thru trick-or-treat events will give families an opportunity to dress in costume, enjoy sweet snacks and celebrate the holiday from a safe distance. Attendees at the retailer’s socially distant events will be able to try a variety of fall treats including Rockit™ Apples, adding a snack both healthy and sweet to their Halloween haul.

“Apples are a quintessential fall treat and we are thrilled to give trick-or-treaters of all ages the chance to discover Rockit™ Apples,” said Julie DeJarnatt, Director of Retail Strategy at Chelan Fresh, “Walmart is reimagining Halloween for families, and we are happy to help them reimagine the perfect sweet snack.”

The world’s first pocket-sized apple, Rockit™ Apples are perfect for both kids and kids at heart. With a head-turning red blush color, the apple will stand out brightly in Halloween treat bags and trick-or-treaters will be delighted by its incredibly sweet, crisp taste.

To find a drive-thru trick-or-treat location near you, visit freetrickortreat.com.

 

About Rockit™ Apples

Rockit™ apples are the world’s first miniaturized apples! They naturally grow in the perfect snack-size, are very sweet and deliver a big crunch. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber to support everyday health for active kids and adults. Rockit™ apples are grown by Chelan Fresh in Central Washington state.

About Chelan Fresh

Chelan Fresh is a fruit marketing company representing over 300 family-owned farms who are committed to growing premium apples, pears, cherries and several stone fruit varieties for demanding domestic and international markets. Our fruit is grown in Central Washington where ample sunshine, gentle mountain slopes, fertile valleys and cool crisp air combine with the waters of the mighty Columbia River for ideal growing conditions. For more information, visit www.chelanfresh.com.

Our Packaging is 100% RPET!

Chelan Fresh cares about customer food safety and we care about the environment. So as you eat well, know the Rockit™ 3lb shuttle is now made of 100% RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate). This means that instead of putting virgin plastic into the Supply Chain, we...

Chelan Fresh cares about customer food safety and we care about the environment. So as you eat well, know the Rockit™ 3lb shuttle is now made of 100% RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate). This means that instead of putting virgin plastic into the Supply Chain, we are re-purposing existing plastic that consumers have already purchased and chose to recycle. RPET also uses less energy to produce, making it eco-friendly in multiple ways.

Check out our Upcycle blog posts for more ways that you can reuse your shuttle once these perfect miniature apples are all gone!

HOW TO UPCYCLE YOUR ROCKIT™ SHUTTLE

 

HOW TO RE-PURPOSE A FOOD CONTAINER AS A MINI GREENHOUSE

 

ROCKIT™ UPCYCLE CHALLENGE

Caramelized Rockit™ Apples with Maple Cinnamon Cream

Created by: Meg Raines Yield: 3-4 servings For a wonderful and cozy fall dessert that comes together in no time flat, bake little Rockit™ apples in a rich caramel sauce until they are golden brown and tender, then top them with a decadent maple cinnamon cream and crunchy...

Created by: Meg Raines
Yield: 3-4 servings

For a wonderful and cozy fall dessert that comes together in no time flat, bake little Rockit™ apples in a rich caramel sauce until they are golden brown and tender, then top them with a decadent maple cinnamon cream and crunchy candied almonds.  Delightfully delicious!

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided 
  • 8 ounces crème fraiche (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • 6-8 Rockit™ apples (enough to fill a 10-inch skillet when halved)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

METHOD 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the candied almonds: Spread sliced almonds out on a baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and carefully drizzle 1 tablespoon of maple syrup over the toasted nuts, stir until the syrup has evaporated and the nuts are evenly coated. If you prefer a sweet and salty taste, sprinkle nuts with a small pinch of salt. Transfer nuts to a plate and let cool completely, keeping oven on for the apples.
  3. Make the maple cream: Add crème fraiche, or Greek yogurt, to a mixing bowl along with the cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup. Stir to combine. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Bake the apples: Cut each apple in half and remove the center core and seeds with a small paring knife or melon baller. Heat the butter in a 10-inch oven-proof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-low heat. When the butter starts to bubble add the brown sugar and stir. Add the apples to the pan cut side down and let cook in the sugar mixture for 5 minutes, shaking pan occasionally to distribute caramel sauce. Carefully transfer pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the apples are tender. Remove pan from oven, let cool for 5 minutes and transfer apples to a serving plate cut side up. Spoon remaining sauce over apples.
  5. Serve warm with a dollop of maple cream and sprinkle candied almonds on top and a dash of cinnamon if desired.

Rockit™ Apple, Bacon and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Created by: Meg Raines Yield: 2 8-inch pizzas Whether you call it flatbread or pizza, this creation serves up a delicious sweet and savory meal for the whole family. We used our famous mini Rockit apples on this flatbread to add a little sweetness to balance out...

Created by: Meg Raines
Yield: 2 8-inch pizzas

Whether you call it flatbread or pizza, this creation serves up a delicious sweet and savory meal for the whole family. We used our famous mini Rockit apples on this flatbread to add a little sweetness to balance out the tart blue cheese. But we also love the 

Rockit™ apples’ small size because it makes them easy to slice and easy to bite into when cooked. Top the flatbread with some arugula tossed with a light vinaigrette and your meal is complete.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (16 oz.) prepared pizza dough
  • 3 or 4 Rockit™ apples (depending on their size), thinly sliced crosswise 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into 1-inch pieces 
  • 4 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

METHOD 

  1. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425° Fahrenheit..
  2. Divide the dough in half; set one half aside covered with a damp towel while you build the first pizza.
  3. On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, shape half of the dough into an 8-inch round; layer the surface of the dough with the thinly sliced Rockit™ apples, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Brush the apples and the edge of the crust lightly with olive oil, add half of the fresh mozzarella cheese and blue cheese, sprinkle with half of the bacon. If using a pizza stone, either put the cookie sheet on it or slide the parchment paper and the pizza onto the stone.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling. 
  4. Repeat step 3 with the remaining piece of dough while the first pizza bakes.
  5. Sprinkle baked pizzas with fresh rosemary or other herb of choice and serve hot.

Rockit™ Upcycle Challenge

Let the Competition Begin! The Challenge went out on a Wednesday with a COVID-19 Working From Home Care Kit and instructions to Upcycle a Rockit™ shuttle into your best creation. By the following Monday photos and videos had poured in from over 40 Chelan Fresh employees....

Let the Competition Begin!

The Challenge went out on a Wednesday with a COVID-19 Working From Home Care Kit and instructions to Upcycle a Rockit™ shuttle into your best creation. By the following Monday photos and videos had poured in from over 40 Chelan Fresh employees. Featured below are the award winners from all of our Chelan Fresh employees’ ultra creative submissions!

Click the button to view the complete list of Rockit™ Upcycle Submissions.

View All Submissions!

Most Up-Standing – Best Overall & Walmart Gold Star Award

Winner – Submission 9, Chick House

Rise Up – Most Creative

Winner – Submission 2, Fish Tank

Held Up – Most Functional

Winner – Submission 3, Reusable Bag Dispenser

Spiffed Up – Fanciest Design

Winner – Submission 11, Stone Covered Planter

Jacked Up – Biggest Piece of Junk

Winner – Submission 23, Social Distance Mask

Chelan Fresh People’s Choice

Winner – Submission 5, Terrarium Planter

View All Submissions!

How to Make an Apple Owl Lunch for Your Kids

Written by: Lunchbox Dad This is a sponsored post in partnership with Chelan Fresh. All opinions are my own. When it comes to school, so much is up in the air right now. Will it be completely online? Will it be in person in the classroom? One...

Written by: Lunchbox Dad

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Chelan Fresh. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to school, so much is up in the air right now. Will it be completely online? Will it be in person in the classroom? One thing is not uncertain, our kids are going to need lunch! Well if it was up to them they would want breakfast, snack, second snack, lunch, the sequel to lunch, dinner (but not the dinner you made), and then dessert. This is why I love having meal plans in my back pocket that can work for any meal, like this owl food art idea, and also why I love Rockit™ apples!

Rockit™ apples from Chelan Fresh have been a favorite fruit of mine for years. They first caught my eye in the local grocery store because of their size. They are tiny and perfect for a snack but how would they taste? I bought them, brought them home, and tested them out. I was shocked at how sweet and crisp they were! Ever since then, we’ve bought them for snacks, lunches, and whatever other occasion where we needed a portable, fresh, and good for you snack.

Whenever I want to make a new kid-friendly meal idea that works for home or school, Rockit™ apples are a perfect addition. It’s always fun to make an animal themed lunch and this owl meal is super easy. Your kids will love it, so scroll down to find out how to make it for your family!

Ingredients: Rockit™ apples, white cheese, cheddar cheese, black olives, pretzel sticks, spinach tortillas.

Directions:
1. For each owl, slice a small piece off of the back of a Rockit™ apple so it will sit flat and then cut two slices off of another apple for each wing. You will then need two round apple pieces for the eyes. If you are making two owls you will need about three Rockit™ apples.

2. Next cut two circles of white cheese and three triangles of cheddar cheese. Set aside two black olives for each owl.

3. Cut two leaves out of spinach tortilla and cheddar cheese and grab one pretzel stick for each owl. The photo below shows all of the pieces that you will need for one owl.

4. Arrange the apple slice wings on the plate and place the apple body over them. You can use toothpicks to secure the apple eyes if you are having trouble keeping them in place. Layer on the white cheese and black olives. Finish the face with the cheddar cheese triangle beak.

5. Place the pretzel stick below the body and arrange the tortilla and cheese leaves how you want them. Finish by putting the cheese feet on the pretzel stick below the apple.

The next time your kids are asking for a snack, or you need some portable nourishment, grab a Rockit (™) apple, or even make this fun owl themed food art meal!

Indoor Camping Ideas for an Indoor Camping Date

Written by: Friday We're In Love This post is sponsored by Rockit™ apple, but all opinions are my own.  We’ve been spending a lot more time with date nights at home the past few months. I love how it’s forced us to get really creative! We’re learning...

Written by: Friday We’re In Love

This post is sponsored by Rockit™ apple, but all opinions are my own. 

We’ve been spending a lot more time with date nights at home the past few months. I love how it’s forced us to get really creative! We’re learning that whether our plans may have been out on the town or with travel adventures, we can find a way to recreate them at home.

Our oldest son has been looking forward to a father and son camping trip that unfortunately has been canceled. While we tried to help him experience some of the fun elements of camping, it hit us that this would not only be fun for him, but we could turn this into a date night at home too! It would be so fun and so easy to pull off an indoor camping date night with a few simple things!

This is perfect for a family date with the kids, or as a romantic camping date for two without the mosquitos! Plus, there are so many fun indoor camping ideas to choose from that work best for you.

Indoor Camping Date:

What you need:

  • A tent or least a fort that resembles a tent. We loved pulling out our actual camping tent and setting it up in our living room. It makes it really feel like a campout!
  • Blankets
  • Air mattress (optional but makes things comfortable if you’re planning to sleep in the tent or stay for a movie night).

I also added a few strands of lights for date night to make it feel a little more romantic and special.

CAMPING SNACKS

Camping means easy foods you can enjoy with minimal effort. I am a firm believer in starting with healthy snacks first to enjoy throughout the camping experience. And our current favorite works so well not only for actual camping trips, but for family outings, as a portable snack, or just to have on hand. However, it does fit perfectly in the camping cooler to enjoy in the tent together.

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Our new favorite healthy snack is a new miniature apple variety that our entire family is obsessed with! Rockit™ Apples from Chelan Fresh are a new apple variety that are so good!

Rockit™ Apples are the cutest pocket-sized apples that are deliciously sweet! I’m a sucker for a sweet apple and they fit the bill perfectly! They’re the perfect size for kids, and I love watching my tiny handed humans enjoy the perfect size. But it’s definitely an adult favorite too with a great portion size! They are the perfect on-the-go snack. When sweet, crispy and healthy all fit into a snack you can sign me right up! Obviously, they fit the bill for an all-natural camping themed snack!

You can definitely eat a cute Rockit™ Apple for a snack- but there are so many other fun ways to eat one!

Want to know an easy way we make our snacks feel a little more romantic for a camping date night? I like to make a camping style charcuterie plate. I started with Rockit™ Apples, cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Mine is simple, but still effective and a little more romantic picnic feeling for our date.

The sky is the limit with what you can add! But anything you’d see on a candy apple makes a great topping! For sweet charcuterie toppings try: miniature marshmallows, chocolate candies, a crushed toffee bar, caramel dip, chopped nuts, or sprinkles.

For “a” nostalgia, a big bag of trail mix and the traditional s’mores (made in the oven) are good options too (hint also great with sweet crunchy apple pieces)!

So for those keeping track:

  • Natural Portable Snack – Rockit™ Apples
  • Trail Mix
  • S’mores

INDOOR CAMPING DATE ACTIVITIES:

Camping always meant card games in my family. A pack of cards or your favorite game are always a good idea!

You could also include:

  • Stargazing- learn about constellations via online sites and videos.
  • Share ghost stories- the cheesy camp stories you’d tell as a kid are just as fun as adults.
  • Watch a movie on a laptop. You can also move the tent to face your tv if you’re in the mood for a big screen.
  • Share camping memories from your childhood
  • Enjoy takeout and have a romantic dinner date in the tent
  • Bring a cheesy camp craft (like a making plastic lanyards), that you would have done at a summer camp

Whatever you do, we hope it brings the same fun feelings of a camping trip while you stay at home! And we hope you’ll love bringing Rockit™ Apples to all of your indoor family or date adventures this summer!

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How to Raise A Healthy Preschooler (Even If They’re A Picky Eater)

Written by: Brandi Jeter Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post. Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s...

Written by: Brandi Jeter

Even picky preschoolers love Rockit™ apple! Find out how to help your picky eater in this sponsored post.

Do you have a preschooler who is a picky eater? So do I! It’s so hard to hear people talk about their little ones eating anything that’s put in front of them when my guy has about 3 foods that we keep on rotation.

I’m not going to lie, I used to feel jealous. And maybe even a little embarrassed. Like, what kind of mama am I that I can’t even get my son to eat? Although my daughter wasn’t exactly an adventurous eater, she’d mostly eat the food I cooked for the family every night.

My son is a little more stubborn.

Having a preschooler who is a picky eater isn’t actually that unusual, though. From the ages of 3 to 5, they’re learning what they like and dislike. They’re also testing boundaries and trying to have more autonomy over their lives.

Sometimes a picky eater isn’t about the food at all, but about the child making a choice for themself.

Once I learned that, I stopped feeling ashamed of having a picky eater and have been able to expand my little guy’s palate. Here are some of the things that have worked for me:

Ask your Preschooler What They Like

The first thing that has helped me in finding food my picky eater will eat, is asking him what he likes!

When I asked him, he surprised me by naming all of the fruits he likes that were different than the ones we already had at home. That was easy enough to put on the grocery shopping list!

When he told me he likes apples “really a lot, Mommy!” I was surprised because he always takes a bite or two and then leaves the rest. Rockit™ apple solved that problem for me, though. They’re the perfect size for his little hands, and he finishes the entire thing when he starts to eat it.

A simple question can save you a lot of headache. And remember to ask your preschooler what they like often. Their answer will likely change frequently.

Create Routines Around Meals and Snacks

Before I smartened up, I used to let my son eat whenever he told me he was hungry. Since he was home with me all day, I didn’t think we really needed a schedule for meals. Boy, was I wrong!

Not having a routine in place with set times for meals aided in his pickiness. If he wanted snacks for every meal, that’s what I gave him. It got to the point where he wasn’t ever interested in a real meal.

I sat down and wrote out his snack and meal schedule, along with the choices he would have for each day. The first day was a little rough when I had to tell him that snack wasn’t for another 20 minutes, but he started to get the hang of it.

The best part is that at breakfast time he ate a full meal. Later he’d sit down and eat his snack (always fruit and some sort of grain), and he would do the same for the rest of his meals through the day.

When in doubt with your preschooler, for just about any situation—schedules and routines are the answer!

Make Meals and Snacks Interesting

This is the simplest of my suggestions and the easiest to implement. Preschoolers love surprises. I can understand that you don’t want to encourage them to play with their food, but it’s certainly okay to have a little fun with it.

Try doing things like making themed lunches, for example, everything on the plate is red! Or you can search Pinterest for some creative ways to present the food.

When in doubt, though, go small. Preschoolers love things that look like they were made especially for them. My son went crazy over Rockit™ apples because of how tiny and cute they are. He ate two in one sitting! I didn’t mind, of course, because they’re apples. They’re full of fiber, tasty, and nutritious. It’s an all-around win!

It’s Okay to be Picky

Here’s the thing I want you to know, though, Mama. It’s totally okay for your child to have a preference. As they get older, they will learn to like more things.

Don’t give up on asking them to try different foods, though. They might say no nine times, and that 10th time, they give it a try!

Sending lots of luck to you!

Kitchen Hack: DIY Produce Wash

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to...

Having lots of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand is critical during this time when health is of the utmost importance. And, as many of us are trying to adjust to the “new normal” we are no doubt making efforts to reduce our trips to the grocery store so buying in bulk has become the trend. Luckily apples are the perfect fruit for buying in bulk because they can last for several weeks if stored properly.

Since we are all buying more fruits and vegetables these days you might be wondering about the most effective way to wash and store your fresh haul. A word to the wise: Don’t bother buying the expensive produce wash in the stores; making it yourself is simple with the help of a common household ingredient. We have two different produce washing methods for you to try out…

#1: Vinegar Soaking Method

Vinegar has been shown to help cut down on bacteria as well as remove a good amount of surface dirt and residue on fresh produce. To make a vinegar soak; start with a clean sink then fill it with cold water (alternatively this can be done in a large bowl). Add 1 cup of white vinegar and submerge your fruits and vegetables in the water. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water and give the produce a quick rinse. To dry, lay the produce out on a kitchen towel until completely dry or hand dry each piece individually. Once dry, immediately store in your refrigerator produce bin. Don’t skip the drying step, as wet produce will turn to mush quickly.

#2: Produce Spray

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

This spray combines the antibacterial properties of the vinegar with the natural anti-microbial properties in lemons to help you clean and prepare your produce for extended storage. Combine the water, vinegar and lemon juice in a clean spray bottle. Shake to combine before each use. To clean produce; spray each piece of fruit or vegetable liberally, and let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and prepare as usual or dry and store in the refrigerator.

In times of uncertainty, preparing fresh, healthy food for our families can give us a sense of comfort and assurance, even in the simplest of tasks.