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Halloween apple recipes to make with kids

Witches, pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, trick-or-treating and… apples! Yes, Halloween is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get kids excited about eating apples. While bobbing for apples is a Halloween classic, we’ve come up with some more original and kid-friendly Halloween recipes and...

Witches, pumpkins, ghosts, cobwebs, trick-or-treating and… apples! Yes, Halloween is right around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get kids excited about eating apples.

While bobbing for apples is a Halloween classic, we’ve come up with some more original and kid-friendly Halloween recipes and crafts featuring this fan-favorite fruit.

Halloween apple recipes and edible crafts

Chocolate Rockit® apple spiders 

Our very own mini Rockit® apples make perfectly adorable little chocolate spiders! Kids can help thanks to our easy recipe and craft instructions. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Halloween apple “bites” 

These scary toothy apple “bites” use slivered almond as teeth. A very healthy Halloween snack that’s suitable for vegan and lactose-intolerant kids. 

Source: Oh She Glows 

Apple pie mummy slices 

Watch out for the mummies! Wrap strips of store-bought dough around peeled apple quarters to make these original little monsters. 

Source: Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Dessert nachos 

Sliced apples are drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with sweet treats! Let kids choose their own toppings for extra fun. 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Sticky-sweet caramel apples 

These caramel-dipped apples sprinkled with nuts and candy corn will be a surefire hit. Using store-bought caramel makes this recipe a cinch.  

Source: Gooseberry Patch 

Shrunken heads in cider 

Spooky carved apple heads floating in cider. A show stopping recipe that is as decorative as it is tasty. 

Source: Martha Stewart

5 alternative treats for Valentine’s Day to convey the perfect message

Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it's to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine's Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care. Fortunately,...

Valentine’s Day is a special time to celebrate love of all different kinds. Whether it’s to celebrate romantic love, adoration of family members, appreciation for neighbors or the bond between best friends, Valentine’s Day is perfect for gifting a sweet treat that shows you care.

Fortunately, you don’t have to default to processed sugar overload to give something delicious for that special someone. Here are five awesome ideas for alternative treats guaranteed to brighten someone’s day and make them feel loved.

Warm drinks say: “You warm my heart.”

Invite someone to slow down, enjoy a “me moment” and sip something warm and delicious by gifting coffee or teas. You can create a cute gift basket by adding a special mug and beverage accompaniments such as lemon juice, agave syrup and creamer.

Rockit™ Apples say: “You’re the apple of my eye.”

Give him or her the newest and coolest apple around: Rockit™ Apples! This deliciously sweet, miniature-sized nutritious treat is a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Packed with the perfect amount of nutrients and crunch, these apples are ideal for gifting with the quintessential pop of red color ideal for Valentine’s Day. Check out these beauties on instagram.com/rockitappleusa.

Nuts and trail mixes say: “I’m nuts about you!”

If you’re nuts about them, why not give the crunchy munch snack they crave? Nuts! Whether it’s delicious whole almonds or a trail mix you know they’ll adore, this snack will stop hunger pangs and bring a smile on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Dark chocolate says: “You’re the sweetest.”

Make a healthier candy selection by gifting a few bars of dark chocolate. Lower in calories than milk and white varieties, a few small squares of dark chocolate a day may have health benefits like reduced blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Popcorn says: “Just poppin’ in to say I care!”

Healthful whole grains make popcorn a tasty treat for valentines of all ages. Whether it’s a few different bags of popcorn to try or a popcorn gift basket including kernels and toppings, you’re sure to add a pop of love to your valentine’s work or school day.

How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a...

Cooking a meal for your significant other is a wonderful way to say “I love you”. If you want to make a splash, planning is going to be your best friend. Taking the time to think through your menu and organize yourself will ensure a smooth meal come go-time. How to plan a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner is simple thanks to our tips and recipe suggestions below.

Decoration: set the mood

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to make your loved one feel special, so set your table to match the occasion. Use your best table cloth, plates and cutlery. Fold cloth napkins into fancy shapes (it’s easy, we promise) to add to the sense of occasion. Make creative decorations and place cards like our dipped Valentine’s Day Rockit™ apples (pictured above). Oh, and don’t forget to dim the lights and add some candles!

Apéritif: start with drinks and nibbles 

Every romantic dinner should start with some drinks and bites to eat. Valentine’s Day is about spending time together, no need to rush. Cocktails, like our sparkling pear cocktail (pictured above) and cherry gin and tonic, are a classic and chic way to start your evening. Alternatively, mulled wine makes a wonderful cozy drink to kick off the festivities.

Bits and bites are perfect for showcasing your creativity and going beyond the everyday chips and dip. Our roasted honey and thyme pear crostini (pictured above), Bosc and blue cheese radicchio cupsand apple, walnut and blue cheese triangles are easy to make and will definitely impress your special someone.

Starter: choose soup or salad  

Soup is a great starter since it can be made ahead of time (you’ll be thankful on the day, believe us) and can be beautifully presented with garnishes. Our Butternut squash and pear soup (pictured above) uses spiced chickpeas to create a stunning presentation, while our apple and roasted parsnip soup is finished with a dramatic swirl and chopped herbs.

Salads are also an excellent choice because they look gorgeous and many components, including the vinaigrette, can be made ahead of time as well. They are lighter than soup; a good choice if you have rich dishes planned for the following courses. Our pear, fig and feta salad is as delicate as it is attractive and we love the superfood crunch salad and apple pear fennel salad.

Main: keep it colorful and simple

If you’re slaving over the stove you’re not spending time with your loved one, so pick a straight-forward and delicious recipe like our skillet pork chops with Brussels sprouts and apples (pictured above). Complement your chosen protein with colorful side dishes that are eye-catching and simple to make. Our stuffed acorn squash, vegetable skillet roast, roasted pears stuffed with quinoa, and scalloped sweet potato and apples are all fit for purpose.

Dessert: end with a bang 

Dessert should be the climax of your romantic meal. Pick a beautiful recipe to blow your partner away like our raw vanilla cheesecake with caramelized pears (pictured above), mini Rockit™ Tartes Tatin, poached iced tea pears, or cherry chocolate pavlova.

Alternatively, turn up the heat with a chocolate fondue like this apple and white chocolate number!

Cute Valentine’s Day Recipes with Apples and Pears

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to have fun by whipping up sweet treats that show your loved ones how much you care. Apples and pears add a touch of wholesomeness to decadent Valentine’s desserts.    Check out our round-up of cute Valentine’s Day recipes with apples and pears that even Cupid couldn’t resist!  Dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples  Nothing says...

Valentine’s Day is the opportunity to have fun by whipping up sweet treats that show your loved ones how much you care. Apples and pears add a touch of wholesomeness to decadent Valentine’s desserts.   

Check out our round-up of cute Valentine’s Day recipes with apples and pears that even Cupid couldn’t resist! 

Dipped Valentine Rockit™ apples 

Nothing says “I love you” quite like these adorable bite sized chocolate-dipped Rockit™ apples. Make a batch with the kids to share with their schoolmates! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Heart shaped puff pastry pear tart 

Halve pears and bake them on heart-shaped puff pastry to make this impressive looking dessert. Perfect for a romantic dinner. 

Source: Mom Foodie

Apple and white chocolate fondue 

Dip heart-shaped apple slices in pink tinted white chocolate and sprinkles for an adorable Valentine’s Day dessert. 

Source: Chelan Fresh

Chocolate fudge cake with poached pears and salted caramel 

The four-ingredient chocolate cake is topped with luscious wine-poached pears, strawberries, cherries and salted caramel sauce. Gluten-free. 

Source: Nadia Lim

Apple sweetheart “sandwiches” 

Keep Valentine’s Day sweet and healthy thanks to our fresh apple, peanut butter and pomegranate sandwiches. And they’re easy to make too! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Pear, rhubarb and raspberry crumble 

Bake this bubbling pear, rhubarb and raspberry crumble in individual heart-shaped dishes for extra V-Day cuteness. 

Source: Grace’s Sweet Life

Chocolate pear Valentine’s tarts 

Say “I love you” with these gorgeous tarts. Chocolate and pears are a classic combo – enjoy! 

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Apple rose tart 

Surprise your special someone with this stunning a heart-shaped tart with apple “roses”. As delicious as it is beautiful. 

Source: Green Healthy Cooking

Pear Nutella toast 

Start Valentine’s day with a decadent breakfast in bed! Whip up this easy sweet chocolatey toast layered with fresh pear slices and walnuts.  

Source: Chelan Fresh 

Romantic apple hand pies 

Cut-out dough hearts are filled with fresh apples and spices before being baked to perfection. A lovely Valentine’s treat for the whole family. 

Source: Happy Healthy Mama