The fall is finally here! I’m so happy that it’s September and I can start sharing fall recipes. Let’s get started with an apple caramel recipe.
Today, I’ll share M&M Apple Caramel Cheese Ball and Sparkling Apple Cider recipes.
I am so happy that it’s finally fall! It’s my favorite time of the year.
Being in FL, I don’t see the true fall though. One of my favorite things about fall is the colors and everything here is green…all the time! There is an occasional yellow tree but most of them are green. The cooler weather and the colors don’t really show up until the end of October either. Can’t tell you how many times we chose our Halloween costumes based on how light they are, otherwise we would burn up.
Ok, enough whining! Since fall months are actually here, I am psyched to start sharing fall recipes! I’ve got pumpkin recipes lined up, and apple caramel recipes, and cranberry recipes. Come cooler weather, I will whip out my soups and stews. I love soups, so you see many soup recipes here.
I did find one way to bring some fall colors into my life. CANDY!
M&Ms finally came out with their fall candy and I am thrilled! Just look at those fall colors!
This weekend, I whipped up a couple of apple recipes to celebrate changing of the seasons. This Apple Caramel Cheese Ball turned out so tasty! It’s lightly sweetened and packed with apple bits and caramel bits. Best part is that it can be served as a snack with some apples or at your football gatherings. For many of you, football season started and this is definitely a great snack to serve during the game.
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- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 tbs vanilla Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup of finely diced Granny Smith apples
- ½ cup of caramel bits
- 1 tbs light brown sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- About a cup of fall M&Ms for rolling the cheese ball
- Make sure to peel and core the apple before dicing.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt, apples, caramels, sugar and vanilla. Mix until all evenly combined.
- Form a cheese ball with your hands (remember to always wash your hands.)
- Wrap the cheese ball in saran wrap and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.
- Roll the cheese ball in the M&M candy before serving. (The longer you will let the cheese ball sit with candy on it, the more colors will bleed. That's why I recommend that you roll it in candy right before serving.)
- Serve with apples, pretzels or any cracker crisps that are lightly or non-salted.
To go with the Apple Caramel cheese ball, you need a drink! It’s time for some Sparkling Apple Cider.
This apple cider is so easy to make and it tastes incredibly delicious! Your soda loving family and friends will love the fact that it’s a sparkling cider, even thought the carbonation is light. This is a perfect fall drink, crisp and refreshing.
- About 40 oz of Mott's Apple Juice (cold)
- About 15 oz of Sparkling Water (cold)
- ½ lemon
- 1 Granny Smith Apple
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs hot water
- First, I got the juice out of the apple (for more intense flavor.) I don't have a juicer (plus it's not worth taking it out for 1 apple.) I just grated the apple on a fine cheese grater and squeezed the puree in a fine strainer to remove the solids. Add the fresh apple juice to the pitcher.
- Mix the cinnamon, brown sugar and really hot water together. Once the sugar is melted, add the mixture to the pitcher.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the pitcher as well.
- Add the Mott's Apple juice, mix well.
- Slowly, add the sparkling water.
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