M&M Apple Caramel Cheese Ball and Sparkling Apple Cider

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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.

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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.

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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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M&M Apple Caramel Cheese Ball


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbs vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup of finely diced Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup of caramel bits
  • 1 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • About a cup of fall M&Ms for rolling the cheese ball


  1. Make sure to peel and core the apple before dicing.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt, apples, caramels, sugar and vanilla. Mix until all evenly combined.
  3. Form a cheese ball with your hands (remember to always wash your hands.)
  4. Wrap the cheese ball in saran wrap and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes.
  5. 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.)
  6. Serve with apples, pretzels or any cracker crisps that are lightly or non-salted.


Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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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.


Sparkling Apple Cider


  • About 40 oz of Mott's Apple Juice (cold)
  • About 15 oz of Sparkling Water (cold)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs hot water


  1. 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.
  2. Mix the cinnamon, brown sugar and really hot water together. Once the sugar is melted, add the mixture to the pitcher.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pitcher as well.
  4. Add the Mott's Apple juice, mix well.
  5. Slowly, add the sparkling water.


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  1. I love the color scheme of the Autumn M&M’s on the cream cheese ball. Very festive! I always get the holiday, red and green M&M’S during Christmastime, I didn’t even realize they made Fall themed ones.

  2. LOVE this cheese ball!!! Totally making it this weekend!

  3. Apple cider is hands down one of the things I look forward to most about Fall. It’s my favorite season, and the food and drinks and holidays don’t get any better!

  4. So excited for all the apple recipes, and this one sounds delish!

  5. I LOVE the apple caramel cheese ball !!
    Fantastic and cute recipe
    Saving it (and pinning!)

  6. I love this Lyuba!! Such a great recipe!

  7. Yeah. This just went on the menu for our first football party. Amazing Lyuba!

  8. This is such a fun looking cheeseball…I love that there are apple and caramel chunks in it!!!

  9. Wow this looks dangerously good, because I could eat the whole thing myself. Using the apples as a dipper makes it healthy, right?

  10. Awesome! Sounds like the perfect thing for fall!

  11. HECK YEAH! I love this! Pinning it to my new fall board on pinterest!

  12. I love this; how fun for a Fall party!

  13. What a beautiful caramel apple ball. I love this idea for a fall party or after dinner snack. For myself. :) Thanks for sharing, it’s beautiful!

  14. I’m so happy fall is here too! The apple caramel cheese ball looks amazing and sounds delicious – definitely will try this out!!

  15. What a perfect appetizer for a fall or Halloween get together. Great for an after school snack too! Pinning it to make for my girls. They will love it!

  16. I love any and all apple recipes this time of year. Thanks so much for the new one. This is such a fun idea! Have a great weekend!

  17. I’m dying over the cheeseball recipe. I’m definitely doing that soon!

  18. The M&M cheeseball looks to-die-for! I am going to try it with the new Pumpkin Spice M&M’s. Yummmmm.

  19. What fun fall recipes! That caramel cheese ball is a must try.

  20. Holy crap! This looks absolutely delicious!

  21. This looks great. I think I would have a hard time stopping my daughter from picking off all of the M&Ms, one by one. Good idea for a fall party though. pinned!

  22. Super YUM to both recipes! So lovely for Fall!

  23. BAH…this looks amazing! Yummers! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

  24. I just pinned your delicious recipe from Full Plate Thursday, thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  25. Lyuba – What an incredible recipe and FABULOUS photos! So simple to make but elegant and fun at the same time! Thank you for making M&M’s and Mott’s Apple Juice look so scrumptious. Can’t wait to read about your other delicious creations :) Congratulations on a beautiful post. #client
    I think I will be making this for CB’s Halloween party this week, I am sure it will be a hit! Have you ever tried any other type of cheese for your cheese balls? Thanks!

  26. lotuspixie says:

    This dip is amazing. I’ve made it a couple times, and, honestly, I’ve found the coating (whether m and ms or nuts) to be superfluous and to actually take away from the awesome apple-y caramel-y goodness of the dip, so I just serve it in a bowl. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    • Thank you!! You know, I’ve found that some like it with and some like it without the candy on top :) I do like it plain very much.


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