While we are just starting to feel a little nip in the air here in Missouri, we are seeing some early apple harvests in the area thanks to a very hot summer. Fall is my favorite season and I love going apple picking. It would make a fun party to take a group apple picking. Here are some ideas to incorporate apples and Longaberger into your party!
First off, pack yourself a basket full of snacks and goodies. If you didn’t a chance to get the deal on the picnic basket a few weeks ago, now is a great time to put your Large Market Basket to work. Don’t forget to pack a blanket!
From the Pioneer Woman, some super easy caramel apples.
|Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
|Servings 8||Difficulty Easy|
- 8 whole Apples (more, If Apples Are Small)
- 4 packages (11-ounce Each) Caramel Melts
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream (a Little More Is Fine)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- Dash Of Salt
- Toppings: Mini M&Ms, Crushed Pretzels, Kosher Salt, Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Crushed Pecans, Crushed Saltines, Etc.
Melt caramel with cream in a double boiler or glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Add vanilla and salt and stir until smooth.
Stick one chopstick in the bottom of each apple. One at a time, dip the apple in the caramel, coating it all the way to the base of the stick. Allow excess to drip back into the pan for a couple of seconds, then carefully roll the apple in whatever topping you’d like. (There’s a small window of opportunity for the toppings to easily stick!)
Repeat with all the apples, refrigerating apples as soon as they’re coated. Once cool, wrap apples with cellophane or plastic wrap.
Another fun snack from CookiesandCups.com is this super easy Caramel Apple Popcorn.
CARAMEL APPLE POPCORN
makes about 14 cups caramel corn
- 1 cup unpopped corn kernels
- 2 (2.5 oz) bags of apple chips
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 (14 oz ) can of sweetened condensed milk
How to Make
- Preheat oven to 250°
- In an air popper, pop your kernels into a large bowl. Pick out any unpopped kernels.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat until melted and begins to boil. Once boiling, pour in your can of sweetened condensed milk and stir continuously for 5 minutes, to prevent burning.
- Remove from heat and pour directly over popcorn and apples, stirring until coated evenly.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly.
- Remove from oven, break into pieces and allow to cool.
Store in an airtight container for about a week. You don’t have to bake this caramel corn if you prefer it softer and chewier. But if you don’t bake it, it will remain fairly sticky.
If you choose to come back to your house after apple picking, here are some great decorating ideas.
Use the Party Tub basket to host an apple dunking activity or use the cute idea of creating floating votive candles from apples. This step-by-step instruction guide from DesignMom.com will help you create the perfect floating apple candle.
If you are decorating your table with the apple theme, use the small apples at each place setting or create a centerpiece by filling the Fill-It Hurricane with beads or seeds in the bottom and one of these apples in the upper half.
So many great recipes and party ideas that incorporate apples. This is just a small sampling of how you can make a fun and festive fall apple picking party of your own!