Try your hand at some simple apple carving! Use mini cookie cutters to create shapes for delicious dipping fun!

marzetti-blog-postI’m sure that at some point in your life you’ve carved a pumpkin for Halloween, right? Well, today, we’re thinking a little outside of the box and we’re talking apple carving. Why would you want to carve an apple? First of all, the kids will flip for it because they like to play with food, it’s a fun family activity to celebrate fall, and, in my humble opinion, apples are just much more delicious than pumpkins. Alright, let’s get this party started! Because the kids were helping and I am a bit of a novice myself, we kept things pretty simple and used mini cookie cutters that we pressed into the apples to make our shapes. After the kids pressed the cookie cutters into the apples, I would use the combination of a paring knife and a veggie peeler to remove the rest of the peel around the shape.

To keep your apples from browning while you work, place them in an airtight, re-sealable, storage bag filled with cold water. You can also add a little lemon juice if you’d like as well.

Don’t the shapes look neat? We used a leaf and pumpkin cookie cutter. I also sliced the apples into thinner pieces so the family could do some cut-outs with the cookie cutters. It’s a safe way to get the entire family involved! The kids loved helping with this part and adored the bite-sized pieces.

There was just one thing missing: Marzetti® Old Fashioned Caramel Dip. It’s a staple in our house come fall, and there’s nothing out there that enhances the flavor of apples like caramel dip. A crisp, fresh apple dipped into thick, rich and creamy caramel: it really doesn’t get any better than that. It’s pretty much a marriage made in heaven, don’t you think? The whole family got into the apple carving and cut-outs – Great Grandpa, Grandma and Grandpa, the cousins – and let’s just say that the caramel dip was going over VERY well.

So, what do you think? Are you going to try some apple carving this fall? Pick up some apples, get the family together and start a new tradition!

Guest blog post by Sara of Bliz & Giggles, on behalf of Marzetti®

Marzetti, maker of rich, thick caramel dip for apples, is proud to support the US Apple Association’s ‘Buy an Apple Help a Student’ program, which supports school causes across the nation, while educating consumers on creative ways to increase apple intake as part of a nutritious, delicious lifestyle.