International Eat An Apple Day is September 17. The history of this day comes from multiple cultures around the world. Some mythologies, such as Norse and Greek cultures honor the apple. It is also known that an apple is what sparked the Trojan War. The apple has a lot of history; here are a few ideas to help you celebrate the day with your friends and family.
Trivia Bobbing for Apples with Prizes
Get the kids involved with eating healthy. Create a bobbing for apples trivia game. You can buy a kids’ trivia game at Walmart or Target. When they get a question right, they can bob for an apple. On the bottom of the apple, use an item like a colored sandwich toothpick, to determine a small prize. The prizes can be anything from a nail polish for your daughters or a cool hat for the sons, to cash if you wish. It creates a fun, educational activity for the whole family to participate in.
Make Homemade Apple Cider
Homemade apple cider with fresh picked apples is healthy and delicious. One of the benefits of cider is that it stores in the refrigerator for several weeks. It can be served hot or cold in a decorative pitcher from Kohl’s or Ross. Apple cider also reduces well to make a great sauce for pancakes, waffles, desserts, and over ice cream.
Add vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks to your cider pot to add more flavor.
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Roasted Apples, Butternut Squash, and Grapes
Fruit goes really well with chicken. If you like pork, you can also substitute chops or a nice pork loin roast in this dish. Roasting apples, butternut squash, and mixed color grapes add color and flavor to your dish. Roast your protein and scoop the roasted squash and fruit over the top – make sure to get some of the juice from the pan on there too.
Caramel Apple Custard Hand Pies
Make a simple apple custard with freshly juiced apples and some thinly sliced apples. Then, make a milk caramel sauce. Use store bought pie dough if you’re not a baker, and cut out 5-inch circles. Place a tablespoon or two of the filling and a drizzle of the caramel inside the dough. Press it closed and either egg wash the top and bake them or deep-fry them. Serve with ice cream or by themselves.
Apple Cocktail Contest among Friends
Apple cocktails are popular, but there’s always room for something new and refreshing. Get a group of friends together, stock the bar, and create new signature cocktails served in fancy cocktail glasses from retailers like Pier 1 or Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
To determine a winner, create a blind taste test with a group of 3 or 4 spouses/significant others. The winner gets bragging rights.
If your family loves apples, try to incorporate apples into every meal on International Eat An Apple Day. Bakers might enjoy creating a new baked apple dish, or a spin on apple dumplings. Make acknowledging International Eat An Apple Day a tradition in your family every year.