I'm very excited about the fall baking that I will be doing, and making favorite fall recipes and discovering new ones, too.
I love making fall treats for family and friends. I'm a grandmother to four little ones, and they love it when I make or bake something delicious just for them.
This weekend I could feel fall in the air, so I decided to make candy apples with Candy Corn flavored M&M's, and some delicious Mott's hot apple cider.
I went shopping at Walmart to buy the new fall packaged M&M's. They come in four flavors, including Peanut, Peanut Butter, Milk Chocolate, and the flavor I bought, Candy Corn.
I have made candy apples with M&M's before, and they are always a hit. They are great for fall activities where a treat is needed, and the perfect cute spin on giving an apple to your child's teacher.
Candy apples are easy to make, and it's fun to find different ingredients to make the outside coating taste delicious.
Candy corn is something we always have on hand in the fall, so I knew the Candy Corn flavored M&M's would be great to roll the caramel apples in. I just used my mini Magic Bullet to chop the M&M's, dipped the apples in the melted caramel, and then rolled them in the candy.
I really love giving candy apples as an unexpected little gift, or a thank you. I almost feel guilty for how little effort it took to make them, when the receiver is so happy to get them.
These were a huge hit this weekend with my kids and grandkids, so I'll try the other flavors of the fall M&M's too, especially the peanut kind.
I also made some hot apple cider this weekend, and we sat outside on the deck with it in the evening. This could be the last time we will be doing that, as the evenings are getting quite chilly.
I like making my apple cider with a bit of a citrus twist, by adding orange juice and lemon juice to the Mott's apple juice. This recipe can be doubled or tripled for a larger group, and not only do the adults love it, but the kids do to.
And your kitchen will smell deliciously like cinnamon and spices.
I've been buying the Mott's brand of apple juice for years, and gave it to my children, and now to my grandchildren.
It's the base of this great tasting apple cider with a twist. I like heating a cup of this cider in the microwave for myself in the afternoon or evening.
For me, nothing says fall like apple cider. It's so easy to make your own, and it tastes so much better than the bottled kind.
I love how cute these apples came out, and my daughter thought they would make sweet gifts for the teachers on Back To School Night.
Recipe for Candy Corn Flavored M&M Candy Apples
5 apples, washed and dried
5 popsicle sticks
1 11 ounce package Kraft Caramel Bits
2 bags Candy Corn flavored M&M's
Insert popsicle sticks about half way into apples.
In batches, chop up M&M's in a Magic Bullet or blender. Heat caramel bits according to package directions.
Dip apples in caramel and twist by stick to remove excess. Roll in crushed M&M's, then place on waxed paper. Place in fridge to set and cool.
Recipe for Mott's Hot Apple Cider With a Citrus Twist
1 quart Mott's Apple Juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 table spoons cloves or cider spice mix
Additional cinnamon sticks for serving with cider
In a large saucepan, combine the first 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat: simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Strain, discarding cinnamon stick and cloves. Serve warm, garnish with additional cinnamon sticks.
Makes 5 cups.
For more great ideas visit the Fall Baking and Entertaining Pinterest Board.