These five apple topping ideas and their flavor twists make for far-from-boring apple snacks.
Spoon purchased or homemade chicken salad on apple slices and sprinkle with snipped dried cranberries. We used Jonagold apples.
Flavor Tip: Use a flavored chicken salad, or swap in a different dried fruit to suit your mood.
Spread apple slices with cream cheese, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle with salt. We used Golden Delicious apples. Want to make your own caramel sauce? Here's our recipe.
Flavor Tip: Change up the cream cheese flavor or sauce flavor with the seasons. Think pumpkin cream cheese and chocolate sauce for fall or strawberry cream cheese with strawberry sauce in summer.
Spread each apple slice with peanut butter and top with a piece of cooked bacon. We used Red Delicious apples.
Flavor Tip: Any nut butter will work! Almond butter, cashew butter, macadamia nut butter -- whatever you've got at the ready.
Nut Butters: Make your own nut butters and cookie butters at home with these recipes.
Top each apple slice with a sliver of brie cheese and a sprinkling of chopped toasted walnuts. We used Granny Smith apples.
Flavor Tip: Don't have walnuts on hand? Swap in almonds, pistachios, cashews, or any nut stocked in your pantry.
Top each apple slice with a slab of sharp white cheddar and a sprinkling of chopped smoked almonds. We used Braeburn apples.
Flavor Tip: Use whatever cheese you have in your fridge -- Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, mozzarella, or any cheese you please.