Test Kitchen: Cheese Dipped Apples
The month of October is a beautiful time. The leaves have begun to turn orange, pumpkins are popping up on front porches, and caramel apples have once again returned. As delicious as the traditional treat of the caramel apple is, as a cheese lover I had to ask, can it be done with cheese!? I grabbed three apples, removed their cores and twisted wooden craft dowels ⅔ of the way into their cores.
Wooden dowels (found at a craft store)
8-ounce-bag of Tillamook Medium Cheddar shreds
Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar
Jar of peanut butter
Bag of dark chocolate chips
My first attempt was an apple dipped in cheese. I melted down some Tillamook Medium Cheddar cheese shreds in a double boiler. I had trouble getting the cheese to stick to the glossy apple skin, and it didn’t turn out as appetizing as I’d hoped.
I’ve been hearing a lot of fan chatter about cheddar and peanut butter. An unlikely, but, delicious combination. I decided to cover my second apple in peanut butter and roll it in Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese shreds.
The third apple I made was a sweet and salty combination of chocolate and cheese. I shredded some Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar with a fine grater and set it aside in a bowl. I thought the extra sharp flavor would be a good contrast to the sweet chocolate. I melted a bag of dark chocolate chips in a double boiler, continuously stirring, and dunked my last apple on a stick into it. I rolled the bottom of the apple into my shredded Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar and set it on wax paper in the fridge for an hour to set. This was my favorite, a salty and sweet fall treat, and my cheesy alteration to the traditional caramel apple on a stick.
What Tillamook products would you dip your apple on a stick into?