Monday, June 28, 2010

Your Apple-Themed Recipe Could Win You a Trip to New York City Courtesy of Tree Top!

I love apples. I have many fond memories of growing up in Michigan and visiting the cider mills in the fall. We’d munch on caramel apples, pick our own apples from the trees, and drink up delicious cider! And there was nothing better than my mom’s apple pie!

Apples are often a favorite with kids, as they were with me, and my children are no exception. I put cups of applesauce in their lunches (forget the chips!), and we often munch on apple slices as an after-school snack. Besides apple pie, did you know that apples can be used in a wide variety of recipes? In fact, according to Tree Top -- a fruit-processing co-op owned by more than 1,000 apples and pear growers throughout the Pacific Northwest -- you can substitute applesauce in place of butter in some recipes and replace white sugar with apple juice. This can help trim fat and calories from your dishes, while adding in some great vitamin C and antioxidants that are found naturally in apples.

I went to and found some amazing recipes for food using apple products in the following categories: Appetizers, Beverages & Smoothies, Breads, Desserts & Snacks, Main Dishes, Salads, Salsa & Chutney, Sauces & Dressings, Side Dishes, Soups & Stews, and even Pet Treats! You’ve got to check out these recipes. They look absolutely scrumptious!

Tree Top makes a huge variety of products. My kids love their naturally sweetened apple sauce with lunch, and I’m a big fan of their Mango Peach trim™ juice! We poured some Tree Top 3 Apple Blend 100% fresh pressed juice into cups and popped them into the freezer for some tasty ice pops! I can’t wait to try some of the other terrific recipes on the Tree Top website.

You might also want to know that Tree Top is celebrating their 50th anniversary by encouraging people to eat more apples through their “America’s Secret Ingredient” contest, which started on June 15th. Contestants can send in their favorite apple-themed recipes for a chance to attend the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival in New York City in October! The winner will have his or her recipe showcased and get to meet stars from the Food Network! Go to for more details and to enter the contest, which ends at 12:00 PM (noon ET) on July 26, 2010.

I also encourage you to visit the Tree Top sites listed below and prepare lots of apple-based recipes for your family. They’ll love them!

Tree Top website:
Tree Top “America’s Secret Ingredient” contest site:
Tree Top on Twitter:
Tree Top on Facebook:

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Tree Top and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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