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Woohoo! It’s football season!
m/ > < m/ <– do you know what this is? That’s what I’m doing right now. Why? Because I LOVE game day. Ok, maybe it’s not exactly about the thing where those guys go running after that ball. Truth be told, there are two reasons why I am always down for a big game party:
1. the commercials (I’m a marketing gal by trade, after all.)
2. the FOOD! Because duh. Tailgating snacks!
Any time someone mentions a game on Sunday, I hear “sundae” and visions of awesome halftime eats start dancing through my head. I never show up to a home tailgate party without some great grub to share, and it’s usually something to satisfy my own sweet tooth. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s the old KISS theory. Despite my love of off-the-wall recipes, keeping it simple is the key when you’re feeding a room full of hungry football fans.
Bacon? Good. Brownies? Good. Chia seed pudding? Not so much.
So here’s my latest game day dessert recipe that absolutely cannot fail. It’s warm and winter-appropriate, straight from a cast iron skillet (mainly because I love the even heat you get with a sturdy skillet, but you could use a regular baking dish if you don’t have cast iron.)
There’s lots of fresh fruit (and fiber, even!) but you don’t have to tell anyone there’s a health bonus if you don’t want to. 😉
And the kicker? Each fresh, sweet apple is filled with a gooey core of melted SNICKERS® bars – a classic favorite that everyone loves. Now THAT is something to cheer about.
These SNICKERS-stuffed baked apples couldn’t be easier to make. All you need to do is core a bunch of apples and partially bake them…you can add a little butter or cinnamon in the middle to get them started if you want, but it’s not necessary.
You’ll see why…
Once they start to soften, fill them with fun-size SNICKERS bars.
Then finish baking until the apples get soft, weepy and start to burst.
The skin will split and the apples’ juices will bubble up from the middle until they pool with the melted SNICKERS bars, forming a molten core that puts any lava cake to shame.
It’s a beautiful thing.
But don’t stop there. I mean, if you want to score a touchdown, you’ve gotta go all out, right? Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce (this salted caramel sauce recipe is my fave) and salted peanuts.
Put it all in a bowl and call it super. Because it SO is.
Just look for the candy aisle, where you’ll find SNICKERS bite-size, minis, fun-size and full-sized bars.
Since colorful candy is fun for crafting, too, we also grabbed a bag of classic 5-flavor Life Savers®. We’re going to make “stained glass” suncatchers with ours!
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- 8 medium apples
- 8 fun-size Snickers bars
- vanilla ice cream
- caramel sauce (premade or homemade)
- chopped salted peanuts
- Preheat oven to 350″. Wash apples and peel off the top ½ inch of peel, around the stem. Remove the core from each apple, leaving the very bottom of the apple intact so that the filling doesn’t fall out.
- Place apples in a cast iron skillet. Place skillet in oven and bake until they begin to get soft, about 20 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven, place an unwrapped fun-size Snickers bar inside each apple, and return pan to oven to bake for another 20 minutes or until apples begin to split and weep and bars are melted. (You may need to check and reposition Snickers bars as they melt to make sure they go down into the apple and not down the side.)
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and chopped peanuts.