If there’s one food that stands out to me when I think of Rosh Hashanah, it would have to be apples dipped in honey. It is a traditional part of the holiday that represents our hope for a sweet new year to come.
For my Rosh Hashanah menu this year, I tried to think of ways I could incorporate apples dipped in honey in a unique and special way. I found that there are so many directions you can go in– honey cake with apples, apple monkey bread with honey glaze, baked apples with honey drizzle etc.–all of which were tempting, but weren’t quite what I was looking for.
In the end, I decided to keep this traditional pairing true to itself. I am not into wacky new ways of introducing a classic. I wanted to stay true to the original way we eat apples and honey with a slight twist.
How do you do this you ask? By simply turning them into pops and adding an array of colorful and flavorful toppings! With my Creamed Honey Apple Dippers you are still participating in the tradition, while having lots of fun at the same time. I included a variety of different toppings that adults and children will adore!
This would also make a great school or at home project for little ones to learn about simanim for the holiday. Not to mention that these Creamed Honey Apple Dippers are also a great year-round snack!
Who says caramel and peanut butter dipped apples are the only fun ways to eat apples? These Creamed Honey Apple Dippers make a great contender for an after school (or after work?) snack as well! Just swap the usual caramel and peanut butter for honey! Healthy, easy and delicious!
You can learn more about simanim HERE.
Here is a step by step guide for you 🙂
I like to lay everything that I will need out in front of me. Makes for a quicker and cleaner process.
Here are all the toppings I enjoy using. I like to use a mix of toppings that both adults and children will enjoy! I also encourage using cupcake liners to hold the toppings in. They provide a shallow and moveable holder-which makes dipping really easy, especially for kids. They also make for my kind of cleanup, or lack of that is!
Any lollipop stick will work well, although I love these rock candy sticks! They add a bit more flare than ordinary sticks.
Insert sticks into apple wedges.
Here comes the fun part… Dip into honey.
Then dip into toppings and eat!
- 1 large apple, I used Granny Smith (1 apple makes 12 pops)
- 1–2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Toppings of your choice (see list below)
- Popsicle sticks, lollipop sticks, or rock candy sticks
- Serving boats
- Cut the apple into 12 wedges.
- Place the apple wedges in a medium mixing bowl and toss with fresh lemon juice, until they are all coated. The apples will not absorb any lemon flavor, it simply prevents the apples from turning brown. Let the apples sit for three to five minutes.
- In the meantime, place the toppings of your choice in either individual shallow, wide-rimmed bowls, or cupcake liners. Pour the honey into a separate bowl. Set aside.
- Once the apples have soaked, dry them very well with a paper towel and insert the sticks into the apple wedges.
- Dip the apples in the honey. You can use a spoon to get a more even coating. It’s very important to allow all the excess honey to drip off (you want a very thin layer of honey remaining on your apple wedge).
- Then dip and roll them into desired toppings. Place the prepared apple pops in the serving boats. Eat and enjoy!
Another tip to prevent the honey from dripping off is to use a very thin coating of honey on each apple wedge (scrape some off with a spoon if you need to). If there’s too much honey on each pop, most of it will drip off.
Don’t skip the lemon juice! It will prevent your pops from turning brown.
I recommend placing your toppings into large cupcake liners. They provide a shallow and moveable holder – which makes dipping really easy, especially for kids. They also make for my kind of cleanup, or lack of, that is!
These pops are meant to be eaten right away. I do not recommend making them in advance.
The boats are adorable here, but they also serve an important purpose–they catch any of the honey and toppings that might drip off. So be sure to place each pop in something that will help hold them together, and will catch the mess while they’re being eaten.
Gefen Coconut Chips (or shredded coconut)
Mighty Sesame Tahini Bar (crushed into crumbs)
Sandwich cookies (crushed into crumbs)
Dehydrated strawberries (crushed into crumbs)
Mini chocolate chips
Pretzels (broken into small pieces)
Mini white chocolate chips
Banana chips (broken into small pieces)
Dried cranberries (or other small dried fruit)
Graham cracker crumbs
Mini caramel chips
Be sure to check out my updated article on kosher.com!
This is a great idea for Rosh Hashana!
What can I use instead of the creamed honey? I know it defeats the “simanim” purpose to substitute honey…
Hi Michal! Thanks so much! You can always use regular honey as a sub. If you’re avoiding honey altogether then melted chocolate, caramel sauce or any nut butters would work well and would be just as delicious!