Fall is full of some of the best foods and treats – pumpkins, apples, caramel…the list goes on and on. Here at SDWSW we are firm believers in treating yourself (in fact, today is Treat Yoself Day, if you’re a Parks & Rec fan), so we’re bringing you some of our favorite ways to incorporate fall ingredients into your grocery list.
Copycat Caramel Apple Spice
Though the PSL is Starbucks’ most popular fall drink, I happen to believe that the Caramel Apple Spice is highly underrated. However, as someone who goes to school in the middle of nowhere, I needed to improvise to get my fave fall drink. To DIY your own, all you’ll need is apple juice, caramel syrup, whipped cream, and Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce syrup, which you can purchase on Amazon. I didn’t want to spend the extra cash on the syrup though, so I made my own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Mix ingredients together and bring to a low boil. Simmer for about five minutes and allow to cool. For every 2 cups of apple juice (Starbucks uses Treetop Apple Juice!), include 2 tsp of the syrup. Mix and heat in microwave for about 2 minutes. Top with caramel sauce and whipped cream, and enjoy!
Candy Corn Rice Krispies
Warning: if you are a candy corn hater, this treat is not for you. I, however, am a firm believer that candy corn belongs on anything and everything during the fall season, so we whipped up these classic rice krispies and the candy corn added a perfect contrast to the crunchy cereal! We used the Original recipe from the Rice Krispies website, but also added about a teaspoon of vanilla. Once all the core ingredients were mixed together, we added the candy corn in before pressing into the pan.
Co-Founder Stina Hunziker never leaves the house without her morning smoothie, and she’s perfected the best fall recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of pumpkin
- a teaspoon of pumpkin pie seasoning
- a cup of almond milk
- a teaspoon of honey
- a tablespoon of peanut butter
Blend together and enjoy! It’s that simple.
Caramel Apple Nachos
Now this recipe is interchangeable depending on what you like – for me, I like sugar coated in more sugar. The main basis for this, of course, is apples and caramel, but the toppings are up to you. Add chocolate syrup, toffee bits, peanuts – anything you love!
Melt caramel bits in the microwave with one tablespoon of water. Drizzle over cut apple and top with preferred toppings!