Apple Pie Chai

It’s not hard to see that I am pretty obsessed with Fall flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, apples, etc… So of course, following with my love for Autumn treats, here is a quick recipe for Apple Pie Chai. It encapsulates the wonderful cinnamon-y spice apple flavors of apple pie. All you need is apple juice and chai concentrate. My favorites for apple juice are Simply Appleย ย and of course Tree Top. My favorite for Chai Concetrate is Tazo, mostly due to its availability (you can find it at Starbucks, Safeway, and Target these days).

This can be made hot or iced. But with the warm afternoons we’ve been having, I’ve been sticking to iced.

Apple Pie Chai

3/4 Cup Apple Juice
3 – 4 Tablespoons Chai Concentrate (you may want to add more to your own taste)

Iced Version: Fill a glass with ice. Pour the chai concentrate over the ice, then add the apple juice. Stir to combine. Add a straw because straws make iced drinks more enjoyable.
Hot Version: Steam the apple juice either with a hand steamer, or you can heat it over the stove for a few minutes, until just simmering, or alternatively you can microwave it until it reaches your desired temperature (I would recommend 1 minute 30 seconds). Add the chai. Stir. Sip. Enjoy.

That’s all you need. Pretty simple, but way enjoyable. I would definitely consider making a carafe of this (either hot or cold) for an Autumn Party!

Note: You can also order this at Starbucks – order a chai latte but sub apple juice for milk ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently discovered these at Starbucks which is how I came to make them myself at home. Deeeeeelicious.

Happy Almost Friday!

xx

-C

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Monster Mash! Aka The Greatest Snack Ever

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. Yes, that is correct, I did say Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn. It’s a giant ball of sugar and I love it! Combining some of the iconic flavors of Fall all into one very sugary yet delicious treat. The perfect cure for the Monday Blues.

The recipe is super simple and easily makes a giant batch. But be warned, a sugar coma is likely to follow if you eat the whole thing yourself.

Monster Mash (Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn)

Recipe slightly adapted from Young Married Chic

Popcorn, popped (you can air pop, stove pop, or microwave – your choice!) (At least 3 oz, but the more the better in my opinion!)
1/2 ย butter, salted (1 stick)
1 cup yellow cake mix
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I did 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and a dash of cloves and ginger)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of candy corn
1 cup of honey roasted peanuts
Halloween Sprinkles (optional – they definitely make this more festive but it’s still a little early in the season so I wasn’t able to find any yet)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside for later. Pop popcorn as you desire (at least 3 oz, if not more) – remove unopened kernels and pour into a large bowl.

In a small heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the cake mix, spices, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.ย Bring to a slow simmer, making sure not to boil or burn the sugar and stir constantly for 3-4 minutes. You should have a glob that is starting to amass together in a ball.

Pour mixture over popcorn in the bowl, stirring until all corn is coated. Stir stir stir and make sure you get every last kernel.

Spread the popcorn evenly over the baking sheet and place in the oven

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the caramel has turned light brown. Remove from oven and let cool. It will begin to harden at this point.

Break the popcorn up into smaller chunks and stir in the candy corn and peanuts. Store in an airtight container. Or if you’re feeling friendly, package individually to give away to people to prevent yourself from eating it all in one sitting like I may or may not have done.

I have decided that at least one day every weekend for the remainder of Autumn will consist of making my favorite Pumpkin Treats or testing out new ones, making&eating my favorite Autumn Dinners, & watching Halloween Disney Movies or Halloween episodes of old TGIF shows ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you’re all enjoying the start of the Autumn season as much as I am!

xx

-C