SnapDragon Apples: The Perfect After-School Snack

Plus our easy applesauce recipe featuring the big flavor of SnapDragon apples!

By Nicole Torretti, publisher of Macaroni KID Enfield, Conn. March 8, 2022

As a busy mom of four, I’m always looking for quick, easy and healthy snacks. We are on the go constantly and I love snacks that the kids love, that are easy to grab, and that are healthy. 

So many times we’ve carried snacks that spill and make a huge mess. That means a mess for mom to clean up ... and leaves the kids still hungry. I prefer a snack that is not only convenient, but will leave my kids energized to get through all their after-school activities.

I found a snack that checked those boxes recently at my local Aldi: SnapDragon apples.

The brightness of the apples stood out to us and we couldn’t wait to try them! Just looking at the apples in the bag I could tell they were going to be delicious. My kids even grabbed an apple to snack on for the ride home. 

The author received SnapDragon apples and compensation for this article. All thoughts and opinions expressed are their own.

Grown in New York, SnapDragon apples have a big flavor with a hint of vanilla and delicious spice. SnapDragon apples store well, look beautiful and deliver consistency in size, color and quality.

SnapDragon apples are the perfect after-school activity snack. They leave my kids feeling satisfied and energized. This is so incredibly important because we spend a lot of time traveling from one activity to the next. 

With four kids and four different schedules, we need to snack in travel daily. Even when we are not on the road, my preference is snacks that my kids can easily grab while doing their homework and reading. Simplicity is key!

 We’ve found ways to be creative with our apples. SnapDragon apples pair well with light cheeses, peanut butter and nut butters. 

My kids also love to sprinkle cinnamon on their SnapDragon apples. My daughter said: "SnapDragon apples are the most scrumptious apples ever and I do know my apples." 

SnapDragon apples also make some tasty applesauce. My kids LOVE this applesauce! All you need are four simple ingredients to make delicious applesauce.

SnapDragon applesauce


  • 3 pounds of SnapDragon apples
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Peel, core, and chop apples.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer and cover.
  3. Cook 15-20 minutes (until the apples are very soft). Remove the lid and allow to simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  4. Mash apples down until you get your desired consistency.
  5. Serve applesauce warm or chilled.

Tip: If you'd like to use a crockpot instead, set it on low for about 3 hours.

While we do enjoy pairing with other snacks and adding toppings to our apples, we really love SnapDragon apples just the way they are. SnapDragon apples are the crunchiest, juiciest and most beautifully colored apples. SnapDragon apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are an excellent source of fiber. 

It can be difficult to find a snack that is healthy and satiating, but a SnapDragon apple is a healthy source of energy thanks to its natural sugars.

If you’re looking for the perfect after-school snack or a quick snack to take on the road, SnapDragon apples are an easy solution. They'll make your life so much easier because you can just grab and toss into your bag or into the kids' lunchboxes. 

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