This post is sponsored by SweeTango apples.
I’ve noticed lately that when you start eating healthy foods, your cravings change. Or at least that’s been my experience. In my teens I could eat an entire bag of chocolate chip cookies in one sitting, and I craved junk food all the time. Over the past few years, though, I’ve made an effort to change my eating habits. This was partly because I discovered that I have some food sensitivities, and partly because I realized that I needed to fuel my body with better foods.
These days I find myself wanting fresh fruit over cookies. It’s not that I never crave sweets or dessert, I just want them less often. Instead, I’ll eat a half-dozen of juicy mini mandarin oranges, or a big handful of crisp grapes. My body definitely likes those snacks better than junk I was eating before. One of my favourite fruits to snack on are apples. Apples are easy. They last forever in the fridge, they almost never need to be peeled, and they give you a nice jolt of energy.
Of course, some varieties of apples are better for eating raw than others. I use to work with a 4-year-old who absolutely hated apples. He could be starving – it didn’t matter. If you put a bowl of apple pieces in front of him, he’d stare blankly at them and refuse to even take a bite. At first I thought, “maybe he’s allergic to them,” because you know, some kids can’t figure out how to tell you if their mouth gets irritated when they eat something. It wouldn’t be hard to believe – my brother can’t eat apples at all because of his allergies (poor guy).
Anyhow, after a while I realized that the type of apple that the kid had been eating wasn’t a very nice when eaten raw. It wasn’t very sweet, the texture was sandy, and they turned brown really fast. I couldn’t blame him for thinking that he hated apples. One day I managed to get him to try a piece of a Honeycrisp and he decided that maybe he didn’t hate apples so much after all.
If I was still working with that kid, I would get him to try a SweeTango apples. These apples are fantastic for eating out of hand! They are actually a naturally bred cross between the Honeycrisp and Zestar! varieties, and they seem to have taken the best traits from both varieties.
SweeTango apples have the sweetness of a Honeycrisp, but there is a distinct tangy flavour too. These also might be the most crisp apples I’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into.
The only downside of SweeTango apples (if you can really call it a downside) is that they are hyper-seasonal. They are only available from the end of September, and they usually sell out in just five weeks! I was lucky to receive a basket of these apples to try. I had planned on making apple crisp with them, but my family and I ended up eating them as-is. So, I’ll be hunting for SweeTango apples in my local grocery this week.
If you want to look for these apples yourself, try Longos, Fortinos, Zehrs, Real Canadian Superstore, and Metro in Canada. They are also available now in the US, although I don’t know which grocery stores there are carrying them.
SweeTango Apples Giveaway:
SweeTango has generously offered to give three readers one basket of these crisp juicy gems. This giveaway is being offered on multiple blogs. This giveaway is open to residents of Canda, excluding Quebec. My apologies to American readers – but you can enter the sweepstakes below!
Please read the terms and conditions before entering.
SweeTango Sweet Spot Sweepstakes:
SweeTango has launched a campaign where foodies (in Canada and the US) can enter to win a season’s supply of SweeTango apples, a trip to a SweeTango orchard, and other prizes. Taking part in this interactive campaign is easy, all you have to do is share where you’ve spotted SweeTango on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #SpotSweeTango hashtag. You can also enter by texting the store location and entry to 99000 or by submitting the information on the SweeTango website.
The locations will be added to SweeTango’s “Sweet Spot” interactive map, which you can find on SweeTango.com. Everyone who shares will be automatically entered to win! For full details, click the image below. Good luck!
This post is sponsored by SweeTango apples. All opinions are my own.
The apple basket giveaway that I am hosting is sponsored by SweeTango apples.
I am not affiliated with the SweeTango Sweet Spot Sweepstakes.