One of the frustrating things about having a sliced apple for a snack is that they can start turning brown so quickly. And once they start turning brown, well, they just don’t look as tasty anymore.
But guess what? There’s a simple and easy trick for keeping those apple slices looking like they’ve just been cut even after several hours have gone by. Simply soak them in Sprite, 7-Up, or Gingerale. Store brand lemon lime soda works just fine and dandy too!
Learning this little trick was exciting news for me because I’m kind of a sucker for the Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. When they were first introduced on their menu I thought it was pretty cool that McDonald’s had discovered some magical way to keep their apple slices fresh. Turns out I can do the same thing at home and Make My Own apple dippers. Yay!
And when I make my own, I substitute a healthier peanut butter and yogurt dip instead of the gooey sweet caramel dip that you get with the McDonald’s Apple Dippers.
Here’s how to do it:
Stay Fresh Apple Slices
You Will Need:
7-up, Sprite, Gingerale, or other lemon-lime type soda
Small bowl for soaking the slices
Slice up your apple and put the slices in a small bowl.
Pour your 7-up or other lemon lime type of soda pop over the apples to cover them. They will want to kind of float a bit, so just make sure all the slices have had some contact with the soda pop. Let them soak for about 5 to 10 minutes. Discard the soda pop once they are done soaking.
Now your apple slices will stay fresh looking for several hours. You can pack them in a lunch for the kids (or yourself) and they will still look and taste good after several hours have gone by.
The apple slices take on just a tiny bit of the taste of the 7-Up but it’s really barely noticeable.
You can pair your homemade Apple Dippers with this easy dip that’s a healthy alternative to the caramel dipping sauce for apples.
Simple Peanut Butter Dip
You Will Need:
1 Tablespoon Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Plain or Vanilla Yogurt
Place the peanut butter and the yogurt together in a small bowl and stir until they are mixed together.
The proportions in the recipe above make a small batch that goes well with dipping for one apple. If you want a bigger batch, you can adjust the size of the recipe by simply mixing together equal amounts of the peanut butter and yogurt in the measurements needed.
And one final note . . . . I tried to be frugal and drink the 7-up that the apples had been soaking in, but – Blech. It’s flat and doesn’t taste quite the same. It’s best to just toss out the 7-Up once the apples are done soaking.