The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and pumpkins glow in a row with silly faces. That can only mean one thing… fall is here! One of my favorite things about fall is the delicious treats and recipes that come along with it. Many of our favorite fall recipes are not complete without the help of the harvest season.

You may be asking yourself, “what exactly is harvest season?”. The harvest season is the period of time that farmers are able to grow crops outside. These outdoor crops include foods like pumpkins, apples, corn, sweet potatoes, squash, and many more. In agriculture, planting and harvesting fruits happens all year long. To learn more about why we need agriculture, check out this K-2 lesson, A Day Without Agriculture.

You want to know what I think is the coolest thing about harvest season? We can grow plenty of fruits and vegetables right in our backyard! It’s not as tricky as you might think and can actually be a lot of fun! See how others have harvested their own seasonal fruits and veggies right here!

When I think of fun fall snacks, there is one recipe that always comes to mind. However, it’s not your average corn on the cob or slice of pumpkin pie. Today, I’ll be showing you how to make apple nachos.

Apple nachos are super quick, simple, and tasty! My favorite way to enjoy them is to include fun toppings, like chocolate chips and spooky sprinkles. For my nachos, I like to use Honeycrisp apples, as they are my favorite type of apple. Did you know that Minnesota’s state fruit is the Honeycrisp apple? To learn more about Minnesota’s agricultural symbols, check out this fun activity! Now let’s get into the recipe!


Course: Snack/Appetizer             Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes                 Servings: 10


  • 4-5 sliced Honeycrisp apples
  • 35 caramels
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Optional: 3 Tbsp sprinkles and/or 3 Tbsp topping of choice


  1. Combine butter and marshmallows in a saucepan on low heat. Stir the mixture frequently until completely smooth.
  2. Place the water and caramels into a separate saucepan and stir on low heat until melted.
  3. While the mixture settles, arrange your pre-sliced apples on your plate.
  4. Gradually pour the marshmallow sauce over the apple slices.
  5. Gradually pour the caramel sauce over the apple slices.
  6. Add your chocolate chips and sprinkles evenly across the apples. Enjoy!
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