May 13, 2012

National Apple Pie Day

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Sponsored by: Kim and Scott's

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe." - Carl Sagan

It's National Apple Pie Day!

The phrase "as American as apple pie" doesn't mean what you think it means. According to John Lehndorff of the American Pie Council, it represents the idea that apples, which are not originally from the United States, are very much like this country's people - which aren't technically from here either. We've all (apples and people) have really adapted into becoming this idea of "American" over the course of the past few centuries.

Europeans actually were most likely the first to create apple pie; they brought apple seeds over with them (actually, they brought grafted plants in barrels which would eventually become the fruit-bearing trees) across the big pond. And even then, the original desire for apples was to use in cider not pies!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

If there's one food that most people associate with me, it's apples. I love them every season - from blossom to fruit, I love every kind - from braeburn to cortland, and I love eating them any way I can creatively come up with - from dumplings to paninis. And I unabashedly display my love on my right arm in a three-quarter sleeve tattoo.

Thanks to Kim and Scott's I got to take a break from everything, sit back, and truly just enjoy today's food holiday, because much to my delight they actually make an apple cinnamon pretzel stuffed with their very own made-from-scratch apple pie filling.

I had discovered Kim and Scott's a few years ago when I was going through my "soft pretzel and potato salad" phase. I had no idea, though, that they carried anything but regular or savory-filled pretzels. A few months ago I had the chance to try their chocolate crumble pretzels and now my friends and family - on a weekly basis, mind you - still ask after them ("do you have any more?," they beg, eyes crazed with withdrawl ). That's how good they were.

Kim and Scott's apple cinnamon stuffed pretzels are also really good, because the flavors are simple: it's just cinnamon and apple. And they're not cloying or artificially sweet, which was a delightful surprise I wasn't expecting (too many companies overcompensate the mild flavor of apples with a boatload of sugar, which really counteracts the natural sweetness of the fruit and makes all the varieties taste the same in my opinion). Because they aren't overly sugary these would make a great breakfast food, snack, or even dessert item after something heavy. I'm excited to let me family and friends try these now!

Kim and Scott's mission is to "nurture, love and feed the spirits, souls and stomachs of our world community with the highest integrity of service, quality, price and innovation. Along this journey, we share our passion and enthusiasm for our inspired products with the universe." So, not only are they making really tasty snacks... they're making a difference, too.

You can find them all over the internet, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, or - here's an idea...try your local grocer. You won't be disappointed (whether you're looking to satisfy that sweet tooth or German food craving!).

Happy National Apple Pie Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission by company.