• kelly@noshandnourish.com
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Cosmic Crisp Apple “Fries” Snackbox

Cosmic Crisp Apple “Fries” Snackbox

This post is sponsored by Cosmic Crisp® apples. As always… the opinions, beautiful photography, and recipe are all mine.

Back to school… back to re-al-i-ty.

Do your kiddos come home extra tired and famished from school these first few weeks like mine does? I like having a hearty after-school snack ready (or a packed snackbox if I know she has sports’ practices soon thereafter).

My family absolutely LOVES Cosmic Crisp® apples — they’re a hybrid between Honeycrisp and Enterprise apples, grown exclusively in Washington state. They are sooooo juicy and delish — and they’re naturally slow to brown (or oxidize), making them perfect for lunchboxes and prep-ahead snacks. — And, they even won the 2023 Good Housekeeping Snack Award in the Powerhouse Produce category!

To create a balanced snack, I like to pair apples with a high protein dip, like this one made with cottage cheese, apple butter, salted caramel sauce, ground flax and chia seeds, and some whipped cream!

Other pairings my daughter likes:

In this snackbox:
💛 Cosmic Crisp® apple “fries”
💛 High protein caramel apple dip (recipe below)
💛 Veggie straws
💛 Salted cashews
💛 Sharp Cheddar cheese

Speaking of apple “fries,” we love crinkle-cutting all the things (like watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, even avocado!) — because it just adds a bit of cuteness and whimsy with minimal effort. Here is a link to the cutter we use (affiliate link).

You can also serve the apple fries and dip as an after-school snack on a plate.

So the next time you’re at the grocery store, be sure to grab a couple Cosmic Crisp apples! And be sure to try some of my other Cosmic Crisp apple recipes too:

  1. Apple Hand Pies
  2. Apple Custard Toast
  3. White Chicken Chili
  4. Dragonfruit Apple Yogurt Parfaits
  5. Easy Cosmic Crisp Cinnamon Rolls

High Protein Apple Dip


  • 1 food processor


  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel sauce
  • 1/8 cup ground flax and chia seed blend or just one is fine
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream optional

For serving

  • 1 Cosmic Crisp apple core removed, then crinkle-cut or sliced


  • Combine the cottage cheese and apple butter in a food processor and blend until smooth. Then add that mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with crinkle-cut (or sliced) Cosmic Crisp apples.

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