Caramel Apple Trail Mix + Giveaway

This recipe for Caramel Apple Trail Mix includes affiliate products.  We were given products and giveaway item  from Chiquita Healthy Eating to share on our site however our opinion and recipe are our own. 

caramel apple trail mix

It’s already time for many of us to think about the kids going back to school. No offense, but who thought of putting kids back to school in August? My dad always remembered school starting after Labor Day because his birthday generally fell right around the first day of school. It’s hard to start school during the middle of summer. The kids go to school for a week and a half  and they get another holiday. They really only start into homework and after school activities after Labor Day.

caramel apple trail mix

Am I the only one who has a hard time getting into school mode before September?

If you’re like me and the thought of getting back into “school mode” doesn’t sound appealing when it’s 95 degrees outside, than let’s talk trail mix. Last year we made peanut butter and jelly trail mix. This year we’re talking caramel apple trail mix.

caramel apple trail mix

It’s easy, versatile and simple to throw together and into your lunch. It’s made even easier with the help of Chiquita Apple Slices. Each apple slice pack comes in pre packaged bags so you just throw them in your kids lunch. They also come in family packs too! Each single serving pack is washed and ready to eat and is only 30-80 calories per pack. Don’t forget to pack a note in your kids lunch too! We love these school lunch jokes.

If that’s not sweet enough, than read on! We’re giving one reader their very own Thirty One Thermal Tote. This Thermal Tote is perfect for taking lunch on the go or to keep drinks and snacks cold while you’re out and about.  It is the perfect addition for any back-to-school collection. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment or link with your favorite back to school lunch idea and “like” a couple of links. One of the links will lead you to the Chiquita Facebook page where you can enter an additional contest (optional) to win a $1,000 shopping spree and a year’s worth of Chiquita Bites. 

thirty one thermal tote

Caramel Apple Trail Mix

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 1 apple, cored and cut into bite sized pieces (can use 1 cup dried apples in place of fresh apples)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (use what you or your kids will eat)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup caramels, cut into bites sized pieces* (*See Note)


  1. In a bowl, mix together the apple, mixed nuts, peanut butter chips, cranberries or raisins and caramels. (See note).
  2. Pour into individually sized mason or plastic jars and cover.


*If using Chiquita Bites Apples and Caramel Dip, cut the apples into bite sized pieces and mix with the nuts, peanut butter chips and cranberries. Pack the caramel dip seperately from the trail mix. Before serving, drizzle the caramel sauce over the trail mix. Enjoy this version of trail mix with a spoon.

We LOVE these homemade peanut butter chips from Chocolate Covered Katie. A great natural version.

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  1. Sandwiches are my go to for lunches. I love to make fresh dough add fillings fry or bake, they delicious and convenient.

  2. Smooth mornings are a big deal for us. My daughter likes to sleep in if I let her no matter her bed time. I like to get her involved in picking out what she eats for breakfast from a few choices I give. Sometimes I ask the night before. She will eat anything she helps make so I like to get her to help when she is being moody or picky. She is almost 8 and she likes to have a say so in what she eats and wears. Definitely picking out food and clothes the day before helps for mornings to go smooth.

  3. Angela Saver says:

    I love to make pancakes & waffles, then freeze them individually so the kids can have them for breakfast before school!

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  4. Getting lunches and clothes laid out the night before really saves time in the mornings.

  5. Christina Anne says:

    When buying school supplies, I try to go through my house first to see if I have any supplies at home before I go and purchase the others.
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  6. I make ahead and freeze PB&J sandwiches for days we don’t have time to make school lunches

  7. This Thermal Tote looks great. Would love to win.

  8. Brenda Galiher says:

    Always on the look out for healthy snacks for the kiddos

  9. Sherry Fowler says:

    lay your kids clothes out the night before for a fast way to get them dressed in the mornings

  10. I love this mix recipe! It’s so different and perfect for fall. Thanks so much for linking up to Pin Your Friday Favorite!

  11. Jennifer Pine says:

    I let my kids choose their own clothes, they always enjoy having a choice.

  12. I usually make veggie wraps and juices for lunch!

  13. kelly mcgrew says:

    for after school, i like to make frozen grapes rolled in watermelon jello mix. also yogurt put into a ziploc bag, cut a little corner off, and dot onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets and pop in freezer. makes dippin dots made of yogurt that is more healthy than ice cream!

  14. Thank you for sharing this caramel apple trail mix post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

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