Announcing the 2023 Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge Winners!



Your challenge: create an original recipe with Cosmic Crisp® apples that bring sparkle to the table.

Cosmic Crisp® Apple Pie
Cosmic Crisp® Apple Snack

The 2023 Cosmic Crisp® Culinary Challenge Winners

We are thrilled to name the following recipes as the grand prize winners in the Baking, Snacking and Entertaining categories.

Honorable Mentions

Congratulations to our winners and stay tuned to our social media channels for more entries that will Inspire the Possibiliites™ of what you can create with Cosmic Crisp® in your own kitchen. 

Meet Our Judges!

Lead Judge

Dan Koomoo is a 2023 James Beard Best Chef of the Pacific Northwest nominee. As a co-owner and head chef of Crafted Yakima, Dan has showcased Cosmic Crisp® apples on his farm-to-table menu since the 2019 launch. We’re honored to have Dan as our Lead Judge of this year’s Culinary Challenge.

Dan Koomoo
of Crafted Yakima

Category Judges

We’ve partnered with these incredibly creative and influential chefs to assist our Lead Judge and inspire Cosmic Crisp® apple fans to share their culinary talents.

Esra Mese

Esra Mese
Charmer Kitchen


Hayden Haas


Katie Richards

Kate Richards
Drinking with Chickens

Cocktail Queen

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💧Our No. 1 tip to stay hydrated on your summer adventures? 

Always pack your Cosmic Crisp® apple water bottle (and some Cosmic Crisp® apples, ofc) ✅🍎 Shop the Cosmic Crisp® Merch Shop via the link in bio!

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A little salty, a little sweet & a little creamy, your favorite ingredients come together in this delicious caprese salad. 

The main star isn’t even the burrata... It’s actually the sweet corn & Cosmic Crisp® apples (and yes, they’re grilled!) 🌽🍎

📌 Save for the full recipe:
1 Cosmic Crisp®️ Apple, Sliced into 1/4” Thick Rounds
1 Ear of Corn, Husked
Avocado Oil
2 Small Heirloom Tomatoes, Sliced into 1/4” Thick Rounds
4 Oz Burrata
Olive Oil
Balsamic Glaze
Flaky Salt
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Basil Leaves

1. Preheat the grill to 425° Fahrenheit.
2. Lightly brush the apple rounds & corn cob with a little bit of avocado oil, but not too much.
3. Grill the apple rounds for ~2 minutes per side until charred (but not too soft). Grill the corn for ~8 minutes, rotating every two minutes.
4. Once cooled, slice the corn off the cob.
5. Assemble the Caprese by layering the tomatoes and grilled apples.
6. Tear the burrata ball in half & place on top. Sprinkle the grilled corn over the top of the burrata, followed by a generous drizzle of olive oil, balsamic glaze, and a pinch of sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper.
7. Top with fresh basil leaves.

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The Cosmic Crisp® obsession is REAL😍

You know you’re a true fan when you go to pick up a couple of apples, but come back with a dozen, like @lilsingz.

Use our store locator to find them near you 🍎🛒

📸: @lilsingz 

#cosmiccrisp #freshapples #groceryhaul #snacktime #foodshopping #grocerylist #eatrealfood
Here’s a tasty way to stay hydrated this Fourth of July weekend: Watermelon & Cosmic Crisp® Apple Feta Salad! 🍎🍉

It’s light and refreshing as a midday snack & flavorful enough to double as a vibrant side dish during your barbecue ✨ 

Comment „WATERMELON”, and we’ll DM you the recipe!

#cosmiccrisp #watermelon #watermelonsalad #fetacheese #eatrealfood #saladsofinstagram #saladideas
Lemon & Cosmic Crisp® Apple Froyo 🍋🍎 Blend the season’s best ingredients in the Ninja Creami for a healthy & refreshing sweet treat.

Here’s What You’ll Need 📌 
🍋 1 Lemon, Juiced & Zested
🥣 1 Cup Full-Fat Greek Yogurt
🍎 1 Small Cosmic Crisp® Apple, Diced
🍁 2 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
🤍 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender & blend until completely smooth (~1 minute).
2. Pour into the Ninja Creami container & freeze overnight.
3. Place into the Ninja Creami machine & select the ice cream setting.
4. When the spin is done, check the consistency. If the consistency is crumbly, add a splash of milk, place it back into the machine & re-spin.
5. Serve with a fresh lemon wedge & Cosmic Crisp® as a garnish if desired!

#cosmiccrisp #froyo #ninjacreami #frozenyogurt #lemons #apples #summerdessert #easydessert
This Fourth of July, set off fireworks of flavor with @2townscider's Cosmic Crisp® Cider! 🍎 🇺🇸💥✨ 

Don't forget to keep it chilled to perfection with a Cosmic Crisp® Kan-Tastic Koozie. Click the link in bio to shop!

#cosmiccrisp #ciderlover #koozie #apples #hardcider
June's Pet of the Month is... 

A black kitten from Kailua, Haiwaii, Shock 🐈‍⬛

When her guardians restock their home with Cosmic Crisp® apples, Shock enjoys exploring the carton boxes & even taking cat naps within them.

Click the link in bio to enter your name, email address, and a photo of you & your pet 🍎 Already entered? Your pet is still in the running for next month ♥️

#cosmiccrisp #cosmicpets2024 #kittenlife #catinabox #petofthemonth
Charcuterie board summer calls for Cosmic Crisp® apples 🍎🥝🧀🍓🍊

Irresistibly crisp, juicy & delicious, they're perfect for dipping, pairing, snacking & spreading. Not to mention, they're slow-to-brown, so they'll stay fresh for hours in the sun 🌞

Pick up some Cosmic Crisp® apples at a store near you 🍎 🛒 Link in bio!

#cosmiccrisp #charcuterieboard #freshproduce #fruitsandveggies
Our favorite part about fruit salads? Every bite bursts with flavor 💥

The sweet-tart flavor of Cosmic Crisp® apples pairs perfectly with bananas, kiwis & citrus for a good-for-you, gut-friendly treat 🍌🥝🍊🍎 Not to mention, they’re naturally slow-to-brown, so they’ll stay fresh for your Fourth of July barbecue.

Subscribe to our email newsletter for the recipe. Link in bio 📧

#cosmiccrisp #fruitsalads #fruitsalad #freshfruit #apples #fruitplatter
Stop scrolling, and click the link in bio to enter the Apple Ace Giveaway before June 24th 🤩🍎 Ten lucky fans will win $200+ in prizes, like fresh Cosmic Crisp® apples, a pickleball set & more! 

Already entered? Tag & share this post with the pickleball fans in your life to boost your chances for winning 🍎🏓

#cosmiccrisp #apples #pickleballislife #pickleball #snacking #nutritiousanddelicious #snacksonthego
Floating amongst the clouds in the Cosmic Crisp® hot air balloon! 🍎🎈Thanks @elviraventuraa for the panoramic view 😍

Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon? 🎈Let us know!

#cosmiccrisp #hotairballoons #hotairballoonfestival #washingtonapples #apples #hotairballooning #hotairballoonride #flywithus #soaring
Never go a single season without Cosmic Crisp® 🍎

🌳 🍎 Picked fresh from our orchards & delivered straight to your table, these out-of-this-world apples are available year-round at your local store via the link in bio. 

Can't find them? Use the store locator linked in our bio 🛒

#cosmiccrisp #groceries #freshproduce #apples #healthyeatingtips
🧇 Waffle Fans: This sweet potato buttermilk waffle recipe is for YOU! 😍✨ Comment “WAFFLES”, and we’ll DM you the recipe!

They’re fluffy, delicious & surprisingly low-carb. Don’t forget to drizzle with maple syrup and top with Cosmic Crisp® apples & cinnamon! 🍎

#cosmiccrisp #sweetpotato #waffles #wafflelove #breakfastrecipes #buttermilk #apples #cinnamonapple
Who else reaches for a Cosmic Crisp® apple when sweet tooth cravings strike? 🍎

Perfectly balanced in flavor, irresistibly juicy & crunchy, it’s no wonder Cosmic Crisp® has everything mom’s to be could ever want in a snack. Just ask @rhettscheurn 😍

Grab 1, 2 or a dozen at a store near you via the link in our bio 🍎🛒

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Get Inspired

2022 Culinary Challenge Winners

Ready to Imagine the Possibilities™ of how Cosmic Crisp® apples create winning recipes? Take a look at these awe-inspiring ideas from last year’s Culinary Challenge.

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