Friday, April 18th, 2014

We were sent three packages of the new Musselman’s Big Cups to review (original, unsweetened and cinnamon). I love that Musselman’s is now selling a bigger version of their individual applesauce cups. My oldest kids are now 11 and 9 years old and need a bigger size in their lunch bags. They are a great size for adults also. I buy the unsweetened for Ethan and the others all get the cinnamon flavor.

I have been a fan of Musselman’s applesauce for years now. Most importantly, I want my applesauce to be from the United States. Ideally I want to buy as local as I can. Applesauce made a few hours from home by a grower-owned cooperative is worth a few extra cents to me. I went to the store yesterday and got Musselman’s six packs on sale for about 30 cents more than the generic store brand (that doesn’t say where it was made). I made four batches of homemade applesauce from our own tree this year but that is only something I do once a year. Homemade is also not very practical for sending to school so I am keeping it in bigger containers in the freezer to eat at home. Yes totally homemade school lunches would be great but its not something I can ever hope to achieve, EVER! I am just happy that I can buy a healthy and convenient snack to throw in with the PB&Js and juice boxes!

Check out the Musselman’s website for great recipes and more info. They are also on Facebook and twitter.


This Saturday, October 12, Musselman’s is attempting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ achievement for the “Largest Bowl of Apple Sauce” at the Baltimore Running Festival.  You can find more info about the event here:  If you happen to be in the Baltimore area, be sure to stop by the Kids Zone in Celebration Village located near Ravens stadium before 11:30 am, where you can contribute to the “Largest Bowl of Apple Sauce” and get your picture taken with this achievement. It will be a fun day for the whole family.


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