Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Charoset with apples, walnuts and spices has a special meaning for the Passover holiday. It represents mortar used for brickmaking when the Israelites were in Egypt. The sweetness represents freedom. —Gloria Mezikofsky, Wakefield, Massachusetts
Charoset Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 medium Gala or Fuji apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sweet red wine or grape juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Matzo crackers, optional


  1. In a large bowl, toss apples and walnuts with wine. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apple mixture and toss to combine.
  2. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour before serving. If desired, serve with matzo crackers.
Charoset Tips

What kind of sweet red wine should you use to make charoset?

One popular brand to use when making charoset is Manischewitz, which makes several kinds of kosher red wines. Manischewitz's Concord grape and blackberry wines would both be good choices for your charoset. Find more sweet red wines on our list of the best Kosher wines.

Can you use other types of wine in a charoset recipe?

Traditional charoset uses a very sweet red wine, but you could also use a ruby port, or pomegranate juice for a non-alcoholic option.

How do you chop the apples for charoset?

The apples for charoset can be chopped by hand from a coarse chop to a fine chop, depending on your preference. Or, pulse the apples 2 to 3 times in a food processor to save time. Chopping by hand will keep the pieces more uniform in size.

What else can you put in charoset?

This is a traditional Ashkenazi recipe, but you can make this recipe your own by adding raisins, almonds, honey or a dash of ginger or nutmeg to spice things up. Sephardic charoset uses dried fruit like dates, raisins or figs blended to a paste with nuts and sweet red wine.

Can you make charoset ahead of time?

Yes! Our recipe recommends preparing and refrigerating your charoset at least 1 hour ahead of time, but you can put it together earlier. Making it a day ahead gives the flavors more time to marinate. When you're ready to serve the charoset, add a little more red wine (or grape juice) if it seems dry.

How do you serve charoset?

Eating charoset is part of the Passover seder. Along with the ritual of eating charoset, you can set it out as a sweet side dish to go with these classic Passover recipes.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor and Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without matzo crackers): 116 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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