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Charoset

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling

Makes

6 servings

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 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

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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