Crisp complements creamy, tart goes with sharp, which makes apple + cheese a perfect pair. See below for some of our top picks for apple and cheese pairings.

Central Market Parmigiano Reggiano + Honeycrisp Apples

Deer Dreek The Robin + SweeTango Apples

Emmi Roth Fontina + Fuji Apples

Cellars at Jasper Hill Alpha Tolman + Envy Apples

Der Scharfe Maxx + Pink Lady Apples

Marin French Cheese Triple Crème Brie + Empire Apples

Point Reyes Original Blue + McIntosh Apples

Quicke’s Traditional Mature Cheddar + Jazz Apples

Red Barn Family Farms Edun White Cheddar + Gala Apples

Vermont Creamery Fresh Crottin + Golden Delicious Apples

Don Juan One Year Aged Manchego + Red Delicious Apples

Le Superbe 9 Month Aged Gruyere + Sweetie Apples

Apples come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. We’ll have dozens of peak-of-season favorites during the Great Apple Harvest. Learn more about our apple varieties and what makes each one special.

Ambrosia Apples

If you’re in search of something crisp and sweet, look no further than the Ambrosia Apple. Originating in British Columbia in the early 1990s, this apple has a pleasant flavor with no acidity.

Braeburn Apples

Hailing from New Zealand, Braeburns are both crisp and juicy. Look out for their rich and complex flavors.

Envy Apples

When you combine a Braeburn and a Royal Gala, you don’t just get the Envy Apple – you get one of the best tasting apples around! This apple has a ruby red skin with a white, crisp, and sweet flesh.

Fuji Apples

Born in Japan to parents Red Delicious and Ralls Janet, the Fuji Apple is a prime pick for baking, salads, or snacking.

Gala Apples

A cross between a Kidd’s Orange Red and a Golden Delicious, Gala apples are reliably sweet – which makes them perfect for snacking.

Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious are exactly what they sound like – delicious and golden. A West Virginia farmer at the end of the 19th century discovered these very crisp, sweet apples. So big thanks to that farmer!

Granny Smith Apples

With a crisp and tart flavor, this apple is everyone’s favorite granny! Granny Smith Apples have a tough skin and keep well. Plus, they’re great for making caramel apples.

Honeycrisp Apples

The apple experts at the University of Minnesota discovered this apple by crossing a Macoun and a Honeygold. The result? A very sweet, very crisp apple ideal for eating out of hand, diced into coleslaw, or chopped into a salad.

Jazz Apples

With pronounced pear-drop sweetness and little acidity, Jazz apples make a great packed snack.

McIntosh Apples

McIntosh apples have a tart flavor and a tender white flesh. They’re great for apple sauce, or for pairing with pecans, blackberries, cherries, and flavorful cheeses like Gorgonzola or sharp Cheddar.

Piñata Apples

Piñata apples are a mix of the Golden Delicious and a Cox Orange Pippin. Break one open – they’re wonderful for cooking or eating out of hand.

Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady Apples are a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. Their sweet, tart flavor makes them a great pick to eat by hand.

The best apples for baking offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors and firm flesh that doesn’t cook down in the oven. (Because applesauce is great, just not in a pie crust.) You can use a single variety of apple with a balanced flavor, but blending sweet and tart varieties in your desserts will provide a deeper, richer flavor. Here are eight apple combinations (and a few fun ingredient ideas) we think you’ll enjoy in one of your favorite baked apple recipes, or click below to search our apple recipes.

Cox’s Orange Pippen apples (juicy, nutty) + Empire apples (mellow, mild) + walnuts

Melrose apples (mildly tart) + Braeburn apples (very sweet, almost pear-like) + Jonathan apples (middle-ground, full flavor) + orange zest

King David apples (spicy, wine-like) + Winesap apples (tart, spicy) + Golden Delicious apples (sweet, tart, rich, buttery)

Orleans Reinette apples (sweet orange, nutty) + Cox’s Orange Pippen apples (juicy, nutty) + fresh or dried apricots

Honeycrisp apples (candy-like sweetness) + Granny Smith apples (tart, lemony, acidic)

Ribston Pippen apples (sweet pear) + Pink Lady apples (sweet, tart, fruity, tropical)

Golden Delicious apples (sweet, tart, rich, buttery) + salted caramel + bourbon + pecans

Granny Smith apples (tart, lemony, acidic) + Braeburn apples (very sweet, almost pear-like) + white Cheddar cheese

Pinched for time or just don’t feel like peeling pounds of apples? Try leaving the skins on for increased texture and flavor.

Now is your chance to show off your apple expertise. Enter your best apple appetizer, side, dish, or dessert recipe, and you could win the sweet (or tart) prize of a $500 Central Market gift card.

Offer Valid 9/21–10/4

Cider is a food-friendly beverage that can range from dry to sweet. For the best pairings, choose a big flavored cider for bold dishes and more delicate ciders for meals with subtle flavors. And don’t forget the cheese! The acidity of cider heightens the flavors of cheese, and the refreshing carbonation cuts through the rich fats.


The oldest style of cider with an alcohol range of 5-12%. Apple flavor is quite pronounced with dry, earthy notes. Lightly sweet with no to low carbonation. Comparable to a glass of Pinot Noir.

Pair with: charcuterie, lamb, fried chicken, mild greens, hard cheese


Made with bitter-sweet crab apples for a dry, high alcohol cider. Full-bodied and astringent with still to moderate carbonation. No overt apple flavors, but rather a suggestion of apple. Can be spicy or smoky.

Pair with: steak, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, oily/fried fish, spicy foods, sheep or cheddar cheese


Made with sweet apples for a medium to sweet flavor. Low in alcohol, full-bodied and rich with a fruity aroma. Moderate to champagne-like carbonation.

Pair with: light cream sauces, spicy Asian cuisine, herbs and vegetables, pizza, sushi, shrimp, creamy cheese


A mild cider made from 50% or more pear juice, which is lower in acid than apples. Medium to medium-sweet flavor and no to light carbonation.

Pair with: chicken, fish, tomato-less pasta, clams, quiche, greens, soft cheese


These ciders are limited only by the creative imagination of the cider maker! Most are below 14% alcohol and they must be at least 75% apple or pear juice.

Pairings will vary by flavor, but if it’s fruity, serve with duck or salmon. Spiced ciders match with tacos and pork chops. Dessert ciders go well with cheesecake or vanilla ice cream.

Find even more ways to enjoy apple awesomeness with our wide and unique selection of apple products.

Apple Caramel Crumb Bar

Diced Idared apples, tossed in cinnamon and melty caramel and baked on a buttery crust. Topped with streusel and drizzled with decadent caramel.

Cawston Press Imported Sparkling Sodas

Not too sweet with a gentle fizz, these sparkling drinks are made with pressed juice and have no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or colors. Enjoy Cloudy Apple, Apple Rhubarb, and Apple Ginger flavors.

Apple Fritter Bread

A sweet loaf of soft and tender dough filled with chopped Idared apples and drizzled with icing. Great for breakfast!

Smoked Goat Gouda and Apple Quiche

A French favorite handmade by our chefs with sautéed apples and leeks, Gouda, and fresh chives.

Chef-Crafted Salads with Apples

Our chefs have created two new delicious, healthy mixes of greens and peak-of-season apples. Choose from Apple and Celery or Kale with Apple and Candied Pecans. Available in the Chef’s Case so get enough for the whole family or just the right amount for yourself.

Foodies Cold-Pressed Ciders

Refreshing ciders blend 30 varieties of sweet heirloom apples from a local Ohio orchard with fresh fruit juices. No added sugar or preservatives!

Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel

Rich, creamy, and not too sweet, these caramels deliver an irresistibly complex flavor. Swirl on ice cream, mix in your morning coffee, or pair with fruit and cheese. Available in Original, Salted Bourbon, and Vanilla Bean.

Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops

Our juicy, tender, all-natural pork, raised without added hormones or antibiotics, stuffed with fabulous fillings made with Honeycrisp, Jazz, Granny Smith, or Braeburn apples. Choose from Apple-Cranberry-Pecan, Apple & Swiss Gruyere with Black Forest Ham, Apple & Sage Sausage Stuffing, and Bavarian Apple with Sauerkraut.

Ivy’s Extra Mature Smoked Cheddar

Smoked over oak wood dampened with local cider, this full-flavored cheese is tangy and smoky. Your sandwich won’t know what hit it!

Morning Sunshine Muffins

Brighten your morning with moist buttermilk muffins full of diced Granny Smith apples, shredded carrots, coconut, raisins, pineapples, and walnuts.

Apple-Seasoned Meatloaf

Grated fresh apples, organic applesauce, and our signature seasonings blended with richly flavored, freshly ground Natural Angus Beef.

Brownwood Farms Apple Butter

Made from a decades-old recipe with apples from Hoxie’s Apple Farm, a fifth-generation family farm in Williamsburg, Michigan. Try it on bread or oatmeal.

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