Hello, happy Friday! I hope you're all keeping well. Today, I'm here with a quick and super effective idea for Halloween snacks: Chocolate apples.
Who knows how this year's celebrations will look like?! But even if we all have to stay at home, we can easily create a spooky atmosphere there too.
Before I dive into telling you about the recipe, I just want to warn you that these little pretty things are not only cute, but also amazingly delicious.
Imagine it: Crispy dark chocolate is melting in your mouth and mixing with a sweet and crunchy bite of a fresh apple...
You'll want to eat more and more of them! Be sure to make enough for the kids and yourself!
Coated apples are quite a popular (and these days perhaps a bit nostalgic) Halloween treat in Anglo-Saxon world, and I'm going to tell you how to make your own - wherever you are!
Maybe you're wondering if it's worth the effort, when you can often buy them.
My answer is yes, absolutely! Not only you can make as many as you want or need, but homecooked ones are a lot cheaper!
Personally, I much prefer chocolate apples, so they are the ones I'll be focusing on. Sorry toffee and candy apples!
In this recipe, I am using gala apples, but any sweet variety of this fruit will work here. Other apple types known for their sweetness are ie. red and/or golden delicious, pink lady, fuji.
Before cooking, check the apples for any defects or bruises. These can shorten their shelf life, so it's best to avoid them, but it won't be a problem if you're planning eat them soon (within 24hrs) after cooking!
Choose a good quality cooking/baking chocolate for the coating. I used Belgian dark and white chocolate. Both melted fast and kept their silky smooth and clear texture even after cooling down.
Feel free to use milk chocolate if you prefer, but bare in mind that it will look brighter than the one in my pictures.
Make sure you have enough chocolate, as you may need more of it than I did - depending on the size of our apples. The apples I used were relatively small.
Remember to start melting a smaller amount of chocolate, because you can always add more if needed.
Chocolate melts fast, so be ready to work fast once it all melts in the bowl. If the chocolate is too thin and runny, take it of the heat for a couple of minutes and let to cool down a little bit. It will get thick again. Chocolate coating that is a bit thicker will stick better to your apples. And vice versa. Put it back above the water bath if you need it slightly thinner.
Try not to stir the chocolate too vigorously, as you don't want to create any bubbles in the coating.
The chocolate might take a few hours to get firm, so be patient and don't move the apples during that time. Alternatively, place them in the fridge to cut down the waiting time.
Finally, these apples will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days!
Halloween chocolate apples
- 6 apples (gala, pink lady, red or golden delicious etc) washed and dry
- 150 g dark chocolate for baking
- 50 g white chocolate
- colored sugar sprinklers 2 types
- edible eyeballs
- 6 short bamboo sticks
- Add about 2cm of water into a sauce pan, set on medium heat. Place a mixing bowl on top of the sauce pan, making sure its bottom is inside the sauce pan. Add dark chocolate into the mixing bowl and leave it to melt slowly. Stir occasionally. This will take a few minutes. Turn down the heat if it looks like the water in the pan is going to boil, keep it on low heat.
- Carefully insert a bamboo stick into the core of each apple.
- When all of the chocolate is melted, take one apple at a time, (hold it on the bamboo stick), start tossing it in melted chocolate and turn it slowly, so that it’s evenly coated. Turn it back vertically and let all of the excess chocolate drip back down into the mixing bowl.
- Place the apple on a plate, sprinkle with your chosen decorations and leave to cool down.
- Coat and decorate the remaining apples, one by one and leave to cool down. This may take up to 3 hrs, you can speed it up by placing the plate with your apples into a fridge.
- If using white chocolate as a second layer (like I did for those ‘mummy’ apples), wait until the dark chocolate is completely firm. Melt the white chocolate in a different mixing bowl, and once melted, spoon up a little bit and let it go of the spoon onto the apple. Turn the apple several times. This should feel naturally, move the apple and keep adding more white chocolate so that the white layer looks funky. Stick a couple of edible eyeballs to each apple and leave to cool down. Again, put in the fridge if you need the apples faster.
- Take the apples out of the fridge 30mins before serving and enjoy!