My family went apple picking this past weekend, it got me thinking about taffy apples. I made them with my mom when I was a kid, and I thought it would be fun to try them again. Later this week, I’m having some friends over and thought this would be a nice take-home gift.
What do you think?
Here’s how I made them…
I like to melt the chocolate in Wilton’s Pro. It will keep the chocolate at steady temperature.
Insert the wooden stick. (I found these at Whole Foods.) If you want to dress them up, you can wrap them with ribbon and apply a dab of hot glue to secure.
I also like to use the smallest apples I can find. They are just the right size for an individual serving. Plus, they’re super cute!
Now you’re ready to dip. Lower and tilt from side to side to coat. (If the chocolate seems too thick, add a very small amount of Crisco and mix well. If you add too much Crisco, it will clump on the apple and won’t have a smooth appearance. Been there, done that.)
Let excess chocolate drip off, and place on wax paper to set.
I like the bottom of the apple to be flat. If the chocolate runs right off, the chocolate is too thin.
The apple on the left wasn’t as smooth as I’d like. This is what I mean about the clumping. It’s all just trial and error. Don’t stress, though. It’s nothing a little caramel or dark chocolate can’t hide!
Besides, you always need at least one to taste test, now don’t you? 😉
Now you’re ready to decorate. I used melted caramel, melted milk chocolate and chopped nuts. (I melted the caramel in the Wilton Pro and added a little milk to thin.When it’s completely melted, put it in a little plastic bottle with a narrow tip. Start at the top of apple and squeeze strands down the sides.
Next, do the same with the chocolate. I melted mine in the Wilton Pro, as well. (Just make sure to wash it out between uses. I really should invest in another one!)
Add chopped nuts to the top if you prefer, and VOILA!
I have to apologize—I got so caught up with the decorating I didn’t take any photos of this step, but you get the idea. Have fun with it and just use your imagination. 🙂