Nothing says Autumn more than a drive to the country and an apple orchard that allows you to enjoy the thrill of picking your own apples. Now take these apples and turned them into a chocolate lovers delight! and you are talking!!
Ok, so you ready to give it a whirl ...
Chocolate Harvest Apples
• 6 medium apples
• 6 wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
• 16 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate
Cover a tray with wax paper. Wash and dry apples. Insert a stick into the stem end of each apple. If you are planning on fancying up your apples ~ organize your toppings such as mini M&Ms, colored sprinkles, crushed nuts, diced candied fruit … your imagination is the limit here ~ into individual bowls. These toppings may be sprinkled on apples or once covered in chocolate, gently roll the apple in topping – until desired coverage is achieved.
Place chocolate and shortening into the top of double boiler to melt chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon. Do not allow to bubble! Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, you are ready to start dipping.
Dip apples into chocolate, twirl to remove excess chocolate. If you wish to add toppings do so after apple is chocolate covered – wait a second or two for chocolate to set a little. You can also drizzle a contrasting chocolate over the top for added decoration ~ this is easily done by dipping a popsicle stick into the contrasting chocolate and letting it drizzle over the chocolate covered apple.
Place on wax paper covered tray and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
ENJOY!!! - Till next Chocolate Thursday..................