Bonfire night candy apple

Bonfire night candy apple

Bonfire Night Chocolate Candy Apples

Autumn’s chilly fingers are tickling at our collars, and it’s time to turn our attention to that most British of celebrations: Bonfire Night! Whether you’re just having fun with the little or entertaining adults, certain elements – a warming hot drink, sweet treats and a lot of apples – are must-have classics.

Toffee apples are a classic for a reason, but they can be tricky to make at home, particularly with younger children. However, beautiful, delicious decorated apple treats are much more simply achieved using melted chocolate and a heap of leftover cake decorations.

You will need:

  • Apples
  • Chocolate – any colour you like!
  • Food colouring – optional
  • Cake decorations – popping candy is perfect for Bonfire Night, but anything small that adds colour or texture will work well, such as hundreds and thousands, edible glitter, sugar strands, desiccated coconut and nuts.
  • Wooden sticks – bamboo skewers, disposable chopsticks or even tongue depressors (yes, like the from the doctor!) all work well.

Method:

  1. Wash and dry the apples. Some people prefer to soak them for a minute in boiling water to help break down any waxy coating and help the chocolate stick, but it’s not essential.
  2. Pierce the apple with your skewer. Don’t go all the way through but make sure it’s securely wedged in, and check that the stick can stand up to the weight of the apple without breaking.

  3. Lay out some baking parchment on a heat-safe surface and put your decorations into plates or shallow bowls, ready for dipping.

  4. Melt the chocolate in a non-metal bowl in the microwave (short bursts and a lot of stirring are best to avoid it drying out) or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water on the hob.

  5. If you’re using white chocolate, you could add food colouring to it at this point.

  6. One at a time, but working quite quickly, dip the apples into the chocolate until thoroughly coated. Hold out of the chocolate long enough for the excess to drip off, dip quickly in your favoured topping and then place on the baking parchment.

  7. Leave to cool and harden, then dig in!

Letting the kids dip their own and pick their toppings ought to prevent any family squabbles, and the scrummy mix of flavours and textures is a winner every time. You can also flavour the chocolate mix before dipping with essences of orange, almond or a drop of peppermint for a more grown up crowd-pleaser.

Prefer a more traditional approach to Bonfire Night baking? Flora’s easy apple cupcakes could do the trick instead.

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