Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Minnie Mouse Candied Apples

*These Minnie Mouse Candied Apples were originally posted as a guest post last Jan.  But I wanted to share them with you here.  I hope you like them.

Remember this fun Minnie Mouse party I planned for Lydia's Third Birthday?  We had so much fun playing off the Disney theme and along with that, I made these Minnie Mouse Candied Apples for the guests.  They took a little trial and error, but they were so worth the effort.
Here's what you'll need:
Apples (I used large ones and did one per family)
Popsicle sticks
Milk Chocolate
White Chocolate (use the dots from a craft store for special effect)
Red Sprinkles
Other materials:Cookie Sheet
Wax paper
Bowl for melting chocolate
Boiling water
Cut bamboo skewers
1. Insert popsicle stick into top of apple and dip into a pot of boiling water for 20-30 seconds.  This will help remove anything on the outside of the apple and allow the carmel to stick better.  Dry apple.

2. Cut bamboo skewers into 1/3.  Insert one end in each marshmallow.  You will need two marshmallows for each apple.

3. Melt carmel in microwavable bowl.  Dip apples and then quickly adhere marshmallow "ears" before carmel hardens.  You can adhere them without the skewers, but I found that mine kept sliding and needed extra help.  Place apples on wax paper and allow to harden.

4. Melt milk chocolate in a microwavable bowl.  Check and stir every 30 seconds until smooth.  Dip apples, making sure to cover the ears.  Place back on wax paper and allow to harden again.

5. Melt white chocolate in a microwavable bowl.  Dip bottom half of apple, creating a "skirt."  Place several unmelted dots to create a polka dot effect before adding red sprinkles.  I didn't add the polka dots to mine, but thought they would be really cute.  Just don't forget to add the red sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.  Place apples back on wax paper and harden again.

And there you have it, a super cute, very delicious treat for your party guests.  I love how they turned out and then packaged them in red cellophane baggies to send home.  A treat for the whole family and no tracking down those little party favors?

What fun treats do you make for parties?

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