For the past two years at around this time of year Daniel has come home from school with a huge smile on his face and a chocolate apple in a cellophane bag.
Sometimes though the big chocolate apples can be a bit tricky to eat and we’d end up in a chocolatey mess with the apple falling off the stick halfway through. I therefore decided to make something a little bit smaller and more managable – the apple pop was created.
They’re really easy to make, simply use a melon baller to scoop out a ball of apple, pop it onto a stick (I used some cake pop sticks), dip it into melted chocolate and then into some sprinkles to make it pretty.
The children really enjoy getting involved in the dipping and decorating (and more importantly the eating!). I’ve even found that Josh, who usually refuses to eat apple, happily gobbled these up, even once he’d eaten all the chocolate from around the outside!
If you’d prefer to try something different, these also work well dipped in caramel sauce, or melted sugar to make toffee apples (although I wouldn’t recommend the 2nd one if you’re making this with little ones as the sugar is incredible hot and would burn, it also needs to be worked with quite quickly before it sets, and lets face it speed and small children don’t often go together well!).
A few tips for chocolate apple pop success
- Make all of the apple balls before starting to dip them into the chocolate – Once the juice from the apples mixes with the chocolate it can start to go a little grainy, if you work quickly then this isn’t a problem but if you pause to make more apples balls and then go back to the chocolate you might find it trickier to work with. If you’ve got several children who all want a go at making one then it’s a good idea to spread the chocolate into a few pots so nobody has to rush.
- Use an apple to hold all of the apple pops while the chocolate sets – you can of course just lay the apple pops on a piece of greaseproof paper to set. However, you’ll find that they get a flat side and look a little misshapen. If you stand a whole apple in a cup, you can stick all of the apple pops into it and they will hold upright while the chocolate dries (you could also use oasis, polystyrene or anything else you have to hand that will hold the pops steady).
Chocolate Apple Pops
Active Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Makes 8 Apple Pops (Easily multiplied)
These pops don’t last too well so it’s best to eat them within a couple of hours of making them.
- Melon baller
- Cake pop sticks (or similar)
- Something to melt the chocolate in
- A selection of small bowls/dishes
- 1 large apple (you should be able to get about 8 balls from 1 apple)
- 100g milk chocolate (choose a brand that melts well – I used Lindt)
- Melt the milk chocolate (100g) – I melt mine in a saucepan over a very low direct heat, but you can also use the microwave or a bain marie if you prefer.
- Use the melon baller to scoop balls from the apple.
- Put these onto the cake pop sticks.
- Decant the melted chocolate into a bowl, dip the apple pop into the melted chocolate. Tap it a couple of times to knock off any excess.
- Dip the pop into the sprinkles, then leave for the chocolate to set (or just eat them straight away 🙂 )
Calories: 65 kcal (3%), Fat: 3.7g (5%), Saturated Fat: 2.3g (12%), Carbohydrates: 7.2g (3%), Sugar: 6.5g (7%), Fibre: 0.4g (2%), Protein: 0.7g (1%), Salt: 0.0g (2%)
This is the estimated nutritional information per apple pop. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.
Free From/Suitable For…
- Suitable for vegetarians
To make these dairy-free and suitable for vegans, switch the milk chocolate for a dairy-free alternative.
The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.