If you spend half as much time on Pinterest as I do, you have undoubtedly seen some of the most stunning and colorful apples of your life lately. Some are covered in chocolate, some candy. Some are decorated with edible jewels, some with swirls of bright colors. Learning how to turn apples into creative sweets has been on my to-do list for a while and I can never manage to get it crossed off. Luckily, I recently made a friend on Instagram who is a master at making apples look like a work of art. Even luckier for me (and you), she was happy to share her knowledge.
Tisha is the founder of Treats by Tisha, a home-based baking business located in East Harlem, NY. She started off making cakes and has since expanded into making all kinds of tasty treats and designing dessert tables. Tisha’s business specializes in making cupcakes and cake pops (including alcohol-infused ones!), candy apples, and treats covered in chocolate, such as cookies, pretzels, Rice Krispie treats, and strawberries. To see Tisha’s work, head to treatsbytisha.com, or follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
Now, without any further delay, follow along in amazement as Tisha shows us step-by-step how to turn a plain apple into a chocolate-covered delight draped in pearls…
Ingredients and Supplies
To make white chocolate-covered apples with pearls you will need:
- Vinegar and water
- Hot glue gun
- Pearl mesh ribbon
- Bamboo lollipop sticks
- White chocolate wafers
- Jewels candy mold
- White fondant
- String of pearls silicone mold
- Corn starch
- Food safe paint brush
- Gold pearl dust
- Metallic food paint
Step 1: Prepare Your Apples and Bling Pearl Sticks
First let your apples sit in a mixture of vinegar and water for 15 minutes to get the wax off. (This is also something you can do to keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer.)
While your apples are sitting in the wash, prepare your pearl sticks. Start by cutting the pearl mesh ribbon into strips that are five rows across and about four inches long. Glue each strip onto a bamboo lollipop stick using your hot glue gun. You can use the pearl mesh to make a Diamond and Pearl Apple or you can change the color to suit your needs. Bling rhinestone mesh is available in every color of the rainbow!
After the 15 minute wash/soak, completely dry each apple and remove the stem. Insert a bling pearl stick into each of your apples.
Step 2: Dip Your Apples
Once you’ve pushed your beautifully decorated bling pearl sticks into all of your apples, it’s time to dip them into your white chocolate. Microwave your white chocolate wafers in a bowl on low power for 30-seconds at a time. Stop and stir after each 30-second interval then repeat until the coating is completely melted. As you get ready to dip, make sure your chocolate isn’t too hot and your apples aren’t too cold. This is the key to preventing the dreaded “elephant skin” look on your apples.
Dip each apple into your chocolate and gently shake to remove the excess chocolate. Too much chocolate on the apple will result in a messy looking base. If you can see through the first coating of chocolate, simply dip your apple again to cover it in a second coating. Rest your coated apples on a sheet of wax paper to let the chocolate harden.
Step 3: Create Your Diamonds and Pearls
While you wait for the chocolate to dry on your apples, make your chocolate diamonds and fondant pearls. To create your diamonds, pour melted chocolate into your jewels candy mold, wait for the chocolate to harden, and then simply pop it back out of the mold. To create your string of pearls, start by sprinkling a small amount of corn starch into your string of pearls silicone mold. This prevents the fondant from sticking. Then, press white fondant into your mold, let it set for just a minute before gently popping the fondant back out. Using a tiny bit of melted chocolate as glue, drape your fondant pearls around the top of a coated apple to create the look of a pearl necklace.
Give your apples a pretty shimmer by using a food safe paint brush to dust the entire surface of your apples with gold pearl dust. To change the color of your diamonds, paint them with metallic food paint. For the final step, use just a dab of melted chocolate to glue your diamonds to the pearls on your apples.