Every year I try and make something for our teachers and these chocolate dipped apples are so easy to do! You can tailor them to be nut free, gluten free, dairy free, or whatever other diet/allergens you need to avoid. This is the simplest hand dipped apple recipe I’ve done and was able to knock out the entire school staff worth of apples in 20 minutes! Below is an easy gourmet apple recipe idea for you with alternative options:
Materials Needed for Gourmet Chocolate Dipped Apples:
Apples (1 per gift)
Long Candy Sticks
Semi-Sweet Milk Chocolate Chips (or Caramel)
Candies / Nuts / Sprinkles
*NOTE – the cheapest place to buy apple gift boxes (that don’t require large bulk purchasing) is Oriental Trading. HOWEVER, you need to know that the boxes are tiny! I bought Jonathan apples and had to pick out the smallest apples I could find so that it would fit in the box! You can also buy various sized apple boxes on Amazon and Michaels.
How to Make Simple Gourmet Hand-Dipped Apples:
*Typically I use Chocolate Baking Bark for my baking but this time I used what I had on hand – and that was semi-sweet milk chocolate chips. An alternative idea to using chocolate is using Candy Melts – they are ridiculously easy to work with and are SO colorful! THIS is the brand I use if I need soy free, dairy free and/or nut free chocolate chips.
Before you begin melting your chocolate you’ll want to prep your apples and working area. Lay down your wax paper. Place the candy sticks into the top of your apples. Have your candies/nuts ready to go!
The next and most important step is melting your chocolate! There are 2 ways to do this depending on your preference – melting on low via stovetop or melting slowly in the microwave. Either way – add a teaspoon of any oil on the chips and mix well. Stir and melt slowly on low! (if using the microwave stop every 10-15 seconds and stir) Whatever you do – DO NOT BURN the chocolate!
Once the chocolate is melted simply roll an apple into the chocolate, place on the wax paper, and then add your candies/nuts. It’s really that simple! There’s a little bit of finesse but it’s very easy! Try to roll the apple so that you’re not dripping massive amounts off – otherwise it will all slide down the apple and the candies won’t stay well!
TIP – wait until the chocolate apple is ever so slightly cooled and then quickly add candies. This will help prevent them from slipping down the apple when the chocolate is too warm and soft.
An easy way to decorate is also to let the chocolate dry completely without any extra goodies on it, then drizzle a melted white chocolate (or candy melt or caramel) over the apple.