Friday, 27 May 2011

Mickey and Minnie Candy Apples!

These are the cutest treats ever from Disneyland Parks! 
I saw this video a few weeks ago and decided to try to make them myself :)

And here is the result!

Yipee!! And here's how I made them! :)

I started by preparing my apples. I used skewers as sticks - they were probably a little thin but they did the job :) Then I popped them on some baking paper

Then I grabbed some large marshmallows and used cocktail sticks to hold them in place as the ears! In the video, the caramel holds the ears in place but I wanted to try to make my apples with just chocolate since its a little kinder on the teeth! :P

Then I melted some milk cooking chocolate :) Overall I went through two 300g packs - I microwaved it in a plastic jug for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. To make the chocolate deep enough to dip the whole apple, I would have had to use a lot! Also, I would have wasted a lot of chocolate doing it this way. Sooo I found the easiest way to cover the apples was to pour the chocolate over the top with a bowl underneath to catch the excess. Then I poured the chocolate back into the jug to repeat for the next apple. I also found the chocolate was drying fairly quickly, so I mixed in 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (but any cooking oil will do) to make the chocolate runnier and to stop it from setting so fast!

( I love this photo because there's a cheeky little hidden mickey ... can you spot it??)

Then I set these aside on the baking paper to fully set :)

Then came the fun part! Decorating! But this was also the tricky part!

So I got my decorations ready ... I made my own red sugar by mixing some red food colouring into regular caster sugar. I've done this before for some Princess Teacakes - it takes a little patience :)
For Mickeys buttons I used yellow Smarties (I had to sift through a 2 tubes to get the 6 I needed!) For the white spots for Minnie I used supermarket brand white chocolate buttons. Then for Minnie's bow I used heart shaped sweets from Haribo Starmix - I'll show how I made the bow further down :)

Then I melted a 300g pack of white cooking chocolate in a plastic jug, and added 2 tbsp of oil, for the same reasons as I did it the first time. Then I dipped a milk chocolate covered apple in until it was covered to roughly 2/3 of the way up the apple. I let the white chocolate set just a little and stuck on two yellow smarties as Mickeys buttons. I planned to add the red sugar next but this is where things went wrong! lol!

The red sugar didn't stick to the white chocolate very well at all - it just ended up in a gooey mess, and the sugar decided it wanted to stick to the milk chocolate too! I don't know if it was the oil in the white chocolate making it too thin ... or maybe the sugar was slightly wet because I had used food colouring to make it red ... all I knew was that it wasn't working!

I panicked! All my preparation and hard work ruined! :( lol, then my boyfriend wandered into the kitchen and said "Why don't you just colour the white chocolate red?". Now back when I made Mickey and Minnie Cakepops I had looked in to colouring chocolate with food colouring - everything I read said it was a disaster area and that it didn't work at all and sort of congealed the chocolate. But after telling him this I thought I may as well take his advise and try it anyway since the red sugar wasn't working and I didn't have anything else to use!

And guess what ... it worked! The chocolate thickened a little ... so I'm wondering if the oil I added to thin it down meant that the chocolate didn't go reeeally thick! I had to microwave it again a couple of times but it worked a treat! ( no pun intended :P )

I decided to dip all the apples I had left into the red chocolate, set them aside on baking paper to set and then add the decorations afterwards, using the leftover chocolate to stick them on.

I've already said :P but for Mickey I added two yellow Smarties as the buttons on his shorts. Then for Minnie, I added the white chocolate buttons in a scattered pattern for her skirt. For the Minnie's bow, I took two Haribo Heart sweets and cut off the pointy tips, then I pushed the two sticky ends together! Then I used some of the red chocolate to stick it between the ears :)

And there you have it!

A Mickey Chocolate Apple ...

And a Minnie Chocolate Apple!

Tah Dah!

It was at this point that I realised I couldn't get the cocktail sticks out of the marshmallows without the chocolate cracking :( but these weren't going to kids so it wasn't too much of an issue for me :P Now I understand why Disney uses the layer of caramel to stick the marshmallows to the apple! Next time I make these, I might try to dip the apples and marshmallows separately, let them dry and then use a little more chocolate to stick the marshmallows onto the outside of the apples ... or I might even give the caramel a go! :)

I was really chuffed with these :) They are soo super cute! And on top of that they are really yummy too! 

Have an awesome Friday everyone! And a super weekend!

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P.T. said...

Wow, you are super talented!!! Very cute apples!

Manda said...

Aww Thankyou! :D

Disney on Wheels said...

Those are so adorable. You are awesome! :o)

Diane M said...

These are so cute, thanks for all the tips, you have inspired me to make them. my kids will love them. They would be so great at a birthday party or something..thanks again..

Manda said...

Aww! :) Thanks Disney on Wheels! :D
You should try them Diane! :) They're great fun to make! :)

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

YUM!!! Can't wait to try these....I love candy apples :)

DebºoºS said...

Those are too cute! Almost too cute to eat:P You're so talented!

Manda said...

Thanks Tricia! I love candy apples cause I kid on its healthy cause its fruit :P

Thanks Deb! :D You're too kind! :P

AJ said...

So cute!! What a great idea to use red chocolate :-) When I make stuff like this at home, it always ends up a huge mess; kudos :-)

Manda said...

Aww Thanks AJ!
(I made loads of mess too, just didn't show in the photographs! :P Chocolate was eeeverywhere!)

Beth Green said...

that's freakin awesome!!! These are my favorite at WDW! DId you dip them in caramel too?? yummmmmm!

Manda said...

Thanks Beth! I didn't cause I don't like how sticky the caramel is on my teeth! So I figure this is a healthier option :P (even though they are still covered in the chocolate! :P) lol!