Introduction: Oh Cupid!
Extra sweetness for your sweet Valentine :)
Step 1: Method
To make these chocolate covered apples are pretty simple. All you would need are:
Apples of your choice
Chocolate for coating the apple, of your choice. Can be almond bark, chocolate bars, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, and/or chocolate coating.
Lolly sticks, popsicle sticks, dowels, or even a thicker skewers, whichever is available
Sprinkles, chocolate and cookies for decorating.
Apple 1 - Heart Sprinkles
Melt your pink chocolate coating in microwave at 30 seconds interval, stir each time so you won't burn your chocolate. If you don't have pink chocolate coating, you can add red gel food into white chocolate coating once chocolate is melted, stir.
Insert a lolly stick into the top center for an apple
Dip/coat your apple and decorate with heart sprinkles
Place on parchment paper lined plate until chocolate harden
Apple 2 - Red Heart
Grate milk chocolate and set aside
Take out 2-3 tbsp of melted pink chocolate and stir in 1/2 - 1 tsp red gel food. This will create dark chocolate. Chocolate mixture will become somewhat grainy and crumbly. Right away knead and mold into a heart shaped mold and leave it in mold to harden
With the same method as Apple 1, dip an apple in the melted pink chocolate
Sprinkle apple with grated chocolate and press the hardened red heart
Place apple on the plate
Apple 3 - Chocolate Bomb
(I called that as I "glued" whatever chocolate bars and cookie(s) I got)
With the same method as previous apples, dipping an apple in melted pink chocolate
Place on the plate until harden
Into a small ball, place a couple of squares milk chocolate and melt it in microwave
Pour melted chocolate into ziplock bag or pipping bag, snap the corner and pipe/drizzle chocolate on harden apple
Decorate with chocolate bars (I used Aero dark chocolate, Reese and an Oreo) by gluing it with a dab of the melted chocolate in the ziplock bag
Place apple back on plate until 'decorations' are glued/dried on apple
Step 2: Cupid Apple
Dip apple in melted pink chocolate as previous apples and let it harden
Now let's decorate!
I did not have yellow chocolate coating so what i did was:
Into 1/4 c heavy cream 35%, I added some yellow gel food coloring (about 1/4 tsp at least)
Heat in microwave for 45 minutes then stir in 3/4 c white chocolate coating, stir until melted
Place melted chocolate in the fridge for at least half hour then beat with electric beater until it became whipped ganache (texture would look like buttercream)
Spoon whipped ganache into piping bag with rose tip or swirl tip and pipe as hair on the apple
Using edible paper and edible pen, draw wings on the paper and cut with scissor
Attach the wings on the piped hair (whipped ganache) just by pushing it on the hair
Using either modeling chocolate or fondant (blue, black and white), make eyes and draw smile and eye liner with edible pen
With either modelling chocolate or fondant (pink), create two balls and on left and right side of the apple as "hands" and place Cupid's arrow on these hands
Cupid arrow is made by sticking red heart chocolate (made as previous heart chocolate on Apple 2) and end of chocolate arrow in lolly stick and you are ready with your cupid :)