by Esther Holden October 22, 2016
We're sharing how to make elegant chocolate covered apples and pears that would be perfect for fall wedding favors or special occasions! They are easier to make than they look and would be a beautiful addition to a dessert table!
We partnered with Floating Petals Confetti to create something beautiful featuring their lovely edible flowers. A variety of dried violas and pink, white and blue bachelor buttons were used to accent our chocolate covered apples and pears. We added a few other finishing touches to create an elegant sweet treat made in just a few steps!
How to make Elegant Chocolate Covered Apples and Pears:
Step 1: From the market select pretty shaped apples and pears that aren't quite ripe yet and will stand up well on a flat surface.
Step 2: Depending on how many apples and pears you are making you may need quite a bit of chocolate to coat, drizzle and make the chocolate bark used on the pears. We used a 16 ounce bar of chocolate Candiquik (almond bark) to cover 6 pieces of fruit, with some left over. Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave per instructions. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall container that is wide enough to fit the fruit you are coating. Carefully holding the stem dip the apples and pears leaving the top of each uncovered a little to show the color of the fruit. Gently shake any access chocolate off and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper to harden.
Step 3: Place another sheet of wax paper on a flat surface. Using some, but not all of the leftover melted chocolate, spread it on the wax paper and smooth it out so it is not too thick. Once the chocolate has almost fully hardened roll the wax paper starting from the widest side. This will crack the chocolate up into your bark pieces that will be used on the pears.
Step 4: Besides making the pears pretty the chocolate bark helps give the pears a little more weight on the bottom so they stand better while on display. Re-melt your chocolate in the tall container if it has hardened. Dip the bottom third of the pear in the chocolate and apply the chocolate bark. Once you have finished placing the bark on the pears place them back on the baking sheet to set up. Doing this step with warm chocolate will help the bark adhere and set better.
Step 5: While your pears are setting up you can begin working on the decoration for your chocolate covered apples. Using melted chocolate add some chocolate drizzle to the apples. Quickly add some gold sparkling sugar, ivory non nonpareils and all natural light purple nonpareils. The chocolate drizzle tends to harden quick. Decorated one side at a time. Repeat this step with the tops of the pears. Edible flowers were added next by putting a small dab of melted chocolate on the apple and placing the flower on it.This was done for placing the small sugar pearls as well.
Step 6: To add another touch of elegance to the pears we painted the chocolate bark with TruColor gold, purple and midnight blue edible paint powders. This gave them a shimmer and pop of color. To paint, add a little of the powder to a plate and add a small amount of water. Paint on the chocolate with a paint brush adding one color at a time to highlight some of the chocolate bark.
Step 7: Plate your elegant chocolate covered apples and pears. We found that adding a base using an ice cream sandwich cookie gave them an edible platform to rest on. Add a little melted chocolate to the bottom of your fruit, then place them on the cookie and allow them to set before moving. As the pears are delicate and can wobble this helped them stay put. If you make these for an event you may only want to make the apples as they are hardier and more stable. The pears are best when made and enjoyed the same day.
Inspired by all pretty fall leaves we created a simple display for our elegant chocolate covered apples and pears by stacking a crate on a table, adding a flour sack towel and a classic white cake stand to display our elegant fruit. We hope you try making these. They are sure to impress and are easier to make than they look!
Have an elegant fall!
Esther & Shauna
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