Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea that is not going to cost you a lot of money?
Treat your Love to a Sweetheart Gourmet Apple. They are simple to prepare and cost a few cents each when you are making more than one.
How to make a Sweetheart Gourmet Apple
Start by washing the apples, paying special attention to the core and bud areas, and then drying them completely. Push a wooden dowel into the stem area by at least 1 inch and dry any juice that drips from the apple.
Next, melt your caramel according to the package directions. Allow the caramel to cool slightly and then dip your apple. Place the covered apple on waxed paper that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Refrigerate to cool quickly. If desired, roll the caramel-covered apple in chopped nuts, pressing them into the caramel.
Then, melt milk chocolate morsels or chocolate almond bark according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly and dip the apple in the chocolate. Return the apple to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden completely.
To garnish, melt white chocolate or white almond bark according to package directions. Then, drizzle the white chocolate over the hardened milk chocolate.
To apply the sweetheart candies, place a drop of white chocolate on the back of each heart and press against the side of the apple. If the milk chocolate is cold, the white chocolate should cool quickly and you can release the heart after a few seconds. Continue around the apple in a ring. Place the finished apple in the refrigerator.
Gifting your Sweetheart Apple
The prettiest way I have found to give these apples as gifts is simple.
- Place your apple on a cupcake liner.
- Then, cut a square of clear cellophane. (You can find rolls of cellophane in party and craft supply stores.)
- Bring the corners of the cellophane together and grip the apple around the wooden dowel. Use a rubber band around the dowel to secure the cellophane while giving you the room to adjust any wrinkles to make them look pretty.
- Finally, tie a ribbon where the cellophane is gathered.