Scarecrow Gourmet Apples are a creative (and tasty) way to show gratitude and take very little time to make with everything located in the KRAFT Bake Center, helping moms make budget friendly recipes and fabulous fall favorites.
Fall can be an extremely busy season but as we approach a time of gratitude, I think it is extremely important to show our appreciation to those around us… the every day heroes that enhance our lives and bring joy to our days.
At the KRAFT Bake Center at Walmart, you can find tons of inspiration for snacks and desserts that will thrill your loved ones without busting a hole in your budget.
I decided to give a special “just because” gift to my children’s teachers and made these adorable Scarecrow Gourmet Apples.
I love making designer apples with adorable faces. Honestly, I have had the idea for a Scarecrow Gourmet Apple for years but lacked the reason to create it.
How to Make Scarecrow Gourmet Apples
To create these apples, you only need about a hour. I know… they look like they take much longer but they are really easy.
Start with an apple and a dowel. For the best scarecrow face, choose Granny Smith apples and drive the dowel through the core with the apple upside down. By having the smallest circumference of the apple at the top, the ice cream cone looks better. (Or maybe I am just picky.)
Next, cover the apple with melted caramel. I like using the KRAFT Caramel Bits because they melt quickly and smoothly in the microwave. Refrigerate the apples while you melt the white chocolate.
Cook’s Note: Use BAKER’S White Chocolate, not white morsels or almond bark as these are actually vanilla-flavored and not real chocolate.
After you cover the apples with white chocolate, you will sprinkle the apples with toasted coconut before adding facial features with candy and putting the apples back in the refrigerator to chill.
Puncture a hole through each ice cream cone and then dip the top edge in the remaining white chocolate, and roll in toasted coconut. This covers the edge of the ice cream cone where it meets the apple and gives the appearance that the scarecrow has more straw hair than he actually does.
When the white chocolate has set, you can add the cone to your scarecrow.
Since I have never seen two scarecrows look exactly the same, I scrounge around my candy stash for the eyes, nose, and mouth, making each face slightly different.
Adorn the scarecrows hat with a ribbon and he is ready to go.
Or, wrap the apples in cellophane before adding the ribbon. In a pinch, you can use plastic wrap. In some instances, I actually prefer the plastic wrap because you can see the character’s face so much easier than through cellophane.
These gourmet apples are so delicious. The toasted coconut with the white chocolate over creamy caramel really enhance the tartness of the apple. They are so amazing that you might want to make an extra just to keep.
Scarecrow Gourmet Apples
- 5 apples
- 4 boxes BAKER’S White Chocolate
- 1/2 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut
- 1 11 ounce package KRAFT Caramel Bits
- Candy for decorating
- 5 cake ice cream cones
- Toast coconut on a baking sheet under broiler of toaster oven. Watch carefully and stir every minute until browned. Allow to cool completely.
- Wash and dry apples, removing stems. Push a dowel through each apple, allowing the apple to rest upside down.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt caramel according to package directions. Carefully spoon caramel over each apple, letting the excess caramel drip back into the bowl. Place apples on waxed paper (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) and put in the refrigerator to chill while you melt the white chocolate.
- In a clean and dry microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate according to package directions. Allow to cool slightly and then spoon over apples, letting the excess drip back into the bowl.
- Roll part of the apple in toasted coconut and sprinkle some over the top to resemble a hairline. Decorate the face using candies.
- Puncture a hole in the bottom of each ice cream cone using an extra dowel. Dip top edge in white chocolate and then roll in toasted coconut.
- After the coconut has dried, place the cone hats on each apple as a hat.