If you’re stressing about making cute Halloween treats this year, then these apple pops are the perfect solution.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not very good at decorating cute cakes and desserts… because, well, I’m not. Each and every holiday season I try to make cute treats and each and every holiday season I fail miserably. My kitchen turns into a cautionary tail of Pinterest fails and there’s just no helping it. Something about piping frosting is simply beyond me and my skill set.
This is really frustrating for me, because usually I’m all about creating things with my hands: drawing, crafts, home projects, you name it – they all come naturally to me. And, better yet, I’m good at them. Sometimes I’m even great.
But for some reason, when the medium is whipped butter and super, I’m just… lost. Done for. Hopeless.
So if I ever have enough courage to post a recipe like this, you can be absolutely sure of two things:
- It was easy enough to make that a child could do it.
- It actually looks like whatever it was I was trying to make.
In this case, I was going for a super easy spider design on these apple pops.
Between you and me, I think I nailed it.
Now, I gotta be honest – as simple as these pops are, there was still a lot of trail an error involved. I really struggled with wanting to add more detail, but every time I did, it would end disastrously. I simply could not do it.
If you were to ask me why that was, I would give you the same spiel as above: that decorating is simply not my forte.
However, if you were to ask my mom, who assisted me with this project, she would insist that my difficulties have to do with one thing:
How I’m holding the icing bag.
My mother worked in a bakery for nearly twenty years, and while she wasn’t a decorator, you’re bound to pick up a few tips and tricks while working around it for so long. And when she watched me pipe out icing, she would start coaching me on the one problem the saw: my grip. On the icing bag.
Yes, apparently there is a right and wrong way to do this… or so she says.
She tried to show me the “proper technique” multiple times, but I just couldn’t see a difference. In my mind, I’m gripping that icing bag like a pro, and I still can’t draw a square to save my life.
So to all my fellow decorating-inepts out there in the universe, these cake pops are for you. We will fake it till we make it and in the end it will actually still look like a perfectly creepy Halloween treat.
Notes & tips for these candy apple pops
- To make these Halloween treats, make sure you have “medium” weight pop sticks. You can pick up some here: 6 inch pop sticks.
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Spider Apple Pops
You don't need to be a professional decorator to make these apple pops! Thick apple slices are coated in white candy and topped with chocolate spiders.
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper and set nearby.
Slice apples so that each apple creates 4 slices about 1/2 inch thick. Discard ends and core pieces. See above video for example.
Spear each apple slice with a pop stick. If you have trouble inserting the pop stick, score the skin of the apple with a knife first.
Melt white candy melts per package instructions and coat each apple pop with white candy. Place coated apple pops on prepared baking sheet. Let white candy dry completely before moving on to the next step (about 30 minutes).
Decorate the apple pop with the chocolate icing, drawing 8 legs for the spider. The easiest way to do this is to draw 4 lines that cross in the middle. Once legs are drawn, add a little extra chocolate icing in the center, then place a chocolate whopper on top. See above video for example.
Let chocolate icing dry completely (about another 30 minutes) before serving. Spider apple pops can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.