We all watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer on Monday night. It was nice for the NFL to play a football game around the main event. (grins)
While the rest of the world was staring drop jawed at their screens, freaking out on social media (#TheForceAwakens) and basically coming unglued at their Star Wars loving’ seams, I was getting a vision.
A vision of that new little droid BB-8, and how I was going to create that little iconic character into a caramel and chocolate covered apple. It was like the Force had moved in me and would not let me rest until the mission was accomplished. Seriously, I lost sleep over this!
Here is my interpretation of BB-8 as a caramel apple.
- Apples (Honey crisp pictured here…they are nice and round)
- Extra large Marshmallows
- 1 Batch Caramel for Caramel Apples. Recipe found HERE.
- Dowel rods/Caramel apple sticks/Popsicle sticks/Chop sticks (pictured here)
- White Candy Melts (3 bags)
- Pumpkin Spice Candy Melts (1 bag) (I love the ‘worn’ orange color of these but traditional orange will work as well)
- Black Candy Melts (1 bag)
- Heavy bottom sauce pan
- Wooden spoon
- Sheet Tray
- Candy Thermometer
- Silicone mat. (optional but makes for easy clean up!)
- Parchment paper cones
Let’s Get Started!
Go ahead and make a batch of the caramel for dipping your apples.
Throughly wash your apples in hot water to remove the wax coating. If there is a wax coating on your apples your caramel will slide right off. It is very frustrating when this happens.
While that is coming to temperature, drive a dowel rod/chopstick through an extra large marshmallow and through the core of the apple. I was not able to do this with my brute force so I had to explore the help of a can of soup to pound the stick through. (You may be able to push the sticks through.)
Once your caramel has reached temperature and you have shocked it in the ice bath, dunk just the apple portion in the hot caramel.
Use your wooden spoon to help coat the entire apple. Be careful not to use a metal spoon because the metal spoon will heat up from the heat of the caramel.
Completely coat the apple, but not the marshmallow in caramel. Allow the caramel to drip from the apple and scrape the excess off of the bottom of the apple.
Place the caramel apple on the silicone mat lined sheet pan to cool completely. It is important that they caramel is cooled in its entirety before you start coating it in the chocolate melts.
I have even gone so far as to let them chill out in the freezer for a few minutes.
Did you see in the other photo that the caramel continued to settle into a ‘foot’ around the apple.
Now is the time to use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut off the foot. This will help keep the nice round shape that BB-8 is known for!
Melt the 3 bags of white chocolate melts according to the package directions.
Completely submerge the apple in the melted white chocolate and use a spoon or spatula to help completely coat the apple and the marshmallow.
Allow the excess chocolate to drip off of BB-8, scraping the bottom on the side of the bowl to remove the excess.
Allow the BB-8 apples to dry completely.
Here is where you get to be creative.
BB-8 has 6 of those orange circle icons on him/her. I am NOT the best at drawing a circle so I am taking help from a pastry cutter and pressing it into the sides of BB-8.
Melt the pumpkin spice orange chocolate melts according to the package directions, fill a paper cone piping bag with the melted chocolate and get to work filling in your design.
You may not be a fan of the paper cone piping bag so feel free to use what ever method you are most comfortable!
Melt the black candy melts and add the sensor.
Looking good BB-8!
I thought this was a great detail!
On a piece of parchment paper, pipe out a long line and a short line of dark chocolate. Make them several layers thick. These will be the antenna for BB-8!
Allow to dry completely before removing from the paper.
Make a couple extra incase you break some.
Now it is time for the grey accents.
I squeezed the black candy melts back in a bowl and added a few chips of the white chocolate melts to create a grey accent chocolate.
Pipe on the accents and fill in the orange circles with a touch of grey.
Don’t they look like BB-8?!
Use a touch of melted candy melt and to adhere the antenna.
What do you think?
Too good to eat?