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This lighthearted take on the classic movie’s poisonous apple is an easy and fun game for your next party.
If you want to make a healthier alternative, use squares of watermelon instead of marshmallows.
- Flat fruit-flavoured chewy sweets, green.
- Scissors or craft knife
- Lollipop sticks
- 200g White chocolate
- 2 shallow bowls, one of them heatproof
- Red decorative sugar
- Parchment-lined baking sheet
- Pretzel sticks
- Brown Kraft paper
- Glue (optional)
- Raffia strands or naturally brown twine (optional)
Unwrap the green chewy sweet. Use a clean pair of scissors to cut a leaf shape for every pop, making a few extras in case of accidents.
Insert a lollipop stick into a flat end of each marshmallow, pushing it about 2/3 of the way in. Set the marshmallows aside.
Melt white chocolate in a heatproof bowl, either in your microwave or over a pan of gently simmering water. If you use your microwave, zap them in 20- to 30-second increments until they're mostly melted, then continue stirring until the last few lumps disappear.
Fill a second bowl with decorative red sugar crystals, and set it near the first. Place a parchment-lined baking sheet beside that, so the marshmallows, melted white chocolate, sugar and baking sheet form a neat and orderly sequence.
Pick up a marshmallow by its stick, and dip it into the white chocolate. Swirl it to cover the entire surface, then lift it and hold it in place for a moment so the excess can drip off. Transfer the marshmallow to the red sugar, and roll it around so sugar clings on all sides to the soft coating. Shake the bowl, or sprinkle the sugar with your fingers, to fill in the tricky area around the stick. Set the marshmallow on your baking sheet, with the stick pointing up, and repeat for each remaining marshmallow.
Decide which way will be “up” when your apples are presented. For example, if you're going to set out the pops on a tray or in individual candy cups of foil or paper, the stick side becomes the top of the apple. If you plan to insert the sticks into a foam block so the apple pops can show to their best advantage, the stick side becomes the bottom of the apple.
Break pretzel sticks into small pieces, and insert them into the top of each marshmallow pop to form the apple's stem. It can go right alongside the stick, if the stick side is the designated top. Touch the base of each green leaf into the white chocolate so a small dot adheres to the bottom, and use that to “glue” the leaf alongside the pretzel stem.
Cut small labels from a sheet of brown Kraft paper, and write “take a bite” on each. Glue labels to the marshmallow's sticks, or attach using a thin strand of raffia or simple brown twine.