Chocolate Dipped Apples

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!

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Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!Robbie and I went on a backyard hunt recently.  A quest really.  We didn’t find a Heffalump, but we did find some good-looking sticks.  We had actually set out to find sticks, so our mission was a success!  I had decided it was time to make some chocolate-covered apples, and I really like using sticks from the yard instead of popsicle sticks.  The rustic look just adds to the Autumn vibe here, right?  Back inside, I washed those sticks and dried them in the oven on a low temperature so they’d be ready for the apples.  I can’t have any yard bugs taking a nibble out of my chocolate dipped apples before I get to ’em!

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!I’m not sure Robbie grasped the purpose of our quest, though, as he was determined to find the biggest stick possible.  As we made our way back to the house, Dad was carrying a dozen or so small sticks and Robbie was carrying one stick that was taller than him.  As fun as that sounds, I’m pretty sure that would’ve been a big fail when it came time to make our chocolate dipped apples.

We actually have a couple of apple trees growing in our backyard, but I used apples from a nearby orchard to make these Fall treats.  (Our yard apples never look quite as nice as the ones from the orchards…imagine that!)  All of the nearby apple orchards are actually one of my favorite things about upstate New York.  I’d guess there are a dozen large orchards within 30 minutes of our house.  And a trip to the orchard always means an apple cider doughnut, too!  An apple (doughnut) a day keeps the doctor away, right?  Hah!

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!Chocolate Dipped Apples

Over the years, I’ve made Caramel Apples and Candy Apples, and now I can add Chocolate Dipped Apples to that list.  I decided to add some shredded coconut and chopped pecans to these chocolate dipped apples, too…after all, the add-ins are the best part!  Truthfully, I meant to toast the coconut before dipping the apples in, but I forgot.  I was standing there with an apple coated in melted chocolate when I realized that my shredded coconut wasn’t toasted yet.  Oops.  So I just went with it…and I’m kinda glad I did.  The untoasted coconut made these chocolate dipped apples taste like a candy bar.  Delicious!

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!These chocolate dipped apples are surprisingly easy to make, and they are fun afternoon snacks or evening desserts.  We actually sliced these apples up and ate them as a somewhat-healthy dessert.  Keyword: somewhat.  I’m normally not a chocolate + fruit kinda guy, but the game changes when it comes to juicy Fall apples.  So grab some apples at the store (or a nearby orchard) and dip ’em in chocolate.  But make sure to have all sorts of fun add-ins ready for dipping!  Cheers, friends!

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!

Chocolate Dipped Apples

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 apples
Calories: 337kcal


For the Chocolate Apples

  • 6 apples any variety
  • craft sticks
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • {optional} 2-3 Tbsp milk or cream

For the Toppings


For the Chocolate Apples

  • Remove the stem from each apple. Using a skewer, create a small hole at the top of each apple. Insert a craft stick, skewer or stick into the top of each apple. (Tip: Make sure the apples are room temperature and not cold.)
  • Line a baking tray with wax paper; set aside.
  • Using a double-boiler (or microwave), add semisweet chocolate and light corn syrup. Cook, stirring often, until smooth. (Note: If the chocolate appears to be too thick for dipping, just stir in a bit of milk or cream to thin it out.)
  • Transfer chocolate mixture into small bowl or measuring cup. Dip each apple into chocolate. Sprinkle coconut and/or pecans onto each apple and then place apples on wax paper.
  • Let chocolate harden for ~20 minutes.

Celebrate Autumn with a visit to a nearby apple orchard and a homemade batch of these Chocolate Dipped Apples!

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  1. It’s rare that I like chocolate and fruit together–just give me the fruit OR the chocolate–but I remember those upstate apples and how perfectly apple-y they are. I bet they’re delicious dipped in chocolate! Especially with the addition of coconut and pecans :). On a related note, I’m definitely taking Cookie on a hunt for Heffalumps. Winnie the Pooh is my FAVORITE!

    1. Of course you aren’t a fan of chocolate and fruit, Kelsie. That’s because we’re long-lost siblings, and I’m not usually a fan of chocolate with fruit, either. But apples is a different story. Plus, these upstate apples are really good this year! Want me to send you some? 🙂 Also, did you and Cookie find the Heffalumps??

    1. Woohoo! You made it out apple picking. That’s one of the best parts about this area of the country! Peanut butter and cinnamon sounds like an awesome topping (dip? schmear?) for apples, too. I’ll have to try that out with some of our remaining 50 pounds of apples. Hah!

  2. Hi David!! long time! How have you been? I haven’t been able to catch up anyone, its been so busy with my book. Hope all is good..These apples look like the perfect fall treat! Dipping everything is chocolate is always a good idea!

    1. Manali! So good to hear from you again. 🙂 Yes, I’ve heard that books do indeed keep you busy. I hope that’s going well, and I’m glad you are able to return to the land of the living. Haha! I’m all about the apples right now…so much so that we have about 50 pounds of Honeycrisps sitting upstairs. I get a little over-excited at the orchard this year!

  3. I could dip (just about) anything in chocolate! These apples are beautiful! I love the idea of un-toasted coconut, too, because, you know, those luscious candy bars! Great idea, David, and it won’t kill my teeth like a caramel apple can. Ha!

    1. I agree with you about those caramel apples, Laura! But then again…it’s caramel. 🙂 The chocolate version was definitely fun, and it really did taste like a candy bar once the nuts + coconut got added. A sorta-healthy candy bar. Haha!

  4. David, I do love the rustic look of these sticks. They bring a “fairy tale mood” which is kind of saying: “Don’t eat these apples, Snow White – they are poisonous!” haha. Indeed, they look pretty amazing, and I wouldn’t mind snacking on one or two (dozens). That’s a hint by the way. Well done!

    1. Hey! These apples aren’t poisonous, Ben. Wait. If I say they’re poisonous, does that mean you’ll leave them all for me to eat? In that case, don’t eat the apples! 🙂 They’re a fun and easy snack…and perfect for this time of the year, too. We have so many apples that I picked from the orchard!

    1. Oh, I should’ve grabbed a photo of Robbie stomping around the yard with his big stick. It was hilarious! And, yes, these apples are perfect for fall. Thanks so much, Dawn!

    1. Thank you so much, Valentina! I always laugh at myself when I make chocolate/candy/caramel apples. I mean who collects sticks from the yard and then washes them? This guy apparently. 🙂

  5. I do enjoy fruit and chocolate together and often when we have a ‘picky plate’ or charcuterie type board on the weekend, I’ll add some sort of fruit and a lil’ chocolate. Such a great twist on a caramel apple! These look just so darn cute too 🙂

    1. A picky plate! What a fun term. Our weekends are a bit of “well, what do we have left in the fridge after the week?” 🙂 Thanks so much, Dawn!

  6. Very nice — great twist with the branches. My kids would love these. And not just because they love anything dipped in chocolate. Great idea for a party too!

    1. You’re totally right about the party angle here, Bill. In fact, I bet you could prep all of the apples (and sticks) and then have a whole assortment of toppings in bowls. Then just let everyone make their own. In fact, that sounds like an awesome kids party! Heck, that sounds like an awesome party for me, too. Haha!

    1. Hah! Now I have a mental image of that HUGE apple with Robbie’s HUGE stick stuck into the top. Hilarious. And he probably would’ve loved that…but can you imagine how messy he would’ve been? Bath night for sure on that one! 🙂

    1. Hey, these chocolate-dipped apples don’t take long at all, Mimi! In fact, if you’re too slow, the chocolate hardens up…so it makes you move quickly. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words, though!

  7. I remember your caramel apples well – and as I am a fan of chocolate on (almost) everything – these are making my mouth water! These would make for quite some interesting treats for Halloween to pass along to friends kids – they are apples so parents will be happy and at the same time they are not JUST apples cos ALL that chocolate!!!!
    Sounds like you boys had quite a fun traipse around your backyard – now if only there was an apple large enough to be worthy of the stick Robbie found – eh? Oooh imagine the amount of chocolate it would hold!!!! OOH now I need to go find me some chocolate….

    1. Haha! I’m not so sure about making a zillion of these apples to hand out to trick-or-treaters…that’s a lot of sticks! But I do think these apples would be a fun “craft” activity for the kids. Gather a group of kids and have the apples all ready to go, then dip ’em in chocolate and let the kids decide what sort of toppings to add. Heck, that sounds like my kind of party, too! Haha…sorry I sent you on a mid-day chocolate hunt there…hope you found some good stuff! 🙂

  8. Robbie must have had a REALLY big apple in mind! 😉

    I’ve had caramel apples, but never chocolate dipped! This treat needs to happen at our house very soon!

    1. Haha…I’m scared to think how big that apple would’ve been! His stick was taller than him. 🙂

      And, yes, I hear ya on chocolate apples. They’re really fun for the season! And I do love a good caramel apple, too. Hope you have a great weekend ahead, Marissa!

  9. David, what a fun time you must of had with Robbie. Those are the times dads forget until one day when their child is grown and says, “hey dad you remember those sticks we hunted for those chocolate covered apples”. Precious moments.
    As for the apples, great idea. I’ll be making some for the nephews and nieces here for our Halloween party. Oh, and when I read apple cider donuts, well I want some…

    1. You know, you’re absolutely right, Ron. Adventures like that in the yard just seem like a fun way to entertain Robbie for a bit, but those are creating lasting memories. For Robbie, it must have been something like going on a treasure hunt for long-lost pirate’s gold! 🙂 These apples are a fun Autumn treat for sure, although I hear ya on apple cider donuts. Man, those are so good! I have to be careful this time of the year or I could eat a dozen by myself. Haha!

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