Lego themed birthdays are so much fun to host! There are so many ideas for decor, cakes, favors, activities, that are floating around Pinterest. Here is one more idea I came up with for my son’s recent Fifth birthday party ~ Lego Head Candy Apples. They are made with Wilton candy melts, marshmallows, and of course, apples.
I was walking through our mall several days before my son’s party and I came across one of those heavenly chocolate shops that displays amazing looking apples in their window. You know the kind – some are covered with chocolate and chopped nuts, or smarties. This particular shop also had some themed apples, mainly Angry Birds. Of course this gave me the marvelous idea to create Lego head apples. I first asked the lady who was working in the shop if they could make something like this. Her reply, “Yes, it will be $11.99 per apple”. To which I screamed in my head, “$11.99, are you kidding me?? I have 10 kids coming over, that’s like…….$120 just for apples!!”. And to the shop lady I smiled politely and told her I would have to think about that.
Obviously I did not give up there, I was pretty sure I could figure out how to make my own, and, I did! Here is how I made them.
* 1 bag Wilton Candy Melts, black
* Wilton Candy Melts, yellow – one bag will cover about 5 medium size apples, so the amount of bags you need will depend on how many apples you are making
* Regular size marshmallows. You will need 3/4 of a marshmallow for each apple
* Sticks for the apples – I used Wilton’s bamboo lollipop sticks
* 2 medium size ziploc bags
* Optional: Parchment paper and offset spatula
Instructions: Wash and dry all of your apples. Insert the sticks into the tops of the apples so they go straight down. Make sure there is about 3″ sticking out of the apples.
Cut 1/4″ off of the length of each marshmallow. I found that a full marshmallow was too big, and a half was too small. These marshmallows will become the top of the lego head. Melt about a dozen yellow candy melts by putting them inside of an open ziploc bag. Put the bag of melts into the microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bag out and squish the melts around. Keep microwaving in 20 second increments until all of the candy have fully melted (about 1:10 minutes). Snip one of the bottom corners off of the ziploc bag, only snip about 1/4″ of plastic so that the hole is not too big.
Next, squeeze some of the melted candy wafer to fill around the top of the apple at the base of the stick. This is going to glue your marshmallow into place. Slide your marshmallow onto the stick, with the cut (sticky) side down. Press it down on top of the melted candy wafer. Move on to the next apple, repeating these steps. If you find your melting wafers cooling down and no longer flowing easily out of the ziploc bag, put it back in the microwave for another 15-20 seconds. When you have added all of the marshmallows, wipe any marshmallow goo off of your sticks with a damp cloth.
Prepare your yellow candy melts as per the directions on the back of the package (it should say to prepare them in a microwave safe glass bowl). Lay a piece of parchment paper on the counter – or something the apples can dry on (there will be lots of drips!). Once your candy is melted, take an apple and roll it in the dish. You may need a spoon to help get it completely covered. Lift the apple out of the bowl and take your offset spatula (if you do not have one a butter knife is the next best thing). Hold your apple by the stick. Slowly spin it around while holding your spatula to it, this will smooth out all of the chocolate. Put your apple on the parchment paper and let it dry completely. Repeat this step with the remaining apples.
Once your apples are dry, take another ziploc bag and melt some black candy wafers, exactly the way you did before. Again, snip of a small corner to create a piping bag. DO NOT make your hole too large, if you find that it’s too small you can always make it a bit bigger. Take one of your apples and lay it down on the counter. Pipe your LEGO minifigure style happy face onto the apple. After every couple of apples you will need to microwave your wafers a bit to keep them soft. Let it dry and serve! Now this is very important: DO NOT EVER put your apples in the freezer! If you do, the apples will look like they are crying or sweating and the fruit inside will turn to mush. Please do not ask me how I know this (just have a close look at my pictures!) Since the fruit inside is fresh, the best thing you can do is serve them within a day of making them. If you need to store them, find a cool but dry place, not a refrigerator either.
These apples would make a great snack at a LEGO themed party, or just a whole lot of fun for your children to eat! I hope you have enjoyed this post, thank you for stopping by!