Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning fun treats! Apple spiderweb pops are a spooky and delicious snack that are sure to be a hit at any Halloween party. These pops are easy to make and fun to decorate.
Ingredients and Equipment
To make apple spiderweb pops you will need:
- Apples – Use a firm, tart variety like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. You’ll need 1 apple per pop.
- Lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks
- White chocolate, melted
- Black decorating gel or black candy melts
- Sprinkles in Halloween colors (orange, black, purple, green)
- Wax paper
- Small spoons or paint brushes
The equipment needed is very basic:
- Knife and cutting board
- Microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolate
- Spoon for drizzling chocolate
- Toothpicks for decorating
Preparing the Apples
Start by washing the apples thoroughly. Leave the stems on if still attached.
Use a knife to cut the apples width-wise into round slices about 1/2 inch thick. Make your slices as uniform as possible.
Carefully insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each apple slice at a 45 degree angle. Gently push it about halfway through.
Arrange the apple pops on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to firm up before decorating.
Decorating the Pops
For the spiderweb design, you’ll need to melt white chocolate and pour it into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth and runny.
Once the chocolate is melted, use a spoon to drizzle thin zig-zaggy lines across each apple pop. Try to stay within the perimeter of the apple. Let the chocolate set for 5-10 minutes.
Next, use a toothpick to draw spiderweb-like circles and swirls connecting the drizzled chocolate lines. Gently run the toothpick through the chocolate to create a raised web pattern.
Use black decorating gel to create dots and circles over the white chocolate web, resembling spider egg sacks and spider bodies. Draw 8 short lines coming from each circle to resemble spider legs.
Sprinkle Halloween sprinkles generously over the entire spiderweb design.
Place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes to completely set the chocolate and decorations.
Serving and Storing
Carefully insert the sticks of the pops into styrofoam or brickle block to hold them upright for serving. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Apple spiderweb pops taste best if served within a few hours of preparing. To store longer, place in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
If the chocolate decorations start looking streaky or melting, re-freeze for an hour to re-harden.
Apple spiderweb pops are so versatile! Here are some ideas for customizing them:
- Use red or green candy melts instead of white for a different colored spiderweb.
- Substitute butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or caramel for the chocolate.
- Decorate with eyeball sprinkles in the center of the webs for a creepier vibe.
- Make ghost pops by drizzling white chocolate in a rounded ghost shape instead of a web. Use black gel to add ghost faces.
- For vampire pops, coat apple slices in red candy melts. Use a black gel pen to draw fangs and ears.
- Sandwich two apple slices together with marshmallow fluff in the center for apple spider sandwiches.
- Infuse the white chocolate with mint extract or spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for more flavor.
Party and Decor Ideas
Apple spiderweb pops make a perfect addition to any Halloween party:
- Arrange the pops in a graveyard dirt cake with crumbled Oreo dirt and gummy worm accents.
- Display the pops sticking out of a carved styrofoam pumpkin.
- Skewer them on black paper straws and set them in hollowed out apples for a spooky table centerpiece.
- Line them up on a candy buffet next to other treats like cake pops, brownie bites, rice crispy treats, and candy apples.
- Place each pop in a small cupcake liner twisted to look like a spiderweb.
- Serve them as part of a dessert bar with creepy cookies, puddings, candies, and cakes.
Kids and adults alike will love snacking on these frightfully delicious apple spiderweb pops. They are sure to disappear in a flash!