Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chocolate-Covered Apples to Ease the Pain in Sandy's Aftermath

I hate to dwell on the negative and would rather just talk about happy chocolate-covered apples, but I’d be remiss to ignore Hurricane Sandy. I’m sure you’ve all seen it on the news—the intense flooding, totaled cars, wind damage, and in many cases, complete destruction caused along the East Coast in the wake of the rare forces of nature that combined to create what was deemed to be the perfect “Frankenstorm.”

Here on Long Island, those in unaffected areas but left in the dark thought that having no power for days was the worst of it, until they could finally turn on their televisions and computers. Yeah, waiting on line for gas for four hours sucks, and being without power is inconvenient, but the apocalyptic scenes of familiar places and nearby towns under water or crumbled away as ash brought a humbling realization: For some, it really is the end of their world.

Long Beach.

In New York City and its boroughs and along the Jersey Shore, so many people have been left in need. Even more heartbreaking, is thinking of the people that lost their lives, and the residents of small seaside towns like Breezy Point, Queens, which have been flattened beyond recognition. Parts of Long Island really got hit hard. Many are suffering from flood damage that no sand bags would have ever held back, and just a few minutes away from me, the city of Long Beach is devastaed. This article written by a Long Beach local, describes the storm as it tore through the area and all that it left behind.

I feel extremely lucky, guilty, and completely in awe of the fact that while I did not even lose power in the storm, so many others close by lost everything. That while I’m sitting here writing this, the National Guard is distributing meals to families without food in the towns I drive through almost every day. And where I enjoyed the beach, the restaurants, and the boardwalk just a few months ago, there are people standing in their businesses and living rooms, knee deep in sand and water, wondering where to begin, if they even have a house or building left to stand in at all.

For New York and New Jersey, this isn’t the first time we’ve faced disaster. Although it will take some time, we will rebuild and come back stronger than ever. If you would like to help, please donate to the American Red Cross. If casting my tiny voice to whoever reads this to help with the relief effort is all that I can do for now, that makes me feel a little better.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling down I like to eat chocolate. Needless to say, I’ve been eating a lot of chocolate lately. Like these chocolate-covered apple slices topped with toasted coconut and melted caramel. They will definitely help to lift your spirits.

Caramel apples are a staple of fall and I love them, but I never eat them off of the wooden stick that they come on; I cut them into slices. So I said to myself, why not put the slices on a stick? Great idea! But it turns out that chocolate adheres better to sliced apples than caramel, so that’s why they are chocolate-covered instead. Anyway, they are much easier to eat than the traditional whole candy-coated apple, and you don’t lose the fun of eating off of a stick—because everyone loves food on a stick.

Chocolate-Covered Apple Slices:
Yield: 16
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1, 12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
- ½ cup toasted coconut
- ½ cup wrapped caramels, unwrapped and melted according to package instructions
- 16 wooden skewers
1) Slice each apple into 8 equal slices; skewer and thoroughly dry each slice. If the apples are going to be sitting around for a little after being sliced, toss them with a bit of lemon juice to keep from browning.
2) Dip the skewered slices into the melted chocolate. Roll half in the toasted coconut, and decorate the other half with the melted caramel. Place on a parchment-lined sheet tray and refrigerate until set.


joan nova said...

Very well-written post about an almost unspeakable tragedy.

Rosemary said...

Yes, this is a very well written post and a reminder that we need to treasure our everyday blessings . . . every day.

I always hated to eat a whole heavy apple on a stick. The slices are simple genius.

RSA Certificate said...

Sad for that storm. We're the same, I did eat lots of chocolate when I'm feeling so sad. Good apple coated with chocolate.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to make these for the sweet table at my fall wedding. Doesn't the moisture from the apple or the lemon juice change the texture of the chocolate? Thank you!