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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tamarind covered candy apples

Sliced tamarind covered candy apples are worth a try!

Not bad for a first-timer.

What you need: granny smith apple and Forritos
tamarind flavored candy for covering.

Sometimes things don't exactly turn out the way you expect them to. That is the case today with tamarind covered candy apples. But, I have 5 candy disks left, so there's still room for improvement!

The candy is very hard, so you need to microwave it for about 10-15 seconds before it will be pliable enough to put around your apple. Mine came out a bit haphazard/uneven but the taste is delicious, much like the tamarind candy straws that you get when you order a diablito drink at Reyna Michoacana.

It occurs to me that it is a good idea to share one of these apples, because with the coating they are a bit caloric (300 calories not including the apple). I didn't have any of the sweet/sour sprinkle candy to coat it in, and maybe that's just as well.

For me it's easier to eat an apple that is sliced than eating it the traditional way, on a stick, as most of us know candy and caramel apples are presented. So...I cut it up but it was quite hard (the candy thickens as it comes to room temp) so I think next time I will cut the apple and then microwave the candy and then roll it with a rolling pin to make it thinner and try to keep it as even as possible in terms of the thickness. Then it could be cut into four and placed on four apple slices.

Seems like a bit of a production number, but I've never been afraid of eating things that take work i.e. whole crab, crawfish and the like. It's worth a go to try something new.

Speaking of trying something new, here are some ideas via Germany (thank you Yecla) for building a gingerbread house and using gingerbread creatively. The Pac Man one is my favorite.

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