The love apple is a crunchy candy that can go bad quickly if not stored correctly. Due to the stick on which the apple is stuck, the fruit tends to rot in a few days. In order for the love apple to stay fresh for much longer, try putting it in a container with a good seal.
Method 1 of 3: Short Term Storage
Step 1. Wrap the apple in cellophane
Wrapping it in cellophane will prevent its sticky layer from coming into contact with dust and other particles that might be in the air. You can even use a ribbon to tie the cellophane around the chopstick to make the candy look more chic.
The cellophane should cover the apple completely, but it's okay to leave a piece of the toothpick uncovered
Step 2. Keep the apple in a covered container and in a more private place
If leaving it at home or at work, put it in a container first to protect it from contaminants or impacts that could damage its lining.
If you don't have a large enough container, place the apple on a flat surface with the skewer in an upright position. Cover it with a dish towel to keep it protected
Step 3. Store it away from heat and light
Even if you are going to serve it right after preparing it, it is better to leave it in a more reserved place. To prevent the candy from melting, avoid areas near windows, radiators and heat sources.
- You can keep the apple out of the fridge for up to an hour. If you are not going to consume it during this period, keep it in the refrigerator until you are going to eat it.
- If you notice a brown color inside the apple when you cut it, throw it away immediately. This brownish tone indicates that the fruit is spoiled.
Method 2 of 3: Long Term Storage
Step 1. Separate the apples with parchment paper
This will prevent them from touching and sticking together. It will also help the fruits stay fresher and drier in the fridge for longer periods of time. The parchment paper only needs to cover the sticky part of the apple so that it sticks to it. If you like, you can use a rubber band or ribbon to tie it to the fruit.
Avoid using plastics for long-term storage as the candy can catch the taste of the coating
Step 2. Place the apples in an airtight container
This will prevent them from getting sticky due to moisture in the fridge. Tupperwares are great options for storing large amounts of apples, but any well-sealed jar will do (even a ziplock bag).
The container must be very tightly sealed before being stored
Step 3. Refrigerate apples for up to two weeks
To avoid food contamination, it's best to keep apples that you won't eat within 1 hour in the fridge. Chilled fruits can last up to two weeks (and should be discarded after this period).
If you remove an apple from the fridge and find it brown inside, unfortunately that means it's gone bad. Throw it away immediately to avoid illness
Step 4. Remove apples from the fridge 45 minutes before eating
If you intend to serve them on the same day, remove them from the refrigerator 45 minutes beforehand. The sweet coating will be easier to cut once left at room temperature.
Method 3 of 3: Storing for Transport
Step 1. The syrup of the apples must be firm before packing them for travel
Put them in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes before traveling. This will make the coating as firm as possible, preventing damage to the apples during transport.
You can poke the love apple with a toothpick near the area where the skewer is inserted into it. If it's hard, it means that it's possible to pack it without major problems
Step 2. Wrap apples in cellophane or individual plastic bags
This will prevent the apples from touching each other during the ride, as well as keeping the outside of the apples intact. You can secure the bags to the chopsticks using tape or a rubber band.
If you don't want to wrap them individually, at least separate them with wax paper to prevent them from sticking together
Step 3. Place the apples in a large container with a lid
Arrange the fruits vertically in the container, leaving a space between them. This will prevent them from sliding around the pot and bumping into each other. A large pot with a lid is a good option.
- If you don't have a large plastic container left over at home, use a sturdy box or smaller pots. If you don't have a lid, a dish towel is enough to protect the apples from heat and light.
- If the coating is firm, just arrange the fruit vertically (but be aware that this can cause some damage to their shells).
Step 4. Pack apples in a Styrofoam or cooler for long journeys
If the distance is short, you can put some ice packs in the container to prevent them from spoiling. In addition, you can also use a Styrofoam if you don't have a cooler or any container that keeps the apples refrigerated.