Pretty Autumn Twigs As Apple Sticks
Juicy and sticky caramel and candy apples are in season again. What's not is your ordinary popsicle stick. Nature's got a better handle on holding your apple just so, with leafy twigs. Pretty, convenient, and found anywhere a tree grows.
Poke a small hole (smaller than the diameter of the twig you'll be using) with a clean screwdriver, or make a small x with the tip of your paring knife (smaller than the diameter of your twig) and push your twig in slowly and carefully so that it doesn't break.
Make sure your autumn twig, preferably with a leaf or two or three (though the leaves are optional), is washed and fresh, not splintery, powdery, or dry. It should also be not too thick and not too thin. Rule of thumb, if it feels right in your hand, and can hold the weight of an upside down apple, it is just perfect.
Caution: Make sure our twigs are not from a poisonous shrubs or trees! Apple and Oak tree twigs are best. Definitely no Azalea twigs!
Here are some of our favorite pretty autumn twigs as apple sticks photos linked to some must make recipes and way cool sites: