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While a footed cake stand covered with dark, gleaming apples looks positively enchanting, the only magic at work here is the addition of semi-sweet chocolate to the traditional caramel dipping sauce. Petite lady apples are a charmed alternative to full-size fruit; slender twig handles evoke a forest. You will need 5-inch-long nontoxic twigs or wooden dowels for dipping the apples.

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The lady apple, which resembles a scaled-down version of a McIntosh or Cortland, was valued during the Colonial era as a decorative element of wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees. But the tart, sweet flavor also makes the lady apple an ideal ingredient in this recipe for individual caramelized upside-down tarte Tatins.

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Everyone knows witches are not to be trusted with apples. Assure your guests that the coating of caramel, pistachios, and chocolate on these twig-skewered fruits is safe to eat (then cackle mysteriously).