Remove wax coating from apples – Add 1 Tbsp. EACH baking soda and lemon juice to 2 qt. warm water; mix well. Add apples; gently scrub with vegetable brush to remove the wax coating. Rinse well. The wax coating needs to be removed from the apples in order for the chocolate to stick to the apples.
Dry apples well with paper towels; place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Apples must be completely dry before coating them with the melted chocolate.
Spoon chocolate over tops of apples, adding about 1 to 2 Tbsp. chocolate to each apple. Hold each apple by stem, then gently shake apple to allow chocolate to run down side of apple as shown in photo.
Top apples with candies; sprinkle with sugar.
Refrigerate 5 min. or until chocolate is firm.
Store prepared apples in refrigerator up to 1 week. Let stand at room temperature 15 min. before serving.