This story is cute, but the same point would have been made if it was
recounted as 'he made a brocho and ate an apple', and when stories
contradict halacha, I think the details of the story can be safely ignored!
The Mishna Berura in Hilchot Yom Hakippurim, siman tav resh yod chet, para.
yod (618:10), in sub paragraph (siman katan) 29 states: [my translation]
and in any case he should certainly not make kiddush because it is a
possibility of being a brocho levatolo (wasted brocho)'
May none of us ever need to remember this halacha lemaaseh!
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