October 31 - National Caramel Apple Day
Does an apple a day still keep the doctor away if it’s covered in candy? October 31 is National Candy Apple Day!
With all the candy we’ll be eating this week, it’s nice to know there’s a way to at least help round out your diet by working some fruit in. Candy apples were supposedly invented by Newark, New Jersey, native William W. Kolb in 1908. Initially, the apples were window decorations, but they sold so well he kept on making them.
Candy apples are different from caramel apples, which use a dairy product in the sauce. Candy apples use candy that’s in its hard crack stage, which means you’ve melted sugar to between 300 and 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
The candy surrounding the apple can be flavored many ways - the ones Kolb made were cinnamon-flavored. As for the apple itself, most apple enthusiasts recommend using the Granny Smith variety as the tartness of the apple will be balanced by the sugary sweet candy.