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Happy comfort food: caramel apples and candy apples

  • 3 min read

Caramel apples and candy apples. Something delicious and healthy combined, what more could you want? This will certainly steal the show with your children. In fact, they can also make candy apples themselves. Please note: we do work with a glow of hot caramel and chocolate of course.

These types of apples, dipped in caramel, chocolate or other sweet coating, originate from America. Nowadays you see them more and more in the Netherlands around autumn and Christmas, especially at (Christmas) markets around that time.

candy apple history

It all seems to start with the well-known red candy apple. William W. Kolb is said to have dipped the very first apple in a pan of melted red cinnamon candy in 1908. The red shiny apples looked beautiful in his window and he sold them for 5 cents each. They became wildly popular and soon became available all over America, especially at candy stores and circuses.

Candy apples red

Caramel apple history

Caramel apples didn't come until years later, in the 1950's to be exact. At Kraft Foods, they had a lot of caramel candies left over after Halloween. Employee Dan Walker then decided to melt the candy and dip apples in it. For ten years this super popular delicacy was made by hand. In 1960 the caramel apple machine was patented.

Pictured below is actually called a 'taffy apple' because it has crushed peanuts added as a topping.
taffy caramel apple

Other varieties of candy apples

Besides the old school candy apple, caramel apple and taffy apple, there are even more varieties. How about the chocolate apple, to which colored candy toppings are often added, such as chocolate sprinkles, nuts and M&Ms. Oh yes, there are also jelly apples. This type of candy apple is sold on Coney Island, New York. Jelly apples differ from regular candy apples in that the candy coating has a softer and cherry flavor rather than cinnamon flavor.

chocolate apples

How do you make caramel apples?

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 2 bags of caramel candies* (± 400 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • optional: crushed peanuts or other edible decoration
  • Also needed: a deep microwave safe bowl, six wooden lollipop sticks, baking tray with baking paper on which the apples can cool
Werther's Original Classic Cream Sweets Caramel candies?
*Caramel candies can of course be the good old Werther's Original classic cream candies. An ordinary bag is 175 grams. Buy 3 bags, then you're safe ;-)

How to

  • Remove the stems from each apple and press a wooden lollipop stick into the top of the apple. Prepare the baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place the caramel and milk in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat gently for 2 minutes, stirring well. Let cool briefly.
  • Quickly dip/roll each apple in the caramel sauce until well coated. Place on the plate to cool.

💡 Extra fun : first go and pick your own apples from the farmer !

Source: Allrecipies.com | gmpopcorn.com

Can you choose here?

Then make this range, which secretly makes eating much easier!

Candy apple assortment

And, have you ever eaten a candy apple or are you going to make this recipe? Let us know below.

Mariko Naber

Author - Mariko Naber
Mariko is the happy brain behind Happlify. Together with partner Mark she runs Sell your stuff online, branding agency Loaded ink BNO and Atelier Naber . She loves feel good, random acts of kindness, meatballs, chocolate mousse, family time, zee, piña colada, sugar & spice and everything nice 💛

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