Place of origin
|Creator(s)||William W. Kolb|
|Apples, toffee or sugar candy|
|Cookbook:Candy apple Candy apple|
Candy apples, also known as toffee apples outside of North America, are whole apples covered in a hard toffee or sugar candy coating, with a stick inserted as a handle. These are a common treat at autumn festivals in Western culture in the Northern Hemisphere, such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night because these festivals fall in the wake of the annual apple harvest. Although candy apples and caramel apples may seem similar, they are made using distinctly different processes.
According to one source, American William W. Kolb invented the red candy apple.
Kolb, a veteran Newark candy-maker, produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908. While experimenting in his candy shop with red cinnamon candy for the Christmas trade, he dipped some apples into the mixture and put them in the windows for display. He sold the whole first batch for 5 cents each and later sold thousands yearly. Soon candied apples were being sold along the Jersey Shore, at the circus and in candy shops across the country, according to the Newark News in 1948.
Ingredients and method
Candy apples are made by coating an apple with a layer of sugar heated to hard crack stage. The most common sugar coating is made from sugar (white or brown), corn syrup, water, cinnamon and red food coloring. Humid weather can prevent the sugar from hardening.
- Australia - the Granny Smith variety of apple is considered ideal for creating the children's treat.
- Brazil - candy apples, (named as in other Lusophone countries Portuguese: maçã-do-amor, as in the French pommes d'amour, meaning "apples of love") are common in the festivities in honour of John the Apostle.
- China - a similar treat called Tanghulu is made by coating small fruits (traditionally hawthorns) with hard sugar syrup.
- Canada - very popular and usually eaten at fairs or carnivals.
- Germany - most often associated with the Christmas season. They are also sometimes sold at carnivals and fairs.
- France - called French: Pommes d'amour (Apples of love).
- Israel - almost solely sold in cities' squares on Yom Ha'atzmaut eve (Israel Independence Day) as part of the street celebrations.
- Japan - Candy apples, grapes, strawberries and tangerines are commonly available at Japanese festivals.
- United Kingdom - associated with and eaten around Halloween and Bonfire Night.
- United States - jelly apples, found in New York's Coney Island area, are related but have a soft candy ("jelly") coating and a cherry flavor, not cinnamon.
Children's books have taken toffee apples as their theme.
During the 1960s and 1970s, news reports about children supposedly receiving candy apples with pins and razor blades in them, created hysteria during Halloween in the United States. During the hysteria, hospitals offered free x-rays to detect foreign objects in the candy apples. To date the stories have never been substantiated and fall into the category of urban legend.
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