Aside from candy corn, there is no other sugar treat more synonymous with Halloween than candied or caramel apples. And rightfully so! Each year the autumn harvest in the farmlands of America provide orchards full of crisp, full apples. Activities like bobbing for apples during Halloween dates all the way back to Celtic times. It was eventual that someone would try to put some sugar on one and eat it. And that someone was candy maker William W. Kolb who produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908. It didn’t take long for these delicious treats to show up in carnivals, circuses, and candy shops throughout the nation.
When I was a kid, it seemed you could find red candy and caramel apples in every grocery store during October usually rolled in chopped peanuts. Today candy makers are outdoing themselves with beautifully decorated masterpieces. Take Disneyland for example. I was there this past weekend for their Halloween Time at Disneyland event. The candy shops not only had the traditional apples, but also sold orange sugar Mickey pumpkin apples, Jack Skellington apples, Minnie and Mickey pants apples in chocolate and red sugar, and Ghost ring chocolate apples.
Other places like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory have a wide assortment of apples as well. Makes you want to run out and buy one right?
Ever wanted to make candy or caramel apples from scratch? There are plenty of kits you can purchase such as the Disney Caramel Apple Dipping Kit on Amazon. And courtesy of Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney, here is a video showing you the process of how they make those delicious treats.