DYK: Caramel Apples
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Caramel Apples.
The Facts: Caramel apples were invented in the 1950s. The creator, Dan Walker, was a sales representative working for Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods, who also sold small individually wrapped caramels, continues to print the recipe for caramel apples on the backs of their caramel bags.
- October 31st is National Caramel/Candy Apple Day.
- In 1960, Vito Raimondi, with the help of his uncle William Raimondi, invented and patented the first caramel apple machine.
- Candy Apples were first introduced in Arabian cuisine. The reason was that fruit was candied to preserve it.
- Americans have over the years turned that practice into gigantic apples covered everything from red candy and caramel to chocolate, peanuts, popcorn, and more chocolate.
- Soldiers in World War I were slanged “toffee apples”.
- China vendors sell them on bicycle; England celebrates Guy Fawkes Day with caramel apples on November 5.
- Everything from a Kool-Aid flavor to a nail-polish shade has been named candy apple red.
Check out our recipe for Gourmet Caramel Apples.