The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and caramel apple fun facts. 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 we will look at Caramel Apple fun facts.

Caramel Apple Fun 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.

In addition to the traditional candy and caramel apples, may other variants exist, including:

  • Taffy apples – Caramel apples are often called “taffy apples” when further ingredients such as peanuts are applied.
  • Chocolate apples – These include both caramel apples dipped in chocolate and chocolate-coated apples (with no caramel).
  • Jelly apples – This type of candy apple is sold in Coney Island, New York.

Check out our recipe for Gourmet Caramel Apples.

Caramel Apple Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we missed any caramel apple fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about the Caramel Apples.