National candy apple day
October 31st, 2012
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If you're frying up some eggs and bacon – lucky you! Some folks in the path of Hurricane Sandy weren’t so fortunate. CNN’s Impact Your World has a great list of ways to get resources to people who need it. Meanwhile, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Does an apple a day still keep the doctor away if it’s covered in candy? October 31 is National Candy Apple Day!

With all the candy we’ll be eating this week, it’s nice to know there’s a way to at least help round out your diet by working some fruit in. Candy apples were supposedly invented by Newark, New Jersey, native William W. Kolb in 1908. Initially, the apples were window decorations, but they sold so well he kept on making them.

Candy apples are different from caramel apples, which use a dairy product in the sauce. Candy apples use candy that’s in its hard crack stage, which means you’ve melted sugar to between 300 and 310 degrees Fahrenheit.

The candy surrounding the apple can be flavored many ways - the ones Kolb made were cinnamon-flavored. As for the apple itself, most apple enthusiasts recommend using the Granny Smith variety as the tartness of the apple will be balanced by the sugary sweet candy.

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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    All of the national food days lately have been geared towards candy and junk foods, doesn't set a very good example!

    October 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • Jerv- because it is a Holiday...


      November 1, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • VladT

      If someone is using Eatocracy as their example of what to eat, obesity is probably the least of their worries.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:51 am |
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