Caramel apples, toffee apples — whatever you call them, candy apples are a favorite snack anywhere you go.
Well, this totally makes my day. Candy apples are a favorite snack around the world. You might even call it the international language of snacking.
1. We call it a candy apple in the United States and Canada. The terms candy apple and caramel apple are often used interchangeably.
2. Thank William Kolb of Newark for creating the America’s first candy apple in 1908. He was an enterprising candy maker, who displayed bright red candy apples in his store’s window over Christmas. People wanted to buy the the apples (which were for display purposes only), so he started making the apples for sale. The apples sold out every year.
3. A traditional candy apple has a hard sugar coating, with a cinnamon flavor.
4. On Coney Island, you can find jelly apples, which have a soft cherry-flavored coating.
5. National Candy/Caramel Apple Day is Halloween. As if we need another reason to celebrate.
6. Outside of North America, Candy apples are usually called toffee apples.
7. Some people think candy apples originally came from Arabians, who candied fruits to preserve food.
8. Candy apples are sold by street vendors in China. They used to be popular in opium dens.
9. The English enjoy them as a traditional food on Guy Fawkes Day on Nov. 5. The national holiday celebrates the failed attempt by a Catholic group to bomb the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. One of the would-be bombers was Guy Fawkes.
10. In Brazil, the apples are called maçã-do-amor. They are eaten at celebrations for John the Apostle.
11. In France, they are called pommes d’amour. The translation means “apples of love.” Those bright red apples just got a lot more romantic to me!
12. The Chinese don’t limit themselves to candy apples. They candy all kinds of small fruits in a snack called tanghulu.
13. Candy apples are popular during the holidays in Germany.
14. In Israel, the apples are sold by street vendors on the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut, the country’s independence day.
15. The Japanese enjoy candy apples and other fruit at community celebrations.
16. In Australia, they swear by Granny Smith apples for their candy apples. The apple variety was discovered by an older woman nicknamed Granny.
Who knew this sweet treat was enjoyed in so many places and for so many celebratory purposes. It makes sense though. They’re fun and festive, for sure!