Candy apples, also known as toffee
apples outside of North America, are whole apples covered in a
hard sugarcandy coating. While
the topping varies from place to place, they are almost always served with a
stick of sorts in the middle making them easier to eat. Toffee apples are a
common treat at autumn festivals in Western
culture in the Northern Hemisphere, such as Halloween and
Fawkes Night because these festivals fall in the wake of the annual apple
Although candy apples and caramel apples seem similar, candy apples should not
be confused with caramel apples. Both treats are made differently.
According to the Newark Evening News 1964:
William W. Kolb invented the red candy apple. Kolb, a veteran Newark
candy-maker, produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908. While
experimenting in his candy shop with red cinnamon candy for the Christmas
trade, he dipped some apples into the mixture and put them in the
windows for display. He sold the whole first batch for 5 cents each and
later sold thousands yearly. Soon candied apples were being sold along
the Jersey Shore, at the circus and in candy shops across the country, according to the Newark News in 1948.
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