It that time of year again when the toffee apple is back in every coner shop Its a traditional seasonal treat that makes everone think about childhood, fairgrounds, fallen leaves, Guy Fawkes bonfires and winter parties.

The toffee apple is usually a seasonal food during autum/ fall as this is the time of year apples are traditionally harvested so plentyful.

  1. Toffee/Candy apples are called many other names.
  2. The sugar-coated apple confection we call toffee apples are known as candy apples or caramel apples in the U.S. and Canada.In France they are called pommes d'amour (apples of love). And can be found at many festivals and fetes France

    The practice of coating fruit in sugar syrup dates back to ancient times. Honey and sugar were used as preserving agents but food historians generally agree that Toffee Apples can be traced back to the early decades of the 18th century. where they have been Attributed to William Kolb of Newark, who created the first toffee apple in 1908. 

    But some culinary historians believe the tradition came from the technique used in Arabian households and markets to candy fruit as a way to preserve it.

The Toffee apple was created quite by accident. 

Kolb the confectioner was looking for ways to expand sales during the Christmas season and used an apple on a stick as a way to display the brightly coloured candy in the shop window.  It didn’t take long for the new treat to take off and soon he was selling thousands of them each year.

 

Toffee apples are easiest to make in the autum.

It’s not just because of the plentiful apple harvest.  A proper Toffee apple requires a hard sugar layer that doesn’t always set properly in hot or humid weather.

 

Traditional toffee apples have a red cinnamon flavoured coating.

Today, you can find a variety of different flavours coating the toffee apples at the fairs and festival.  But a true toffee apple has a hard sugar coating coloured red and tasting of cinnamon.

 

Toffee apples help sweeten holidays all around the world.

From China to Ireland and Brazil to Germany, local versions of the Toffee apple are eaten during the celebration of a number of holidays beginning around Halloween and reaching all the way to Christmas.

The most common varieties of apple used to create these treats are Granny Smith which work best for two reasons.  First, the tart flavour is a better contrast to the sweet sugar coating.  Second, crisp apples hold up better under the heat and weight of the sugar coating.

 

They may be healthier than you thought.

An average home-made Toffee apple generally ranges from 215 to 286 calories and contains 0 to 3 grams of fat.  Of course, these figures are entirely dependent on what you use to make the coating.

You probably own something that got its colour from the toffee apple.

 Kolb’s first window display created more than just a sweet treat, it also created a racy colour that would become synonymous with fast cars and flirty girls.  Since the 1950’s people have been painting their nails, or customising their guitars, motorcycle helmets, and their cars candy apple red.

Why not try some of your own?

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