What is National Caramel Apple Day?
As if October 31 wasn’t awesome enough with costumes, ghouls, candy, and spooky things galore – it’s also National Caramel Apple Day! Caramel apples and Halloween go together like ghosts, goblins, tricks, and treats. The tradition stretches back decades to the day a creative Kraft confectioner invented the wonderfully simple recipe while trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of excess Halloween caramels. We say, “Bravo, sir! Excellent idea!” And then we take a big, sweet, crunchy bite.
History of National Caramel Apple Day
In the 1950s, a Kraft Foods employee had a plethora of caramel candies leftover from the ghoulish holiday and, apparently, a few apples as well. Figuring out a way to use up these extra caramels, the confectioner, Dan Walker, decided to melt them and covered the apples with the melted caramel, creating an immediate autumnal classic.
As fall is associated so commonly with apple picking, apple cider and caramel apples don’t fall far from the metaphorical tree. So as apple season comes to a close in late October, the remaining apples are either used to create a hot cider, apple pie, or deliciously sticky and sweet caramel apples.
It didn’t take long for caramel apples to become the official snack of hayrides and corn mazes, but it did take long for caramel and apples to become what they are today. From their advents in the Middle East to the tall tale (or fact?) of Johnny Appleseed, apples have a long history with humans. Caramel was created roughly around 1000 AD and, since then, the candies have held a firm place in the drawers of grandparents everywhere and, more recently, atop delicious apples.
National Caramel Apple Day Related Holidays
Is there a better time to munch on a caramel apple than while wandering the neighborhood on a cool October evening searching for other candies? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, Halloween and caramel apples go hand in spooky, autumnal hand.
Celebrating the life and legacy of John Chapman, otherwise known more popularly as Johnny Appleseed. This holiday takes a look at his devotion to not only his practice as a nurseryman, but also his legendary generosity and kindness.
Whether it’s a granny smith, honey crisp, red delicious, or gala, this day celebrates apples of every variety, shape, and size. Caramel, pie, or cider – make all the apple treats on this holiday.