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National Caramel Apple Day

candyapplesrecipe (1)Today might be more widely known as Halloween, but it’s also a day to celebrate a sticky sweet treat that goes hand in hand with Halloween – caramel apples. October 31 is National Caramel Apple Day!

Caramel apples are made by dipping apples-on-a-stick in hot caramel and then rolling them in nuts or other confections and allowing them to cool before consumption. Granny Smith or Fuji apples are usually preferred because of their tart contrast to the caramel. Some recipes also involve dipping the apples in chocolate and other sweets rather than the usual caramel and nut combination.

Though the origin of National Caramel Apple Day is not known, many think the caramel apple was created by Dan Walker, a Kraft Foods sales representative, in the 1950s. In 1960, Vito Raimondi of Chicago, Illinois invented and patented the very first caramel apple machine. To this day, he owns and operates one of the largest mass producing caramel apple companies.

You can celebrate National Caramel Apple by making some caramel apples of your own at home. Here are some great recipe suggestions courtesy of Food.com and Saratoga Food Fanatic!

Sources: gone-ta-pott.com, Wikipedia, LindaSellsMoore.com

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Halloween

Halloween-witchWhat is Halloween?

Today, Halloween is all about ghosts and witches, haunted houses, spooky superstitions, dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and watching our favorite horror films. While Halloween has been commercialized, most modern-day Halloween traditions can actually be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival was celebrated on October 31, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth for the night – a belief that remains at the core of this spooky holiday.

Learn more about the origins of Halloween, Halloween’s journey from a religious to a secular children’s holiday, and more by clicking here.

When is Halloween?

October 31 of each year.

How do people celebrate Halloween?

Halloween celebrations include trick-or-treating for candy, dressing up in costumes, visiting haunted houses, throwing costumes parties or Halloween costume contests, telling ghost stories and carving pumpkins.

Learn more about Halloween celebrations and symbols here.

 

Sources: history.com, timeanddate.com
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