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.