October 31, 2012

National Candy/Caramel Apple Day

“Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache." - a Hungarian proverb

Happy Halloween!

It's National Candy/Caramel Apple Day!

How are you celebrating tonight? Are you trick-or-treating (which I did until I was twenty-five years old, by the way... I made a bet with my mom for $50 that I could do it until I was thirty, because of how young I look. At twenty-five she handed me $25 and asked me stop. I think she was embarrassed for me), going to a party, or having a quiet night in? However you choose to celebrate today, a candy/caramel apple seems like the quintessential end-of-October treat to enjoy before going into the "holiday season."

Candy apples were essentially created by William Kolb in 1908. He was a candy-maker in Newark, NJ and one night near Christmas made an experimental batch of cinnamon candy. He dipped some apples in the concoction and placed them in his window display!

Now there's some confusion on the ol' interwebz about whether today is National Candy Apple Day or National Caramel Apple Day. You know what I think? There's no wrong answer! Really, it comes down to a matter of preference (and let's face it, caramel IS a form of candy). Sticky, crunchy, and sweet or softer, gooier, and melt-in-your-mouth... there's no wrong way to do today.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

And now some kid-friendly Halloween and food related jokes!!!!!!!!!
(After all, we're kids-at-heart here at Almanac of Eats.)

Q: What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
A: Bone appetit!

Q: Where do ghosts buy their food?
A: At the ghost-ery store!

Q: What's a vampire's favorite candy?
A: A sucker!

Q: How do monsters tell the future?
A: They read their horrorscope!

Enough now.

Happy National Candy Apple Day!