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October 31st is National Caramel Apple Day
you're looking for something to do today then heat up your stove
because it's National Caramel Apple Day! You've got some caramel
to melt down! So let's get right into National Caramel Apple Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, why don't you look around... I bet someone's eaten some
kind of caramel apple treat around you within the past couple of days.
Sure, you can go with a candied apple if you want to, but the flavor of
caramel is leaps and bounds above the flavor of cinnamon. Don't believe
me? Well good for you, because I've got millions of people that would
agree with me! How do I know? Because we're celebrating caramel apples
today, not candied apples, and the popularity is the reason for this
holiday... as if you couldn't have guessed that. ;) And if you
don't know what a caramel apple is then today is your lucky day,
because I'm going to explain away the mystery! First you take an apple
and put it on a stick. Then you melt down some of those lovely caramel
squares. Then you roll that beautiful apple in the melted caramel
goodness. And, if you want a little something extra, you roll it in
chopped peanuts and then let it cool back down.
So you get a
crunch, sticky sweetness and then the crisp moistness of an apple. It's
a good combination but it will take you a while to get through a full
caramel apple. So, it's not really a horrible treat for your kids, or
yourself, to have around this time of year. Sure, the caramel isn't the
healthiest addition, but you have a full apple and then some added
protein from the peanuts. So if you want to keep someone occupied for a
while and trick them into eating a whole apple with some peanuts, then
you're good to go! You tricky trickster!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, why don't we start off
with a little laziness, shall well? Just head to the store and see how
many different caramel apple flavored treats you can find. You'll
probably be able to find some pre-made caramel apples and there are
plenty of other things that are inspired by this flavor combination.
Like those caramel apple lollipops; they were always a hit in my house!
But, then again you can always just pick up some supplies and
make your own. It really doesn't take much to do and you can have a
little fun mixing up the ingredients. You can pick out your favorite
kind of apple to include inside and can even use a different kind of
nut if you want to. Heck, who says you have to use nuts? Use some
sprinkles or crumbled cookies if you want... I won't tell anyone. ;)
But these days people are really stepping things up a notch with
caramel apples. Some people roll them in sugar after the caramel is on
there... which might be a bit of overkill. But hey, it's your caramel
apple! What else do they roll them in? Melted chocolate of course! Then
you pretty much have a candy bar with an apple inside it. Some people
even paint designs on them with melted chocolate. Which gives me an
idea... Melt down some white chocolate, stir in some orange food
coloring, roll your caramel apple in it, let it cool, melt down some
dark chocolate and paint it up like it's a jack-o'-lantern! Have
a great day and enjoy your creation!