Travel Treats: Caramel Apples, USA

Seeing as Fall has become a designated Apple picking season, you’ll find some of the juiciest red fruits of the season available for use. What kind of fun, sticky-sweet treats can you make with a bushel of these fine, crimson-skinned fruits? How about a batch of caramel apples?
Caramel apples were first invented in the 50’s when a Kraft employee by the name of Dan Walker. It’s creation came years after the invention of the candied apple, an apple covered in a hard coat of red cinnamon candy. It was said that the deliciously sweet combo of apples and caramels was first created when a leftover batch of caramels from Halloween were melted down and then experimented on. After dipping some apples into the mix, the rest is history.
At first, caramel apples were done solely by hand, but by the 60’s automated caramel apple machines became a thing. To make your own, all you need is simply caramels, juicy apples, and sturdy wooden sticks (popsicles or otherwise). Melt the caramels in a saucepan at medium heat until no solid chunks are left. Make sure not to burn the candies or they’ll taste bitter. While it cooks, start sticking the popsicles into the apples. Once the heating process is done, take the saucepan off the heat and quickly dip the apples into the mixture. Be careful not to dip the entire thing in too fast and instead opt to use a wooden spoon to completely cover the fruit. Using nuts or crumbed biscuits, roll the caramel-covered apple into the toppings for more delicious fun.