In addition to being a tasty treat for the entire Halloween season, caramel apples actually have an entire day dedicated to them! Let’s learn more about it.
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What is National Caramel Apple Day?
If you need the perfect excuse to indulge on Halloween’s favorite dessert, the caramel apple, look no further than National Caramel Apple Day.
This day falls annually on the 31st of October – the same day as Halloween! It’s no coincidence that these two holidays share a date, because caramel apples wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Halloween.
Apples are a fall staple, we pick them, snack on them and coat them for a sweet snack. Bobbing for apples, a game based on old Celtic traditions of Samhain, a precursor of Halloween is also a popular use of apples.
Let’s find out more about caramel apples.
History of National Caramel Apple Day
To understand the history of caramel apples, I must bring up their older cousin, the candy apple. While the two terms are similar and sometimes used interchangeably, the two desserts are actually very different.
The candy apple was invented almost fifty years prior, and is actually a symbol of the Christmas holiday. The caramel apple, invented in 1950, is a symbol of Halloween.
Check out my guide on both of these treats to learn more about the differences of candy apple vs caramel apple. For the rest of this post, I’ll be talking specifically about the caramel apple.
Dan Walker, an employee of the Kraft foods company invented the caramel apple shortly after Halloween in the fall of 1950.
He was experimenting with the surplus of Halloween candy, and melted down some of the caramels. He then dipped an apple into the caramel, and thus the caramel apple was born!
Fun facts about National Caramel Apple Day
Brush up on your knowledge of National Caramel Apple Day with these fun facts.
- While Dan Walker is widely thought of as the inventor of the caramel apple, the Chicago based company Affy Tapple claims to have invented this treat two years earlier.
- For the first 10 years that caramel apples existed they were all hand dipped. It wasn’t until 1960 when Vito Raimondi (and his Uncle William Raimondi) invented and patented the first automatic caramel apple machine.
- Caramel apples are sometimes confused with candy apples, but the two are actually very different desserts.
- Granny Smith apples are most commonly used to make caramel apples. Their tart, crisp flavor pairs well with the sweet caramel topping.
- The best time to make caramel apples in in the fall. The apple crops are yielding their tastiest apples in the fall – and after all, the apple is the base of this dessert!
How to observe National Caramel Apple Day
There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Caramel Apple Day. Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.
- Take a look my caramel apple toppings guide, pick your favorite, and make a decadent caramel apple!
- Go to an apple orchard, and pick some apples! Bonus points if you decide to make caramel apples with them afterwards.
- Try one of the caramel apple themed recipes I rounded up below. There are so many great options!
- Host a caramel apple decorating party! Instruct each guest to being their favorite caramel apple topping, and set up a caramel apple dipping station.
- Drink a glass of warm apple cider to go along with your caramel apple.
- Solve the word search puzzle for October to see if you can find Caramel Apple Day in it.
- Get outside and plant a tree! Not only is it great for the planet, but it can also be a great way to celebrate National Caramel Apple Day if the tree you plant an apple tree!
- Use the hashtag #NationalCaramelAppleDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
Recipes to celebrate National Caramel Apple Day
Are you looking for some caramel apple themed recipes to celebrate National Caramel Apple Day? You’re in luck, I’ve got some to share!
- Can’t decide between breakfast and caramel apples? At Always the Holidays, we don’t think you should have to choose! These Caramel Apple Buttermilk Muffins are the best of both worlds!
- Are you looking forward to happy hour? If so, check out this Caramel Apple Martini recipe – it’s sure to make your mouth water, and your taste buds sing!
- These Caramel Apple Bars combine a sweet oatmeal apple bar with a caramel topping, and the result is pure perfection!
- These Caramel Baked Apples sound like the perfect warm dessert for a crisp fall day. I’d love to enjoy them at the end of a long day snuggled up by a fire!
- If you’re looking for a Halloween inspired spooky apple recipe, check out these Monster Mouth Apple Snacks. They’re a kid friendly recipe that, like the caramel apple, share a base of fresh apples!
- If caramel is too decadent for you, but the fall flavor of cinnamon is just right, look no further than these Cinnamon Baked Apple Slices. Whether you serve them as a side dish, or a dessert à la mode, they aim to please!
- Check out this Caramel Apple Recipe Roundup if you’re still looking for more caramel apple treats!
What is a national day?
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out this national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in October. To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in October.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find that there are many food holidays that fall in October.
More national days in October
Be sure to also check out these other national days in October. Some are spooky, and others delicious, but they all embody the themes of the biggest holiday of the month – Halloween!
Black cats and Halloween are practically synonymous. They’re even a symbol of Halloween, due to Samhain’s connection to the mythological black cat called cat sìth.
Check out National Black Cat Day. This day in October honors black cats, that have a long history of association with all things spooky. You’ll learn the history behind the day, and why these cat’s aren’t actually unlucky!
Looking for more desserts? Make sure you check out National Cake Decorating Day, it has tips for cake decorating, ways to celebrate the day, and some yummy cake recipes!
If you like pumpkin cheesecake, (and who doesn’t?!) then National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is for you. If you try the pumpkin cheesecake muffins recipe on that page, let me know how you like it! I think they’re delicious!
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For the perfect way to celebrate National Caramel Apple Day, try this homemade caramel apple recipe.
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 881Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 175gFiber: 7gSugar: 164gProtein: 3g
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Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.