Chocolate covered apples are whole apples usually coated in a layer of caramel followed by a coating of chocolate.
Caramel apples or taffy apples are created by dipping or rolling the apples in hot caramel. Toffee apples, popular in the United Kingdom, use hot toffee as a coating.
The apples are first dipped in caramel and then covered with white and/or dark chocolate and, usually, other morsels, such as nuts or candies.
They're almost always served with some sort of stick in the middle, making them easier to eat.
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There's speculation as to the origin of chocolate apples, but, according to an article in the Newark Evening News 1964, William W. Kolb is the inventor of the red candy apple.
He produced his first batch of candied apples in 1908 while
experimenting in his candy shop with red cinnamon candy for the
Christmas season. He dipped some apples into the mixture and put them in
the windows for display.
He quickly sold the whole first batch and later sold thousands yearly.
Soon gourmet candy apples were being sold along the Jersey Shore, at the circus, and in candy shops across the country.
The perfect combination of two natural worlds:
Fruit & Chocolate.