DIY

I Spy Daffy Apples…On this Fantastic Dessert Display!

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Thank you to bride, Laura, for this lovely photo! She used our Petite Red Candy Caramel Apples with Crunch as part of the dessert display at her wedding this weekend, along with homemade pies and cream cheese mints and, of course, wedding cake. We love this idea and the rustic, fall colors in this display are absolutely gorgeous!!

Paper Caramel Apple Boxes

At Daffy Farms, we’re always on the lookout for fun new ways to package caramel apples and a little while ago, we found these adorable caramel apple boxes at Box & Wrap!

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They come in three different patterns and range in price from about $0.60 to $1.20 depending on which design and the quantity ordered. They arrive flat.

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And are incredibly easy to fold, as they are already glued in the right places.

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They even come pre-punched with an ‘X’ in the top, for the caramel apple stick.

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Ta-Da! These are seriously adorable with Daffy Apple Petite Caramel Apples in them…

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…but they also work really well with larger, gourmet apples!!

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Dipping Things (Other than Apples) in Caramel!

Sure Daffy Farms caramels are great for dipping apples, but did you know they make fantastic dipping caramels for other desserts? Our candy chef did some experimenting with several other items, so we could really see if our caramel held up to the test. It did! And with delicious looking, delicious tasting, results!

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We dipped giant marshmallows in both our Traditional Caramel and our All Natural Baker’s Caramel. Both caramels held up well. Then we coated them with milk, white, and dark chocolate, as well as chocolate mini gems, pecans, and crispy cereal.

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We dipped pretzel rods in both caramels, and topped them with milk, white, and dark chocolate, pecans, carnival sprinkles, sandwich cookies, and crispy cereal.

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We dipped potato chips in both caramels, and topped them with milk, white, and dark chocolate, and pecans. Our candy chef even made bride and groom chips, which are adorable!

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We made pecan clusters using both caramels, dark chocolate, and sea salt.

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And last, but definitely not least, we dipped sandwich cookies fully and partially in both caramels and topped them with milk, white, and dark chocolate, and pecans. Venturing into the cookie realm, made us realize that almost any cookie in the grocery store aisle would work well with this application and suddenly become a homemade candy-like treat!

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A Gorgeous Display and a Generous Review

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One of the best parts of our job at Daffy Farms is creating a nostalgic treat that goes on to become a small piece of many special occasions and happy memories!  We recieved these wonderful photos from a happy customer with the message:

“This is from my wedding on 11.16.14! They were amazing and a huge hit! Thank you guys so much.” – Kari

Thank you, Kari, for choosing Petite Caramel Apples as your wedding favor!

Check out more reviews and pictures like these on our website!

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A Tale of Three Caramels

For over 60 years, Daffy Apple has been famous the caramel on our caramel apples.  Recently, though, we’ve been on a mission to fill a gap in the market for a cleaner label caramel.  What we found is that there are some different needs for different companies, wholesalers, and individual customers.  So we came up with three different caramels, Daffy Farms All Natural Baker’s Caramel, Daffy Farms All Natural Dipping Caramel, and Daffy Farms Dipping Caramel with Butter.  All three caramels are now available for purchase on the our website, as well as our Daffy Apple Traditional Daffy Apple Dipping Caramel and Daffy Apple Red Candy Dipping Caramel, and each has a slightly different usage and ingredient profile, so that hopefully we have a caramel to fit your specific needs!

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Daffy Farms All Natural Baker’s Caramel contains non-GMO corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors or preservatives, and is perfect for baking applications, from brownies to tarts to a topping and filling for anything you’d find in a bakery case!

 

 

 

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Daffy Farms All Natural Dipping Caramel contains non-GMO corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors or preservatives, and has the same hold power and homemade caramel taste as our original recipe caramels.  It is perfect for dipping caramel apples, marshmallows, pretzels and other desserts, it also works well in and on baked goods!

 

 

Daffy Farms Dipping Caramel with Butter Dipping with Butter

Daffy Farms Dipping Caramel with Butter also features no artificial flavors or colors or preservatives like our all natural caramels, but in a more economical version than our non-GMO caramels.  It has the same hold power and homemade caramel taste as our original recipe caramels.  It is perfect for dipping caramel apples, marshmallows, pretzels and other desserts, it also works well in and on baked goods!

Product Spotlight: Daffy Apple Caramel Apple Kits

.1Let’s say you need a fast, easy, and economical way to make 15 caramel apples for a birthday party or 500 caramel apples for the neighborhood block party.  Daffy Farms has the perfect solution!  Daffy Apple Caramel Apple Kits have been a top seller on our website since their introduction over a decade ago.  They include everything but the apples – caramel, sticks, toppings, and instructions – and we’ll deliver them to your doorstep so you can dip and decorate Daffy Apple Caramel Apples at home!

DIY: Burlap, Lace & Jute

Rustic – romantic – traditional – Daffy Apple Petite Caramel Apples may be the perfect fall favor!  And there is nothing better than a touch of burlap, lace, or jute to fit the theme.

We started with a Petite Caramel Apple with Crunch, a Clear Cellophane Bag, and piece of burlap.  Our burlap came in a bundle for $2.99 and we were able to cut approximately 10 pieces from the bundle, which comes out to around 30 cents per piece of burlap.

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We simply tied the burlap around the stick and trimmed the ends a bit.

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Lace also adds a fantastic classic, vintage vibe.  We set out looking for something more, lace-y, and ended up with this beautiful roll of crocheted white cotton.

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We cut a piece and tied it on.  That’s it!  This roll of crocheted lace had 9 feet on it for $2.99.  Depending on how long you wish for the tails on the ribbon to be once tied, we found we could cut anywhere from 10 to 15 pieces at a price of 30 cents to 20 cents per piece.

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Now jute!  Jute very quickly became the most popular idea for this post and it is by far the most economical.  We purchased a roll of 243 feet of natural brown jute for $2.99 and used nowhere near a foot to tie the bow in the photo below.  It would be very easy to cut 250 pieces from the roll, at a cost of only a couple of cents per jute bow.

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Unique Toppings

While preparing for the IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo 2014, we made over 170 gourmet caramel apples in order to showcase our Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel.  It was a fun experiment in which we learned which toppings work with both the flavor and the holding power of our caramel.

Cranberries are a topping we have used in the past and currently use on our Daffy Apple Premium Caramel Apples with Cranberries and White Chocolate with Milk Chocolate Drizzle.  Granola, though, is an entirely new idea based on an suggestion from a customer.  We used a very basic granola, but there are so many different mixtures that would taste excellent with apples and caramel.  We also added a white chocolate drizzle to a few of the granola caramel apples to take the taste one level further.

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Sprinkles are a classic topping choice.  We have several color combinations available for order on our website, however for the show we did a few sports themed combos.  We are located in Denver, Colorado – bet you can’t guess which teams we chose!

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There are a number of sprinkle-like toppings out there, too.  We only scratched the surface by including shaped decorettes and nonpareil pearls on this spring holiday themed caramel apple.  Go to the cake decorating section of any craft store and you will find a whole new world of edible sugars, crystals, and even glitter!

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The theme of the expo was camping and so we took our favorite campfire tradition, S’mores, and turned it into a caramel apple by using graham cracker cereal, mini marshmallows and a a milk chocolate drizzle.  Most desserts, from pies to candies to pastries to frozen treats, could be translated into pieces and rolled onto a caramel apple.

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