Our latest press releases are out and starting to hit trade publications! Bakery Online published an article about our upcoming participation the IDDBA‘s Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo. And Perishable News has us featured again, this time in an article that discusses our commercial caramel business.
Fall is our busy season, when apples are harvested and delivered to us fresh from orchards, but we stay plenty busy the rest of the year, too! The spring and summer months are when we test new products and perfect old ones. This year, that includes testing out some new caramel popcorn recipes and redesigning packaging to better fit our new image and branding as Daffy Farms. The picture to the left shows a draft of one of our new caramel popcorn packages as well as sample bags of our new recipes of all different weights and sizes. We hope to have the new packaging available for retail sale in June!
Petite Caramel Apples are sold by the case of 24 or half case of 12. They are a single serving size each and make fantastic party, event, and wedding favors. They are the same apples available at local grocery stores in the fall and they can be ordered in either single pack or 3 pack retail packaging. They are only available during the month of April and from September to November.
Premium Caramel Apples are sold individually in gift packaging, either in a Daffy Apple Red Box or in a Clear Caramel Apple Box. They are generally considered 3-4 servings per apple so they are great for sharing and are perfect as an individual gift item for a holiday or event. They are made with a thicker, richer premium caramel and they are available all year long.
Recipe Yield: 16 Cookies
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
- ¼ cup Daffy Apple All Natural Baker’s Caramel, softened
- In mixing bowl of mixer with paddle attachment blend butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and creamy.
- Add to bowl egg and vanilla extract and mix until just blended.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- To mixing bowl add dry ingredients and blend.
- Add milk to bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
- Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips.
- Allow batter to cool in refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Scoop batter into 32 1-inch balls.
- Use finger to indent middle of balls to form small cup shape.
- Drop spoonful of Daffy Apple All Natural Baker’s Caramel into 16 of the small cups.
- Top caramel with the 16 empty dough cups and pinch sides to seal cookies.
- Bake at 350°F for 12-13 minutes.
Traditional Caramel and Red Candy Caramel are dipping caramels, perfect for use in dipping caramel apples due to the way they coat apples in an even, beautiful, shiny layer and are sticky enough to hold onto a variety of toppings. They are great for other applications, too, like drizzling on desserts, using as an ingredient in recipes and sauces, and, of course, dipping things other than apples (bananas, pears, grapes, cookies, marshmallows, pretzels?!) Both are packaged in a variety of sizes ranging from a 20 ounce tub to a 5 gallon bucket.
All Natural Baker’s Caramel was developed for, and is currently used by, grocery store bakeries for baked goods like cakes and brownies and cookies and tarts. It has a creamier texture and does not contain the sticking power of our other two bulk dipping caramels, so it is not recommended for caramel apple dipping. We are, however, currently working on an All Natural Dipping Caramel we hope to have available for retail sale by this fall. Our All Natural Baker’s Caramel is currently packaged in super easy to use 6.5lb microwavable tubs.
Love from the press is always good, especially when we get to enjoy the love twice in one week! On Tuesday, PershiableNews.com highlighted us with their post, Daffy Apple Extends Business To New Markets, Changing Name To Daffy Farms. And this morning, we won a front page spot on Candy Industry‘s website, with their piece, Daffy Apple changes name to Daffy Farms as it expands caramel candy business. Both articles discuss the Daffy Farms name change as well as our current All Natural Baker’s Caramel and forthcoming All Natural Dipping Caramel.
We’re a member of the IDDBA! What does that stand for? International Dairy Deli Bakery Association! Every year the IDDBA hosts one of the largest food oriented trade shows in the country and this year’s event happens to be in our hometown of Denver, June 1-3, 2014. The show is only open to dairy, deli, and bakery professionals, however if you fall into one of those categories and are attending, be sure to visit us in Booth #4515!
It has been a busy week at Daffy Farms! We tested some new caramel corn recipes, made some website changes, and acquired quite a few new Facebook friends! The highlight of the week, though, was an all day photo shoot with Annette Slade Photography, Inc. featuring our All Natural Baker’s Caramel. One of our newest products, our All Natural Baker’s Caramel has been used in desserts by Whole Foods in several locations throughout Colorado for a couple of years now. We also ship it via our website to bakeries and small home based businesses across the country. With a simple ingredient list that includes fresh cream, pure cane sugar, and butter, our All Natural Baker’s Caramel has no artificial colors or flavors and is gluten free. It will be one of our star products at the IDDBA Seminar and Expo this June, so we needed some high quality promotional photos showcasing its use as a filling and topping for baked goods. Chocolate, nuts, whipped cream and our caramel were on display in the form of cakes and brownies and tarts. We even managed to sneak in a couple of pictures of an apple being dipped into our Traditional Caramel. The photos turned out fantastic and we can’t wait to share the final results with you!
Daffy Farms is a member of Colorado Proud. Watch for the Colorado Proud logo on the products you buy in grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets, and garden centers. It means the product was created, processed and/or grown locally in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1999 by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, read more about Colorado Proud here. And to see a list of companies, check out this link!