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IDDBA 2015: Part 2

As promised in our post yesterday, IDDBA 2015: Part 1, here are some more pictures from our Daffy Farms booth at the IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia!

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We found this fantastic round shelf that not only has an urban vibe, it reinforces the round idea of a caramel apple. This display, full of handmade gourmet caramel apples made with our Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel, Daffy Apple Red Candy Dipping Caramel, and Daffy Farms All Natural Dipping Caramel, turned out to be quite picture-worthy, judging from how many folks stopped to snap a photo of it!

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And, of course, some close-ups of the apples!!

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The gourmet caramel apples may have been the stars of the show, but be sure to check back tomorrow for more photos of caramel desserts we had on display featuring our All Natural Baker’s Caramel!!

IDDBA 2015: Part 1

Exactly two weeks ago today (Has it really been two weeks already?!) Daffy Farms was wrapping up the IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia! Our second year as an exhibitor at this trade show that offers the newest, best, and tastiest dairy, deli, and bakery products in the industry, we featured our Traditional Dipping Caramel on over 100 handmade gourmet caramel apples, as well as our All Natural Baker’s Caramel on an assortment of gorgeous desserts, and debuted our brand new Daffy Farms Rich & Creamy Caramel, an 8 ounce tub of dippable, pourable, drizzleable, caramel ready to hit retail store shelves this fall!

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CAM02019With one day to stick, dip, decorate, and package over 100 gourmet caramel apples, we started early and employed a good amount of teamwork.

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They turned out pretty amazing! Check back tomorrow for IDDBA: Part 2 to see the results and more pictures from our booth at the show!!

IDDBA 2015!

It’s IDDBA Seminar and Expo time again! This year Daffy Farms is excited to head across the country to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, June 7-9, 2015, to help everyone with their caramel needs and check out the new trends in the world of food. Watch for updates from the show on our blog and Facebook page and take a look back at last year’s show here. If you’re a member of the dairy, deli, and/or baking industry and plan to attend, stop by and see us in booth #1245!

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A Fantastic Fall Color Scheme

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We received these photos from Rebekah along with her comment:

“Daffy Apples were so beautiful and perfect for our October wedding. All our guests commented on how delicious they were although I was unable to even taste one as they were snatched up so fast!  Thank you so much. They were a great and high quality party favor.”

Look at these beautiful tables featuring the gorgeous, rich colors of fall!  We are delighted Rebekah chose our petite caramel apples as her wedding favors!

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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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The Wonders of the Clear Caramel Apple Box

The Clear Caramel Apple Box.

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It looks good.

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It is a decorator’s dream.

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Q&A Tuesday: What is the difference between a Daffy Apple Petite Caramel Apple and a Daffy Apple Premium Caramel Apple?

We make two types of caramel apples—Petite Caramel Apples and Premium Caramel Apples.

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 PetitePremiumBaseballNovember.

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.

Q&A Tuesday: I want to order Petite Caramel Apples for my event this fall, is there a way to try a sample first?

Yes!  We have Traditional Petite Caramel Apple Sample Packs and Gourmet Caramel Apple Sample Packs available for order on our website.  These sample packs include an assortment of our top sellers.  We ship sample packs during the month of April, so you have plenty of time to try before you buy for your fall event.

Sizing Up Caramel Apples

CAM00336We are asked, quite often, about the size of our Daffy Apple Petite Caramel Apples.  The answer in terms of inches is 2 1/4in to 2 3/4in, however sometimes flat measurements for round things are hard to visualize, so we thought we would post a couple of pictures.  A baseball is a size comparison we usually offer, though we threw in a tennis ball, an average size coffee cup, a deck of playing cards, and a 16.9oz water bottle to add some variety to our picture.  In the photo on the right, a packaged Petite Red Candy Caramel Apple with Crunch stands beside a Premium Caramel Apple with Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Drizzle, an unpackaged Petite Caramel Apple with Crunch, and a Premium Caramel Apple with Chocolate Mini Gems.  The caramel apples are in the forefront, so the size is a little deceptive, but in the second photo, below, the caramel apples are lined up evenly against the backdrop with the tennis ball and baseball.  The Petite Caramel Apples are about the same size as the baseball and tennis ball, but the Premium Caramel Apples are giants because they are created with much larger Granny Smith Apples and incredibly thick layers of caramel and premium toppings!CAM00340-1