red candy caramel

Did you know . . .

CAM00751“The practice of coating fruit in sugar syrup dates to ancient times.  Honey and sugar were used as preserving agents.  Food historians generally agree that toffee apples (aka taffy apples, caramel candied apples, candy apples, lollipop apples) probably date to the late 19th century, although difficult to prove in print.  Both toffee and caramel are traced to the early decades of the 18th century. Inexpensive toffee/caramels became available by the end of the 19th century. Culinary evidence confirms a variety of recipes, from hard colored sugar to soft chewy caramel coating.”

Learn more about the history of caramel apples, and just about every other food, at foodtimeline.org!!

In the News!

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As we gear up our caramel production for fall, retailers are already thinking about Valentine’s Day!  Daffy Farms is featured in a piece by Bakemag’s instore magazine.  The article mentions Daffy Apple Red Candy Caramel and caramel apples as a unique choice for Valentine’s Day.  We are also featured in the July issue of Progressive Grocer, in a blurb about our new all natural products.

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IDDBA 2014

This time last week we were right in the middle of the IDDBA Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo 2014!  Our goals for the show were to introduce our new products, Daffy Farms All Natural Baker’s Caramel and Daffy Farms All Natural Dipping Caramel, as well as to promote our classic recipes, Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel and Daffy Apple Red Candy Dipping Caramel to top grocery store bakeries, dessert manufacturers, and product distributors.  The show was an overwhelming success and an invaluable experience, from the interest in our products to the industry connections to the distinguished guest speakers to the copious amounts of cheese samples!  We also snapped a few photos along the way, so we could share our experience with you . . . .

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Q&A Tuesday: Does Daffy Apple Traditional Dipping Caramel need to be heated?

Yes, both our Traditional Dipping Caramel and Red Candy Caramel must be heated to 180 degrees to become the right consistency to properly stick to apples.  Our 20 ounce and 6.5 pound tubs are microwave safe, so they are super easy to heat up in the microwave.  For further info on how to use our caramel apple dipping caramels, check out the Heating Instructions page on our website and our How to Make a Caramel Apple video on Youtube!

 

Q&A Tuesday: What is Daffy Apple Red Candy Caramel?

 Daffy Apple Red Candy Caramel is very similar to our Daffy Apple Traditional Caramel, only red in color instead of brown. Daffy Apple Red Candy Caramel does not harden like a candy coating, it stays soft and easy to eat. It can be bought in bulk quantities, in a Red Candy Caramel Apple Kit with Crunch, or on our Petite Red Candy Caramel Apples with Crunch and Petite Red Candy Caramel Apples with Holiday Sprinkles.

Q&A Tuesday: What types of bulk caramel do you sell?

Currently, we sell three different types of bulk caramel: Traditional Caramel, Red Candy Caramel, and All Natural Baker’s Caramel.

34Traditional 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.

106All 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.