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.
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!
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!
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.