THE WINTER APPLE BALL AND WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the McIntosh apple! On Monday, February 21st, 2011 (Family Day), the Ontario Apple Growers (OAG) will be hosting the Apple Ball at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. Events will include an attempt at a Guinness World Records™ for the most kids (18 years or under) bobbing for apples, sumptuous apple treats , fun inflatables for all ages, arts and crafts and face painting , participating in trivia competitions (fun prizes to be won), dancing, entertainment and a birthday cake celebration! The OAG is requesting that each guest bring their favourite Ontario apple, which will be donated to Second Harvest, a charitable organization that feeds Torontonians in need. All donations will be matched by the OAG.
Did you get one of the 1,000 free tickets to this event? If not, do not fear! Anyone has an opportunity to attend if at least one member of your family (4-18 yrs) registers to participate in the apple-bobbing World Record attempt (which will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.). You need to register at http://www.onapples.com and you can get more details on the site.
As part of these exciting events, I had the chance to participate in a Candy Apple Blogger Challenge!
I received a copy of the Firecracker Candy Apple Recipe as well as some samples to inspire me for my candy apple recipe.
Interested in trying out the Firecracker Candy Apple Recipe? Here it is!
2 cups (450 mL) sugar
¾ cup (175 mL) water
½ cup (125 mL) light corn syrup
½ tsp (2 mL) red food colouring
12-14 (12-14) 9.5g packets Pop Rocks
1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
12 small Ontario Crispin apples
12 candy sticks
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush generously with vegetable oil, set aside.
In a medium heavy bottomed pot, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and food colouring. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium high, boiling until candy mixture reaches a temperature of
290° F – 300° F, hard crack stage, about 20 minutes.
Empty all Pop Rock Packets into a small bowl and mix with the vegetable oil and set aside. Insert candy sticks half way into apples and place next to candy mixture.
When candy is ready remove from heat, tilt pan slightly to one side while dipping an apple twisting to thoroughly coat the apple and let excess candy drip away. Working quickly, remove from pot and lightly roll into pop rocks to coat sides. Some pop rocks may crackle from the heat. Place onto baking sheet to cool, repeat steps with remaining apples.
Best enjoyed within 24 hrs.
Makes 12 candied apples.
Now, what about my recipe? Well, I wanted something that would be fun, playful and YUMMY! Try out my recipe and enjoy!
Caramel Fun Apples
6 medium Ontario Red Delicious Apples
6 candy sticks (popsicle sticks will work as well)
1 lb (454 grams) chocolate-flavoured caramels
2 tsp. water
5 pieces red shoestring licorce
1/2 cup Skor bits.
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. Wash the apples and insert the sticks then put to one side.
3. Unwrap the caramels and place the caramels and the water in a large microwave bowl. Heat on high for approximately 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the caramel is smooth.
4. Dip each apple in the chocolate caramel.
5. Wrap a piece of shoestring licorce around the perimeter of the apple.
6. Sprinkle with Skor bits, then place on the waxed paper and refrigerate until caramel sets.
These apples are fun and tasty and incredibly easy to make! I love chocolate caramel as the Skor bits give the apples an extra bit of crunch and provide an excellent contrast to the beautiful Ontario Red Delicious apples!
I think the Winter Apple Ball sounds like a tonne of fun! Let me know if you get a chance to attend! I’m really hoping that they will beat the World Record as well!