Monday, October 08, 2007

How d'ya like dem apples?

I went to brunch at a friend's house this weekend and among the many fabulous food items served, I believe my favorite was the caramel candy apples. Yes, I know. I'm still a kid at heart. But as you read in my previous post, I love October. And these gooey treats certainly remind me of fall.
In an effort to make my own sugar-free batch, I was just looking up caramel apple recipes featuring sucralose when I came across this article. Wow. I would have loved to have seen that.
Apparently, celebrity chef Bill Yosses teamed up with the makers of Splenda last year to create the world's largest candied apple. The giant confection - which was unveiled in New York's Bryant Park - measured 15 feet tall with a diameter of 12 feet. There was also a charitable angle to the display, since the 125 crates of apples used to create the "core" of the confection were donated to a food rescue organization following the event.
Here are a couple other fun tidbits about the world's largest candied apple:
* The apple weighed 400 pounds
* More than 10,000 apples, all from New York orchards, were used
* 100 gallons of candy coating were poured
* 800 pounds of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking were also used, translating to a savings of 1,228,800 total calories
In case you don't believe me, here's a video showing off the goods.

If you'd also like to try the lower-cal version, here is a candied apple recipe replacing sugar with Splenda. I'm including two more sugar-free apple treats to get your week started off right.

Sugar-Free Candy Apples

Caramel Apple Enchilada Sundaes

Hot Apple Cider

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