I adore the nostalgia as well as the actuality of Toffee Apples! These were always the Must-Buy item at all the school fetes for about 20 cents each in those days (Way Back When!!!) as opposed to almost $2 now in the supermarkets where I see them on a regular basis.Of course with the laws of Use By and Best Before,it is possible to sometimes pick them up for about 80 cents if I very lucky! The tart crunchy juiciness of the apple combines so perfectly with the sticky sweet toffee,but oh!! What a tooth-rotter they are if you do not go and clean them ,even just with water,after the massively guilty pleasure that these are for an adult!!!
Now that Winter ,which is apple season is well and truly under way,I always see them in the Fresh Fruit and Veg section in Woolies supermarkets,and I have sometimes seen them in IGA too!! A friend of mine argued with me that we could not buy them up here so I decided to surprise him (and prove myself correct as well,of course!!!) by getting him a couple and giving them to him when he came round one day. He told me how thrilled he was to see them,but not so glad that I had proved him wrong!! Hee Hee!!!!
With all the wonderful recipes you do for RecipeYum,I think you should spoil yourself and all the others who are currently deprived,by making some and tempting a whole lot of cooks out there to have a delicious trip down memory lane!! By the way,have you ever had Caramel(instead of the more well known),Apples? An american friend who visited once a long while ago,made some and they were so delicious with the coating of luscious buttery caramel made the old-fashioned way!!!
My mother made hundreds of them for her cub scout stalls for many years whilst in the movement. She was given a secret recipe for the colouring by a gypsy woman and passed it on to me but I've never had the time to make them. She used to grease the terazo sink top with butter, dip the apples in the tofee and leave to set before starting the next batch.