It’s the end of July, which means it’s time to say goodbye to our beloved peach scone for another year. Sad though this is, it is not a tragedy, because it’s time to introduce our next seasonal scone: apple caramel! It will start rolling out to stores on August 1.
Apple caramel is a ridiculously delicious scone, with full hunks of apple baked right in and a smooth and sweet caramel sauce drizzled on top before baking. The tops of these scones get all crunchy with caramel, while staying flaky and soft on the inside. They’re the perfect late-summer dessert (especially when heated up and served with vanilla ice cream—trust us on this).
In honour of this new arrival, we have 5 fun facts about apples for you!
[Oh and quick note: if you’re joining us this weekend, avoid those giant monsters–and subsequent road closures–invading downtown.]
Apples, like peaches last month, are a member of the rose family. Also included in this family: almonds, plums, apricots, and cherries.
So next time you want to do something romantic, get your love a bushel of apples.
There are over 8,000 varieties of apples in the world, and 2,500 kinds are grown in North America. Despite this, only one is native—the humble crab-apple.
Despite it’s less than flattering name, the crab-apple makes a really good jelly. When the apples are picked at the right time, meaning fully ripe, they taste tart and refreshing (and really, really good on vanilla scones).
3-The Science of Halloween
You know the apple-bobbing game that everyone plays in Halloween movies? There’s a lot happening in that game.
First, why are the apples floating? It turns out that apples are actually 25 per cent air, which means they float.
As for the bobbing game, that’s an old ritual—like, really old. It stems from the Roman invasion of Britain, and is a holdover from traditional Celtic marriage festivals. Spooky!
4-That’s a Lot of Pie
The biggest apple ever was 3 pounds 2 ounces. We don’t have anything witty to say about that—that’s just one big apple.
If you imagine an apple tree in your mind, you might picture a short, rather stubbly tree. This is actually a dwarf or semi-dwarf variety grown by orchards to make harvesting easier.
Natural mature apple trees can stand 20 to 30 feet tall. Imagine getting hit on the head by an apple from one of those guys.
Now you know some weird fun facts about apples, so you can tell everyone that having one of our apple caramel scones was actually an educational experience.
Apple caramel scones will be available until the end of August. Come and try them before they’re gone!