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7 Steps to High-Quality, Caramel Apples, Chocolate-Coated Apples and More!

October 24, 2014

Tastee’s Unique Rating Process

Recently, we were certified by the Safe Quality Food Institute, http://www.sqfi.com. This makes us the only company making caramel apples and chocolate-coated apples who have been awarded this certificate.

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And this is an award we have worked hard to obtain and take very seriously. After all, quality has been extremely important to us over the past 40 years. In fact, we have a unique, seven-step rating process to guarantee freshness and taste in every bite.

It’s a painstaking process to go above and beyond the minimal, production requirements, but no apple leaves our facility without going through our stringent and unique, freshness-rating-system so our customers can enjoy the best products possible.

And how are Tastee Apples made using our rating system?

7 Steps to Candy and Caramel Apple Freshness


1.      Select.

Experienced experts carefully review and test each apple for size, firmness, and more. If the apples do not meet specifications, they are rejected and used for other purposes, like juice or cider.

2.      Test.

While others stop here, Tastee goes further and measures the firmness of the fruit to determine which apples are ripe and meet crispness requirements. No one wants to bite into an apple that is hard or mushy.

3.      Clean.

This is a serious and thorough process done in immaculate facilities. It includes water-washing, brushing and sanitizing the apples while demonstrating the utmost diligence to prevent bruising and maintain fruit integrity.

4.      Decorate.

Perfectly-ripe apples are now “sticked” in a family recipe, made-from-scratch, small-batch, kettle-cooked caramel or candy-coating. After the apples cool, they are rolled in gooey toppings like milk chocolate, and fresh peanuts or coconut.

5.      Pack.

Once cool, the candy and caramel apples are carefully packaged for optimal, product freshness and protection.

6.      Ship.

After spending a very short time in the 45-degree warehouse, Tastee Apples are shipped via refrigerated trucks to local grocery stores, usually arriving in 48 hours or less!

7.      Enjoy!

This is my favorite part… where you eat the chocolate-coated apples and caramel apples with friends and family. When refrigerated at home after purchase, Tastee Fantasy Gourmet Apples and Tastee Super Premium Gourmet Apples can last up to 30 days, and Tastee Caramel Apples can last up to two weeks.

How does your caramel apple and chocolate-coated apple taste?

With our unique, seven-step rating process, we stand behind the quality, freshness and taste of our apples. We are proud to have sold over 250,000,000 apples and are honored to receive the SQF certification.

Now, what do you think of our apples?

Please let us know, and for more information about how are caramel apples, jelly apples and more are made, please click here.