Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Those are some good-looking candy apples, right? All glistening and luscious. You'd never guess that they taste like ash. Two cups of sugar, we put in the saucepan, plus another cup and a half of corn syrup. They set up perfectly. But we must have boiled away all the sweetness, because the candy coating came out bitter, medicinal.
The tray of apples still lurks in the fridge as I type this. No one will touch them, but I can't bring myself to throw them away. So much beauty, so much work, for nothing.
I'd been itching to make candy apples ever since we read The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, with old grouch puss Miz McGrizz. The book's theme: Appearances can be deceiving. Which brings the whole story full circle, actually.
We managed to have a good day despite the apple debacle. My mom and I took the boys to Dutch Wonderland. We rode the train and went trick or treating with animatronic dinosaurs. Next week brings a glut of other Halloween activities. Parades, trunk or treats, haunted libraries and showings of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"
Not that I'm complaining.