A Candy Apple

Today we have a bright red candy apple, which seemed to suit the season, although, in truth, I’ve never tried one in my life! When I was a kid, we’d only have caramel apples, but never this variety. I only remember that when I was little and about to lose a tooth, I could bite into a caramel apple to speed up the process. It was miraculous. Out your tooth would come in an instant, hopefully not bringing other teeth with it.  Ready to place under your pillow to get a little extra change from the tooth fairy that night. Also, when I was a kid, there was an urban myth that circulated around Halloween that children were receiving candy apples with razor blades in them. Hospitals offered free x-rays of apples for anyone who felt they needed the piece of mind, but not one claim was ever substantiated, making it simply a piece of popular lore. As an adult, I kind of want to try these again, but don’t want to risk the now irreversible tooth loss.

Though I didn’t have this type of apple, its origin comes from red cinnamon candy which I did have back in the day. Give me a box of Red Hots and I was in heaven! After these, the more gummy variety called Hot Tamales were also a favorite. Since I loved the candies that inspired this type of apple I feel a bit robbed that I never had the chance to try one. I think I would have really enjoyed it. But tastes change and now I’m not quite as much of a cinnamon guy as I used to be back then. Philippe remarked when he came to the States that we Americans seem to really love cinnamon. It’s true. We’ll find ways to add it to nearly everything, especially this time of the year. The smell alone makes me think of the holidays and I get a little excited. Okay, I get totally thrilled by the thought that Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up next. Holidays built around traditions, family and food are the best and to have two of them back to back makes for an amazing time of year.

I know there’s always a running theme to my blog posts. An idea that the simple things in life and the simple times of youth are something to celebrate. It pervades my art and my writing, which together, make up what is ultimately my art form. Well, never sure what constitutes an “art form,” but at least my daily creative offering into the world. Bits of ephemera and memories that aren’t really much of anything really on their own. But, I hope when they mingle with your memories something that almost resembles art might occur. That moment when you connect with something on a level that has less to do with what you’re seeing and more to do with what you’re feeling in that moment. That’s when art truly shines and makes something meaningful. Sometimes, in life, the things that are the sweetest come in the most unassuming forms. Like a candy apple.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 2 - Candy Apples - Doodlewash
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41 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    This is one gorgeous candy apple, Charlie, with its paper wrapper looking like a ballerina’s tutu. If you would really like to try one, just cut it into slices. It’s a pretty good way to turn something healthy into junk food.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Sharon!! 😃💕 Yeah, I bet the slices would be a much better approach! I do really want to try one now… I’m adding it to my ever-growing bucket list! hehe

  2. June Hadaway 1 year ago

    Pretty red candy apple. The shine is amazing.

  3. Lydia 1 year ago

    I just love that about you. It’s so much more than an art blog! It’s crazy – I ALMOST did a caramel apple today, and I chickened out. It’s something I probably wouldn’t eat now, but oh how I loved the taste, and how it conjures up our Halloween festivals in elementary school.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks, Lydia! 😃💕 Yeah, Doodlewash has never quite been the traditional art blog… hehe… and oohhhhh you should totally paint a caramel apple! And also eat one again! Yum!!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 1 year ago

    I never had this kind of candy apple either, although I loved Red Hots! Your painting is lovely.

  5. Kaye Boggs 1 year ago

    would it be wrong to lick my computer screen to taste that fruit tart?

    • Kaye Boggs 1 year ago

      and also the candied apple… yum

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      I don’t don’t know if it would be wrong to lick your computer screen, but if you don’t please make a video and share it! LOL 😃💕 FUN! hehe

  6. Lisa 1 year ago

    I never had this kind either. I always wondered what they were like. Now I know. I think I’ll stick to plain apples. Great doodle!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, in the end, I think plain apples are still my favorite, but I have it on my list to try these one day!

  7. Jennifer McLean 1 year ago

    yep, this is the time year that no matter where I look I want another pumpkin pie spiced coffee or another chai latte or some such. I do love this season. And it snowed for the first time this year today! PUUUURRRTY but thank god I’ve got no where to go… isn’t there a song about that?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      I’m sure there is… there’s a song about everything!! LOL 😃💕 Yay to snow with no where to go… that’s the best ever!!

  8. Susan Cuss 1 year ago

    Love the shine on your beautiful candy apple. Yes, here they are popular around hallowe’en. I’ve never had a caramel apple, but I did have a red candy one once. It wasn’t cinnamon flavoured though, and it wasn’t spicy: it was cherry. It tasted good. Well, hahahaha! The candy part tasted good. After all the candy sweetness, the apple tasted quite sour, so I didn’t eat it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      haha! Too funny! That much sweet managed to make an apple taste bad… that’s pretty amazing! lol 😃💕

  9. Sandra Strait 1 year ago

    Love the cupcake wrapper as much as the apple! Did you know there are 100s of kinds of cinnamon? Unfortunately, I’m allergic to kind used to flavor candy and candied apples. Raises blisters on my tongue. So I’ll just enjoy paintings like yours and leave the candied apples for someone else!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Oh wow… I didn’t know that! And yikes to that allergy… definitely not the sweet for you then. I’m only allergic to mangos.

  10. Teri Casper 1 year ago

    The shine on this candy apple is awesome! The hold off wrapper is perfect. Like you I’ve never tasted one.

  11. You’ve painted a great looking candy apple, Charlie. I did have a cinnamon candy apple as a kid, just one. I enjoyed the cinnamon taste of the candy but it was hard and the thin candy coating cracked with small pieces falling off with each bite. My preference was the gooeyness of caramel with chopped peanuts on those apples. Thanks for the memories!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks!! hehe… you’re making me hungry with those descriptions, Mickey! 😃💕 YUM!!

  12. Amit Paul 1 year ago

    Oh man, it’s looking delicious. 😋

  13. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 year ago

    Beautiful Apple shines.and the wrapper see awesome.

  14. Jill Gustavis 1 year ago

    If I’m not having chocolate, I’d say I’m more of a caramel apple sort of girl, with chocolate things stuck in the caramel. Lol. A local grocer around here make the BEST gourmet caramel apples. Every year when they offer them, a few seem to make their way to our office and we chop them up so everyone gets a slice.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      That sounds delicious and amazing!! 😃💕 YUM!! Your office sounds like a delicious place to be!

  15. Ellie 1 year ago

    Wonderful candy apple, Charlie! And I just realized that I don’t think I’ve ever had one, either. Caramel apples, yes. But candy apples we just saw in the store and never bought. Somehow, the crunchy outside seems to not make sense, except in your painting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m the same. I’ve seen them… but have yet to sample one. Now I simply have to just to see what they’re like! hehe

  16. Pamela Smith 1 year ago

    It looks so real,your work is beautiful…

  17. Thomas Blanchard 1 year ago

    Nice job. I don’t like these kind but give me a caramel apple anytime 🙂

  18. Val 1 year ago

    Mmm… I don’t know about candy apples, but toffee apples (covered in hard caramel… very hard caramel) certainly were the thing to take out teeth! I love the doodle. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Val! 😃💕 yeah… those could definitely steal a tooth! hehe

  19. Sandra Gilbert 1 year ago

    That is one of the things I love about you doodlewash especially and stories. How it makes me remember things from my own childhood or see things in a new light. 😁

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks! That’s such a wonderful thing to hear! I’m so glad! 😃💕

  20. […] of the most memorable parts for me was all the various foods that came on a stick from corn dogs to candy apples. So I decided to make a quick sketch of a couple corn dogs for today. But there are so many […]

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