Surry Hills gets a quirky new dessert destination where the humble apple gets turned into a sticky, delicious, dainty treat
Gaining a following after cropping up at Bondi, Lane Cove and Glebe Markets, Love Dem Apples have set up shop on the Surry Hills end of Cleveland Street. The kooky caramel apples on sticks (not the red or green hard toffee kind you might find at the supermarket) see locally sourced apples dipped in a thick house-made caramel, then rolled in a bunch of different nutty, crunchy, crumbly coatings. They use the slightly tart Granny Smith variety to ensure there’s some contrast to the sweetness of the rich caramel.
While the fruity sweets are a little steep – there are tiers starting with your classics for $8, royals for $10 and limited editions at $13 – they are easy to slice up and share. Some are riffs on our favourite chocolate bars and biscuits – like the Picnic Bar with crumbled wafer, peanuts and milk chocolate or the Tim Tam, which is coated in milk chocolate and crumbles of biscuit. Others are just a bit of fun, like the awesomely named Fraggle Rock, coated with shards of smashed-up Smarties, with a sour strap tied around the middle. The Apple Crumble is our pick of the candy orchard, with the fresh apple, encased in crunchy biscuit crust and white chocolate.
The sweet fit out matches the picture-perfect treats, and you can also grab yourself a coffee if the sugar-hit isn’t enough. The verdict on Dem Apples? Dey good.