MOM's Candy Apples in Kennewick offers sweets on a stick

Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldJuly 4, 2014 

KENNEWICK -- At MOM's Candy Apples in Kennewick, the possibilities are endless.

Owner and creator Ana Garza already has created 30 kinds of hand-dipped Granny Smith apples studded with colorful M&Ms, salty crushed pretzels or slivered almonds.

And that doesn't take into account the make-your-own option, when customers create their own combination whipped up by Garza or one of the shop's other co-owners.

"If I've got it, I make it," Garza said.

She first made Tamarindo apples using a sweet Mexican candy with a little zing for her family.

When those were met with instant love, she started selling them out of her car, adding new flavors along the way.

Then, in June 2013, she took a leap and opened a small storefront in Sunnyside.

They were so popular that she decided to expand to the Tri-Cities a year later.

She found some partners and opened a second MOM's in a small strip mall at 5610 W. Clearwater Ave. in February.

Garza wanted to offer something a little different. And the caramel and candied apples offer a good balance of crisp apple and sweet treat, she said.

Garza said she figured out how to make her own caramel, unsatisfied with what she found premade.

Customers have given her ideas for toppings, and now apples also come bathed in milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Others are covered in crushed cookies, candy bars or coconut.

Her personal favorite is the Chocolate Turtle, doused in caramel and rolled in chopped pecans, and then dipped in chocolate.

Customers buy the apples sliced on platters for parties, use them for fundraisers or just eat them as a treat, she said.

They cost $5 to $7 each, and are made fresh on site as they are sold.

She's happy to slice them for you for easy eating, or you can take them as is to nibble on or slice later.

Different apple varieties can be used on request when apples are pre-ordered, Garza said.

And some customers have even brought in their own toppings, such as Skittles, that they wanted on their apples.

Garza also has expanded to offer chocolate-dipped marshmallows, s'mores and -- at the Kennewick location only -- fresh fruit cups.

The Kennewick store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.

The Sunnyside store is at 317 E. Yakima Valley Highway.

For more information, check out MOM's on Facebook.

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