FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- With apple picking season
in full swing, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, the maker of SPLENDA(R)
Sweeteners, has teamed up with renowned Pastry Chef Bill Yosses to create
the world's largest candied apple. The giant confection, which measures 15
feet tall with a diameter of 12 feet, will be created to celebrate the
launch of official brand cookbook -- The SPLENDA(R) World of Sweetness:
Recipes for Homemade Desserts and Delicious Drinks.
"Our goal in building this unique candied apple is to bring a bit of
autumn fun to the residents of New York, while reinforcing that making
reduced sugar treats can still produce amazing results," said Chef Yosses.
"The candied apple is a traditional family favorite, and my recipe is just
one of the great-tasting options available in the new cookbook."
The giant candied apple, which will be unveiled at 8:00 am EDT in
Bryant Park, NY on October 19th and will remain on display until 4:00 pm
that day, is the largest candied apple ever "grown".
Other "bites" include:
* Measurements of over 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide
* Weighs 3,000 pounds
* Wooden stick measures 6 feet tall
* More than 200 hours spent creating the apple
* 10,000 apples used, all from local New York State orchards
* 100 gallons of candy coating poured
* 800 pounds of SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend for Baking used, which translates
to a savings of 800 pounds of "added sugars" and 1,228,800 total
The 125 crates of apples that will be used to create the "core" of the
confection will be donated to food rescue organization City Harvest
following the event.
The candied apple recipe, and nearly 100 others, can be found in The
SPLENDA(R) World of Sweetness cookbook available for pre-order now at
Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com and in bookstores nationwide and at
http://www.splenda.com beginning November 1, 2006, for a suggested retail
price of $19.95. Five special-edition advance copies of the cookbook,
autographed by celebrity chefs who contributed recipes, will be auctioned
on eBay beginning October 19th with the proceeds to benefit City Harvest.
About SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners
SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners are marketed by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC.
SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener is used in more than 4,000 products of major
food brands worldwide. You can find out more about SPLENDA(R) Sweeteners or
get recipes and tips on cooking and baking with the brand by logging on to
http://www.splenda.com or call 1-800-7-SPLENDA (1-800-777-5363).
About McNeil Nutritionals
McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is a marketer of innovative nutritional
products. The company's mission is to give people the ability to actively
manage their own health. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, markets SPLENDA(R) No
Calorie Sweetener, SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend, SPLENDA(R) Brown Sugar Blend,
SPLENDA(R) Quick Pack(TM) No Calorie Sweetener Pouches, SPLENDA(R) Flavor
Blends for Coffee, VIACTIV(R) Calcium Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) Multi-Vitamin
Soft Chews, VIACTIV(R) for Teens Calcium Soft Chews, LACTAID(R) Milk and
Dietary Supplements, and BENECOL(R) Spreads. McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, is
headquartered in Fort Washington, PA.
Contacts: Joanna Young Sherri Satalof
RF|Binder Partners McNeil Nutritionals, LLC
SOURCE McNeil Nutritionals, LLC