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Research at the University of Wisconsin found they can be a breeding ground for the bacteria Listeria. And that shocked researchers. Because it was previously thought apples were too acidic, and the caramel coating too thick for bacterial growth. But the problem is the stick! Poking a hole in an apple creates just enough juice to breed bacteria. If you can’t resist a caramel apple, only eat one that was kept refrigerated – or made without a stick.

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