I grew up in western New York State where they grow a lot of apples, so my life has been full of apple farms, apple festivals, and apple crisp (oh, man, do I love my apple crisps/crumbles/compotes/cobblers!). So, of course, one of my favorite sweet treats at Disney parks is the good old candied or caramel apple. After all, it’s FRUIT, so it’s HEALTHY! What’s not to like about that? Here’s a little info about the varied candied and caramel apples you can find at Disney World; including the ones you can design yourself!
Many of the candied and caramel apples sold on Disney property are made on Disney property. If you head to the candy shops in the parks and in Downtown Disney at the right time, you can even watch your apple go from green to…sheen!
Usually green granny smith apples are used for the candied and caramel apples, because their tart flavor offers a nice contrast with the sweet coatings. The apples are dressed in anything from the typical red candy shells, to chocolate, to plain caramel, and they’re accessorized with fudge, colored sugar, nuts, mini M&M’s, sprinkles, chocolate chips, “rocky road,” marshmallows, and more.
Here are a few of the many variations of toppings you’ll find throughout the parks:
At Goofy’s Candy Company in Downtown Disney, you can even have a customized apple made while you wait! Just go to the counter and fill out the form, letting the Cast Members know exactly what you want on your apple…
Once it’s finished, they’ll call your name and you’re good to go! (You can click that image for a larger view.)
Disney Apples Can Be Holiday Favorites…
During certain holidays, Disney trots out apples decorated for the festivities. Here are a few apples all dressed up for the occasion:
And I think this spider web apple is so cool — for a better look, check out the reflection in the mirror behind the apples!
These were all sprinkled up for Valentine’s Day.
…And Disney Favorites
Disney sometimes dresses apples up to reflect your favorite characters!
Make ‘Em At Home
Craving a caramel apple and not headed back to Disney for a while? Check out this cool Disney caramel apple kit — it even has Mickey sprinkles!
(Pssst! A Tip To Minimize The Sticky Factor!)
For those of you who, like me, look at those apples and think “S-T-I-C-K-Y!!!” — just ask the folks behind the counter to cut up the apple you’ve purchased and put it in a box for you! That way, you can eat one wedge at a time and keep the sticky chin factor to a minimum…
What are YOUR favorite Disney apple combinations? Candy, straight-up? Caramel with chocolate fudge? Caramel with nuts? Share your favorite (and maybe inspire a few folks to try it!) in the comments section below!