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The Battle of the Apple Pie Caramel Apples

So, while my eyes were bugging out at Pooh Corner in Disneyland last year over all of the incredible sweets, I happened upon this interesting caramel apple: The Apple Pie Apple. This is a granny smith apple covered in caramel, doused in white chocolate, then sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and dipped in pie crust crumbs. Perfectly lovely!

Disneyland Apple Pie Apple

I didn’t buy one that day, but I couldn’t forget it! So on a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I bought two Apple Pie Apples — one at a standard Disney candy store, and one at the Werther’s Karamell Küche shop in Epcot’s World Showcase. I thought it might be fun to see which version was better…

Karamell Küche Apple Pie Apple

The apple pie apples at Karamell Küche in Epcot are slightly different than the one I found in Disneyland and the others in Disney World. These are granny smith apples covered in Werther’s caramel, encased in white chocolate, then dipped in brown sugar and pie crust crumbs. They are truly glorious to look at:

Werther's Apple Pie Apple

The kind cast members at the store cut it up for me, and you can see in this shot the thickness of the coatings of caramel and white chocolate.

There’s also a lovely little spot where the brown sugar began to melt when it hit the molten white chocolate. Looks delicious.

Werther's Apple Pie Apple, cut into quarters

And it was delicious. The crisp, tart apple taste against the rich caramel and super sweet chocolate and brown sugar was outstanding. This apple cost $9.95.

Disney Candy Store Apple Pie Apple

So that apple was outstanding, but can it beat the original Apple Pie Apple in Walt Disney World? This version is very similar to the one I found in Disneyland — granny smith apple with caramel, white chocolate, cinnamon-sugar, and pie crust crumbs. This one cost $8.95.

Apple Pie Apple at a Disney World Candy Store

Again, I asked the cast members to quarter the apple, and I took it back to my hotel room in a plastic container.

Apple Pie Apple Cross Section

It looked slightly brown, and I wasn’t sure that it could possibly keep pace with the Karamell Küche apple. It certainly didn’t look as appetizing, and I was guessing that the caramel was sub-par, as it wasn’t Werther’s.

Apple Pie Apple Caramel

Tasting

I tasted the apples one right after the other, expecting the clear winner to be Karamell Küche — it simply looked more luscious.

But I. Was. Wrong!

While the Werther’s apple was delicious, the caramel on the regular Disney Candy Store apple was much richer with a stronger flavor and a chewier texture. The chocolate on the Werther’s apple had a crunchy, hard texture, while the Disney Candy Store apple’s chocolate was smooth and flowed much more nicely with the rest of the apple’s textures.

The coatings on both were great, but the sugary layer on the Werther’s apple once again stood out as a bit too much texture, not blending in with the other flavors and textures of the snack.

The clear winner for me — and I was shocked — was the regular Disney Candy Store Apple Pie Apple!

A buck cheaper, and, to me, a bit tastier, too!

Have you sampled either of these snacks? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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14 Comments

  1. Heather Sievers says:

    SO when you are here in just 2 weeks, we’ll get the one from Marceline’s and compare it too!

  2. I will seriously not be able to stop thinking about this all day now – I’m not suprised you went back for it!

  3. Sara says:

    I’ll always remember, when I was younger, my mom and I were on Main Street together, and we saw a guy walking out of the Confectionery with a caramel apple in each hand, who told us that they were “the greatest things ever”.

    Of course we went in and tried them for ourselves, and it was then that I learned to never doubt the Confectionery. Those apples were (and I’m happy to hear that they still are) awesomely good.

  4. Jenn says:

    I definitely preferred my Candy Cauldren apple to the Karamelle Kuche apple.. not what I expected!

  5. Glo says:

    My cousin loves the carmel apples from Disney and every time I go I have to bring her one back. She claims that carmel is like no other and that it is from Disney that makes it taste so good too. If I’m not mistaken the carmel that Disney uses is Kraft which is why it is unbelievably excellent. I really can’t say since I don’t care for carmel all that much, but love the regular candy apples with the red coating. I just wish they’d use sweeter apples, don’t really like granny smith ones.

  6. Christal says:

    I have had just about every apple poohs corner has done and the Apple pie one is a FAVE!!! I love carmel apples and I love how disneyland (and disney world im sure, I have never been) do an amazing job of “spicing” them up. Cant wait only 5 more days till I can sink my teeth in to that apple :)

  7. Savorique says:

    I think this apple pie caramel is a fun way to introduce fruits to kids who would otherwise go for totally unhealthy options.

  8. Jack says:

    I’ve tried both and the Karamell Kuche apple is the absolute winner. The first time we ate one we were floored, and we ended up going back two more times during the trip just to get the Applie Pie Apple. The other applie pie apple is definitely good but it doesn’t compare.

  9. luvmychaos says:

    I’ve only had the ones at Rocky Mtn Choc and the Apple Pie one there is my fave so I’m excited to add yet another thing to our snack list for WDW!

  10. AJ says:

    Heather — Yes ma’am!

    Jennifer — Glad I can help ;-)

    Sara — What a fun story! How could he possibly eat them together, I wonder?!

    Jenn — I know! I was surprised, too.

    Glo — Good point on the Kraft! I didn’t think of that!

    Christal — Yay!! Have you tried the adorable Hunny Pot apple at Pooh’s? I’d love to try that one!

    Savorique — Good point!

    Jack — Ooh! Thanks for the different opinion and for your review!

    luvmychaos — Yay! We love extending the snack list!

  11. Christal says:

    AJ Yes I had the “hunny pot” one they are so cute. all the apples are good I really love the mickey ones too becasue of the marshmellow ears :) The world of color ones look really cool too and are pretty good but the sugar crystals are a bit much. Over all I really like all the apples havnt met one I wouldnt eat LOL

  12. Lizabeth says:

    I was just at Disneyland 2 weeks ago and was going to get the regular caramel apple when the cashier told me about the Apple Pie Caramel Apple. Ohmigosh – it was SO good. A bite of that tastes like the best apple pie you ever had! I took it over to the Carnation Plaza (the best kept secret for a quiet little spot) where I sat and ate most of the apple myself. I did save 2 pieces for my husband and grown son. I would really like to try making it myself.

  13. Bernie says:

    I am looking for a way to buy a caramel apple pie from Epcot .i & my wife had one earlier this year, & and our anniversary is comming up in oct. I would love to surprise her P.S. we also like to have Disney days once a month by cooking our way around the worlds.And watching vacation planning videos to help us with our memory of what we eat their.

  14. Leslie says:

    I thought the best snack at Disney was the caramel corn, but after trying the apple pie caramel apple, I’m hooked. Too bad I didn’t discover this before returning to Hawaii. (I hand carried the apple back)

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