On my epic eating adventure with Heather in Disneyland a few weeks ago, we decided to sample two caramel apples that caught our eyes.
Heather had noticed the brand new “Spicy Peanut” caramel apple on her ventures through the parks, and I had always wondered what that adorable “Hunny Pot” caramel apple (that you can only find at Pooh Corner in Critter Country) was like on the inside.
Sadly, we found out the hard way that Disneyland candy shops will no longer cut your apples for you (!!!!!!!!!!!), so after spending several sorry minutes at Award Weiners in Disney California Adventure trying to attack the Spicy Peanut apple with a black plastic knife (“Just use a plastic knife,” they all said, “If you insert the blade at the top of the apple, it will cut right through.” NOT true. Decidedly NOT true. Do NOT believe the lies.) we hightailed it to Hearthstone Lounge and commandeered a metal knife to make the magic happen.
Never ever let them hand you a plastic knife! That was a serious joke. All we got was a bendy unsuccessful mess. Nothing worse than trying to dig into a treat and failing. And, by commandeered I think you mean stole! (Heather)
Spicy Peanut Caramel Apple
The Spicy Peanut Caramel Apple is a regular caramel apple covered in peanuts and dusted with spicy-hot flavoring. I’m guessing there’s a touch of cayenne in there.
You can see there’s a healthy amount of caramel surrounding the apple, and plenty of savory peanuts. (The touch of brown is due to our unsuccessful “plastic knife cutting” episode a half hour prior to when this pic was taken.)
The spice did not provide much flavor, but it did provide a kick of heat. The heat didn’t affect me until I’d already chewed and swallowed, however, and came as an afterthought — a rush of heat that starts your taste buds, nasal cavities, and the sides of your mouth tingling when it’s already too late to decide against finishing the bite! The spice isn’t overwhelming, but there is (Thank Goodness) enough to make you realize you’ve just eaten something with a little punch to it. (Not sure of too many Disney foods that actually do that…).
I thought it was a really fun snack — multi-textured, entertaining, unique, and slightly dangerous for a theme park menu item. While kids might like this, it won’t be the first apple they choose unless you have mini-Anthony-Bourdains living with you!
I was so excited that AJ wanted to try the Spicy Peanut Apple. It was something that I wouldn’t have purchased on my own. I’m normally not a “spicy” person, but this was surprisingly tasty! (Heather)
Hunny Pot Apple
I first spotted this cute apple in Pooh Corner on my 2010 trip to Disneyland, and I wondered for ages how they got the caramel to NOT drip down the sides of the apple when they poured it on the top!
I also thought the little bee stuck in the caramel was just about the most adorable apple-decoration I had ever seen.
Finally, I really enjoyed that this apple was completely milk-chocolate covered. I’d never tasted a caramel apple dipped in milk chocolate, and I thought I’d like the tastes and textures together.
Unfortunately, the person making the Hunny Pot apples on our visit was a little careless with the orange sugar crystals — they’re most certainly not supposed to stick to the honey at the top of the apple — so this isn’t the best specimen I could have shown you. This frustrated Heather and myself greatly as we’re both perfectionists when it comes to things like this (I guess that’s why we love doing what we do here on Disney Food Blog!).
So so so disappointed in her sanding sugar and “Hunny” dripping skills… (Heather)
But, no matter! We dove in anyway! Lots of caramel on this one as well, but you can see that the chocolate is much thicker than the caramel coating on most of the apple.
I was actually surprised to find that I wasn’t as much of a fan of the chocolate covered apple as I’d expected. The chocolate mixed with the juice from the apple and became cold and coagulated in my mouth instead of being smooth and melty as I’d expected. As a result, it was a less than pleasant experience. Next time, I’ll eat the chocolate off of the apple and THEN eat the apple. Weird? Yes. But I know I’ll enjoy it more than the combined textures.
Not weird, I agree 100%. Well, wait, maybe, we’re both weird… (Heather)
While the multi-textured feel and flavor of the Spicy Peanut apple was a welcome surprise to me and worked very well as a cohesive snack, the same qualities in the Hunny Pot apple ended up being less than pleasing. I would have rather eaten each part of the apple separately.
You learn something new everyday!!
Have you tried one of these apples in Disneyland? Do you have a favorite caramel apple in Disneyland or Disney World? Let us know!