Dining in Disneyland: The Holiday Specialty Caramel Apple (A.K.A. the Peppermint Beast)

Walking past Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney, I noticed a new caramel apple on display in the candy kitchen window.

It’s size was enormous compared to the other two on display, and I knew I needed to do some investigating!

Holiday Caramel Apples at Marceline's

On our way out, I decided to grab one to go and conquer this beast at home.

At $12.99, this apple is way expensive, but you can basically feed a whole army with it. AND this is what you will want to do because as I was paying for it, the Cast Member announced to the entire population of Marceline’s, “1400 Calorie Apple Right Here!”

I was like, “Seriously?” And the answer? “Yep.”  A little disgusted with myself, I justified the situation knowing I was going to share it with my family.

1400 Calories Sitting on the Counter of Marceline's

The Granny Smith Apple is first dipped in caramel; it is then given a coating of peppermint (YES! PEPPERMINT) chocolate and rolled in a serious amount of red & green M&M’s. After that, it’s drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with sparkly sugar crystals.

The official name of this apple is literally “Specialty Holiday Caramel Apple.” A little boring right? Especially since they could call it something fun like “Peppermint Beast…”

Bringing her home.

Immediately after opening the package I had to do a public service and weigh this thing. It felt really heavy, and I was curious about the actual weight.

So, I grabbed my little scale and went for it.  Any guesses?

Quick, guess now before you scroll to the pic!

Weighing in at.... 1 Pound 4.2 Ounces

I knew immediately that my apple cutter would not cut through this one, so I grabbed the biggest knife in my kitchen and got to work.

Preparing to Cut

The knife worked perfectly, but it wasn’t easy getting through that thick layer of M&M’s.

Not sure teeth could do the same job...

After slicing it up, my boys and I each took one piece and decided it was good, but definitely not our favorite of the many caramel apples Disney has to offer.

I am a huge peppermint fan, so I really liked the peppermint chocolate; but my boys thought it was too strong. They did like to pick off all of the M&M’s.  (That being the case, I’d have been better off buying them a bag of M&M’s.)

Honestly, I really liked the flavor, but this apple was a bit much for me. I could only handle eating one piece.  Usually I’m good for at least two!

Holiday Caramel Pieces

Overall, if you are a peppermint fan this is the caramel apple for you!

I honestly don’t recommend trying to eat this in the parks. It would be a messy disaster.  This is the aftermath using a knife.


I do recommend you take one home to share and enjoy it without having technical difficulties. I’m not sure teeth alone could conquer this one…

The Specialty Caramel Apple is available at various locations around the Disneyland Resort. You can find them at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, and Candy Palace & Pooh Corner in Disneyland.

Have you seen the Specialty Holiday Caramel Apple? Were you — or ARE you — brave enough to give it a try?

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!


  1. Jessica says

    I just wanted to say I like your plates- I have the same ones! :-)

    That apple looks ridiculous! 1400 calories??? Yikes!

  2. Dana says

    1400 calories???? Yikes!!!!

    I like peppermint, but somehow this just doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy that much. I’d rather get a smaller, ‘plainer’ one.

  3. Heather Sievers says

    @Jessica – Don’t you just love Target! ; )

    @Dana – The “plainer” ones are much easier to eat!

  4. Kari says

    Peppermint and apple? Just doesn’t sound like a good mix to me. I do enjoy the plainer ones, and love the ones from Gertrude Hawk…… is that cheating on Disney?

  5. says

    I love these holiday apples! My husband did not get a holiday apple but did purchase one that was all decked out with all kinds of goodies. I am going to try my hand at making some chocolate covered Mickey apples :)

  6. Gaylin says

    Target is opening stores in Canada starting next spring – I am looking forward to having access to Disney stuff!!! Love the plate as well.

    I don’t like candy or caramel apples. I love apples, like a lot of candy, love caramel – the combinations – not so much. Thanks for taking one for the team and trying this for us.

    For $10 – you could have bought a lot of christmas m&m’s! 1400 calories is pretty much a days worth for most people, having it in one candy apple, sorry that is gross. At least you shared.

  7. CraigInPA says

    1400 calories is a LOT for a single serving, but who is going to eat an apple that weighs that much? As the author said, it’s one to share.

    I have a recipe for a chocolate torte that’s similarly over-endowed with calories. The 9″ diameter, 1.5″ tall torte, when cut into 8 slices (the size of a normal piece of cheesecake, for example), is 1470 calories per slice, and it has some serious amount of fat, as well. The thing is made of (mostly) chocolate, butter, and powdered almonds. When I serve it, I put a warning next to it about its negative affect on your diet. Funny thing about this dessert. It takes three people to eat one piece when the sign is out, but only one person to eat a piece when the sign isn’t out.

  8. Heather Sievers says

    @Kari – I like the simpler ones too, but it’s fun to try the crazy stuff as well!

    @Disney Mammaw – Fun! Keep us posted on how your homemade ones turn out!

    @Gaylin – HAHAHA! I hope you don’t think I ate the whole thing. I’m pretty sure it’s nearly impossible for one person to eat the whole thing alone without being sick. Just had one small slice. It’s for sharing!

    @Craig – You are right! When people see the numbers they think twice, otherwise, out of sight out of mind for sure!!!

  9. Jenny says

    I thought it looked yummy but would proberly pass it by. When you said guess the weight I thought really high and guessed 5lbs. I was suprised when I was close. :)

  10. Luisa says

    Saw this at the confectionery store on Main Street in Magic Kingdom yesterday- it sure does look like a beast! Way too big for me and made my teeth ache just looking at it!

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