Whenever we go to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, one of my first stops is to check out what’s new in the world of fresh caramel apples. You know they are my favorite treat in the parks, so I always budget a caramel apple into my treat allowance — I will even forgo a meal if it means I can have a caramel apple. (Don't judge.) You may wonder how I never get sick of eating caramel apples, but Disneyland changes some of them all the time, introducing new ones monthly, so there is a Disneyland caramel apple for every season. That means there’s a new one to try every time I visit! Here’s a look at the apples you need to have in your life.
Disneyland's Gourmet Apple of the Month
Every month, there is a different specialty caramel apple. These gourmet apples are usually over-the-top, dripping with flavor-infused chocolate, candy marshmallows, nuts or other kinds of treats. They are works of art that are almost too pretty to eat, and they are great for sharing. Disneyland introduces new ones all the time. Some favorites include the rocky road apple last November, with diced almonds, marshmallows and drizzled chocolate. April offered a dark chocolate raspberry apple with raspberry infused white chocolate, chocolate chips and roasted almonds. May had a decadent chocolate peanut butter cup apple with actual chunks of peanut butter cup bulging out of the apple. There's even been a decadent s’more’s caramel apple. You never know if they will bring back an old favorite or concoct a new one, so be sure to hop into a candy shop to find out what’s new. If your trip is at the end of one month and the beginning of another, you might be lucky enough to spot two different gourmet apples.
Disneyland's Seasonal Caramel Apples
There are other seasonal apples throughout the year. The spring brings fun treats, and Holiday Time offers Christmas Mickey apples, snowman and snowflake apples. At Halloween Time they sell the most spooktacular Halloween apples, including drippy skull, Jack Skellington and Day of the Dead apples. Do they sound morbid? They are actually really cute. Other special events can bring out special apples as well.
Celebrate with Character or Disney-Themed Apples
Character and theme apples are adorable and often stick around at least a little while. A few years back, they had the cutest “off the hook” Dory and Nemo apples (dipped in caramel, white chocolate and colorful sanding sugar) to promote the release of "Finding Dory." There are special Pooh-themed apples over at Pooh Corner that you won’t see in the other shops. And, of course, there are always traditional Mickey and Minnie apples — the white chocolate apple pie Mickey caramel apples are amazing.
Stay Simple with Classic Disneyland Caramel Apples
For traditionalists, you always have your plain caramel and caramel with peanut apples. If you are looking for a snack with fruit and protein to satisfy your appetite and sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with a caramel and peanut apple.
Where to Find Disneyland's Caramel Apples
Where can you find these delicious treats? Four shops offer caramel apples. In Disneyland, you can find them at the Hunny Spot in Pooh Corner and Candy Palace. In California Adventure, hop into Trolley Treats for apples and other homemade treats (some under $5). You can also find caramel apples in Downtown Disney at Marceline’s Confectionary. Tad and Lily love to watch the Candy Makers dipping and decorating Disneyland caramel apples and other tasty treats through the windows at Candy Palace, Trolley Treats and Marceline’s.
OK, so now I am salivating in anticipation of my next Disneyland caramel apple. I’ll leave you with these tips. Be sure to grab a knife when you buy your apple, because it makes sharing easier. Some of apples are complicated to eat — but definitely worth the effort. Little splurges like indulging in a caramel apple make the trip for me, so I make it work for my budget.
Have a favorite caramel apple or sweet treat you must eat the parks? Share it below. Then read on for tips on how to have your cake (or apple) and eat it too while saving money at Disneyland.