Whenever we go to Disneyland Resort, 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 its offerings all the time, so there is a Disneyland caramel apple for every season and holiday. That means there’s a new one to try every time I visit! Some of the character apples are so cute that I almost don't want to eat them. Almost. I do get over that pretty quickly somehow.
Whether you are a traditionalist or a more adventurous caramel apple lover, Disneyland caramel apples offer something for everyone. Let's hop to it and take a look at the Disneyland caramel apples you need to have in your life!
How to Find a Disney Caramel Apple for Every Season
Caramel apples are a year-round treat at Disneyland. Hop into the candy shops no matter what season you visit. You'll find standard caramel apples, as well as fun character and seasonal apples, that will make it toadally hard for you to pick which one to get! Here are a few of our favorite seasons for caramel apple picking.
Valentine's Day Apples — Pick up a tasty surprise for your sweetheart. You can never go wrong with a Valentine's Minnie apple.
During Valentine's Day 2021, the parks may have been closed (due to the pandemic) but the Trolley Treats shop on Buena Vista Street and Marceline's Confectionery were open. They sold the most adorable Valentine's treats, including a "Bee Mine" apple that included a white chocolate bee. We just had to get the matching heart-shaped crispy treat. Hopfully, the Bee Mine treats return next year! We usually cover the latest in Valentine's treats in our post on sweet treats and romantic things to to at Disneyland. It's a good thing Leap knows a caramel apple is the key to my heart!
Springtime Apples — The spring brings fun treats such as colorful Easter egg apples. In 2021, we enjoyed a banana-flavored chick apple as well. It had a matching cake pop! Can you say sugar overload? We kept the magic alive with themed caramel apples and Disney treats while the parks were closed!
Summertime Apples — What's more refreshing than a nice juicy slice of watermelon on a hot summer day? Not much, but a watermelon caramel apple with watermelon-flavored chocolate makes an equally nice treat. Talk about a watermelon sugar high.
Halloween Time Apples — At Halloween time, Disneyland sells the most spooktacular Halloween apples, including drippy poison apple skull apples, Jack Skellington and Evil Queen themes. We never know what the candy makers will scare up for the next year! The 2020 creations included a Hades-inspired apple, an Ursula-inspired apple and a Minnie witch apple. We were dying to try them, and I must admit, they lifted our spirits during the fall closure of Disneyland theme parks, when we were mourning the loss of Halloween Time at Disneyland. But the good news is that it will return for 2021 (Sept. 3 through Oct. 31)! Do you have your Oogie Boogie Bash ticket yet?
Hop over to our guide to Halloween treats so you don't miss out on any new apples this season!
Holiday Time Apples — At Christmas time, snowman apples, snowflake apples and Santa Mickey, Santa hat Minnie or elf Mickey apples are the coolest treats of the season. We also have a guide to the yummiest holiday treats at Disneyland in case you get caught up in the spirit of the season and want to find more themed treats!
Other special events, movie releases and festivals can bring out special character or themed apples as well. It's worth hopping into the candy shop during Disneyland After Dark parties to see if there are any specialty apples to mark the occasion.
Celebrate with Character or Disney-Themed Apples
Character and themed apples are adorable and often stick around at least a little while. When a new movie comes out or Disney is promoting a character or show, you'll see fun, themed apples. Look for 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. Their colors may vary per holiday. The white chocolate, apple pie Mickey caramel apples are amazing. The styles change, so you might pick up a Sorcerer Mickey or Steamboat Willie apple.
Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff is the place to find some cute Pixar apples. Hop in for the Bing Bong apple or the Rainbow Unicorn apple. We've also spotted some Mater, Lightning McQueen and Ham apples.
Stay Simple with Classic Disneyland Caramel Apples
For traditionalists, you always have your plain caramel and caramel with peanut apples. It does not have to be fancy to taste good! 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.
You can usually find the apple pie caramel apples. These caramel apples dipped in white chocolate and rolled in graham cracker with marshmallow ears are good any day of the year!
Where to Find Disneyland's Caramel Apples
Where can you find these delicious treats? Five shops offer caramel apples. In Disneyland Park, you can find them at Pooh Corner and Candy Palace. In California Adventure Park, hop into Trolley Treats for apples and other homemade treats (some under $5) or Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff for some unique Pixar-themed apples and other treats. 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 Pooh Corner, 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: Grab a knife when you buy your apple because it makes sharing easier. Some apples are complicated to eat, but they are definitely worth the effort. You might want to take your apple home to extend the magic instead of enjoying it in the park. It gives you something to look forward to once your Disney trip is over. You can purchase it as you leave, ask for a box and keep it refrigerated as best you can. Little splurges like indulging in a caramel apple make the trip for me. That's why I always 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.