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 its offerings all the time, introducing new apples monthly, so there is a Disneyland caramel apple for every season. 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.
Disneyland's Seasonal Caramel Apples
There are seasonal apples available throughout the year. The spring brings fun treats like colorful Easter egg apples, and holiday time offers Christmas Mickey apples, snowman and snowflake apples. At Halloween time, Disneyland sells 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 and festivals can bring out special apples, as well. Monthly gourmet apples are sadly a thing of the past.
Celebrate with Character or Disney-Themed Apples
Character and themed 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. 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, like the Bing Bong apple or the Rainbow Unicorn apple. We've spotted some Mater and Lightning McQueen apples, as well.
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? Five shops offer caramel apples. In Disneyland, you can find them at Pooh Corner and Candy Palace. In California Adventure, 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 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. If you want to take your apple home instead of enjoying it in the park, 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, 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.