If you’ve ever stared thru the window of the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen in Disneyland, and been entranced by the workers as their nimble fingers create all manner of magical treats, you know that this is one of life’s most sublime experiences. Dr Mesmer himself couldn’t induce a more hypnotic state. Just thinking about it, I … I … what was I saying? Ah yes, the treats! And when it comes to Disney treats, the top of the heap, king of the hill, best in show, is the Apple Pie Caramel Apple (cue the angelic choir).
For the uninitiated, this caramel apple is basically grandma’s homemade apple pie on a stick. This Disney treasure takes everything that your taste buds crave during the holidays, puts it on a stick, and makes it available every day of the year. It is the treat that all other treats aspire to be. It hits on every point – sweet, juicy, chewy, tangy, etc. Friend, this is your caramel apple. How many would you like? 😉
In my last post I shared my love for these special treats. What I didn’t share with you is that when I first discovered these treats at Disneyland, I found myself dreaming about them after returning home. I knew it’d be a while before I could go back, and I just couldn’t stop craving these yummy caramel apples. Lucky for me, Autumn had arrived, and Granny Smith apples were on sale at the grocery store. When I saw them piled high in the fresh-fruit section, it hit me – if Disney can make caramel apple magic, a stay-at-home-mom can too. So I did my best mad scientist impression, experimenting feverishly in my test kitchen (well, my only kitchen) and voila – I produced an Apple Pie Caramel Apple that tasted almost exactly like Disney’s. I was so excited that I made an enormous batch and shared them with our friends and neighbors. They were the talk of the neighborhood!
I still love watching the Candy Kitchen bakers create magic at Disneyland, and I still buy an Apple Pie Caramel Apple every time I visit, but since I live 350 miles away and can’t just pop over to Disneyland anytime I want, I’m thrilled to be able to make these beauties at home. And I’m thrilled to share my recipe with you, my friends, and fellow Disney devotees. So, without further guilding the lilly…
Disneyland Apple Pie Caramel Apple Recipe
- 4 large Granny Smith apples
- 5-6 cups caramels (approx 1 bag Kraft Caramel bits)
- 7-8 cinnamon graham crackers
- 1 1/2 lbs white chocolate almond bark
- Cinnamon and sugar to taste (approx 2 Tbsp sugar + 1/8 tsp cinnamon)
- 8 large marshmallows
- Scrub apples and dry with a dishcloth or paper towel. This is to get the wax coating off
- Refrigerate apples for a few hours until they are nice and cold
- Melt caramel in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until caramel is nice and melted ..you can also put the caramels in a small crock pot on high heat until melted
- Place caramel apple sticks into the top of each apple and dip into the caramel until fully coated, rotating the apple as needed. Let excess caramel drip off and then place on wax paper. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours until caramel is completely cooled onto the apples
- In a food processor, process graham crackers until well blended. Place in a bowl and set aside
- Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave until chocolate is just melted and there are no lumps. Dip each apple in the chocolate and allow chocolate to set up for a few seconds. When chocolate has set a little, roll the bottom half in processed graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle entire apple with cinnamon and sugar and set aside
- Optional: Once the chocolate on the apples have set, roll each marshmallow in the chocolate and place on the apples to make “ears”. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and hold in place until set
And that, my friend is how you satisfy even the most demanding Disney sweet tooth … until that next trip to the park anyway. So, give these a try, and if you like them, feel free to tell all your friends and neighbors to check out my blog. And if you reprint or repost my recipe, please remember to tell them you got it from the BearLady at DoinDisneyRight.com. Also appreciate a comment or email from you to let me know how your apples turned out.
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