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Last week I shared my go-to strategy for getting rid of leftover Halloween candy (assuming there’s any to get rid of! :)). Of course, I default to cupcakes in any and all circumstances. Cupcakes are the solution to pretty much any problem, you know.
This week, I have one more option for your Halloween leftovers.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a Disney caramel apple!
In short, Disney apples are the best thing EVER. As a former Florida resident for two of my college years, I’ve done my fair share of eating through each Disney property, and I never leave Disney World without one. If I had to choose a single treat to buy during a trip to Disney, it would be a deluxe caramel apple. Hands down!
That says a lot, because I happen to have many favorite Disney treats. :)
The incredible Disney apple artists create outrageous caramel apples that are covered in crushed Butterfingers, shaped like Mickey Mouse, movie-themed, holiday-themed, and so much more. Each apple is unique, every one a beautiful and tasty souvenir.
You can watch Cast Members make them and buy the flavor of your choice at the following places (and others):
Candy Cauldron at Downtown Disney
Candy Palace at Disneyland
Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney
Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom
Pooh Corner at Disneyland
Or…..you can make them yourself.
They’re relatively easy, thanks to prepackaged caramels, a microwave, and a customizable selection of toppings.
My favorite? A white chocolate-covered caramel apple rolled in crushed Oreos.
Milk chocolate and Reese’s Pieces are a close second.
There are so many options! You can literally dip your apple in any kind of chocolate and roll it in any kind of topping you like.
Here are some suggestions:
Chopped peanut butter cups
Crumbled chocolate chip cookies
Crumbled Crunch bars
Peanut butter chips
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreo crumbs
Snickerdoodle cookie crumbs
For the chocolate, use the highest quality chocolate chips you can find–white, milk, or dark. Guittard is my first choice for milk chocolate, and I prefer Ghirardelli’s white chocolate. Melt it in a bowl that’s narrow but wide enough to fit your caramel-coated apple inside, and then sprinkle away with toppings!
You could also use colored candy melts and get more creative! Candy melts won’t require the added oil, but regular chocolate chips will.
I impatiently await the first bite of each decadent apple, so I usually don’t go too crazy with the decorating. You could call my apples simple…but then, we’re talking about extra-large, caramel-coated, chocolate-dipped, candy-covered Granny Smith apples. “Simple” doesn’t quite apply here.
Over-the-top is more like it. And you can feel free to go as over-the-top as your heart desires!
P.S. Don’t let the nutritional stats below scare you…these apples are great for sharing! Slice them up and divide them among your family and friends (who, from my experience, are willing taste-testers)! The calculated nutritional information here is based on a serving size of one whole apple made with milk chocolate chips and crushed Oreos.
These caramel apples are top-notch, just like everything else Disney minds have created. Try making these at home yourself, and definitely buy one the next time you find yourself at a Disney Park! Be sure to ask them to slice yours for you!
- 4 large Granny Smith apples
- 1 bag (11 oz.) Kraft Bits or caramels
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 bag (11.5 oz.) milk chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. canola oil
- 5 Oreos, crushed
- Wash apples and let dry completely. Stick lollipop sticks or skewers into apples, pressing at least halfway into each.
- Line a tray with waxed paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt caramel bits with water according to package directions or about 60 seconds. Stir until smooth, continuing to microwave for 10-second intervals if necessary.
- Dip apples into caramel, twirling to coat completely. Use a spoon to help smooth caramel over entire apple if necessary.
- Place apples on prepared tray. Refrigerate until caramel has completely hardened, at least 10 minutes.
- In another microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate with oil for 60 seconds. Stir and continue melting at 10-second intervals until completely smooth.
- Prepare a second tray with waxed paper.
- Place Oreos in a small bowl.
- Remove apples from the refrigerator. Dip in melted chocolate, twirling to coat completely just like you did for the caramel.
- Gently press apples into crushed Oreos, covering chocolate with cookie crumbs and using your hands if necessary to coat entire apples.
- Place apples on second prepared tray and return to the refrigerator until chocolate is firm, at least 30 minutes.
- Remove from refrigerator when ready to serve.
In lieu of chocolate chips and oil, you can simplify things and use chocolate melting wafers.
Use any kind of topping you like! Oreos and Reese’s Pieces are my favorites, but feel free to experiment with M&Ms, pretzels, Heath bits, or any combination you can think of!