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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.

Disney-Style Deluxe Caramel Apples

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… can make them yourself.

Disney-Style Deluxe Caramel Apples


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.

Disney-Style Deluxe Caramel Apples

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 almonds
Chopped peanuts
Chopped peanut butter cups
Chopped Snickers
Crumbled chocolate chip cookies
Crumbled Crunch bars
Crushed Butterfingers
Cinnamon sugar
Graham crackers
Heath bits
Mini M&Ms
Oreo crumbs
Peanut butter chips
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreo crumbs
Reese’s Pieces
Shredded coconut
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!

Disney-Style Deluxe Caramel Apples

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.

Disney-Style Deluxe Caramel Apples

Over-the-top is more like it. And you can feel free to go as over-the-top as your heart desires!

Use colored Oreos, Pumpkin Spice M&Ms, or any holiday candy that’s hiding in the back of your pantry. Come on, you know you want to! :)

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!

Deluxe Disney-Style Caramel Apples

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 deluxe caramel apples

Serving Size: 1 apple

Deluxe Disney-Style Caramel Apples


  • 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


  1. Wash apples and let dry completely. Stick lollipop sticks or skewers into apples, pressing at least halfway into each.
  2. Line a tray with waxed paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. 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.
  4. Dip apples into caramel, twirling to coat completely. Use a spoon to help smooth caramel over entire apple if necessary.
  5. Place apples on prepared tray. Refrigerate until caramel has completely hardened, at least 10 minutes.
  6. In another microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate with oil for 60 seconds. Stir and continue melting at 10-second intervals until completely smooth.
  7. Prepare a second tray with waxed paper.
  8. Place Oreos in a small bowl.
  9. Remove apples from the refrigerator. Dip in melted chocolate, twirling to coat completely just like you did for the caramel.
  10. Gently press apples into crushed Oreos, covering chocolate with cookie crumbs and using your hands if necessary to coat entire apples.
  11. Place apples on second prepared tray and return to the refrigerator until chocolate is firm, at least 30 minutes.
  12. 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 Reeseā€™s Pieces are my favorites, but feel free to experiment with M&Ms, pretzels, Heath bits, or any combination you can think of!

Deluxe Caramel Apples nutrition

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Comments (2)

November 12, 2014

I have never had the Disney ones but the homemade ones look divine! I love candy coated apples its almost like a healthy treat covered in a little naughty ;)

November 12, 2014

Yep–“healthy”, like you said! :)

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