So, while my eyes were bugging out at Pooh Corner in Disneyland last year over all of the incredible sweets, I happened upon this interesting caramel apple: The Apple Pie Apple. This is a granny smith apple covered in caramel, doused in white chocolate, then sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and dipped in pie crust crumbs. Perfectly lovely!
I didn’t buy one that day, but I couldn’t forget it! So on a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I bought two Apple Pie Apples — one at a standard Disney candy store, and one at the Werther’s Karamell Küche shop in Epcot’s World Showcase. I thought it might be fun to see which version was better…
Karamell Küche Apple Pie Apple
The apple pie apples at Karamell Küche in Epcot are slightly different than the one I found in Disneyland and the others in Disney World. These are granny smith apples covered in Werther’s caramel, encased in white chocolate, then dipped in brown sugar and pie crust crumbs. They are truly glorious to look at:
The kind cast members at the store cut it up for me, and you can see in this shot the thickness of the coatings of caramel and white chocolate.
There’s also a lovely little spot where the brown sugar began to melt when it hit the molten white chocolate. Looks delicious.
And it was delicious. The crisp, tart apple taste against the rich caramel and super sweet chocolate and brown sugar was outstanding. This apple cost $9.95.
Disney Candy Store Apple Pie Apple
So that apple was outstanding, but can it beat the original Apple Pie Apple in Walt Disney World? This version is very similar to the one I found in Disneyland — granny smith apple with caramel, white chocolate, cinnamon-sugar, and pie crust crumbs. This one cost $8.95.
Again, I asked the cast members to quarter the apple, and I took it back to my hotel room in a plastic container.
It looked slightly brown, and I wasn’t sure that it could possibly keep pace with the Karamell Küche apple. It certainly didn’t look as appetizing, and I was guessing that the caramel was sub-par, as it wasn’t Werther’s.
I tasted the apples one right after the other, expecting the clear winner to be Karamell Küche — it simply looked more luscious.
But I. Was. Wrong!
While the Werther’s apple was delicious, the caramel on the regular Disney Candy Store apple was much richer with a stronger flavor and a chewier texture. The chocolate on the Werther’s apple had a crunchy, hard texture, while the Disney Candy Store apple’s chocolate was smooth and flowed much more nicely with the rest of the apple’s textures.
The coatings on both were great, but the sugary layer on the Werther’s apple once again stood out as a bit too much texture, not blending in with the other flavors and textures of the snack.
The clear winner for me — and I was shocked — was the regular Disney Candy Store Apple Pie Apple!
A buck cheaper, and, to me, a bit tastier, too!
Have you sampled either of these snacks? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!