Candy Cauldron Caramel Apples

I have a ton of fond memories of my time in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World.  Some different smells, or sights, or tastes will immediately bring me back to a particular moment.  So it is with Reese’s covered caramel apples.

During my College Program in Summer 2010, my friends and I lived up each moment to the fullest.  I know that some people who work at Disney may become disenchanted by the “magic” all around them, but we never did.  Before and after work each day we would play at the Parks and all around Disney property to soak it all in.

(Here is us at Downtown Disney in the pouring rain just because can’t stop won’t stop)

One of our favorite places was Downtown Disney (Rest in Peace) now called Disney Springs.  Downtown Disney was a premier shopping and dining marketplace with swanky shops and artsy restaurants.  All the way down on the West Side, right near the Cirque Du Soleil Theater (almost Rest in Peace) there is a delightful shop called “The Candy Cauldron” which sells Disney treats of all kinds — but specializes in Premium Caramel Apples.

It was a tradition that whenever we would hang out at Downtown Disney, my friends and I would buy Premium Caramel Apples covered in caramel and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  We would ask the cast member to kindly slice the apple into 8 pieces so it could be easily shared (Pro Tip!).  

(Here is a pic of us with two apples cut into slices inside those plastic bags)

And we would much on the apples while listening to some hipster artist playing the didgeridoo. 


One night, we went to The Candy Cauldron as normal, and asked for our regular order.  But what??  The Candy Cauldron DISCONTINUED the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!  REST IN REESE’S PIECES!!!

We were stunned and upset.  What a disappointment.  We would have to make the apples at home, ourselves. Which we did.

This recipe may not be as decadent as Disney’s, but at about $4.00 a box for the caramel (that makes 10 apples), it beats the $8.95 price tag at Disney for 1.  It is also so stinkn’ simple to make, caramel apples can become a regular snack in your home.

And for me, taking me back to Downtown Disney for the night, it is just perfect.

Keep scrolling for recipe video and written instructions!


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Candy Cauldron Caramel Apples
Easy and yummy caramel apples for you to enjoy. Toppings: optional.
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Prep Time 20 Minutes
  1. Start by hammering the popsicle sticks all the way into each apple. I used a meat tenderizing mallet and it worked perfectly.
  2. On the stove in a 2 quart saucepan (so it won't bubble over) add the milk and packet of mix. Over Medium heat, bring to a full boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar carefully and keep stirring frequently. This will boil for about 10 minutes or so. But what you need is a candy thermometer. Mine has tick marks on it that have different temperatures that mean different candy doneness. You want to get to "Soft Ball" (no not the sport) stage or 242 degrees F. When it gets there, remove from heat and let sit for at least 10 minutes. I would even say 15 for a thicker consistency.
  4. While it is cooling, grab your candy and break it up into pieces however you like. I grabbed my meat mallet again and tenderized the crap out of those candies. Then dump them into bowls.
  5. Grab a cookie sheet or plate and use a Silpat sheet or coat in cooking spray. The hardened caramel is a beast to get off, so be prepared!
  6. Now you're ready to dip, baby, dip! Take an apple by the stick and slowly turn it so you get every angle. In order to get the candy onto the apple, I suggest putting a glove (or a bag like I did) on your hand to protect it from the hot caramel. Press the apple around in the candy and then use your covered hand to press the candy harder onto the apple so it sticks better.
  7. And now enjoy! your teeth for the last time because these apples are sticky!
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