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Sunday Brunch: Dip the Apple into the Brew, Let the Sweet Caramel Seep Through

27 May 2012

As we celebrate the history and legacy of Snow White's Scary Adventures this week, let's take a look at one of the pivotal plot points of the Snow White story: the apple. While I won't be sampling poisoned apples for this week's Sunday Brunch, we'll take a look at one of the unique places you can have apples in Walt Disney World. There are actually several locations where fresh made candy apples are found in the WDW Resort: the Main Street Confectionary in the Magic Kingdom, Sweet Spells in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Goofy's Candy Co. and Candy Cauldron at Downtown Disney, and a little German cottage with a curving, sloped shingled roof and visible timbers, just like the cottage of the seven dwarfs.

While strolling around Epcot with my roommate, we discovered if I was to discuss Snow White and candy apples, the Karamell-Kuche in the Germany Pavillion most appropriately qualifies. Snow White herself greets guests from her wishing well outside the little cottage housing the caramel shop, an appropriate location as the Snow White story originates in the folklore of Germany. Opening in Fall of 2010, the Karamell-Kuche (translates to 'caramel kitchen') took the spot of Goebel's Glas und Porzellan shop, home of the Hummel People figurines. With an Auf Wiedersehen from Goebel's, and a Guten Tag from Werther's Original Caramels, Epcot's newest sponsor transformed the humble Hummel shop into a lucrative candy store.

With the brand quality of Werther's Original Caramels, guests are sure to find ultimate satisfaction in the shops authentic German treats. Werther's was founded by candy-maker Gustav Nebel, who named the company for the village he originally created his confections at. Boasting top quality ingredients such as fresh cream, real butter, both white and brown sugar, and a pinch of salt, Werther's caramels are 'a treasure worthy to be wrapped in gold.' While many of the familiar gold wrapped Werther's caramels are found for sale, the Karamell Kuche also makes their own confections fresh every day. The Cultural Representative Cast Members from Germany not only sell the fresh caramel confections, they also make them, allowing guests to have a truly authentic German caramel treat.

A cast member coats an apple with fresh made caramel

Another cast members coats the caramel apples in nuts before the caramel sets

The evil queen would probably have fared better in the candy business than revenge, as apples play a big role in the Karamell-Kuche. No nonsense about 'magic wishing apples' is needed to entice guests into taking just one bite. In addition to the traditional caramel apple, the Karamell-Kuche offers a variety of candy apple flavors:

Traditional Caramel Apple

Caramel Peanut Apple

Milk Chocolate Apple, complete with a golden Werther's 'W'

Apple Pie Apple (white chocolate, cinnamon and sugar) and Rocky Road Apple (nuts, marshallows, chocolate, and caramel)

Ironically, after all of this discussion on candy apples, I actually am not a fan of them. Too much of a cumbersome treat for my taste, I leave the candy apples for the more snack hungry and adventurous, but these apples do look fun and elegant at the same time. Needless to say, I did not get to taste one for this blog, so it is difficult to fairly recommend them. The price is probably what mostly turned me away, though they did look tempting. If I was a fan of the treat, I'd probably fork over the dough and try one, but I have enjoyed several other caramel treats: the caramel vanilla cupcake, caramel peanut butter cookie, caramel corn, and the chewy caramel bar. Soft, fresh, sweet and scrumptious, the caramel used in those treats is the same as those on these delicious looking apples, so I can definitely say guests will enjoy that aspect of their caramel apple experience here.

Just like the little Hummel People of Goebel's said Auf Wiedersehen, we say the same (for now) to the seven dwarfs, Snow White, and their Magic Kingdom Attraction this week. Though the attraction will be missed, we still can see Snow White in Germany at Epcot and while you're at it, have a treat in her honor and pick up a caramel apple next door.


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