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Candy Crisp® apple

Discovered as a chance seedling growing in a Red Delicious orchard and therefore thought to be related.  It has a similar shape to Red Delicious but the skin color is golden yellow.

USDA identification images for Candy Crisp

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 17 Mar 2018  OR, United States
      I only had one apple out of four trees but considering the previous owner (landscaper) only planted this variety, I was surprised to get any, Nice crisp, tasty apple I'm anxious to get more of a taste.
    • 14 Jan 2016  NEW YORK, United States
      This apple has a very sweet taste! It tastes like a cross between golden delicious and a honey crisp. A bit soft texture, I prefer a crisper texture but it is a very good eating apple!
    • 22 Oct 2015  NC, United States
      Candy crisp apple lives up to its name. Nice and crispy with good texture. Super sweet. I prefer a more tart apple. This one is too sweet for me and lacks apple flavor. I am enjoying it diced I to plain Greek yogurt. The combo is excellent.
    • 07 Oct 2015  CALIFORNIA, United States
      Sampled at a farmer's market in Orange County, CA. Locally grown. I thought it had good juice and crunch but far too sweet for my taste. Similar to Honeycrisp
    • 22 Oct 2013  AL, United States
      AWESOME eating apple. I am difficult to please when it comes to apples. Crunchy/hard yet very sweet. Found at Isom's orchard hwy 72 just east of Athens, AL
    • 15 Jan 2013  NY, United States
      Bo - I found this to be nearly identical to the Honeycrisp, with only slightly less sweetness, yet with less of an apple flavor giving the fructose a more caramel taste. Enjoyable, but a firm second to the Honeycrisp. Brent - This apple's texture and flavor make it one of the best sweet apples I've ever had. Very crisp without being too hard to eat and sweet as candy.
    • 04 Jan 2013  NEW YORK, United States
      Just moved to the Hudson Valley this year from Chicago. Found a Candy Crisp in a local grocery chain and it has become my new favorite fruit. I never understood why people like apples. This apple is the best fruit I have ever tasted. My friend from wisconsin never heard of this variety. Her favorite is a Honey Crisp (which never impressed me) she cant wait to visit the Hudson Valley to try this Candy Crisp !
    • 08 Oct 2012  CA, United States
      Ive tasted this apple. I thought it was delicious. It was similar to a honey crisp but less tart. Quite yummy!!

    Tree register

    United States

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2020 season

    • May  2020  - tree owned by Maryjane in Prineville, United States

    2017 season

    • 18th May  2017  - tree owned by Khashline@Gmail.Com in Rouses Point, United States
    • May  2017  - tree owned by Maryjane in Prineville, United States

    2013 season

    • 18th May  2013  - tree owned by Mike in Westfield, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2021 season

    • 2nd week October  2021  - tree owned by Maryjane in Prineville, United States

    2018 season

    • September  2018  - tree owned by Maryjane in Prineville, United States

    2017 season

    • September  2017  - tree owned by Maryjane in Prineville, United States

    2011 season

    • 3rd week September  2011  - tree owned by J.P.Curry in Sturgeon, United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Chance seedling
    • Originates from: New York, United States


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter


    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

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    The following orchards grow Candy Crisp:

    United States

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