I recently quit my steady job of nearly 10 years and joined a tech startup a niche (but super sexy) software subscription product. Wild, right? Not as wild as the apple fries I found at Legoland California!


The best thing to do in your first week at a new job is to take a vacation, so I packed up the family and flew to San Diego for a few days. We’d had this trip planned for a while, but the whole job change forced us to adjust some of the details. Instead of spending an entire week in sunny San Diego we cut the trip down to about 3 days. That left one day to explore, and then a day and half to visit Legoland. Turns out that a day and a half at Legoland is pretty much the right amount of time, especially if you stay at the hotel attached to the resort.


There wasn’t a lot of creative food on the property, but Granny’s Apple Fries was a highlight. It’s located up on Castle Hill next to the massive playground. I had heard good things, but I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the concept. My hope was that it would resemble something along the lines of an apple pie. Turns out I wasn’t too far off!


They start with fresh Granny Smith apples which give a tart and acidic base to the treat. This limits the size of the fries to a range of about 1 to 2.5 inches long, and they’re sliced approximately 10 mm thick. These stubby fries would be annoying for a potato fry, but given the limitations of the base product I’ll give it a pass. The slices are coated with some sort of a light batter, fried, and then coated generously in a cinnamon sugar mixture. They’re kept under heat lamps to stay warm, but given the turnover I wouldn’t imagine they have to sit for too long.


The fries are great on their own, but Legoland did a great job providing a perfectly matched condiment. Whipped cream. My wife and I debated for a while whether or not they make the whipped cream or just spray it out of a can. I think they make it and pipe it into a little cup on the top of the container. It seemed denser and richer than canned whipped cream that I’m familiar with. Either way, it was really nice. It’s a nice contrast to the sugary coating and really brings back that feeling of an apple pie. I’m surprised that they don’t also offer cups of caramel as an upsell.


These apple fries were hands-down my favorite food purchase over my day and a half at Legoland. I have no problem giving them a solid 8 out of 10 on my rating scale. If I remember correctly, they cost about $6 for an order. You could share an order with someone else, but honestly…I was happy eating one by myself. My wife also ate hers. We were planning on sharing them with the kids but they had zero interest. No problem, more for me!

Sampled on March 9, 2018 at Legoland, California