Honeycrisp Apple Review

"The Worldwide Favorite"

95
Nearly Perfect

🏅 #4 RANKED BAKING APPLE

The new kid on the block in terms of well-known apples, this go-getter went from specialty store nobody to supermarket mainstay in no time. A fan favorite likely to soon overtake the serviceable Royal Gala and belligerently disgusting Red Delicious as ‘most in-demand’ apple, this sweet, snappy savior can be credited with bringing apples back into the discussion as a relevant fruit – as well as injecting its genes into some of the best apples mankind has to offer (including the #1 SweeTango). 

While this trailblazer may have jumpstarted the Apple Renaissance, it’s up to future generations of Honeycrisp offspring to carry the torch as this splotchy MILF can be cumbersomely massive, weighing down grocery bags like a bulbous melon. And at the price – that can be a real deterrent. 

BONUS POINTS: +1 Branding / Consistency, +1 Crispness, +1 Juiciness, +1 Skin, +1 Historical Significance, +1 Baking

Taste
Crispness
Skin
Flesh
Juiciness
Density
Beauty
Branding / Consistency
Cost / Availability

- FLAVOR PROFILE -

SWEETNESS

5/5

Red Apple Icon
5/5

TARTNESS

3/5

Red Apple Icon
3/5

INTENSITY

4/5

Red Apple Icon
4/5
HONEYCRISP BIO

PARENTAGE

Keepsake x MN1627

ORIGIN

University of Minnesota

YEAR

1991

AVAILABILITY

Year-round

BEST USES

Munching, Baking, Juice

OTHER NAMES

Honeycrunch

68 thoughts on “Honeycrisp Apple Review”

      1. I loved Honeycrisp a few years ago, but then i noticed they started to be brown and spotty inside the core. When is the best time to buy them so as to avoid watery and brown interiors? Thank you for your help! I love your site. I’d love to know more about the nutritional value of each apple type.

    1. Honey crisps are my new favorite apple since I can’t seem to find any Gravenstein apples in this neck of the woods.
      There does not seem to be a review available on Gravensteins. It still remains my all-time favorite!!!

      1. I used to live in Stkn CA went to school with a Dirk Lemke! Gravenstein’s an old Dutch apple some say Russian fur trappers brought them to NorCal in Sonoma Co. we used to go to Sebastopol CA to the festival and mom would buy her apples by the crate for her killer pies! Hard to get anymore and never here in Hawaii!

  1. I’d caution buyers to be wary of undersized Honeycrisps. I recently picked up a bag at TJ’s thinking I’d finally found my favorites in a size that wouldn’t replace my entire dinner, only to be disappointed by the quality. I suspect they may have been #2 sorts that fell short on both accounts. Still not bad, but they didn’t stack up to the full size ones. I hope they do manage that eventually.

    1. Full-sized Honeycrisps are definitely the headliners of this variety. Size varies on all apples but historically store-bought Honeycrisps have been gigantic. It’s only recently that the small ones have emerged.

      1. Tried another of the smaller ones from a better store with the same result. It has an almost unpleasant musky aftertaste, which I’ve never experienced with the full sized ones. I read another article that said they’re not so great off-peak. I’ve never had a large one that wasn’t good, but I also haven’t paid attention to timing, which I will now. The article was also hyping the Ever Crisp as a better holding alternative, which was indeed better than these Honeycrisps but not on par with the good ones. The Fuji still comes through.

        1. Follow up to follow up – got a full size, and while it may not be quite up to par with peak season it’s much better than the smaller ones. They need to go back to the drawing board on those.

        2. That’s been my experiences with smaller Honeycrisps–the small ones in the bags at TJ’s are not nearly as good as the larger single apples. Right now though TJ’s is selling a 5 lb bag of the large Honeycrisps for $5.99 and I’m on my second bag. And I have found Fuji to be a consistently good apple– even the small bagged apples have been consistently good. These two are my top 2 favorites.

      2. Agreed. Small and medium “honeycrisp” can sometimes be disappointing. I often wonder if their labels on those runts are a loose interpretation of the “honeycrisp” brand. I cut into a medium apple tonight and it was mealy – a rare problem for real honeycrisps. Ugh! Right into the trash. I have recently found some very large, sweet, tart, very crisp and juicy honeycrisps that remind me of the days when they first emerged on the market and made a solace.

      1. I love honey crisp but have also found Cosmic Crisp and Pizzazz to be excellent! Variety is the spice of life! Try them.

  2. I’ve been an apple lover my whole life and nothing can compare to a honeycrisp. They have tang and flavor in abundance. They are almost always super crisp and juicy. As others have noticed, there are two sizes, with the huge size being vastly superior to the non-huge ones. If I could make any change to a honeycrisp, it would be to reduce sweetness by about 10% and increase tartness by 10%. That would then be the perfect apple, it would not be possible to improve an apple beyond that!

  3. Honey crisp apples are delicious! I wish they were a little sweeter. I recently found sugar bee apples and I like the sweetness in sugar bee! thank you for a great review!!

  4. I only recently found apples were an amazing snack to fill my stomach between meals. I tried Gala apples a few weeks ago, and while it was mostly inoffensive, something was missing. I went to my local supermarket just a few days ago, and picked up a few organic Honeycrisp apples. For about $2.50 an apple, I had high expectations, and they certainly were met. It has a perfectly easy bite, a nice crunch, a pleasant flavor, is absolutely massive, and boasts a beautiful appearance to top it all off. I can’t wait to try SweeTango apples when they come in season. If Honeycrisp isn’t the best, I can only imagine what the SweeTango have to offer.

  5. Find honey Chris apples to be a bit pass say, like I was all about them in 2003 but I’ve definitely moved onto other varieties. I find them a little too water locked and not sweet enough.

  6. I find Honeycrisp apples to be a bit passé and overrated. I was all about them in 2003 but I’ve definitely moved on to other varieties. I find them a little too waterlogged and not quite sweet enough.

  7. Is it just me or have honeycrisps gone downhill over the years? They used to be amazing, but in recent years the ones I’ve gotten have seemed less flavorful and more “watery,” if that makes sense. I still think they’re a great variety, especially since I love my apples crisp, juicy, and not too sweet. But I’m curious if others have found them to be less flavorful than they used to be?

    1. My understanding…and I’m open to correction…is that the University of Minnesota failed to control the licensing of who produces and grows the trees, and so there are only a handful of orchards that you can guarantee are the best honeycrisp. A Minnesota-grown honeycrisp in season cannot be beat.

      The UofM has subsequently controlled SweeTango much better.

  8. made a pie with honeycrisp for a friend of mine who is allergic to cinnamon. he said it was the best pie he’s ever had and i’m very happy i went with honey crisp over granny smith, which in a practice batch came out far too tart.

  9. You seem to have a sweet tooth. You rank all the sweet apples very high, and tart apples very low. Honeycrisps are meh. All sweet, no depth to the flavor. Made for the masses used to over-sweetened foods.

  10. You’re mad. Honeycrisp apples are overly sour, with chunky flesh. Perhaps the ones I had were just third-rate, but the Spartan will always reign supreme in my home. I actually don’t know what your opinion on the Spartan is, maybe give it a try?

  11. You’re mad. Honeycrisp apples are overly sour, with chunky flesh. Perhaps the ones I had were just third-rate, but the Spartan will always reign supreme in my home. I actually don’t know what your opinion on the Spartan is, maybe give it a try? Anyway, the Honeycrisp (or at least the one I had) is a fallen angel.

  12. My first ‘exotic’ apple was the Fuji, but when HoneyCrisps rolled out and found their way into every local farmer’s market I was hooked. Yes, the big ones are better than the small ones, and over the last few years there’s been a noticeable drop in consistent quality. An earlier poster mentioned lack of control from the Minnesota developers and that makes sense. Too many growers rushed to cash in… But the mostly good ones are great and the lesser are still better than most other varieties… Cheers apple lovers!

  13. Killed the goose that laid the golden egg. A proper HoneyCrisp needs proper hand thinning early to singles to develop full flavor. Very hard to chemically thin. Last store display >10% were lopsided meaning not fully pollinated. That they were not knocked off chemically shows growing for bulk not quality. That they were not thinned means grower is not vigorously hand thinning if at all. The undersized ones are basically late season hand thinning of the doubles with the idea that what os left will size. So two harvest of improperly developed apples. Such explains bag of sweet water.

  14. ilikesweetthingssueme

    First off this cite is hilarious thank you for making it and secondly I love Honeycrisp apples more than life itself. It fills me with memories of going to the apple orchard and snaking as many slices of this apple that I could get without getting in trouble and buying a jug of cider made from Honeycrisp apples every fall. I may be biased but I will take my bias to my grave.

  15. this ranking website made me try an apple again for the first time since having a horrible texture experience as a child. Turns out honeycrisp texture is great and it’s delicious! i like apples now! thank you

  16. These apples are wonderful; I remember the first time I ate one and how fantastically different it tasted compared to the more “plebeian” apples I’d been eating for years. So juicy and crunchy! But I do feel that they’re very slightly overrated. Sometimes their sweetness can taste overpowering to me and their massive size makes them ill-suited for a light snack or a side dish to my lunch. And that’s not even factoring the price.

    But I am very happy to see these becoming more readily available and more people discovering their deliciousness. And my favorite apple, the Snapdragon, owes its existence to this marvelous fruit. I anxiously await the day they push the Red Delicious into the dustbin of history.

  17. ATrueAppleEnthusiast

    Honeycrisp apples are undoubtedly one of the best apples. With amazing stats across the board, I truly hope that it (and other phenomenal apples such as the SweeTango and Snapdragon) will eventually push the absolutely deplorable shit-filled rotting corpse that is referred to as the “Red Delicious Apple” into complete irrelevancy to the point where it is second nature to ridicule anyone seen with such an atrocity. The Honeycrisp is a tremendous apple

  18. A co-worker turned me onto Honeycrisp Apples and I was heavy into them for a while. I don’t buy them as often now (I tend to lean more Envy or Wild Twist) but they are old faithful.

  19. Wait WHAT? Where have you ever had a sweet Honeycrisp? I never have had one. The popularly of this Apple baffles me. I try one every year or two, and nope. Still sour. Ugh.

  20. When they’re good they’re great, but the problem is that in my experience they are highly inconsistent. One in a bag could be heaven on earth and the other a mealy mess thats already composting.

  21. Hi! I am so happy that I discovered this list! I am having fun taste testing apples, haha. Yesterday, I bought some Sweetangos and Honeycrisps to compare flavors. I did a side by side tasting and I must say, the Honeycrisp apple came out on top. It wasn’t even close! Since it is still “in-season” for Sweetangos, I was surprised by the lack of flavor and crispness that I experienced from them. Maybe I got a bad batch? Regardless, I believe based on my experience and others’ recent comments, the Honeycrisp is the true GOAT of apples. 🙂

  22. Say what you want about honeycrisps, but they keep their shit together well into the late parts of the season. Also the best honeycrisps are in fact the size of my head. My husband has resigned himself to the second mortgage I take out buying honeycrisps each fall-winter. LMAO

  23. Um – no. My dislike for this apple grows every time I have the grave misfortune of finding it inside my mouth. It’s weird “bursty” flesh immediately causes me to drool, but NOT in a good way. Quite frankly, this apple is trying too hard. Me thinks it was designed by a committee of globalist stakeholder capitalists hell-bent on producing an apple that is all-things-to-all-people, in an effort to batter the public into submission. Because let’s face it, it’s hard to fight back against sinister organizations when you’re drooling.

  24. I demand a bigger sampling size for this apple. In many regions it seems to be going the way of the beefsteak tomato, the flavorless benign tumor that winds up in slices on many an In’N’Out burger. This varietal continues to be bred larger and larger and as such its flavor profile approaches that of construction-grade celery. Where are you even getting a Honeycrisp that approaches the alleged perfection you speak of?

  25. Bart B. Van Bockstaele

    I just bought a 6 pound bag of these (20231211). I see no real advantages in this apple. It is crisp and juicy but has barely any taste. It’s like crunchy water. It is *possible* that there are applications for this, but right now I can’t think of any. To me, as a consumer, it is an apple to stay away from.

  26. I like to try every kind of apple that shows up in my local stores. I finally got around to trying Honeycrisp and I’m agreeing with the commenters who don’t like this apple or don’t see why it is so highly rated. I’ve tried two. The small one was sour. The large one was okay, but nothing to write home about. They did not compare to the Sweetangos or Sugarbees. Even the Cosmic Crisp I tried was significantly better. I did read many of the comments, and perhaps the popularity of the apple has been its downfall.

    BTW I’m in Memphis and I’m trying to grow my own apples. I got a “St. Clair” and a “Yellow Hamilton”. These are old Southern varieties with a much lower chilling requirement. No fruit yet, but I’m hoping for something from the St. Clair this next season.

  27. I’ve had some really great Honeycrisp, but lately they’ve been awful. Huge, extremely dull skin color, and have to second Wendy on the “chemical” taste (little flavor otherwise). Not sure what is going on.

  28. When they’re good, they’re good, but when they’re bad they’re inedible, which happens too often with a relatively expensive apple.

    I find this happens a lot with especially large examples. It seems to have something to do with the depth of the indentation at the flower end.

  29. Honeycrisp are awesome when they are grown, picked and stored correctly. The cell structure surely has people wanting to crunch over and over.

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