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Disney World Fudge: A Primer

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Fudge is synonymous with the holidays for me. My Dad has perfected his fudge recipe over the years, and when the smells of bubbling chocolate, butter, and sugar start wafting from the kitchen, I know I’m truly home for the holidays.

So when Erin Foster, Disney Moms Panelist and Disney Fudge connoisseur, recently requested that we do a fudge post on the Disney Food Blog, I knew the beginning of the holiday season would be perfect timing!

Thanks to Erin and her family for sampling the newest holiday flavors in Disney World over the past week, and for providing many of the fudge photos below!

Disney Fudge Basics
There’s nothing like staring at the rows and rows of fudge in Disney World candy stores and trying to decide on a purchase. In fact, I’ll never forget buying a sampler tin of Disney fudge at the Main Street Confectionery during my first trip to Disney World as a grown-up. I became a Disney Foodie right then and there!

Disney Fudge Displays

Disney Fudge Displays

Disney Fudge Display

Disney Fudge Display

That daunting array of flavors is going to greet you no matter where you buy Disney fudge, so be prepared! Disney makes most of their fudge right there in the World; in fact, if you hang around at the Magic Kingdom Confectionery for long enough, you’ll surely see them putting together a few pans.

Weighing the Cinnamon for Pumpkin Fudge

Weighing the Cinnamon for Pumpkin Fudge

Pans of Candy Cane Fudge Cooling

Pans of Candy Cane Fudge Cooling

By the way, if you can’t decide on a flavor, consider purchasing a few squares at the beginning of your trip, then heading back to the store to purchase more of what you liked best at the end of the trip.

NOTE: You can use your Disney Dining Plan snack credits to buy fudge, so this is the perfect way to use up those leftover snack credits!

Snag a Square for a Snack Credit

Snag a Square for a Snack Credit

And speaking of basics, “fudge lady” Erin Foster posted a few of her own fudge-related insights in a recent Moms Panel answer:

* There are sometimes discounts for purchases of large quantities of fudge.

* The mint flavors must be wrapped separately because the intense (and intensely delicious) aroma transfers to the other flavors.

* If you want to bring fudge home, try purchasing it on your last day at WDW for maximum freshness.

* Tightly wrapped, the WDW fudge lasts for about a week — not that I’ve ever had a chance to test that out :-)

Sampler Box of Disney Fudge

Sampler Box of Disney Fudge

Ask About Discounts on Fudge

Ask About Discounts on Fudge

Disney Fudge for the Holidays
In addition to other flavors, Disney creates flavors for holidays and special promotions, such as Reese’s Pieces and Pumpkin for Halloween, and Peppermint and Eggnog for Christmas.

Reese's Pieces Fudge for Halloween

Reese's Pieces Fudge for Halloween

Disney's Candy Cane Fudge for the Christmas Season

Disney's Candy Cane Fudge for the Christmas Season

No matter when you go to the World, you’re likely to find a special flavor for that time of year or for the Disney promo happening at the time.

Where to Find Disney Fudge
You can find different flavors of Disney fudge throughout the parks and resorts. Some of the most common spots with the widest selection are: the Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom, the Scary Apothecary candy shop at Hollywood Studios, Bayview Gifts at the Contemporary Resort, and Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney.

Standard Flavors

Standard Flavors

Scary Apothecary Fudge Counter

Scary Apothecary Fudge Counter

Goofy's Candy Company Fudge Counter

Goofy's Candy Company Fudge Counter

Contemporary Resort Fudge Counter

Contemporary Resort Fudge Counter

And while you can usually count on most candy counters to carry the standard flavors, you never know what you’ll find! According to an email from Erin (and her kids, who are star fudge reporters),

We encountered fudge today at both Goofy’s Candy Co. at Downtown Disney and at
the gift shop at the Contemporary. The selection at each place was quite different, and also different from the selection at the Confectionery. We found today the following flavors that they didn’t have at the MK: vanilla raspberry, creamsicle, chocolate pecan, espresso, maple nut, maple pecan (looked totally different), chocolate caramel, Snickers, turtle cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and vanilla caramel.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you’re looking for specific flavors, you have to shop around.

Good to know!

Disney Fudge Recipes
I know how many of you love sampling Disney recipes, so I scouted around the internet for a few Disney fudge recipes (or recipes inspired by Disney fudge). Be sure to let me know how these turn out if you sample them!:

Cooks.com Disney World Vanilla Fudge

Cookie Madness Disney World S’mores Fudge (GREAT Disney s’mores fudge photo here!)

AllEarsNet Food and Wine Festival Canadian Maple Walnut Fudge

How About You?
Do you have a fun fudge story or recipe from Disney? Let us know via twitter, facebook, or email.

Thanks again, Erin and family!

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32 Comments

  1. Aurora says:

    it is 2 am and you are tempting me with Fudge!!! Peanut Butter Fudge at Disney is my FAVORITE fudge!!!!! AJ……. you are lucky I like you….. lol

  2. AJ says:

    Ha ha!! My sincere apologies; if it helps, I’m tempting myself, too! ;-)

  3. James (Disneynorth) says:

    Ok, you killed me with this post….. I now want fudge really badly!!!

    If you aren’t able to make it to Disney World but live close to Niagara Falls, I suggest making the trip over the boarder into Canada, and visiting the Maple Leaf Fudge store in Niagara-on-the-lake (http://mapleleaffudge.com/). They make really awesome fudge, right in the store. And Niagara-on-the-lake is a really beautiful town. I hope to retire there some day….

  4. AJ says:

    James — Thanks for the suggestion. I grew up near Buffalo and can agree that Niagara on the Lake is beautiful! Now, do they make flavors other than maple…?

  5. James (Disneynorth) says:

    AJ, do they make flavors other than Maple?!?! Of course!! LOL. They also have a great selection. I’m planning to spend a weekend there in January, so I will make sure to take some pictures and send them to you.

  6. Aj says:

    Pictures would be great! Wish I was going to be at my parents’ house longer than four days this year — I’d join you up there in January! I’d probably snag some ice wine on the trip as well…

  7. James (Disneynorth) says:

    AJ, if you are an ice wine lover, you need to try one of the red wine ice wines. Personally, I prefer them over the Vidal or Riesling ice wines.

  8. AJ says:

    I had no idea there WAS such a thing as red wine ice wine!!! Is it served cold?

  9. [...] The Disney Food Blog, AJ has an excellent primer on Walt Disney World fudge, including a look at special holiday-themed candy cane [...]

  10. AJ says:

    Hi guys! Just received a comment from Lee, via email:

    “Re your fudge article, I’d like to add two things. I love Disney’s caramel fudge
    and the only place I can find it any more is in the Süssigkeiten store (cookies,
    etc.) in Epcot’s World Showcase Germany pavillion. I get six pieces every time we
    visit several times a year. I freeze it when we get home so that I can enjoy a bit
    of it until we return to the World again.

    Also, re the fudge, a few years ago in the month of February the Main Street
    Confectionery’s featured fudge was Rum Raisin and I purchased some. It was
    sensational, BUT I have never been able to get it again at any Disney fudge
    location. I loved that fudge so much I’ve tried to duplicate it but without much
    success.”

  11. john says:

    hey does anyone have the recipe for disney worlds fudge? it is the best i ever tasted.

  12. AJ says:

    John, if you look up in the post, you’ll see links for three different recipes for Disney World’s fudge. Enjoy!

  13. john says:

    wow didn’t see that sorry thank you

  14. AJ says:

    No problem! Thanks for reading :-) If you try the fudge recipes, I’d love to hear how it goes…

  15. Danielle says:

    We went to Disney one year for Thanksgiving and they offered a seasonal pumpkin fudge. I said out loud to my mother that I don’t know if I’d like a pumpkin fudge…so the person behind the counter gave me a taste. I ended up leaving with a few pieces. It was super good.

  16. Dana says:

    Does anyone know if you can have Disney mail fudge to someone? My grandmother loves fudge and I would love to send her some from WDW.

  17. JR says:

    Can I buy disney fudge on line some were. Im not able to go to the parks

    Thanks
    JR

  18. AJ says:

    JR and Dana — To my knowledge, there is no way to order it. But you CAN get it at Downtown Disney in Goofy’s Candy Company. That way you wouldn’t have to go into a park!

  19. luvmychaos says:

    I know this is an old post,not sure if I’ll get a reply. But since we’re compliling our lust (that was a type o for list but I believe its apporpriate too!), if you could only buy one piece what kind be? If you were making your dream 6 pc box,what would your choices be? We had orginally planned this trip as a way to make up for a really crummy&traumatic last year but thanks to this blob its quickly becoming a foodies dream trip too!!

  20. AJ says:

    luv — I’m assuming that “blob” is a typo for “blog,” but also might be appropriate in both cases ;-) I think my dream box of fudge would be plain chocolate, chocolate peanut butter or butterfinger, pumpkin, s’mores, cookies and cream, and some sort of citrusy flavor. :-)

  21. luvmychaos says:

    Oh my! That’s what I get for typing in the dark while the kiddies were sleeping ; ) I was heading over to type a follow up & was surprised to see you answered back so quickly!You are AWESOME! Is the fudge consistently good everywhere or is there one place that is better for mass consumption?!

  22. AJ says:

    Fudge is pretty consistent at the major candy locations. I’ll have to check with Erin Foster — our fudge guru — to see if there’s a place she prefers :-)

  23. J Thompson says:

    Do you know if you can use four snack credits to buy fudge then get the two free pieces? I doubt it since the snack credits are sold @ a discount, but I can always dream.

  24. AJ says:

    J thompson — That is an excellent question!! We’ll have to do some research!

  25. Kelly says:

    With out a doubt, Disney has the best fudge ever!! I went there for the first time in 2003 and fell in lust with their fudge. The second time around, just the women of the family went and every other night we’d buy different flavors of fudge and have movie night. my brother and sister in law went to Disney just recently for their honeymoon and everyone requested fudge as their souvenir. It’s so yummy!!!! Do they ship it nationally?! I’m going back for spring break and will probably only consume fudge as my dietary intake. Ahh the only place where an adult can truly act like a carefree child and not be judged lol (picturing me with fudge all over my mouth riding on the rollercoasters, taking pictures with Mickey)

  26. Kim says:

    Regarding the Disney World Vanilla Fudge recipe… the recipe doesn’t state when to add the granulated sugar. Does it get boiled with the brown sugar or added afterwards with the confectioner’s sugar?

  27. Elizabeth says:

    How much does a sample box cost? PS i love ur blog!

  28. AJ says:

    Elizabeth — Our fudge guru says maybe around $16.60 (since each square is $3.95 and they’ve been giving two free for every four purchased).

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you!

  30. Christa says:

    AJ I am fast becoming addicted to all blog posts a la AJ! I love this fudge one and just recently listened to the snack one with Lou Mangello (twice!) keep up the tasty work!!!

  31. Jack says:

    Fudge at Disney is not gluten free.

  32. Esteban Sandoval says:

    I used to work at Disney world in the confectionary. They don’t make their own fudge anymore now it’s some pre-made super buttery fudge. The old stuff was amazing this stuff this new stuff not so much.

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