Have you ever realized how many similar dining opportunities exist in Disneyland and Disney World? That’s what my colleague and friend, Ryan from Main Street Gazette, and I were discussing a couple of months ago when we came up with a fun idea. We knew we were both headed to Disney parks — he to Disney World, and I to Disneyland — and thought it would be an intriguing series of posts to compare our experiences at “mirror image” locations in Disney World and Disneyland!
For the next month of Wednesdays, you’ll see us reviewing back-to-back, mirror image foodie havens in the Florida and California parks! Whether you’re headed to the East coast or the West, we’ve got your Disney Food needs covered — please join us for the ride!
Today, we’re discussing the homemade goodies from the Main Street candy stores at Disney World and Disneyland, which means I get to talk about Disneyland’s Candy Palace! And let me say right up front — this place is all about the homemade! You know they’re famous for their homemade candy canes during the holiday season, but they’re making homemade candy — front-and-center — every single day of the year here.
From fudge and pecan rolls to molasses sponge and rocky road, there’s always something brewing at the Candy Palace — and you can buy freshly made packages of your nostalgic favorites. The best part, though, is watching the candy makers. The huge windows around the candy kitchen offer guests the opportunity to watch them make magic, and big, descriptive signs let you know exactly what they’re making inside:
Homemade Toffee Slabs
One item I’d heard rave reviews about were the Candy Palace toffee slabs, and I was lucky enough on my trip to watch them being made! This can be best compared to a Heath, Daim, or Skor bar in your grocery store, and consists of a buttery, hard candy covered in milk chocolate and coated with crushed almonds.
Luckily, when I got back to the hotel room with this giant slab of toffee that I’d purchased from the Candy Palace candy counter, my husband was starving! We both tore into the confection, and while I’d prefer mine without the almonds, he absolutely loved his half! It was easily one of his favorite treats from the trip.
But My Favorite…
My favorite purchase from the Candy Palace was the molasses sponge candy I couldn’t resist. I grew up with this candy — a big package of it is my dad’s traditional Christmas gift from my mom every year — and I just realized that it isn’t actually all that well-known nationwide. Buffalo, NY, my hometown, lays claim to this specialty, in fact!
So, for those of you who haven’t tried sponge candy (also known as seafoam, hokey-pokey, honeycomb candy, and cinder toffee), I can highly recommend it! (The science behind how it’s made is pretty cool, too!)
Anyway, I scarfed this down pretty darn quickly.
Make a Visit…if you Dare!
Disneyland’s Candy Palace is an addictive place. You could easily spend an hour there watching the candy making, inspecting the fudge varieties, and playing with the numerous vintage boardwalk games linking the walls! And, I promise, you could easily drop some serious cash on all of the homemade favorites that you haven’t had in years. But, hey, that wouldn’t be so bad, now would it?
Thanks for visiting the Candy Palace with us today! Be sure to head over to Main Street Gazette for Ryan’s take on the Confectionery in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!