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Disney’s Nostalgic Candy Items

One of the Disney Theme Parks’ main goals is to make you feel like a kid again when you’re visiting, and a great way to do that is to offer you some favorite candies from your childhood! Let’s take a look at a few of the sugary sweets you can find in the parks that will surely bring back memories…

Lollipops and Taffy
Two seashore sweets that you can surely remember begging your parents to splurge on for you during the summers as a kid, the Disney lollipops (which we covered in detail in our previous post, “Sucker Punch“) and taffy in Disney Parks remain as bright and alluring as they were when you were six-and-a-half.

Disney Lollipops

While you probably still couldn’t finish a whole lollipop, there’s nothin’ sayin’ you can’t try! And with three kinds of taffy to choose from, there’s bound to be something everyone will love.

Disney Taffy

Ribbon Candy and Button Candy
I fondly remember these from my childhood, and they’re tough to find these days! As relatively new offerings in Disney Parks, I’m hoping the ribbon candy outlasts the holidays and the button candy sticks around for at least a little while — I love that it’s flavored and doesn’t have just a plain sugar taste.

Ribbon Candy

Now…about button candy…raise your hand if you just the tiny bit of paper that comes off with the button…come on…be honest! ;-)

Button Candy

M&Ms, Jelly Beans, and Giant Oreos
That’s right! You can find authentic M&Ms, jelly belly jelly beans, and oreos (albeit GIANT ones) at Disney Parks! You’ll find the former two in bulk, and the giant oreos are sold plain as well as enrobed in chocolate and decorated with various candies. Definitely a treat to share.

M&Ms Sold in Bulk

Jelly Beans Sold in Bulk

Giant Oreo Cookie

Plastic Box Treasures
These may not be nostalgic for many folks, but for those of us who loved buying the tiny plastic souvenir boxes of candies back in EPCOT Center in the 80’s, this is a fun revival!

Cotton Candy
Finally, the most nostalgic of all the state fair candies — Cotton Candy continues to reign supreme at Disney Theme Parks. You can find it at every candy shop on every “corner,” and at Disney World’s Main Street Confectionery, you can actually see it being made!

What are your favorite candies from your Disney visits as a kid? Let us know in the comments section below!


  1. Janna says:

    I really miss the fill-your-own-bag of taffy in Magic Kingdom. I heard that it was still at Goofy’s but I never made it over there to confirm.

    My 4yo loves the twirly suckers…he never eats more than 1/4 of one but he loves them just the same.

    (I love candy buttons, too, even with a bit of the paper still attached, LOL)

  2. Carolyn says:

    Rock candy!

  3. Sarah says:

    I always used to get one of the plastic boxes. I’d usually go with the fruity pellet candy, but one year I got the candy sea shells. I think that box was The Little Mermaid.

    I’ll have to try the candy buttons some time, paper and all! :)

  4. Joanna says:

    I was surprised to find that Casey’s offered cotton candy as a dessert option! Loved it! :) I’m still a sucker for those giant suckers…

  5. Griffin says:

    My son loves jelly beans and M&Ms. Though they can get pricey they way he fills his bag, lol. I’ve never had the taffy, but will have to try some next trip! The ribbon candy looks a little thick compared to kinds i’ve had as a kid though…

  6. Jen says:

    I’ve always loved the Mickey Head lollipops and the Goofy’s Candy Co Rock Candy :) I used to buy about 6 packs at a time as a child, hide them from my Mum and Dad and devour the lot in a day. I dread to think the damage I did to my teeth! Great memories :)

  7. RedMommyof4 says:

    OMGosh! Those plastic containers of Runtz candy? Holy moly!

  8. Allison says:

    My first trip to Disney, I came home with one of the “unicorn” lollypops – and while I was an excited kid, I also remember it tasting quite gross. :-)

  9. Lesley says:

    I always got one of the huge lollipops. As a teen, my friends and I always bought bags of sour cherry balls. I remember throwing them at/to each other on the teacups…

  10. Heather says:

    Sour Balls AJ, SOUR BALLS! It has to be the bag of ALL red ones though…

  11. Jeff C. says:

    The cotton candy and the taffy!I still have to get them when we go :)

  12. CanadiansloveWDW says:

    cotton candy .. we always get cotton candy when we watch the fireworks at MK

  13. Oh my, we used to buy a million of those plastic boxes filled with candies to bring back to family, friends, and neighbors. My favorite were the Petit Swiss Fruit filled one. Nice to see something from the 80’s coming back :)

  14. Galloping Gourmand says:

    Button candy was my favorite growing up (late 70’s). The paper was the best part.

    Ribbon candy is best when it’s either all stuck together in one big lump or broken into thousands of individual pieces.

    I tell you what, if you buy one of those mega lollipops for the kids you will get what’s comming to you. Mega sugar rush, tantrum, crash, repeat, all day.

  15. JoVonn says:

    I loved gummy bears as a kid. Now I can get sugar free gummies at Disney.

  16. Pudge the Fish says:

    Is it even possible to remove the paper from the back of button candy? I didn’t think that was possible so I never even tried. ;)

  17. Great article. I can’t imagine visiting over the holidays without dining reservations.

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