Editor’s Note: The “Match the Species” Treats at Zuri’s Sweets Shop — aka the “poop” candy — is no longer available. Cast Members at the spot have said that it was only available as a test. We’ll let you know when/if we see it return!
And we are so excited to give you a little tour! But there’s a particular treat at this candy shop that may not be for the faint of heart… .
Of course there’s plenty of animal-themed candy and confections here at Zuri’s, but when your eye lands on the poop-themed candy?
Let’s take a little look around the shop, and then we’ll give you our full review of this new…um…treat. 😉
Zuri’s Sweets Shop
If you’re looking for Zuri’s, you’ll find it anchoring one entrance to the brand new Harambe Market, right beside Mombasa Marketplace.
The space isn’t very large, but it’s packed! And you can enter from two sides, so there’s nice flow in and out of the shop.
This place is the Animal Kingdom’s answer to Magic Kingdom’s Confectionery and Hollywood Studios’ Sweet Spells. As you enter from the Harambe Market side, you immediately see bulk bins. The sign says that it’s candy, but there are actually some healthier snacks here too, like almonds, granola, and yogurt-covered pretzels.
Paper bags, instead of the plastic ones you usually see with bulk “Goofy’s Candy Co.” goodies around the parks, are available here.
In the center of the floor, there are a few free standing displays with housewares and cookbooks as well as sweet treats. Here’s the standard lollipop and cotton candy display.
Along the walls, banks of shelves held all kinds of snacks — both sweet and savory. Some snacks, like coconut patties, are familiar Disney treats, but are done up here with Animal Kingdom theming. But there were also some new things, like jerky and prepackaged popcorn in lots of new flavors. More on this in an upcoming post!
And the African Wine display from Mombasa Marketplace has been continued over here.
When we first heard about Zuri’s though, we were most interested to answer one question: would there be a confectionery case? And the answer is yes!
There are some super cute themed Apples to share!
And some yummy unique, flavored chocolate treats we loved.
And even some out-of-the-ordinary cake pops and marshmallow pops that we think you’ll enjoy.
But we’ll tell you all about those next week. Because we’re predicting that this spot will quickly become known for its OTHER exclusive and unique treats — the poop — and we figured we should tell you about that first.
The Scoop on the Poop: “Match the Species” Treats at Zuri’s Sweets Shop
OK, so you know how when you sign on to be a Wilderness Explorer at Animal Kingdom, one of the things you have to learn about is poop? Well, the culinary team have dreamed up some freshly-made treats that look way too much like the real thing for my comfort. BUT — your kids are gonna LOVE it.
It’s called Match the Species. Apparently that’s code for Animal Poop.
There are edible versions of Elephant, Giraffe, Cotton Top Tamarin, and Hippo poop to sample. For just $3.99 a pop, or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, of course.
And if you’re feeling, oh, a little squeamish about the whole thing, rest assured, you can find out exactly what is in the treat you’re about to eat. We asked the Cast Members to show us the reference pages, and they happily obliged.
Well, we had to try some, of course. And while they’re all visually…interesting, we decided that our first sample would be of the Elephant variety. This one is chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oats and yellow coconut flakes.
It was very…brown.
And cutting through it with a knife took a little muscle power, but I later realized that that was because it had been in the cool case. Once it sat out for a bit, it got much softer. (Sigh, there’s really no good way to write about this that isn’t fraught with peril.)
As for taste, it reminded me a lot of a no-bake cookie, which I love!
So there you go. You can probably whip up some Elephant Poop Candy in your very own kitchen, should you suddenly develop a craving for it.
Whew! It’s been a fun and amazing day, checking out so many incredible new things at Animal Kingdom! We have lots more to share with you in the upcoming weeks, including a full review of MANY of the beautiful — and not so poo-related — treats in the case at Zuri’s! So stay tuned!!
What’s your favorite new thing that you’re looking forward to trying at Zuri’s Sweets Shop? Leave a comment and join in the fun!