First Look AND Review: The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe in Disney World’s Disney Springs

Chocolate for breakfast, anyone ;) ?

Well then, you’re in the right place… because this morning we’re visiting Disney World’s very own specialty chocolate shop: The Ganachery!

The Ganachery Storefront

The Ganachery Storefront

You’ll find the brand new Ganachery in The Landing of Disney Springs — that’s the same general area as many of the recent dining and shopping additions that have opened in Disney Springs over the past year such as Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Vivoli il Gelato, and The Boathouse.

While there is no shortage of sweet stops and candy shops all over Disney World, The Ganachery is set to deliver its own unique experience. The name stems from the star product: house-made ganache — a rich, decadent mix of chocolate and cream. Sixteen different flavors of chocolate are made in house.

But that’s not all that’s in store…

Atmosphere

You’ll find The Ganachery tucked in amidst the new retail options in The Landing (it’s the next door neighbor to Sound Lion), with the same brick storefront as its counterparts.

The Ganachery Sign

The Ganachery Sign

Inside, however, this boutique-style shop has a look all its own. The decor is cozy and classic.

Copper Pots In The Center of the Ceiling

Copper Pots In The Center of the Ceiling

Copper Tiled Ceiling

Copper Tiled Ceiling

Golds, coppers, and browns in the decor set the stage for the main event — lots and LOTS of chocolate.

Beautifully Tiled Floors

Beautifully Tiled Floors

And you know Disney… with the look comes a story! “Like all the buildings at Disney Springs, there is a history – the shop used to be an apothecary where residents of the springs came for medicinal needs. Then, as the story goes, the space was taken over by a South American couple who turned their love for the cocoa bean into a fantastic chocolate shop. ” (Fitting, as cocoa beans for The Ganachery are sourced from Brazil, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.)

In homage to the backstory, framed quotes like “There’s NOTHING Chocolate Can’t Fix,” and “Chocolate is Good Medicine,” urge customers to self-medicate.

"There's Nothing Chocolate Can't Fix"

“There’s Nothing Chocolate Can’t Fix”

"Chocolate Is Good Medicine"

“Chocolate Is Good Medicine”

Along with the sights and scents of chocolate in the air, a big part of the atmosphere of The Ganachery lies in the experience. We were told that the opening team for The Ganachery is made up of only 14 cast members who are specially trained to provide a totally personalized experience for each customer.

The Head Chocolatier, Amanda

The Head Chocolatier, Amanda

To your left when you walk inside, you will see the open kitchen where chocolatiers create the signature ganache squares right in front of you! They make one type of chocolate each day so it alternates between milk and dark chocolate. (They do sell white chocolate pearls and bars as well.)

The Ganachery Kitchen

The Ganachery Kitchen

The ganache is made from scratch on the premises and the entire kitchen is viewable to the customers.

Dark Chocolate Being Prepared For Cutting

Dark Chocolate Being Prepared For Cutting

When we walked by Amanda, the head chocolatier, she was preparing the ganache to be cut with a guitar cutter, which uses actual guitar strings! Amanda came to The Ganachery after working at The Grand Floridian’s wedding cake department and gingerbread displays.

Head Chocolatier Amanda Cutting the Ganache

Head Chocolatier Amanda Cutting the Ganache

Head Chocolatier Amanda Cutting the Ganache

Head Chocolatier Amanda Cutting the Ganache

After all that, I’ll bet you’re ready to do some tasting, aren’t you?

Eats

CHOCOLATE. And LOTS of it! THAT’S what’s on the menu at The Ganachery.

After the kitchen is a small merchandise area where you can find the pre-packaged goodies.

Merchandise Area

Merchandise Area

Decor On The Merchandise Shelves

Decor On The Merchandise Shelves

For sale you will find Crispy Chocolate Pearls, which come in white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel and strawberry.

Crispy Chocolate Pearls

Crispy Chocolate Pearls

Crispy Chocolate Pearls Flavors

Crispy Chocolate Pearls Flavors

Crispy Chocolate Pearls Tag

Crispy Chocolate Pearls Tag

Also for sale are Chocolate Pops in both milk and dark chocolate.

Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars

Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars

In addition to the ganache, what are sure to become signature items for The Ganachery are nine “distinctively Disney” chocolate bars. Each are created in honor of various characters and Disney Destinations across the globe.

Chocolate Bars

Chocolate Bars

First, let’s go over the milk chocolate options. And who better to start us off than the one who started it all, The Mickey Mouse!

The Mickey Mouse Chocolate Bar

The Mickey Mouse Chocolate Bar

The Mickey Mouse is simply just milk chocolate, which we throughout was perfectly simple for the classic character.

Next is Mickey’s only gal, The Minnie Mouse!

The Minnie Mouse Chocolate Bar

The Minnie Mouse Chocolate Bar

Perfectly pink, this one is made with dried strawberries.

Next is Mickey’s best pal, The Pluto!

The Pluto Chocolate Bar

The Pluto Chocolate Bar

Once we saw the words “peanut butter,” you know we had to try it!

Pluto Chocolate Bar

Pluto Chocolate Bar

The Pluto Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

The Pluto Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

The chocolate bars come wrapped in a silver wrapper and are made up of 8 squares of amazingness.

Chocolate Bar Wrapping

Chocolate Bar Wrapping

The Pluto Chocolate Bar

The Pluto Chocolate Bar

The Pluto is 41% cacao and very rich.

Cross-section of The Pluto Chocolate Bar

Cross-section of The Pluto Chocolate Bar

Unfortunately (at least I think so) the peanut butter is more of a flavor mixed with the chocolate rather than an actual filling. There are roasted peanuts throughout the bar.

Finishing up the milk chocolate options is The Disneyland.

The Disneyland Chocolate Bar

The Disneyland Chocolate Bar

This one comes with a hint of California — zante currant raisins and almonds. Yum!

Next up are the dark chocolates! Let’s start with The Disneyland Paris!

The Disneyland Paris Chocolate Bar

The Disneyland Paris Chocolate Bar

This one is made with fleur de sal (salted) caramel filling. Sounds delicieux!

Next up, The Walt Disney World.

The Walt Disney World Chocolate Bar

The Walt Disney World Chocolate Bar

Perfect for it’s Florida location, The Walt Disney World is made with natural orange (Florida oranges, of course!) and fruit tea flavors.

Also in the dark chocolates is The Goofy!

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

Made with POPPING CANDY!

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

The Goofy Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

The Goofy Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

The dark chocolate on this one is 58% cacao and was very creamy.

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

The Goofy Chocolate Bar

At first glance you don’t see the popping candy, but don’t worry — it’s in there!

Cross-section of the Goofy Chocolate Bar

Cross-section of the Goofy Chocolate Bar

Between the dark chocolate and the popping candy, this one is a very unique find.

Don’t worry white chocolate lovers, you have some options too! First let’s look at The Aulani, Hawaii!

The Aulani, Hawaii Chocolate Bar

The Aulani, Hawaii Chocolate Bar

Perfect for the Hawaiian Disney resort, this is made with tropical flavors of coconut and pineapple.

And last but not least is our favorite duck, The Donald Duck!

The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

We loved the theming behind this one because it perfectly matches one of our favorite Disney characters. Along with the white chocolate (like his white feathers) are blueberries (for his shirt) and habanero chili (for his temper)!

The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

The Donald Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

The Donald Chocolate Bar Nutritional Facts

Along with being the coolest looking chocolate bar we tried, the flavors were also our favorite of the bunch!

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The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

 

Closeup of The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

Closeup of The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

The blueberry carries a fruity sweetness that compliments the white chocolate.

Cross-section of The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

Cross-section of The Donald Duck Chocolate Bar

The spice of the habanero chili comes and goes while you’re eating the bar, so you get that unexpected combo of sweet and spicy.

After the merchandise area you’ll arrive to the real stars of the shop: The Ganache!

Cast Members Packaging The Ganache

Cast Members Packaging the Ganache

16 flavors of house-made ganache are available to choose from. You’ll find two glass cases, each with a cast member ready to assist you with sampling and asking you questions to make sure you pick out the best ones for you!

Cast Members Packaging the Ganache

Cast Members Packaging the Ganache

Our Cast Member/Ganache expert was Akira!

Cast Member Akira Helping Us With Our Ganache

Cast Member Akira Helping Us With Our Ganache

When purchasing ganache, you have the option of a box of six, nine or twelve pieces. You can buy the pieces individually as well. (Note that like other premium chocolates, these aren’t cheap. $3 per piece, $15 for six, or $27 for twelve.)

Ganache Purchasing Options

Ganache Purchasing Options

Each of the 16 flavors fall into one of four flavor categories: Spices, Classic, Trendy, and Fruity/Floral.

Ganache Flavor Reference Card

Ganache Flavor Reference Card

The Ganache Case!

The Ganache Case!

The Ganache Case!

The Ganache Case!

The first four are the Mint (Fruity/Floral), Pistachio (Classic), Vanilla (Fruity/Floral) and Dark 65% (Trendy).

Mint and Pistachio

Mint and Pistachio

Vanilla and Dark 65%

Vanilla and Dark 65%

Mint, Pistachio, Vanilla, Dark 65%

Mint, Pistachio, Vanilla, Dark 65%

The next window is Mango-Curry (Spice), Matcha-Yuzu (Trendy), Passion Fruit (Fruity/Floral) and Raspberry (Fruity/Floral).

Mango-Curry and Matcha-Yuzu

Mango-Curry and Matcha-Yuzu

Passion Fruit and Raspberry

Passion Fruit and Raspberry

Mango-Curry, Matcha-Yuzu, Passion Fruit, Raspberry

Mango-Curry, Matcha-Yuzu, Passion Fruit, Raspberry

The third case is Gianduja (Classic Chocolate Hazelnut), Coffee (Classic), Egyptian Sea Salt ( Trendy) and Cinnamon (Spice).

Gianduja and Coffee

Gianduja and Coffee

Egyptian Sea Salt and Cinnamon

Egyptian Sea Salt and Cinnamon

Gianduja, Coffee, Egyptian Sea Salt, Cinnamon

Gianduja, Coffee, Egyptian Sea Salt, Cinnamon

And the final four are Chipotle Pepper (Spice), Calamansi (Trendy), Orange (Fruity/Floral) and Caramel Fleur de Sel (Classic).

Chipotle Pepper and Calamansi

Chipotle Pepper and Calamansi

Orange and Caramel de Sel

Orange and Caramel de Sel

Chipotle Pepper, Calamansi, Orange, Caramel Fleur de Sel

Chipotle Pepper, Calamansi, Orange, Caramel Fleur de Sel

Your ganache expert will ask you questions about your favorite flavors, if you like sweet or semi-sweet, etc., to give your chocolate shopping experience a personalized feel.

Once you make your selections, your ganache squares are packed up and put into a custom brown and blue shopping bag.

Akira Packing Up Our Ganache Selections

Akira Packing Up Our Ganache Selections

The Ganachery Shopping Bag

The Ganachery Shopping Bag

We decided to go with a box of six. The beautiful packaging really goes above and beyond our expectations!

Ganache Box

Ganache Box

Ganache Box

Ganache Box

The box has a magnetic lid, and inside you’ll find a sweet little card, beautiful tissue paper and most importantly: YOUR CHOCOLATE!

"May these little pieces of chocolate inspire big ideas, lasting friendships and a lifetime of laughter."

“May these little pieces of chocolate inspire big ideas, lasting friendships and a lifetime of laughter.”

Ganache Box Packaging

Ganache Box Packaging

Box of 6 Ganache Squares

Box of 6 Ganache Squares

Okay we can’t wait any longer! Let’s try these!

We were told to never eat the sqaures all at once. Ganache is meant to be eaten one small bite at a time so that the flavor comes through gradually. (Kind of like a wine and cheese tasting.)

First is the Orange.

Orange Ganache

Orange Ganache

The orange is dark chocolate infused with Florida oranges and topped off with a pretty themed emblem.

Cross-section of the Orange Ganache

Cross-section of the Orange Ganache

The orange is not at all overpowering and the flavor definitely gets stronger as you eat.

Next is the Matcha/Yuzu.

Matcha-Yuzu Ganache

Matcha-Yuzu Ganache

This one is dark chocolate with a green tea and yuzu filling and is topped with a marbled green chocolate piece.

Cross-section of the Matcha-Yuzu

Cross-section of the Matcha-Yuzu

The green tea/yuzu flavor  is super strong in comparison to the orange. Lovers of matcha powder and green tea lattes will go crazy for this one!

Next let’s try the Egyptian Sea Salt!

Egyptian Sea Salt Ganache

Egyptian Sea Salt Ganache

This one is dark chocolate with sea salt from the Red Sea. It is topped off with the yummy shaved sea salt as well!

Cross-section of the Egyptian Sea Salt Ganache

Cross-section of the Egyptian Sea Salt Ganache

This one is on the creamy side and the flavor of the salt really pops!

Next is the Pistachio!

Pistachio Ganache

Pistachio Ganache

Another dark chocolate one filled with a Sicilian pistachio center and topped off with an actual pistachio.

Cross-section of the Pistachio Ganache

Cross-section of the Pistachio Ganache

The pistachio is so flavorful that you almost completely lose the chocolate. It’s a must-grab for any pistachio lover!

Next is the Calamansi!

Calamansi Ganache

Calamansi Ganache

Besides being SUPER pretty, this is milk chocolate infused with Vietnamese oranges.

Cross-section of the Calamansi

Cross-section of the Calamansi

In comparison to the Orange ganache, this one has a much stronger orange flavoring. The milk chocolate is creamy and doesn’t get lost.

After experiencing our first box of ganache we cannot wait to go back and enjoy more!

Overall

The Ganachery is a new concept for Disney World. Instead of mass-produced magic, each customer’s experience is designed to be completely personalized so no two visits will be the same. Every detail from the decor to the beautiful packaging really makes it a special experience, but there’s a high cost for that experience as well. Consider this a splurge.

Will you be visiting the new Ganachery shop in Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Colin Buchanan says

    Any provisions for keeping the chocolates cool on a hot summer day? Once those really warm days roll around I wonder how the chocolates will survive the walk back to the parking garages. Guess we’ll have to run into Starbucks, grab an iced coffee, and consume them before they suffer a melting fate.

  2. Rebecca says

    I am super excited! These chocolates remind me of the chocolates they give us at V&A when we go every year. How nice to get something delicious and special easily in Disney Springs.

  3. Natalie says

    What a great review! I have been looking forward to you writing about this since the store was announced and this didn’t disappoint! Can’t wait to try the milk and dark with orange.

  4. Rach says

    Is there any chance we could get a picture of the back of the bar wrappers with the ingredient list? My friend has a soy allergy, so tries to avoid chocolate with soy lecithin in it.

  5. Stephanie says

    I would love to try a few (okay…ALL!) of the Character Bars….wondering how much are they each?

  6. Angelina says

    hmmm….i don’t know if I could savor…would love to see a review of the vanilla and italian hazelnut one!

  7. says

    Rach — We are adding pictures of the backs of the bars to the post so that you can see ingredients. They do all contain soy lecithin, unfortunately.

  8. Vi says

    This seems like an amazing place. But, once again people with allergies can enjoy this treat. So sad for all the people that have allergies. I wish people would think of them too.

  9. Vi says

    This seems like an amazing place. But, once again people with allergies can’t enjoy this treat. So sad for all the people that have allergies. I wish people would think of them too.

  10. says

    I’ve tried two of the chocolates in my box, the Calamansi and the Raspberry, and they were both delicious! I have a picture of my box on my website too, they’re so pretty!

  11. Niki says

    I think the prices are reasonable for high quality ingredients and a handmade touch. We have a high quality chocolate shop in my hometown and it’s more expensive.

  12. Corrie says

    I think the prices are reasonable considering what you are buying. I will be stopping in soon on our next trip for sure!

  13. Gwen says

    I was at Disney for the Christmas 2015 holiday. While in Disney Springs I saw The Ganachery and a line had formed outside. I thought, “that must be ‘some’ chocolate”. I didn’t wait to go inside as I was trying to get a movie run at the AMC. I knew I’d be back to Disney Springs this trip at least 3 more times. As I am a chocolate fanatic, and I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of chocolates, I couldn’t wait to get back to visit The Ganachery.

    The next morning I arrived at Disney Springs and got into the chocolate wizardry shop early, though I had a brief wait time in line. Upon entering I was in awe- the aesthetics are breath taking. I was immediately greeted by a friendly and personable staffer once inside, after the outside hostess ushered me into the wonderment. I was given samples of the chocolate to taste, which were superb. I was not put off by the cost- $3 a piece, 6 for $12, 9 for $21, etc. or something like that, as this is a specialty store. That means the finest of everything, ingredients, process, handling, packaging and customer service. At first I had ordered six but then quickly changed my order to nine because as I perused the different choices, it was obvious to me that I’d need at least nine assorted pieces. I believe in indulging myself. I will pay the extra or difference to satisfy my indulges in life, and I just happen to like many of the finer things- dining, wines, cheeses, chocolates, clothing and shoe apparel, books, and cars. This is what I have worked so hard all my life for -to enjoy the things in life that I want and that make me happy. Life is too short. I don’t complain about the cost if it’s what I want and I feel I deserve it. Otherwise, I won’t go into the store or consider buying something if I’m going to gripe about the price. And people should know the difference. At least in terms of cost and quality. You can not seriously think you are going to get filet mignon for a 65% / 35% package of (hamburger) beef. For those who have complained, and moaned and groaned about the price- well it’s a buyers choice!

    When I returned to my villa, I got comfortable for the evening, and opened the bottle of wine and selected “a piece”, the Mango/Curry as I readied myself to enjoy a movie. The first bite was “oh, so delectable…and I was so delighted and in chocolate heaven”. I had purchased enough to last my entire trip. I wanted to bring some home because they do not have online purchase for The Ganachery but I said I’ll just look forward to it on my next trip in several months. I’m glad I own Disney Vacation Club so I can expect to buy the chocolates at least twice a year. Disney does everything with class. I know for my next Disney cruise I’d have to be sure to take some along (hint- unless Disney has already figured that out). Thank you Disney for adding another aspect to an already marvelous and magical experience.

  14. Elaine says

    I am so excited to try this yummy chocolate! I agree with other posters who have been concerned about keeping it cool as we trek back to the front of Disney Springs. Any ideas on that one?

  15. Betsy Adler says

    Sounds so wonderful would like to know if you ship or have other shops that do ship…..thank you..Betsy

  16. Alicia says

    I am a chocolate lover and the ganachery is sooooo good. My kids often tell me they wish we were back at Disney if only for the ganachery’s goodies. ❤️ I hope they do sell online one day soon :) yummy!

  17. Tracy says

    “What’s that smell. Chocolate”. I had the same reaction as Elsa and Anna in Frozen when I tried to walk past The Ganachery, But of course I went into the tiny store and fell in love with the chocolates. I have never tasted such wonderful tiny pieces of sheer bliss. This has to be the most delicious chocolate I have ever eaten. (I loved the peanut butter and the Irish cream pieces. ) I will be back in October and this will be one of my first stops when I go to Disney Springs (and also will by last stop on my way back home).

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