Disney Food for Families: It’s a World of [Better] Candy

As we celebrate the USA today, Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster is back with some very good news about the candy sold at Epcot’s America pavilion!

America Pavilion in Epcot

Regular Disney Food Blog readers may remember that a few weeks back I wrote about my family’s epic quest to consume candy in each of Epoct World Showcase’s eleven countries.

Several of the countries sold a bonanza of fabulous treats, making it difficult to choose just one. (I’m talking to you Japan, Italy, and France.) But I bemoaned the fact that there was very little candy in the America pavilion, and what was there was a tired replay of the Disney branded candy available in every other merchandise location on property. I suggested that Disney rev up its offerings by including “American nostalgic or regional specialty candies” or sweets from an American candy company like Hershey or Mars.

So imagine my surprise and delight when I took a spin through Epcot recently, walked into the America pavilion and saw this — an entire wall, plus two double-sided, free-standing display racks, of American nostalgic and regional specialty candies and sweets from Hershey and Mars, which according to super-helpful cast member Chris from Orlando, had been installed just the day before my arrival. It’s like they knew I was coming. SCORE!

Cast member Chris gives the Vanna treatment to some of the new candy

I’m not naive enough to really think that my post had anything to do with this magical transformation. I’m sure the pace of change at Disney merchandising runs much more slowly than that. But just for a minute now, I’m going to [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Chocolate

Thanks for sharing your yummy photos with us in the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! We savor (and drool over ;-)) the photos!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week feature chocolate to soothe your cravings!

This candy is just one of the zillion(!!!) divine items that you can choose at Karamell Küche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.
Photographer: ButRfly512 / Vannah

German Chocolate Caramel

California Grill’s Valrhona Chocolate Cake with toasted marshmallow and peanut butter gelato!
Photographer: Natasha Joyan

California Grill Chocolate Cake

Yet another reason to love the Wilderness Lodge! Sweet!
Photographer: FLOrangeBird


All images are copyrighted to their photographers. Do not download or re-use without photographer permission.

Once again, we are grateful to the photographers who have submitted photos to the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza on Flickr! We wanna see your food!

To see more of our Disney Food Pics of the Week series, click this link!

Disney Food for Families: It’s a World of Candy

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster and her daughters toured World Showcase with an eye for candy!

You’ve probably heard of the Drink-Around-The-World activity where you and some strong-stomached companions visit each country at Epcot’s World Showcase and partake of a signature adult beverage in every land. Sounds good to me too, but unfortunately that’s not going to work when your touring partners are a couple of 11-year-old girls.

When my twin daughters, Josie and Louisa, and I were recently faced with an afternoon at Epcot and a two-hour wait for Soarin’, we decided to do what any good Disney foodie would do: eat. Specifically we decided to undertake the G-rated version of country crawl: Candy-Around-The-World.

World Showcase

We set up a few rules for ourselves:

  • We had to buy and sample a candy in each Epcot country. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. :-)
  • The candy had to be as native as possible.
  • When in doubt, get a recommendation from a cast member from the represented country.

And off we went to create an international sugar coma. When we started our trek, we happened to be near [Read more…]

Candy-Land! Which New Disney Candy Box Is Your Favorite?

We reported the news that Disney has created a new line of candy that we think you’ll love! With your favorite sweet/tart and chocolatey flavors combined with fun packaging, the “Disney Parks Authentic Original candies” are über rad.

Boxes are selling for $3.95 each and feature on the side what the actual candy looks like. Which flavors have you tried?

Candy Boxes

There’s chocolate for tiara-wearing guests too! Try the More for Princess candy hearts or Who Needs Prince Charming When You Have Chocolate Milk Chocolate Crispy Clusters.

More for Princess candy hearts

Who Needs Prince Charming When You Have Chocolate Milk Chocolate Crispy Clusters

Chocolate lovers will delight in the I’m not bad I’m Just Drawn to Chocolate Dark Chocolate Mint Candy, I’m a Chocolatear Milk Chocolate Raisins, Please Stand Clear of My Chocolate chocolate peanut candies, Mood Chocolate Milk Chocolate Candies and [Read more…]

(Miniature) Additions at the Confectionery

Found a couple of mini items at the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World today that I had to share!

Cookie Bites
First — three kinds of cookie bites. These look just like the giant “normal sized” cookies you can get in the parks, but they’ve been shrunk down to what many of us would consider to be the size of the standard cookies we bake at home. However, at Disney, these are considered bite-size!

Three Kinds of Mini Cookies

You can purchase Raspberry White Chocolate cookies (which have chocolate chips in them as well for some reason), Chocolate chip supreme cookies, and delectable [Read more…]

What’s Your “Every-Trip” Food?

Have you realized that you have an “every-trip” food? Something you eat every time you’re in your favorite Disney park or resort?

I figured my “every-trip” food would be something very “Disney-esque,” like an ice cream cookie sandwich or a Mickey rice krispie treat. But, it’s not. I realized that the thing I eat on every single trip, without fail, is candy, made by Nestle, and imported to Florida from the UK. Sad, but true.

It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Rowntree’s Fruit Gums and Fruit Pastilles. I have been since I first found them in a Tesco in London a million years ago; I used to keep rolls of them in my tiny dorm-room refrigerator and eat ‘em while I was studying. :)

They’re ten times better than any Ju Ju Be or Dot ever could be, and they have a serious history. You can even [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 27, 2011

Pollo Campero and Fresh APeel

It’s been a great week for foodies!  The addition of new counter-service restaurants to the Disney Dining Plan was welcome news. And we’re already green with envy about the culinary events at Raglan Road for St. Paddy’s Day Week!

Also looking forward to the opening of Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel!

But for now… on to the round-up!

RedWhiteBoston’s offers a mom’s personal insight to WDW survival tips.

AllEars blogger Laura Gilbreath reviews the food on the Disney Dream Christening cruise.

Main Street Gazette samples the White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery in Animal Kingdom. (Though it’s painful for me to read that he wishes there were less frosting…)

Danielle’s Brain Bits is disappointed by the [Read more…]

New Treat Trails at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Everyone knows that the treat trails are the place to be at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and this year there are more than I’ve ever seen before. Here are some fun and not-to-be-missed trails. (Some have more than one candy spot, and some are just fun to see!)

For more info about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, check out our “Candy-Lover’s Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” and our recent post about new cupcakes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Trick or Treat Spot Entrance Sign

Brer Rabbit’s Candy Cavern
This trail will lead you down behind the Splash Mountain queue line — a place many of us have never been before! There are two candy spots, but one was only handing out raisins on my visit.

Brer Rabbit's Candy Cavern

Hakuna Ma-Treat-A
Located next to the Jungle Cruise, this treat spot is marked by [Read more…]

Specialty Confections From Pooh To You

One of my favorite spots in Disneyland is Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country! And, luckily, Disneyland has chosen to create a few specialty items that bring the stories of Winnie the Pooh to life.

The next time you’re in Pooh Country, don’t miss:

Hunny Pot Apples
Check out the adorable little bees “stuck” in the “honey!”

Hunny Pot Apples

Pooh’s Hunny Pot Rice Krispie Treats
These adorable little krispies are decorated as Pooh’s favorite [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 25, 2010

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here’s the latest food news from this week:

And thanks to Global Disney Pinvestigation for writing about our WDW Foodie Fest this week!

We’re starting this week’s Round-Up a little differently! I’m excited to showcase some pics of the upcoming restaurants in Epcot — La Hacienda de San Angel and Via Napoli!

First off, thanks to Eric Walker for this awesome pic of the newly painted Hacienda de San Angel!

Hacienda de San Angel

And thanks to Epcot Explorer for these fantastic photos of the newly revealed Via Napoli!

Via Napoli 1

Via Napoli 2

Via Napoli 3

Hoperatives has a great resource page on beers in Disney World, including varieties and prices and sorted by theme park and resort!

Craft Beer Restaurant Blog has a commentary about the beers on the menu for the 2010 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Great read!

Mousesavers highlights some incredible deals from restaurant.com — we’re talking discounts on discounts for House of Blues and Swan & Dolphin restaurants! (Thanks to Studios Central for the FYI on restaurant.com!)

Main Street Gazette sampled and reviewed nearly every flavor of Wonderland Tea. Fantastic article!

The Disney Chick makes an old Food and Wine Festival favorite — Beef Bites with Chocolate and Red Wine Sauce!

The Disney Blog shares his review of the new meatball sliders and beer bar at Portobello in Disney World’s Downtown Disney.

Zannaland wonders which Disney candy fits your mood?

The Makin’ Memories Blog shows us Part I of her Tables in Wonderland Great Movie Ride dinner experience!

Studios Central moseys on over to Hoop Dee Doo Revue!

A Taste of Disney makes ‘Ohana Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster Sauce.

Eating (And Drinking) Around the World has a bone to pick with those bartender robots in the Space Mountain exit area!

Disney Parks Blog talks about one of my favorite desserts — Key Lime Pie!