Disney Food Post Round-Up: February 20, 2011

Plaza Restaurant Milkshake

Some great food links for you this week! But first, the answers to yesterday’s photo hunt! Going clockwise from the upper left-hand corner: 1. Restaurantosaurus 2. Candy Cauldron 3. Coral Reef 4. Via Napoli 5. Diamond Horseshoe 6. Bistro de Paris! Did you get them all right? :-)

The biggest piece of Disney food news this week is that the 2011 Wine & Dine Half-Marathon registration opened this week! This race will kick off the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

And now, on to the round-up!

The Passporter Moms Podcast featured three Disney Food Blog contributors this week — Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families columnist; Kim LaPaglia, Disney Food Blog contributor and behind-the-scenes superstar; and Bernie Edwards, Disney Food Blog contributor (and my Aquaduck partner)! Check out their report (including reviewing the food!) on the new Wild Africa Trek tour in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Speaking of podcasts, I had the chance to record with the WDW Today Podcast again! This week, we covered those 2011 Disney Dining Plan changes! Listen here!

WDW for Grownups shows us around Raglan Road in Downtown Disney Orlando!

Eating (and Drinking) Around WDW channels Andrew Zimmern as he makes the chef’s recipe for Black Bean Spare Ribs with Green Onion, presented at the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Main Street Gazette discovers a bit more about the recipe for coca-cola in Epcot!

Babes in Disneyland says a resounding no to the new kids meal pizzas at Disneyland’s Village Haus.

English Disney Blog reviews Walt’s Restaurant in Disneyland Paris!

Kevin Kidney reveals the authentic recipe for the original Chicken of the Sea Tunaburger in Disneyland. But the best part of the post is the picture of Kevin with said Tunaburger.

Stuff That’s Rad: Disney Gummy Kabobs

Another thing that’s rad from Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers!!

Just recently I was at The Candy Palace on Main Street in Disneyland when these adorable gummy kabobs caught my eye.  My boys were not with me, so as a little surprise treat, I picked up 2 of the Fab 5 Disney character ones that include Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald & Goofy in that order from top to bottom.

Fab 5 Gummy Kabobs at The Candy Palace

Each character is its own piece, so there are actually 5 pieces skewered on the stick.  On our next visit, I found the Pixar gummy kabobs at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney.  Its characters include Woody, Buzz, Mike Wizoski, Dori & Nemo in that order from top to bottom.  Looking closely at these you will notice the [Read more…]

Stuff That’s Rad: Disney Themed Candy Boxes

Thanks to Emily for sending these twitpics of some rad new chocolate bars and candies she found in the Magic Kingdom today.

Monorail Chocolate Candy

I think my favorite is: “Just a Mouthful of Candy Helps the Wait Time Go Down” Gummy Bears. Here are a few more… [Read more…]

New Disney Treat Packages

According to our Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers, Disney shops have introduced a new gift idea!

Pretzel Rods $16.95

These fun treat packs are good-looking, portable, and fun — great Christmas gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, or friends back [Read more…]

The *New* Pixie Stix

OK — be honest — how many pixie stix have you poured into your mouth at once?! Well for all of you pixie stix kids, Goofy’s got some sour powder candy to rival your favorite sour snack.

You might have seen it like this:

Goofy's Sour Powder Candy

Goofy's Sour Powder Candy

Or possibly like this:

Goofy's Sour Powder Candy Tube

But you can find it all over Walt Disney World! What’s YOUR favorite flavor combination?

Banana Sour Powder Candy Orange Vanilla Cream Sour Powder Candy Rootbeer Sour Powder Candy [Read more…]

Disney World Fudge: A Primer

DHS vanilla

Fudge is synonymous with the holidays for me. My Dad has perfected his fudge recipe over the years, and when the smells of bubbling chocolate, butter, and sugar start wafting from the kitchen, I know I’m truly home for the holidays.

So when Erin Foster, Disney Moms Panelist and Disney Fudge connoisseur, recently requested that we do a fudge post on the Disney Food Blog, I knew the beginning of the holiday season would be perfect timing!

Thanks to Erin and her family for sampling the newest holiday flavors in Disney World over the past week, and for providing many of the fudge photos below!

Disney Fudge Basics
There’s nothing like staring at the rows and rows of fudge in Disney World candy stores and trying to decide on a purchase. In fact, I’ll never forget buying a sampler tin of Disney fudge at the Main Street Confectionery during my first trip to Disney World as a grown-up. I became a Disney Foodie right then and there!

Disney Fudge Displays

Disney Fudge Displays

Disney Fudge Display

Disney Fudge Display

That daunting array of flavors is going to greet you no matter where you buy Disney fudge, so be prepared! Disney makes most of their fudge right there in the World; in fact, if you hang around at the Magic Kingdom Confectionery for long enough, you’ll surely see them putting together a few pans.

Weighing the Cinnamon for Pumpkin Fudge

Weighing the Cinnamon for Pumpkin Fudge

Pans of Candy Cane Fudge Cooling

Pans of Candy Cane Fudge Cooling

By the way, if you can’t decide on a flavor, consider purchasing a few squares at the beginning of your trip, then heading back to the store to purchase more of what you liked best at the end of the trip.

NOTE: You can use your Disney Dining Plan snack credits to buy fudge, so this is the perfect way to use up those leftover snack credits!

Snag a Square for a Snack Credit

Snag a Square for a Snack Credit

And speaking of basics, “fudge lady” Erin Foster posted a few of her own fudge-related insights in a recent Moms Panel answer:

* There are sometimes discounts for purchases of large quantities of fudge.

* The mint flavors must be wrapped separately because the intense (and intensely delicious) aroma transfers to the other flavors.

* If you want to bring fudge home, try purchasing it on your last day at WDW for maximum freshness.

* Tightly wrapped, the WDW fudge lasts for about a week — not that I’ve ever had a chance to test that out :-)

Sampler Box of Disney Fudge

Sampler Box of Disney Fudge

Ask About Discounts on Fudge

Ask About Discounts on Fudge

Disney Fudge for the Holidays
In addition to other flavors, Disney creates flavors for holidays and special promotions, such as Reese’s Pieces and Pumpkin for Halloween, and Peppermint and Eggnog for Christmas.

Reese's Pieces Fudge for Halloween

Reese's Pieces Fudge for Halloween

Disney's Candy Cane Fudge for the Christmas Season

Disney's Candy Cane Fudge for the Christmas Season

No matter when you go to the World, you’re likely to find a special flavor for that time of year or for the Disney promo happening at the time.

Where to Find Disney Fudge
You can find different flavors of Disney fudge throughout the parks and resorts. Some of the most common spots with the widest selection are: the Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom, the Scary Apothecary candy shop at Hollywood Studios, Bayview Gifts at the Contemporary Resort, and Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney.

Standard Flavors

Standard Flavors

Scary Apothecary Fudge Counter

Scary Apothecary Fudge Counter

Goofy's Candy Company Fudge Counter

Goofy's Candy Company Fudge Counter

Contemporary Resort Fudge Counter

Contemporary Resort Fudge Counter

And while you can usually count on most candy counters to carry the standard flavors, you never know what you’ll find! According to an email from Erin (and her kids, who are star fudge reporters),

We encountered fudge today at both Goofy’s Candy Co. at Downtown Disney and at
the gift shop at the Contemporary. The selection at each place was quite different, and also different from the selection at the Confectionery. We found today the following flavors that they didn’t have at the MK: vanilla raspberry, creamsicle, chocolate pecan, espresso, maple nut, maple pecan (looked totally different), chocolate caramel, Snickers, turtle cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and vanilla caramel.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you’re looking for specific flavors, you have to shop around.

Good to know!

Disney Fudge Recipes
I know how many of you love sampling Disney recipes, so I scouted around the internet for a few Disney fudge recipes (or recipes inspired by Disney fudge). Be sure to let me know how these turn out if you sample them!:

Cooks.com Disney World Vanilla Fudge

Cookie Madness Disney World S’mores Fudge (GREAT Disney s’mores fudge photo here!)

AllEarsNet Food and Wine Festival Canadian Maple Walnut Fudge

How About You?
Do you have a fun fudge story or recipe from Disney? Let us know via twitter, facebook, or email.

Thanks again, Erin and family!