As Valentine’s Day approaches, my thoughts naturally turn to romance…and chocolate. Lots of chocolate, preferably at Disney. Walt Disney World and Disneyland are fun experiences in themselves, but the addition of chocolate provides a sugar rush that just sweeten my memories of visiting the theme parks.
Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) and Disneyland Resort (DLR) tempt me with the smells wafting from the candy kitchens located at the theme parks and Downtown Disney districts. Disney obviously speaks my love language.
Here’s my tasty take on six of the best chocolate sensations – dipped, drizzled and dunked treats – available at Disney:
6. English Toffee bars: These bars are the smells that draw you into the Main Street Confectionary (WDW) or Candy Palace (DLR). These toffee bars, covered in chocolate and topped with nuts, are homemade on property. The taste is a bit heady, a bit overwhelming in the different flavors and textures, and a little bit like being in love.
5. Chocolate-dipped caramel apples: My nostalgic favorites are the specialty Mickey apples available throughout the various candy kitchens – just watching them be made is a memorable experience. For a special treat, try the make-your-own options at Goofy’s Candy Co. or the Candy Cauldron (WDW). I like mine covered in caramel, dipped in milk chocolate, with walnuts or another topping (e.g. sprinkles, other chopped nuts, M&Ms, chocolate chips, crushed candy, coconut), and drizzled in dark chocolate.
See this post on making Disney apples the Disney Parks Blog.
4. Fudge: Like the best kisses, these candies practically melt the moment they touch your mouth. Disney offers a dizzyingly display of options– from classic chocolate and peanut butter to combinations such as s’mores and turtles. Fudges. No matter what you pick, the fudge is rich enough to share.
See this post on Disney fudge by the Disney Food Blog.
3. Chocolate-covered pretzels: Available as dipped, shaped pretzels or as rods covered with various toppings. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty that balances those two flavors. A comfort food treat, the chocolate-dipped pretzel and has the added benefit of comes in an easily portable shape. Perfect for strolling through the parks while still enjoying a snack. I’m fond of the make-your-own options at Goofy’s Candy Co. (WDW), similar to the make-your-own candy apple options.
2. Karamell-Küche, assorted treats: This candy store in Epcot’s Germany is a new favorite for me, enhanced by the romantic atmosphere of World Showcase. Karamell-Küche is an oasis of freshly flowing caramel goodness. What does this have to do with chocolate? Well, while it primary offerings are developed around Werther’s caramel, Karamell-Küche loves the perfect pairing of caramel and chocolate. Of course, they offer specialty apples, cookies, brownies, turtles, and fudge. But I recommend trying one of their chocolate-dipped strawberries drizzled in chocolate, which just happens to be my #1 chocolate treat at Disney.
See my previous article on Karamell-Kuche.
1. Chocolate-dipped strawberries: It would be tempting to call chocolate strawberries a cliché, if these treats weren’t so tempting anyway. Like red roses and wine, chocolate strawberries add a touch of romance to even casual occasions. What better way to spontaneously set a romantic tone than one of these treats? They’ve available at many places throughout WDW and DLR, so pick a picturesque setting. That’s why I’m fond of strawberries at the Candy Palace, as part of a stroll along Main Street, U.S.A. (DLR); at Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, as part of an evening at Downtown Disney (WDW); and at Karamell-Küche (WDW, mentioned above) for a whirwind romance and global tour, Disney-style.
For me and many other people, chocolate is the food of love – because we love it so very much. Disney’s small, sweet treats add a perfect touch of romance to any special day at the theme parks, whether it’s the Valentine’s Day itself, a birthday, anniversary, or just as treat during some couple’s time.
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