While at the beach last week, we decided to make the relatively short drive to Orlando for a day trip. It was opening day for the Hunger Games, which gave me the excuse I needed for satisfying my craving for Mickey Waffles, BabyCakes, and some other Disney-themed goodies to eat while on vacation. What could be better for that than a trip to Goofy’s Candy Company?
Our first stop was The Grand Floridian Resort. Dining with Alice and the Hatter at 1900 Park Fare proved to be very filling, so we decided against popcorn at the theater. But this meant we were very hungry when the movie ended! After practically buying out the BabyCakes bakery, we skipped over to Goofy’s and had a feast for the eyes before settling on anything in particular.
Goofy’s Candy Company is practically a Disney attraction in and of itself. Walking in, the deliciously tempting scent of melted chocolate hits immediately, but the source of that smell isn’t instantly apparent. This is because there are distractions everywhere! The brightly lit space is overflowing with candies and sweets of every shape and size.
The wall closest to the entrance is dedicated solely to by-the-pound candy containers in a rainbow of colors. While a long-time favorite of mine, I managed to conjure up some willpower and force myself to walk past. I had other treats in mind during this visit.
Upon another wall, row after row of flavored popcorn beckons. This was my first of several stops. I have a weakness for popcorn – one that goes beyond what is socially appropriate. Seeing flavors like Chocolate Caramel with Cashews, Cookies and Cream, and Chocolate Cheddar nearly made me feint with excitement. I know I spent a minimum of 5 minutes simply looking at my choices and debating which I should purchase.
But the main attraction at Goofy’s is the station that occupies the center of the store. Lining one side is a glass encasement filled with chocolate-covered treats that anyone would appreciate. Another side is devoted entirely to an array of Candy Apples featuring different Disney characters.
Neither of these are the draw, however. A large sign above indicates that customers can custom design their own dessert! Choose a base, topping, candy, and drizzle, and the bakers behind the counter will design it exactly to those specifications!
After circling the store like a couple of hungry animals, my husband and I finally made our selection. The Popcorn was the first item chosen – a variety pack, for obvious reasons. Also making its way to the checkout counter was a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, as well as a Custom Creation. This treat, which was so enormous that it took a few days to finish off, was comprised of a large Mickey-shaped Rice Krispy Bar, coated in Dark Chocolate, sprinkled with Peanut Butter Chips, and finally, drizzled with Milk Chocolate. Heavenly!
We walked to Raglan Road with our purchases, and managed not to rip into any of it until we had an appetizer, a beer, and a better handle on our hunger. Moderation and all, right?