UPDATED Nov 2017
Location: Candy Palace and Trolley Treats on alternate days (see below for 2017 dates) only at Disneyland
Type: Ticketed event only
Specialty: What else? Candy canes!
Cost: $12.99 (2013 price – will update if I find out prices change)
Craig’s Favorite: The awesome taste of a fresh candy cane
If you like candy canes, then there’s no place to be at Christmas time than at Disneyland because it’s only then that the candy confection creators on Main Street (and their partners at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure) make these heavenly concoctions. Out of the thousands of visitors to Disneyland resort every day, only 120 get a candy cane and it’s only one per guest, so if you want extra bring a friend and hope they don’t want it too. These tasty treats are worth every penny of the $12.99 they cost. They are huge and delicious. The candy canes have a nice peppermint smell, but not overwhelming. The balance between the mint and the sugar is wonderful. And there’s nothing like having a fresh candy cane (as opposed to one that’s made weeks in advance and shipped all over the country). But because they are so few and only made during this one season leading up to Christmas, you need to be there early. Like “first thing when they open” early.
Don’t fool yourself. They will run out and very quickly. I got to the park at 15 minutes past opening and was the last one to receive a wristband. Yes, a wristband. You get a wristband to prove you were in line and then you have to surrender the wristband upon purchase. Again, only one per person. You’re given a time to come and collect your rare treat and a “no later than” also (at which point they give it to some lucky person who didn’t get a wristband). While you’re there, you can watch them making each batch. It’s fun to stand at the window as they pull the nearly liquid sugar out and roll it into long tubes until it finally looks like what we are familiar with. It takes three people to make it and the room must be kept at a constant temperature. Too hot and the candy won’t set right and too cool and it will crack. It’s pretty toasty in that room so hats off to the candy makers. Once the candy is rolled, then it’s shaped. It takes a separate person to shape the candy and then place it on cooling trays. After they spend enough time cooling, they get packaged and held in a safe spot behind the counter until your arrival time.
Admittedly the price tag is a bit steep. You can buy about four or five packages of the stuff at your local market for the same amount, but they won’t be anywhere near as good or as thick. My daughter and I broke ours up into pieces and it still lasted us two weeks. And each piece was just as good as the last. Tip: Don’t be fooled! There are some $12.99 candy canes on the counter, but those are NOT the freshly made ones! Just because they cost the same doesn’t mean they ARE the same.
Here are the 2016 candy cane dates straight from the Park:
Disneyland park – Candy Palace
November 24, 29 and December 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 24
Disney California Adventure park – Trolley Treats
November 25, 28 and December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21 and 25
- Read about my experience at Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional on the Disney Nerds blog!
- Read about the Holiday Time Tour at Disneyland and my experience taking it