We all want to make that feeling of being on a Walt Disney World vacation continue after we’ve returned home, and there are many ways you can do that. Most commonly you will bring home a souvenir that will remind you of your vacation, but have you ever thought about purchasing some of the delicious treats served at Walt Disney World to keep tasting the magic once you’ve returned home? Not only have I thought about it, I’ve done it (and I’m sure many of you have as well). Now, please note that my family drives to Walt Disney World, so some of these options will really only work if you drive, but some are available even if you fly. Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Treats to take home:
10. Mickey “Goldfish”
Not the most original taste-wise (obviously by the name I give them), but anything Mickey shaped tastes better, right? These come in nice sized containers and are a good take away, especially for toddlers and preschoolers who are obviously going to miss the Mouse once you get home. I always grab 2 or 3 containers to bring out for my 5 year old as a reward or just a special surprise.
9. Specialty Bakery Treats
These are things you find in the resorts, and really you wouldn’t be able to bring these home unless you’re driving. We drive, we have a cooler & I’m always bringing Ziploc bags so I have a way to keep things cold. That means if I’m at Animal Kingdom Lodge I can bring home zebra domes for one more special treat to combat Post Disney Depression at home. At Pop Century it might be the tie dye cheesecake. I haven’t figured out how to get a Dole Whip home yet.
Walt Disney World has so many creative, cute and delicious cupcakes it is a fun thing to bring home for a sweet treat. The resorts have several options with boxes made just to transport cupcakes, but you could also visit Disney Springs and stop by Sprinkles—maybe even bring home more than 1!
7. Karamel Kuche
Oh how I love just walking into Karamel Kuche in Epcot’s Germany—the sweet scent hits you and yum. The easiest thing to bring home from here is the pre-bagged caramel corn (the stuff that is bagged there goes stale more quickly). While you are there you might choose to bring home another caramel treat from the case (if you have a car).
I know, you are looking at me like, “What is she talking about?” At Disney Springs you can find the Spice & Tea Exchange that offers some really nice spice options (and teas). Several times I have brought home souvenirs from this shop including flavor infused sugars, combination spice grinders, unusual salts and more. Stop by and check it out (usually they have samples available too), it also makes a great gift for the foodies in your life.
The favorite treat of young children everywhere. You have a few options for what you want to bring home, there are the bags of pretty plain lollipops, bagged or individual “unicorn” pops and then there are the larger than you hand swirled lollipops. Either way these are sure to bring a smile to your face when you unpack your bag. I always try to grab a bag or two for my kids to bring home and share with their class after our trips.
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4. Once Upon A Vine
Transitioning from one extreme to the other, now I’m talking wine. You can find several very good varieties of the Once Upon a Vine label of wine at Walt Disney World (in the hotels and some other shops). Because they have a fairytale theme they are a great souvenir to bring home and enjoy once you’ve returned from vacation.
Obviously I’m talking about bags of beans or ground coffee here—not the brewed variety. Disney carries several types of specialty coffees from Joffrey’s and others. There is a Tusker House specialty blend, and some of the resorts have specialty blends (like the Kona coffee at the Polynesian). And if you are bringing home Disney coffee you should also pick up a mug to go with it—nothing starts your day off better than remembering your time spent in your happy place!
2. International Candy
This one is really fun and gets you exploring all of the World Showcase pavilions at Epcot. Check in each country to find a unique candy (think maple candy in Canada, chocolates in the UK, back to Germany for caramel) and purchase something in each one. The best place to look for truly unique candy is the Mitsukoshi store in Japan . . . you may end up playing a game of double dare with the candy there. At Animal Kingdom you can create your own trail mix with some great ingredients. And don’t forget to look at resorts too. I know the Polynesian in particular has a nice selection of candy from Hawaii like the chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Yummmmm
1. Rice Krispie Treats or Marshmallow Sticks
Here I am talking about the massive treats that you can customize with toppings—the best place to find them is Goofy’s Candy Company, but just about every park has at least one confectionary that will have some ready-made varieties available too. I love the marshmallow sticks that are on the Mickey Straws, then you have a lasting souvenir from your treat. And on Main Street in Magic Kingdom I’ve seen rice krispie treats that are bigger than my head! You may need to bring an extra suitcase!!
So, there you have it, my favorite treats to bring home from my Walt Disney World vacation. What is on your list?