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Candy Makers Are Already Planning The 2019 Holiday Sweets Including The Famous Handpulled Candy Canes

Candy Palace
Orange County Register
Anne Valdespino
October 10, 2019
October 11, 2019
He speaks in reverent tones about safety. How in the old days the hood spewed actual flames. About the double set of safety gloves that must be worn for protection. He says that to become an expert at this single task takes two to three years.

He’s not a shift manager at a nuclear power plant. This is Beau Bailey, a concept and development pastry chef at Disneyland Resort. He’s describing how his team makes candy canes for the holidays and you’ve probably never heard a grown man speak so seriously about sweets.

When October turns to November, candy makers at the resort slave away like Santa’s elves. They begin to think about next year’s holiday treats as soon as the last ones are consumed.

“Concepts? Those can start a year out,” Bailey says. “It really just depends on feedback that we get from the previous year.”

This year there will a brand new snowman crispy treat. Returning favorites include cake pops, caramel apples, toffee and a lot more, like those coveted candy canes made only at Candy Palace and Kitchen in Disneyland and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure.

They’re made “On Stage” so that park-goers can watch cast members work their magic.

“Some people put them on eBay. Some people go right to the window, break it open and eat it. And some people just take it home and then it goes in a case. It really just depends on the person,” Bailey says.

They’re totally worth it, but making them is almost like digging ditches. “It’s taxing on your body,” he said. “I think the first year I did it, I lost 20 pounds.”

Even if you don’t get lucky with the candy canes, there’s plenty more sweet stuff to indulge in. Here’s a sampling and we bet there will be even more items by the time the holidays roll around.

Crispy Snowman

The new kid on the block. It’s a crispy rice cereal guy with candy buttons, orange chocolate and red and white sanding sugar.

Churro Toffee

This one’s become really popular. A big buttery toffee square is coated in white chocolate and then dusted in cinnamon sugar. “It’s the best of both worlds,” says Chef Bailey.

Snowman Cake Pop

Gets decorated with chocolate covered candies for earmuffs and a sour candy head band.

Snowflake Cake Pop

Gets rolled in blue sanding sugar and then an intricate snowflake is piped on with white icing.

Mrs. Claus Apple Minnie

She sports a white chocolate hat, green candy buttons and she’s dunked in caramel and milk chocolate. This treat also comes in a cake pop version.

Peppermint Bark

Dark and white chocolate sprinkled with crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Wand Marshmallows

Soft, cushy marshmallows get dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Fudge

Rich chocolate fudge cut in thick pieces, made with the same peppermint oil that goes into those famous candy canes. It’s sprinkled with red and green sanding sugar and edible glitter.

Candy Canes

This is the king of all holiday treats because it’s handmade, which is a dying art, and to get another like it you’d have to trek to Logan’s Candies in Ontario. Hundreds stand in line to get a wrist band that entitles you to one 18-inch cane, so bring your lap babies and toddlers, all humans are eligible for wristbands which can disappear within an hour of park opening. These canes are hand pulled at Candy Palace and Trolley Treats and a limited amount are made only on certain days; watch the Disneyland Blog to find out when. They’re airy and aromatic, made with pure peppermint oil, in gorgeous red, green and white stripes.
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