Friday, December 18, 2015

The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe - Disney Springs

After having lunch at Portobello today, my daughters and I stopped at The Ganachery Chocolate Shoppe, which opened in Disney Springs earlier this week.  The shop is very small, and we had to wait in line for about 10 minutes before we were allowed to go in.

The Ganachery, with its apothecary theming, features hand-crafted chocolate.  Upon entering, we watched chocolate being applied to their custom-made ganache.

When I first entered the shop, I was told that everything was gluten free except for the crispy chocolate pearls, which are not made in house.  My gluten-eating daughters chose the strawberry and the dark chocolate, and both agreed that the strawberry was their favorite.

When I asked more questions, it turns out that there is another item with gluten, the chocolate enrobed stollen, which was created for the winter holidays.

The stolen is run through the same machine as the ganache, and the chocolate is recycled as it drips off the sweets, so there is definitely a risk of cross contamination.  Because the stollen is a seasonal item, maybe I will be able to sample their ganache in the future.  There are 16 house-made flavors of ganache to choose from, including the two pictured below.

This adorable little Mickey chocolate pop was off limits too, because of the risk of cross contamination.

Thankfully, The Ganachery sells nine different custom-made chocolate bars that are not made in house, and all of them are gluten free.  They all have an allergen warning that they are processed on equipment that also processes milk, soy, peanuts and tree nuts.  They all contain soy, because the chocolate contains soy lecithin.

June 12, 2017 Update - The Ganachery is no longer selling their custom-made chocolate bars.  I heard a cast member tell another guest that they lost a lot of money on them.  I will miss the Donald Duck bars.

My favorite, the Donald Duck, features white chocolate with blueberries and habanero chili.

The Pluto milk chocolate bar contains peanut butter and peanuts.

I couldn't resist buying a Goofy dark chocolate bar, because it is filled with popping candy, which I had to try.

The Mickey Mouse is a classic milk chocolate bar, while the Minnie Mouse features milk chocolate with dried strawberries.

The Aulani, Hawaii white chocolate bar is filled with coconut flakes and pineapple.

The Ganachery's dark chocolate bar with a fleur de sel caramel filling is a tribute to Disneyland Paris.

The Walt Disney World dark chocolate bar is infused with the flavor of Florida oranges, and contains fruit sangria tea and hibiscus powder.

The Disneyland milk chocolate bar features Zante currant raisins and almonds.

I bought the Donald Duck because of a great review I read on the Disney Food Blog, and it turned out to be my favorite of the three chocolate bars I purchased.  

The packaging states that the Donald Duck white chocolate bar with blueberries and habanero chili, "is white, blue, and a little fiery.  Just like our favorite hot-headed duck."  The chocolate was incredibly creamy, and not overly sweet.  When I first tasted it, I loved the fruity taste of the chocolate, but wondered where the heat was.  The heat is subtle, but it is definitely there.  You just need to be a little patient between bites to fully experience it.  I have sampled the Donald Duck bar twice tonight, and both times I walked away thinking that it is one of best chocolate bars I have ever had.

It contains white chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavor), freeze-dried blueberries, hibiscus powder, sea salt, habanero chili powder, and lemon oil.

I also bought the Goofy dark chocolate bar with popping candy, and the Walt Disney World dark chocolate bar with natural orange and fruit tea flavors.  I wouldn't say that I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, but I enjoyed both of these bars.  I loved the popping sensation in my mouth as I ate the Goofy bar, and I enjoyed the orange flavor of the Walt Disney World bar.

The candy bars are definitely pricey.  They each contain eight square of chocolate, and cost $8.

What candy bars are you looking forward to trying at The Ganachery Chocolate Shop?


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