First off, thank you so much everyone for indulging me in a short blogging break. I have been busy–I did graduate with my MFA after all–so it’s not like I’ve been sitting around with nothing to do.
Well, there has been SOME sitting around. And plenty to do. But I was recharging.
So we’re still over here at the Mouse-Next-Door and playing around on the new Buena Vista Street. As many of you know (or don’t), Buena Vista Street is the new entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. It’s like Main Street but set in the 20s when Walt first arrived in Los Angeles. And it’s awesome.
One thing I love is the candy store, Trolley Treats. You can recognize Trolley Treats by the giant candy mountain in its window.
The window with reflections
Next stop, Candy Mountain.
Sign me UP! Also there’s a model train that runs around there.
Now look, I’m a candy addict. It’s a flaw. But I love it. Chocolate, fruity, gummy, sour candy, I rarely discriminate. The only thing I don’t like is mint chocolate. Other than that? Bring it.
So a candy store right there on Buena Vista Street makes my little sugar-powered heart jump with joy.
Trolley Treats has that beautiful sight–the Disneyland candy counter.
I can never decide
Oh, here’s a picture of the back of the Candy Mountain window
Not as exciting from this side
Anyway, one of the best things about Disneyland candy stores is that each location has a few special items made only in that store. For example, the Tigger Tails and Hunny Pot Crispie Treats at the Pooh Corner Store. Trolley Treats is no exception.
Marshmallows, for example
Yep, Trolley Treats serves up some gourmet marshmallows.
Flavors include watermelon and chocolate
I’ve been meaning to make my own marshmallows for a long time. Seriously! They don’t look that hard, and I keep thinking I’ll make some chocolate marshmallows to put in hot chocolate, but then I realize it’s practically August so I’ll have to do it later, and then I’m like oh, handmade Christmas gift! Awesome marshmallows! And then I forget or run out of time and just buy people Target gift cards or something.
But I mean well.
Back to Trolley Treats, they make another one of my childhood favorites:
Not just any kind of taffy, either. It’s that super-thin flavored taffy. The kind where if it’s at all a bit hot or maybe you just hold it in your hands too long, it’s very hard to get off the paper, but if you stick it in the freezer (at home) and whack it on the counter top it breaks into convenient bite-sized pieces. When I was a kid I loved taffy so much I named one of my hamsters Taffy.
Of course, I also had a hamster named Twerp because I liked the word.
Anyway–thin taffy! Yay!
The rest of shop is–well, I was concentrating on the candy, but if you look up, there’s some trolleys!
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There’s a hidden Mickey in the Big Rock Candy Mountain.If you go inside the store, stand at the left corner of the display and look between the rungs of a ladder on the mountain you can see a very small Abominable Snowman with a Mickey hat inside the mountain. Also, the Big Rock Candy Mountain was one of the original attractions planned for Fantasyland where the Storyland Boats are today. Ultimately Walt felt that a large mountain of candy would be off putting.
Oh, cool! I was just wondering where the hidden Mickeys are on BVS and Cars Land
One of my favorite candy experiences at Disneyland was always the old fashioned candy sticks that come in what seemed like 100 different flavors but it was probably more like about 15 or 20 flavors. The sticks were wrapped individually and kept in many glass candy jars. I remember them being a nickel each. Being brought in to the park and not made on site, I don’t imagine that they cost much more than that ( I am guessing 25 cents now.) I have not shopped or even looked for candy sticks in years. Does Disneyland Or California Adventure sell them anywhere? I also remember Astro Pops, which were multi colored cone shaped lollypop candies that sold for a quarter.
I do remember the candy sticks, but I haven’t seen them in years. They still make Astro Pops, but I haven’t seen those on sale at Disneyland in while either.
Congrats on your MFA! And great photos of the candy mountain! I love it but my photos just don’t do it justice like yours!
Thank you! The photos were particularly hard to take because of the window glare!
Seeing that candy mountain as a child would have totally blown my mind! In 3rd grade I used to obsessively draw the ice cream hills and chocolate cliffs in the old Dairy Queen commercial. You know the one. What is it about landscapes made of SUGAR??
It doesn’t get better than sugar.
Sign.Me.Up. My kids are going to be beside themselves when we visit this candy store on our next trip. I adore the candy mountain! I can’t wait to see it in person.
Since the mountain part isn’t made of actual candy, it’s not quite as cool, but the store is totally fabulous.