Disneyland’s half-century-old candy cane-making tradition returns this Christmas season after the coronavirus pandemic shattered the peppermint hearts of die-hard fans who turned handmade holiday treats into a cult classic.
Limited-time seasonal candy cane will be sold on December 7, 9, 15, 21 and 23 at Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen in Disneyland and December 8, 14, 16 and 22 at Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure.
“Disneyland’s hand-drawn candy canes have achieved cult status over the years,” according to MiceChat.
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This year, Disneyland will be phasing out wristbands and instead use a mobile waiting list system for sugarcane purchases. Foodies can add their names and phone numbers to mobile waiting lists at sugarcane locations in parks to be notified by text of when they return to make their purchases.
Disneyland’s Candy Palace and DCA’s Trolley Treats typically sell the limited-edition candy canes from the week of Thanksgiving through Christmas Day.
Disneyland has reduced the number of sugarcane manufacturing days to just nine this year, from 22 days in 2014, according to MousePlanet.
Fewer dates and later-than-usual announcement mean annual Magic Key pass holders could be forced to go without candy canes for the second year in a row with solid bookings for most of the month. of December.
“If you’ve been lucky enough to already have a theme park reservation for the right park on the right day, then you have a chance to get a candy cane this year,” according to MousePlanet. “Otherwise, you’re out of luck unless Disney releases a new batch of theme park reservations.”
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Disneyland’s cane-making tradition dates back to 1968.
The five-ounce, 18-inch-long candy canes are handcrafted each holiday season from sugar and peppermint extracts at exhibit kitchens along Main Street USA at Disneyland and Buena Vista Street by DCA. Park visitors flock to store windows to watch Disney candy makers dressed in white with striped scarves pull and mold the sticky sugar into red, green, and white hooks. Disneyland’s aromatic treats have a familiar peppermint taste with a more airy, flaky texture than their machine-made candy cousins.
Disneyland and DCA candy store display kitchens are kept warm to maintain the suppleness of the sugar. Concept and development of Disneyland Resort, pastry chef Beau Bailey says making candy canes in hot kitchens is hard work, but well worth it.
“It’s taxing on your body,” Bailey told the Orange County Register in 2019. “I think the first year I did it I lost 20 pounds.”
Die-hard sugarcane fans arrive before dawn to line up outside Disneyland or DCA – sales alternating between parks during the holiday season. After securing a spot on the mobile waiting list, the sugar cane devotees return later in the day to claim their coveted confectionery con artist.
Typically, less than 150 candy canes are sold each day. There is a limit of one candy cane per person – but in the past, newborn babies have been given bracelets to help expand a family’s bounty. The goodies can be found on eBay, under Christmas trees and consumed immediately while still fresh.
“It’s not Christmas until you get your Disneyland candy cane,” Brittany Thompson, 28, of Wilmington, told the Orange County Register in 2017 as she stood in line before the opening. of Disneyland. “We are fools. We line up here every year.
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Disneyland has been closed during the winter 2020 vacation season due to state-issued COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines. DCA’s Trolley Treats reopened in November 2020 for holiday shopping, but the candy store didn’t sell the seasonal candy canes.