I love chocolate, but gourmet chocolate is even better! Needless to say, I was excited to investigate the new chocolatier at Disney Springs, The Ganachery. This new shop is located just a few steps from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, where we were going for date night, so we decided to stop in and have a look around. Whether you’re purchasing pricey treats to take home or wish to watch them being made, The Ganachery is well worth exploring.
Surprisingly, the place was mostly empty when we arrived, with only a couple guests in the line ahead of us. The sales floor is incredibly tiny, so they were limiting the number of customers they allowed inside at once. We were compensated for the very short wait with free sea salt caramels, so of course, no one was complaining. Once inside, the first thing you’ll notice is the huge light fixture made from old copper pots and pitchers. I love that it will inspire people to upcycle and it really was beautiful.
As you enter, to the left is a large window through which you can watch the chocolatiers. This is where they create all of the goodies for sale around you. The decor is a trendy take on rustic-industrial. Heavy wooden shelves and exposed bricks line the walls. The ceiling is a grid of dark wood coffering and reproduction Victorian copper tiles. For a retail store, the shelves are uncluttered and sparsely dotted with merchandise. I saw more staging pieces on display, such as old books, bottles, etc. than the actual products.
The right side of the shop is entirely taken up by the display cases and register. What’s under the glass countertops is the reason why we’re really here: Chocolates! Each one is beautifully made and hand-decorated on site. They are not assembly-line, mass-produced candies, they are true artisan pieces. A cast member used tweezers and placed each flower petal on top, one-by-one.
Some might scoff at the price tag, but you are getting real quality for your money. The Ganachery’s chocolates cost slightly more than the average box of Godivas. Each piece is $3 if you purchase them one at a time. However, the more you buy, the less they charge per piece. A box of six is $15 ($2.50/ea), nine are $21 ($2.33/ea) and their largest box which holds twelve pieces, runs $27 ($2.25/ea). Is this expensive compared to a $1 gas station candy bar? Yes, it is, but I feel like one of these has double the flavor of three times the amount of cheap chocolate. You take a bite and you savor it until it melts away, instead of just chewing it down because you need a snack between meals. The price is worth the little luxury on occasion.
We took our box home and I have been content to just eat one because the taste is so intense that it lingers for some time. Of the sixteen flavors available, we chose Caramel Fleur de Sel, Chipotle Pepper, Egyptian Sea Salt, Vanilla, Raspberry, Florida Orange, Mango-Curry, Matcha-Yuzu (green tea & yuzu) and Passion Fruit to fill our box of nine pieces. On our next visit, we plan to try the other 7 that we haven’t tried yet, Calamansi (Vietnamese orange), Sri Lankan Cinnamon, Coffee, Dark 65%, Gianduja (Italian hazelnut), Pistachio and mint.
In addition to the “Ganache Collection” chocolates, as they are calling them, there are a few other signature items on offer here. The little, corked test tubes above are filled with “Crispy Chocolate Pearls” and come in five flavors (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, and strawberry) costing $5 each. There are chocolate bars on sticks, I am not sure what the various flavors of these are or how much they cost as I didn’t want to stand in one spot for too long taking notes. I can tell you that they are not quite as long nor as wide as the boxed chocolate bars, but they are about three times as thick. The last item made on-site that I wanted to mention is the “Chocolate Enrobed Stollen”, which is priced at $12. Stollen is German and is like a lighter, less-dense version of a fruitcake. This particular interpretation is shaped like a small log, coated in a thin layer of marzipan and then smothered in chocolate (the chefs were making these when we came in) and finished with a brush of (edible) copper wash. I was having such a hard time capturing the copper effect on the displays they had out because of the glass cloches covering them that the shop girl took it off for me so that I could get a decent photo (above), which I thought was very nice of her.
The boxed chocolate bars (above) are made elsewhere and shipped in, but they are every bit as tasty as the items made in-house. They come in 9 different flavors that are named after Disney characters and places and are priced at $8 each. I love currants, so we tried the Disneyland, which is milk chocolate containing Zante currant raisins and almonds. This is one of the best chocolate bars I have ever had, and that includes most of the ones that Loving Husband brought home from Dubai. Maybe it was the currants, lol, I don’t know, but I loved it. The other flavors available are Disneyland Paris (dark chocolate with fleur de sel filling), Walt Disney World (dark chocolate with orange & fruit tea flavors), Aulani Hawaii (white chocolate with coconut & pineapple), Pluto (milk chocolate with peanut butter & peanuts), Goofy (dark chocolate with popping candy), Mickey Mouse (plain milk chocolate), Donald Duck (white chocolate with blueberries & habanero chili), and Minnie Mouse (milk chocolate with dried strawberries). Each bar comes in a lovely cardboard box that not only looks pretty but will also keep it from getting broken and smashed in your bag. Inside the box, the actual bar itself is wrapped a second time in a sealed mylar pouch. Each 3oz bar consists of 8 (approx .375oz) squares.
The candy bars are not the only items that are beautifully designed and wrapped. It would appear that no detail has been left unattended to at The Ganachery, as all of their merchandise is beautifully packaged in heavy, quality bags (above) and boxes (below). The candy bar boxes, the shopping bags, and the stollen boxes all feature a highly glossed cocoa pod graphic that contrasts against a matte finish. The bags have a glossed G emblem on the inside (the logo of the shop) and heavy fabric handles that make them more comfortable to carry for a long period of time. The shop colors are dark brown and a bright turquoise. The blue is reflected in the tissue paper, sticker seals and floor tiles (no photo available) and gives a beautiful pop of color in the darker tone and setting of the shop. The shop also has lovely full-color printed guides for choosing the individual chocolates as well as lovely double sided business cards (above). The most beautifully presented items, however, have to be the individual selection chocolates. These are placed in solid brown cardboard boxes with magnetic closures, wrapped in thick brown paper, sealed with a blue logo sticker, then a piece of brown cushioning is placed over the top and the box is closed, finally a textured band with a Ganachery label is slid around the box.
Every aspect of this little shop is made to be memorable, and it truly was. Going to The Ganachery was a fun experience for us. I think this space is lovely, I only wish it was a little less cramped. The staff was pleasant and knowledgeable and I can’t wait to return and try some more of their incredible candies.