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 is $21 ($2.33/ea) and their largest box of twelve pieces, runs $27 ($2.25/ea). Is this expensive compared to a $1 gas station candy bar? Yes, it is, but one piece has double the flavor of three times the amount of cheap chocolate. Savor it until it melts away, don’t just chomping it down because you need a snack between meals. The price is well worth the little bit of luxury, in my opinion.
We took ours home and have been content to just eat one a day because the taste is so intense, it lingers. 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. These filled our box of nine pieces. On our next visit, we plan to try the other 7 remaining flavors, Calamansi (Vietnamese orange), Sri Lankan Cinnamon, Coffee, Dark 65%, Gianduja (Italian hazelnut), Pistachio and mint.
In addition to the “Ganache Collection” chocolates, there are a few other signature items on offer here. The test tubes (above) are filled with “Crispy Chocolate Pearls”. They are available in five flavors (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, and strawberry) costing $5 each. also on offer are chocolate bars on sticks, Chocolate Enrobed Stollen ($12), and boxed chocolate bars ($8). The bars come in 9 different flavors and are the only items not produced in the shop. I love currants, so we tried the “Disneyland”, which is milk chocolate containing Zante currant raisins and almonds. This was one of the best chocolate bars I’ve ever had, including most of those that BobaChef bought in Dubai.
The other flavors 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 box that not only looks lovely but will also keep it fresh for later. Inside the box, the actual bar itself is wrapped a second time in a sealed mylar pouch.
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, as all of their merchandise is beautifully packaged. The boxes and shopping bags feature a highly glossed cocoa pod graphic that contrasts with a matte finish. On each bag, you’ll find heavy fabric handles and a glossy G emblem (the shop logo) on the inside. The color scheme is copper, dark brown and bright teal. They provide you with lovely full-color printed guides for choosing the individual chocolates. These are their most beautifully presented items. These are placed in cardboard boxes with magnetic closures, wrapped in thick paper, sealed with a logo sticker, then a piece of cushioning is placed over the top, Finally, a textured band with The Ganachery label is slid around the box.
The Ganachery is another great addition to Disney Springs. Every bit of your experience in this little shop was made to be memorable. and it truly was. 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 the rest of their incredible candies.