I always like to say that there are no calories at Walt Disney World, mostly because that makes me feel better about overindulging on my trips to the parks. Although there are so many different delicious goodies available at Walt Disney World, I am a chocolate lover through and through, and have made it my mission over the years to find the absolute best chocolate at Walt Disney World. When it comes to chocolate treats, Disney knows what they’re doing, and I’m here to share with you the best chocolate in all of its forms, from ice cream to hot chocolate – even chocolate pinatas and chocolate covered pineapple! So if you’re a fellow chocoholic, read ahead for where to find the best chocolate at Walt Disney World.
Chocolate ice cream and milkshakes
It’s Florida. It’s hot. What better way to cool down than a scoop (or two…or three…) of chocolate ice cream. There are multiple places to get this at Walt Disney World, but I have my favorites!
The first place you should try is Ghiradelli at Disney Springs. When it comes to chocolate and ice cream, no one does it better. There are multiple delicious sundaes to try, with a variety of ice creams and toppings, including their hot fudge sauce made from melted Ghiradelli chocolate. I have two go-to sundaes that I get when I go in, although I kind of think you can’t go wrong with any of them. First up is the Warm Brownie Sundae: vanilla ice cream topped with a warm homemade brownie, finished with hot chocolate fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry (except for this chocoholic, I switch out the vanilla ice cream for chocolate). This is incredibly rich and I must admit that I’ve yet to manage a whole one to myself, but it is absolutely amazing. If I’m trying to pretend to be a little healthier or in the mood for something a bit different, then I’ll try the Raspberry Sorbet Sundae: tangy raspberry sorbet topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry (again, I change it up a bit and go with the dark chocolate hot fudge instead). This is a little bit lighter, and the contrasting flavors make it a bit less rich.
Another great place for chocolate ice cream is Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This is a table service restaurant where you can get some pretty great American diner food like burgers and sandwiches, but their specialty is their ice cream. They have some great sundaes too, including the peanut butter lover’s No Way Jose: chocolate and vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce. As well as the sundaes and their individual scoops, they have the famous Kitchen Sink; eight scoops of ice cream (no really, that’s eight scoops) served with every topping they have in house and a whole can of whipped cream (“a whole can!”) You can get this as is, or ask for the Chocolate Lovers version, which includes chocolate and cookies and cream ice cream, warm brownies, Milky Way chocolate bars, Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, hot fudge, caramel sauce – oh, and that whole can of whipped cream. This supposedly serves four people, but unless those four people are going to eat nothing else for the rest of the day, it probably serves way more than that! This is a really fun dessert to get between the whole family, or with a group of friends.
Lastly, you can find pretty great ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street at Magic Kingdom. They have pretty great ice cream in general, including lots of allergy friendly options, but I’m a big fan of their homemade ice cream sandwiches: two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies filled with your choice of ice cream. This thing is HUGE and you need to eat it quickly in the Florida heat, but it’s oh so good!
With temperatures averaging 80 degrees, it’s rare that hot chocolate will be your go to drink at Walt Disney World. There are some colder months, however, and even times when the temperatures dip below freezing – and then you will be glad that you know the absolute best place to get hot chocolate at Walt Disney World.
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I have two contenders for the best hot chocolate in the world. The first is the wicked spicy hot chocolate from Jacques Torres in NYC. The second is the decadent drinking chocolate from Ghirardelli at @disneysprings This stuff is SO amazing! It's rich and thick and silky smooth and so chocolatey, perfect for a slightly chilly, rainy day. Where is your favorite hot chocolate from? #disneyblogger • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #familytravelmoms #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #traveldeeper #mytinyatlas #lppathfinders
Back to Ghiradelli you should go, and order the Decadent Drinking Chocolate. This isn’t just any hot chocolate; this is a thick, creamy drinking chocolate made from melted Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips. Decadent is the perfect way to describe it, as it is incredibly rich and easily something you could share with someone, but on a chilly or rainy day, it is the perfect thing to warm you up. If this drink just sounds a little bit too rich, Ghiradelli do offer a regular hot chocolate and a wonderful salted caramel hot chocolate as well. For more on Walt Disney World during the colder months, read this post.
Outside of actual chocolate, chocolate cake is my favorite dessert ever, and Walt Disney World offers some amazing chocolate cakes. Their signature dining locations almost always offer a variety of chocolate cakes on their dessert menus, but since those menus change so often, it’s hard to recommend one particular location. Somewhere that always has amazing cake on the menu, however, is Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs.
This place has the most beautiful, delicious cakes of all varieties, and it’s one of my favorite places to go when I need a chocolate cake fix. Their Avant-Garde cake is small enough that you don’t feel totally guilty for eating the whole thing, but rich and chocolatey enough that it satisfies all of your chocolate cravings. A small chocolate chiffon cake with chocolate mousse finished with chocolate ganache is about as chocolatey as it gets, and it is absolutely amazing. Amorette’s Patisserie also serves the most delicious wine slushies that pair beautifully with the chocolatey goodness, as well as other sweet treats such as cookies and macarons.
Any Disney fan will tell you that one of the best things about eating at Walt Disney World is the Mickey-shaped food; ice cream bars, pretzels, cake pops, and best of all, Mickey-shaped chocolate chip cookies. The best cookies at Walt Disney World can be found at the Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom.
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I have a brand new blog post up today with everything you need to know about visiting all four Walt Disney World theme parks in one day, including lots of tips and advice from our recent experience. We challenged ourselves to try a unique food item in each park and for Magic Kingdom, we went for this insane Mickey chocolate chip cookie, they I managed to polish off all by myself on the bus back to Animal Kingdom – because calories don't count at Disney, right?! There's a link in my profile to the post if you want to take a look! #disneyblogger #disneyeats • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #sharetravelpics #letsgoeverywhere #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #lppathfinders #mytinyatlas #wearetravelmums #visitorlando
The Confectionery has all kinds of yummy goodies including prepackaged sweets and treats, but in the back they also have a section with freshly goods such as caramel apples, marshmallow wands, fudge pieces, and cookies. They have regular chocolate chip cookies of course, but why get those when you can get a giant Mickey-shaped cookie with milk chocolate dipped ears?! These cookies are huge, definitely shareable, and soft and chewy and delicious. Harrison and I shared one when we completed our recent ‘Four Parks in One Day Challenge’ and it absolutely hit the spot after a whole day of touring the parks. This is the ultimate chocolate chip cookie and one of my favorite snacks at Walt Disney World.
Creative chocolate pieces
Aside from the regular ice cream and cookies and cake, there are a few places at Walt Disney World where you can get your chocolate fix with something a little more creative. The Ganachery at Disney Springs offers up some of the most creative and beautiful chocolate pieces including gorgeous individual homemade chocolates, petite chocolate bars, homemade s’mores, and their latest and most fun creation, chocolate pinatas.
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This is a Jack Skellington chocolate pinata, which comes with a wooden mallet to break it open, and is filled with chocolate and marshmallows (swipe left) – of all the things I've ever eaten at Walt Disney World, this is probably my new favorite. I mean, does it get any better than this, really?! You can find this at The Ganachery at @disneysprings (which is of course Grayson's favorite store in all of Disney Springs…) where they also have Witch Minnie chocolate pinatas, and chocolate skulls. What would you try first?! #disneyeats #disneyblogger #halloweenatdisney • • • • • • • #havediaperswilltravel #travelwithkids #travelingwithkids #havekidswilltravel #familytravel #momblogger #momblog #travelblog #showthemtheworld #familytravelblog #tmom #travelingmom #familytravelblogger #mumblogger #sharetravelpics #femaletravelbloggers #travelinspiration #traveltips #travelmom #parentingblogger #takethekids #lpkids #lppathfinders #mytinyatlas #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #visitorlando
We tried one of these a few weeks ago and not only was it such a fun idea, but the chocolate was delicious. There are a number of different designs and styles, including some seasonal offerings (we tried the Jack Skellington pinata); the pinata is sold with a little engraved wooden mallet to smash the chocolate dome and inside, you’ll find chocolate dipped marshmallows as well as little individual crispy chocolate pearls. My kids absolutely loved smashing the chocolate pinata (and eating the sweets inside!)
Also at The Ganachery you’ll find one of my favorite chocolate treats, the salted caramel chocolate pop: a milk chocolate covered bar of soft salted caramel served on a stick that both my 2-year old and I are obsessed with! As with anything at The Ganachery, these are beautifully presented as well as delicious, and would make for lovely gifts.
If you’re a fan of chocolate and caramel, I’d also highly recommend taking a trip over to Epcot to visit Karamell-Kuche in the Germany Pavilion. As well as all of the caramel treats (like the hot, fresh caramel corn that might be one of the best things I’ve ever eaten) they have a wide variety of chocolate covered caramel items. Although their chocolate caramel covered apples are amazing, my new favorite is the milk chocolate covered caramel square topped with sea salt; it’s small enough to just be a quick snack but it satisfies that chocolate craving.
Chocolate and fruit
If you’re a chocolate lover but also trying not to gain 10lbs on your Disney vacation, there is a compromise with some chocolate and fruit options. There are a few different places at Walt Disney World where you can get chocolate covered strawberries or even chocolate covered pineapple spears (and of course chocolate covered apples), including the aforementioned Ghiradelli and the Main Street Confectionery. But my favorite chocolate and fruit combination can be found in Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom, and that is the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Nutella.
This is a hot, fresh waffle spread thickly with Nutella hazelnut spread, topped with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. The Nutella tends to melt a little because the waffle is warm, which just adds to the gooey chocolatey goodness, and the fresh fruit is the perfect accompaniment. It is big enough for two people to share as a snack (as long as those two people are not me and anyone else…) or for one person as lunch. Sleepy Hollow has a few other waffle combinations, including Mickey waffles and funnel cakes, but this sandwich has been one of my favorites for years.
If you’re a chocolate lover, then there are a whole host of other places to get your chocolate fix at Walt Disney World, including cupcakes, cake pops, milkshakes, and even chocolate martinis. If there’s one thing Disney does not have a lack of it is places to satisfy your sweet tooth, and this list is just my personal accumulation of the very best chocolate at Walt Disney World; there are definitely more places out there!
Where have you found the best chocolate at Walt Disney World? What other recommendations do you have? Let me know in the comments!