Welcome back to another post for hiding hidden and lesser known cross contact points on a Disney World Vacation with food restrictions!
Today we are covering the Confectionary Items, better know as the Bakery Treats. Confectionary Items are found all around the parks and resorts. Famously at The Confectionary on Main Street in Magic Kingdom, Big Top in Magic Kingdom, Zuri’s Sweet Shop in Animal Kingdom, Goofy’s Candy Shop in Disney Springs. And at many of the shops depending on availability.
For more on planning a Disney World Trip with Food Restrictions, see the Disney World Food Allergy FAQ and the Disney World Gluten Free FAQ.
Prefer prepackaged snacks in dedicated allergy friendly facilities with proper warnings? I got you! See the ‘Snacks with Character’ line.
⭐ If this is your First Time to Disney World, you’ll want all the insider tips and done for you plans found in the Food Allergies at Disney World Made Easy Guide , If you’ve been here before and just need the best places to eat and snacks, see the Touring Plan and Snack Guide. Just Gluten Free? There’s a guide for that too!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Major Cross Contact for Confectionary Items
As the only news source that specializes in Food Allergies and Gluten Free, I’ve gotten several reports of anaphylaxis at Disney World. Ironically (or sadly) all of these but one happened with a Confectionary Item. In one case the allergy guide was not updated correctly (and I did follow up, the sheet was updated before the week ended). In all of the other instances, it was from Cross Contact.
What’s Cross Contact? It’s where items that aren’t naturally on a product (or aren’t supposed to be there via recipe instructions) are found on that food. An example would be a caramel apple that shouldn’t have wheat, having wheat on it from other items in the bakery.
Cross Contact happens in bakeries because so much is going on. Chocolate vats are shared. Tables are shared. Items are stored in the same fridges, same rooms, same display cases and food distribution cases.
There is a Warning from Disney that all of the items ‘may contain’ and it’s not a ‘liability clause’ to avoid being sued (though it helps!). It’s a literal warning as items will likely have other allergens on it.
Here’s an Example
On One Table we have a Cast Member decorating the Crisped Rice Treats, on another table we have a Cast Member decorating Pretzels.
While this can be done safely in a very strict kitchen… this is not the case, as per Disney. Disney clearly states that items may contain allergens, and when you speak to Cast Members and Staff, they will support this statement. This is an active bakery where people are doing their best to keep up with the demand of thousands of treats sold each day to guests.
The Confectionaries do have an allergy book for you to determine your comfort level. These have sheets with each item, and the allergen present in the recipe, plus the warning that there is a high chance other items will be on there (a may contain statement).
Items are also stored on shared equipment and in shared display cases, even if they are ‘wrapped in plastic’ they have been on shared equipment in the bakery.
Where can you find Confectionary Items at Disney World
- The Confectionary on Main Street in Magic Kingdom
- Big Top in Magic Kingdom
- Zuri’s Sweet Shop in Animal Kingdom
- Goofy’s Candy Shop in Disney Springs
- nd at many of the shops depending on availability.
Lots more tips where that came from
Everyone should eat well on vacation! Learn more common questions and concerns in the Food Allergy FAQ or the Gluten Free Disney FAQ.
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