As I have mentioned many times before, I am a planner, so it should come as no surprise that I begin my Christmas preparations in September. As is the case with most planners, I develop a list of people for whom I will be purchasing gifts, and alongside each person’s name I write the item I most hope to give them. Of course, I always jot down a few contingency options in the event that the “perfect” gift proves elusive. Once my list is complete, I eagerly head to the stores, or my computer, in search of each carefully thought-out gift. Inevitably, there is at least one top-pick item that simply cannot be acquired. Well, last year was no exception. There was someone very special on my list who did not receive the present I wanted so much to give her. The gift was to be a specific type of candy, which is exclusively available at Walt Disney World. Her ongoing craving for that “goofy” candy was not to be satisfied on Christmas morn.
The person I am referring to is my sister. At this point, I feel it is important to note that she is a gift-giving genius. Without fail, every single year, she presents me with an item (or items) that, though never actually on my Christmas list, turn out to be the ideal gift for me. She has introduced me to things I never knew I wanted. She knows me so well. It’s amazing! I have wanted her to experience that same special feeling. After a good deal of thought about her gift, it finally came to me. It was something from our past, something so simple, something she has often mentioned that she craves, and something she would not buy for herself. It was just perfect, and here’s why…
During our childhood WDW vacations, my parents would buy my sister a bag of Goofy’s Candy Co. Sour Character Gummies for her to enjoy while we were there. Then, as our trip neared its end, they would purchase her another bag to take home. Just two bags, no more and no less, so they would always be special. I remember watching her ration the yummy gummies to make them last as long as possible. Looking back on it now, that is not something you would expect a child to be able to do. From time to time, she would tell me I could have one, and she would ask what color I wanted. I always chose the white, pineapple flavored Mickey head. As I put it in my mouth, I was quickly reminded of why she loved them. Coated in tart granulated sugar, the backs of my cheeks would twinge as the sour taste hit my tongue. After the tangy sugar dissolved, there remained an exceptional gummy chew that never, ever stuck in my teeth, the way so many inferior gummy sweets do.
There was no question, the super-sour, bite-size treats were the ideal gift for my sister. All I needed to do was contact Walt Disney World Merchandise Guest Services and Mail Order. It was the perfect plan; a simple phone call would bring two bags of Goofy’s Candy Co. Sour Character Gummies right to my front door. I tracked down the phone number, placed my call, and was greeted by a friendly Cast Member who asked how she could assist me. I enthusiastically responded that I would like to place an order for some candy. I no more than finished my response when she explained that they are unable to ship anything edible due to regulations. The perfect gift could not happen, and to say that I was disappointed would be an understatement.
When we gathered for Christmas, I told her of my efforts to obtain the Goofy’s Candy Co. Sour Character Gummies. She was so surprised that I had thought of it, and that I had tried to get them for her. In that moment, her reaction let me know that it was my thought that counted. Unfortunately, there was an unintended consequence of my telling her, she was reminded of how much she had missed having them. So, of course, I promptly promised that on my next trip to WDW I would buy her two bags, no more and no less, so they would stay special. I kept my promise, and I enjoyed watching her ration them, making them last as long as possible.
What is your favorite WDW candy?
Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7) Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)