How to buy a Disneyland candy cane (and why you would want one)

Disneyland candy canes are a sought after item during the holidays. In fact, they are in such short supply that Disney has devised a ticketing system for buying them. That’s right, you need a ticket to buy a candy cane. For $9.95 each, no less.

The sweets are made at Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A. at the California theme park.

To get one, you’ll need one of those magic tickets. They are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis each day at park opening. Get your ticket, and come back later in the day to buy up to two Disneyland candy canes for $9.95 each. If you didn’t get a ticket, you can wait in a stand-by line at the Candy Palace beginning at 3:30 p.m., to see if any of the canes are left over to buy.

So, what’s all the fuss about a candy cane? The Disneyland creations are handmade — a lost art, according to Disney. It takes a crew of three candymakers two hours to make a batch of about 45 candy canes.

The candy canes have to be made in a sealed room heated to 90 to 100 degrees. They are 5 ounces and 10-12 inches long. On a candy-cane making day, just three batches are typically made, so they are in short supply.

This month, Disneyland plans to make them on Dec. 9, 11, 13, 17, 21 and 29, according to the Disney Food Blog. But those dates are subject to change because of temperature or staffing changes. If you really must have a Disneyland candy cane, call (714) 781-0112 to verify they are being made before you head out to the park.