Churro Toffee (Disneyland Copycat Recipe) - House of Nash Eats (2023)

This Disneyland Churro Toffee is a cross between the ever popular classic churro and delicious homemade toffee. The buttery toffee squares are coated in smooth white chocolate and topped off with a cinnamon sugar mixture. The first bite of this delectable treat is pure Disney magic. It's a major hit at the Parks for a good reason!

If you love making delicious treats and love foods from the Disney Parks, I have some perfect recipes like my Jolly Holiday Raspberry Rose Macarons or my Homemade Churros. You could also have some fun making my Gourmet Homemade Caramel Apples, New Orleans Beignets, and Homemade Soft Pretzels!

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Table of Contents
  1. Why You'll Love This Recipe
  2. What You'll Need
  3. How to Make This Recipe
  4. Recipe FAQ's
  5. Recipe Tips
  6. How to Store
  7. More Candy Recipes
  8. Churro Toffee (Disneyland Copycat Recipe) Recipe

Disneyland's churro toffee is one of the most popular items at Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure! Originally you could ONLY get this scrumptious treat at Disney California Adventure Park’s Trolley Treats located on Buena Vista Street. In the past year it has gained in popularity and is now sold at all the Disneyland bakeries including Marceline's Confectionery in Downtown Disney District.

We love all things Disney and our favorite part about visiting these theme parks is trying all the treats. If you have a sweet tooth like me, Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth! Dole whip, churros, Mickey ice cream bars, Jolly holiday raspberry macaron ( my copycat recipe here!), and mickey pretzels are just some of my favorite treats you can find on Buena Vista Street and Main Street.

There is nothing better than buying a sweet treat at Candy Palace and munching away while strolling through the park. It's the perfect way to enjoy the day!

We especially like to travel to Disneyland during the Holiday Season to catch all the seasonal treats, and luckily this delicious square of toffee can be found all year. We love it so much I had to try and make it at home! Luckily, making Disneyland copycat recipes is so fun! It brings a little bit of that Disney magic home with you.

For anyone that cannot hop on over to that magical place, you can make the Disneyland copycat churro toffee recipe right at home! It's really quite simple and can be made in your own kitchen, no standing in line! I have detailed instructions below to ensure this Disney Churro Toffee is just as good as the real thing.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's super easy even if you don't have candy making experience.
  • Unlike regular toffee, folks with nut allergies can enjoy this nut-free toffee.
  • The toffee is basically a homemade English toffee recipe and the toffee alone is such a tasty treat by itself!

What You'll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Butter - I always use salted butter for my baking.
  • Sugar - Just plain granulated sugar.
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda - This is my secret ingredient that makes this Toffee the best in the world.
  • White chocolate - The Ghirardelli white chocolate melting discs are my favorite. In a pinch you can use white chocolate chips but in my opinion they don't melt as smoothly.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Almonds - these are optional but the official version in Disneyland has chopped almonds.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar - mix the cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle on the melted chocolate coating on top of the toffee to get that nice Churro flavor!

You'll also want a thick bottomed sauce pan which helps the toffee cook more evenly. If this is your first time making toffee, you will need a candy thermometer (affiliate link) too.

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How to Make This Recipe

Line a baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper. You could even use a half-sheet tray as well. Combine the 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1 cup sugar in a bowl and set aside. Toast almonds by spreading them in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking for 9-10 minutes at 350°F. Chop with a sharp knife or food processor (affiliate link) and set aside for later.

Mix the toffee ingredients. Heat the sticks of butter, 2 cups of sugar, and light brown sugar in a large, thick bottomed saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until combined.

Continue to cook so the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently, almost constantly, until thermometer reaches 285 F and the toffee has turned a golden brown, almost peanut butter color. The mixture will bubble and boil! This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.

Once it reaches 300°F quickly remove the toffee from heat and immediately stir in the chopped almonds, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt.

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Pour toffee onto prepared baking sheet. Quickly spread it out into a thin, even layer. Immediately cut the hot toffee into 4X4-inch squares. A plastic knife usually works well while the toffee is still warm before it has a chance to set up. You may need to repeat the cuts a second time. Or if the toffee hardens too quickly, you can score it with a metal knife and then snap it apart. Even if you don't get perfect squares the toffee will still taste just as amazing with irregular shapes.

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Melt white chocolate wafers in a bowl or square dish. Dip the whole toffee square in white chocolate to cover it, then immediately either sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture before the white chocolate coating has a chance to harden or place the dipped toffee into the bowl of cinnamon sugar mixture and spoon the mixture on top of it to completely coat the outside of the white chocolate with cinnamon sugar.

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Place toffee pieces on parchment paper to set up completely, about 20 minutes or so.

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Recipe FAQ's

How do I know the toffee is ready?

Using a candy thermometer is key and will take out the guesswork when it comes to candy making but I have heard some people place an almond next to the pan and when it reaches the color of the almond skin, it's ready. I also liken the color of the ready toffee to peanut butter.

Where can I find Churro Toffee?

The Churro Toffee Square can be found at Trolley Treats (Disney California Adventure Park), Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen (Disneyland Park), or Marceline's Confectionary (Downtown Disney).

Is the Churro Toffee sold at Walt Disney World?

Unfortunately, this famous churro toffee is only found at Disneyland, not Walt Disney World. Although it's become so popular I wouldn't be surprised if you could find it there soon!

Is there a difference between English and American toffee?

The only difference between the two is American Toffee is usually made with the addition of a type of nut, usually almonds. Traditional English toffee is nut free.

Should toffee be hard or soft?

Either! For a slightly softer toffee you need to reach 285 degrees F. For a hard crack toffee it needs to be 300 degrees F.

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Recipe Tips

  • If you are worried about cutting the toffee into squares or you are just short on time, you can just leave the toffee as is in the pan, let it set up a little and just spread the white chocolate over top. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top and then let it continue to set. Once fully set just break it up however you want!
  • You will need a candy thermometer (affiliate link) for the toffee. You can find candy thermometers at most grocery stores or online.
  • Make sure you have everything laid out and ready to go before you start cooking. You will want to move pretty quickly with some of the steps.

How to Store

Toffee will stay good for 3-4 weeks when stored in an airtight container. Be sure to separate layers with wax or parchment paper.

You can also freeze toffee for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

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Churro Toffee (Disneyland Copycat Recipe)

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Amy Nash

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 24 servings

This Disney Churro Toffee is a cross between the ever popular classic churro and delicious homemade toffee. The buttery toffee squares are coated in smooth white chocolate and topped off with a cinnamon sugar mixture. The first bite of this delectable treat is pure Disney magic. It's a major hit at the Parks for a good reason!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups salted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 bags ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions

  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and set aside. Toast the almonds by spreading in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking for 9-10 minutes at 350°F. Chop with a sharp knife or food processor and set aside.

  • Combine butter, sugar, and water in a large, thick bottomed saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter has melted and everything starts to combine. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, almost constantly, until thermometer reaches 300°F and the toffee has turned a golden brown, almost peanut butter color, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately stir in almonds, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt.

  • Pour toffee onto prepared baking sheet. Let stand for 1-2 minutes to cool slightly, then cut into 4x4-inch squares with a plastic knife while still warm. You may need to repeat the cuts a second time. Let the toffee set completely to harden up (about 20 minutes).

  • Melt white chocolate. Dip toffee squares in white chocolate to coat, then shake off excess chocolate. Place the dipped toffee squares into the container of cinnamon sugar and cover it with the cinnamon sugar mixture so it gets coated on the top and bottom. Let the white chocolate set up for a minute or two, then transfer the toffee pieces to a piece of parchment paper to set up completely. Repeat with all of the toffee squares.

Notes

  • Stores for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. Can be frozen.
  • Leftover cinnamon sugar mixture can be stored in a container and used to make cinnamon toast.
  • You can make this toffee without the almonds for a nut-free version.
  • For a slightly chewier, softer toffee, you can cook it to 285°F (soft-crack stage) instead of all the way to 300°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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FAQs

Does Disneyland still make churro toffee? ›

The Churro Toffee Square can be found at Trolley Treats (Disney California Adventure Park), Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen (Disneyland Park), or Marceline's Confectionary (Downtown Disney).

What is churro toffee Disneyland? ›

Churro Toffee is a delightful treat that can be found at Disneyland. It's a cross between a cinnamon sugar churro and a toffee candy, and it's absolutely delicious. This toffee is made with butter, sugar, and vanilla, and it's topped with melted white chocolate and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Why do you add baking soda to toffee? ›

For better crunch, add baking soda

The base soda is reacting with the acid sugar, plus heat, to make tons of tiny bubbles. Those bubbles remain trapped in the syrup as it cools in the pan, yielding toffee whose consistency is lightly crunchy rather than hard: think light-textured American-style biscotti vs.

Where can I buy churro toffee at Disney World? ›

The Churro Toffee Square can usually be found at Trolley Treats, Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen or Marceline's Confectionery.

What churro brand does Disney use? ›

Tio Pepe's Frozen Churros found at Smart and Final– Check your local Smart & Final for the Tio Pepe brand. This is the brand that Disneyland uses.

How much is Disneyland churro toffee? ›

This toffee is made with churro-flavored sugar and is dipped in chocolate. Churro toffee can be found at many different locations throughout Disneyland, including the Candy Palace and Trolley Treats. Prices for churro toffee vary depending on the location, but typically range from $3-$5.

Are Disneyland churros better than Disney World? ›

Disneyland has far superior churros

Plus, in addition to the regular variety, there are seasonal flavors offered throughout the park. At Disney World, the churros do not compare. They aren't as widely available, and taste-wise they're just not the same.

Are churros just fried choux pastry? ›

The churro dough is basically a choux pastry (or paté a choux) which is the same used to make gougeres and eclairs. The difference is that instead of being baked, it is fried in this case. The dough itself is pretty bland, but the roll in cinnamon-sugar makes up for that.

What is the most popular dessert at Disneyland? ›

What are the Best Desserts at Disneyland 2023?
  • #1 – Nuttles.
  • #2 – Raspberry Macaron.
  • #3 – Matterhorn Macaroon.
  • #4 – Churro Toffee.
  • #5 – Loaded Dole Whips.
  • #6 – Disneyland Churros.
  • #7 – Mickey Beignets.
  • #8 – Alien Macaron.

What does cream of tartar do in toffee? ›

Adding cream of tartar when you're making candy helps prevent the creation of sugar crystals. That's why lots of icing, syrup or candy recipes call for it: it makes it so the end product doesn't have large crunchy sugar capsules.

Why did my toffee not harden? ›

Why is my toffee soft? If your toffee doesn't have a hard texture (where you can snap it in half) you did not cook it long enough. Again, the 5-minutes is just a guide. Cook it until it is the color of a brown bag.

What happens if you cook toffee too long? ›

The toffee continues to change color and becomes darker as the temperature rises. If toffee cooks to too high a temperature and the toffee is dark in color, unfortunately, there is no way to save this batch of toffee.

Can you buy Disney churros online? ›

They are on Amazon, and I hope you like churros because they come in a box of 100! They are shipped fully cooked and frozen. You just need to heat them up and roll them in your favorite topping, which for me is cinnamon and sugar.

Are Costco churros? ›

Costco's Churros Are Back And Better Than Ever!

Churros are back and larger than ever at Costco. We recommend combining vanilla extract, cinnamon, and butter dough to make a delicious cinnamon sugar blend, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Costco members can get their food at a few of their locations.

Where can I buy Maleficent churro? ›

This churro can be found at the churro cart next to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Are Costco churros the same as Disneyland churros? ›

You might be wondering what is the difference between Disney's churros and Costco's churros, but the reality is that there is no difference in the food.

Why are Disneyland churros so good? ›

There are a few reasons why people love Disneyland churros so much. First, they are fried fresh and hot, so they are always crispy and delicious. Second, they are coated in a generous amount of cinnamon sugar, which makes them even more irresistible.

Who supplies Disneyland churros? ›

If you don't want to make your own you can always order them in bulk from J&J Snack Foods – the original source of Disney Churros..

What is the most expensive food item at Disneyland? ›

It will include a new Marvel Land's Pym Test Kitchen restaurant where guests can buy a $100 Pym-ini sandwich. It is one of the most expensive food items at Disneyland, and the price has made headlines on several Disney fan sites.

Do Disneyland churros have milk? ›

Disneyland: Dairy-Free Snacks & Treats throughout the Parks

Note: Unfortunately, the churros do contain milk.

How do you cut homemade toffee into squares? ›

Using a pizza cutter, you can slice the toffee into whatever size squares you like. Spread chocolate over the warm toffee. Use a scoop to sprinkle chopped pecans on top of the chocolate-covered toffee.

Which is the No 1 Disneyland in the world? ›

1. Disneyland Park, Anaheim California. The original and, arguably, the world's best, (if not the world's best-known!)

What is Disney's best kept secret? ›

The existence of the utilidors — a system of tunnels underneath Magic Kingdom — is perhaps the best-known Disney World secret. The tunnels are key to keeping this park running — and the magic alive. Ever wondered how you've never spotted a cast member in an Adventureland costume over in Fantasyland?

What is the secret restaurant in Disneyland? ›

Right in the middle of New Orleans Square in Disneyland, located across from La Mascarade d'Orleans, is the inconspicuous entrance to one of the most-whispered-about spots in Disney parks across the globe: Club 33. Club 33 is a secret five-star restaurant that the regular public cannot access.

What oil is best for frying churros? ›

What oil to use for frying churros. Because we're looking at such high-heat frying, we need a high-heat (high smoke-point) oil. Peanut or corn oil are fantastic for this, and I suspect that there may be a case to be made for rendered beef tallow.

Why are my churros not crispy? ›

If your churros are not crunchy, it is likely because they were not cooked long enough. Churros should be fried for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy. Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't overcook and become too hard.

What consistency should churro batter be? ›

Batter: Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add oil and water and mix until just combined - it should be a thick, gummy batter, like a wet sticky dough, not thin and watery. Piping bag: Transfer dough into a piping bag with a 8mm / 1/3" star tip nozzle.

What was Walt Disney's favorite dessert? ›

But most of all, Walt loved pie for dessert --- the tops being apple, boysenberry and a special lemon chiffon pie with a graham cracker crust.

What is the #1 dessert in the world? ›

1) Cream Brulee (FRANCE) -

Back in the 17th century, this dessert was introduced by Francois Massialot, a chef of a kitchen of a Duke of Orlean, who wrote about its recipe in a book. A creamy pastry a thin, crisp caramel layer is what is referred to as cream brulee and which has stolen everyone's heart.

Where can I find toffee pretzels at Disneyland? ›

7. Toffee Pretzel ($8.25) – Tomorrowland Pretzel Cart (Tomorrowland, Disneyland): Cream cheese-filled pretzel sprinkled with toffee sugar.

Where are the fruity pebble churros at Disneyland? ›

Fruity Lemon Churro

This lemon churro can be found on Main Street U.S.A at the Town Square churro cart. This churro is covered with lemon flavored sugar and crushed fruity pebbles. The lemon flavor was quite overwhelming, but the fruity pebbles added the sweetness that was needed to balance out flavors.

Does Disney still sell churros? ›

Do they sell churros at Disney World? Thankfully, the culinary Imagineers at Walt Disney World have recognized the place of the churro in the great theme park food pyramid. In other words, at the very top. So yes, you will be relieved to know that Disney World does sell churros.

Who makes churros for Disneyland? ›

Tio Pepe's Churros (served at Disneyland)

Did you know that those tasty churros sold at Disneyland aren't made in-house? They aren't even a Disney brand! They are, in fact, Tio Pepe's Churros from J&J Snack Foods Corp.

Does Disneyland churro toffee have nuts? ›

While the toffee itself is nut-free, the chocolate coating does contain nuts, so keep that in mind if you have any allergies. In Disneyland, you can make a churro toffee recipe that tastes just like the churro toffee you'll find in the parks.

What is the most popular snack at Disneyland? ›

Churros. One of the most iconic Disneyland snacks. Be sure to try them in their seasonal flavors too. Get it from the churro stands.

Do Disneyland churros have eggs? ›

What's Not Vegan: Churros and Beignets. Two popular snacks at Disneyland are reportedly not vegan. The churros use egg and sodium caseinate (derived from milk), according to Veganing.

How much does a Disney churro cost? ›

Churros. Keep your eyes peeled for the many churro carts found throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Churros average $5 each for a pastry wand of fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar. There are also gluten-free churro options available at the parks.

Is Costco selling churros again? ›

Does Costco Have Churros 2022? Churros from Costco will cost you about $1.50 per pound, but they are thinner, drier, and less crispy than their previous counterparts. We couldn't be happier that Costco'schurros have arrived.

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