SWEET SPELLS — HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

A bit of nostalgia this Halloween… looking back a few years to what was once a hidden gem at Hollywood StudiosSweet Spells… hidden inside the Beverly Sunset building on Sunset Boulevard. Here you could discover a treasure trove of Disney Unique Treats.

Sweet aromas would emanate from this tiny shop located under the neon lighted marquee of the Art Deco movie theater… drawing in many passers-by.

Unique treats of all kinds abounded here…

  • Whoopie Pies… Maple Bacon, Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Orange Cream, Banana & Chocolate Oreo
  • Decadent Fudge in flavors like… Rocky Road, Maple Nut and Peanut Butter… plus holiday specialties… Pumpkin, Reese’s Pieces & Candy Cane
  • Mickey Cake Pops… chocolate covered Mickey cakes with marshmallow ears… all colorfully decorated
  • Mickey Krispie Treats dipped in chocolate with toppings like… mini M&M’s, crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & crumbled Oreos

Yet their specialty at Sweet Spells was candy apples… freshly dipped and intricately decorated. The assortment of creations was a feast for the eyes! Visitors could stop for a “spell” and watch the Disney confectioners create their magic.

Their most unique treats were the Character apples. Inspired by Disney characters, the “candyteers” used colored sugar and candy decorations to construct familiar and beloved creations like… Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Kermit the Frog & the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

Movie themed Character candy apples were very popular. Recognize these from the Disney movie Frozen

Sweet Spells Secret: Olaf‘s carrot nose was actually a dipped and sugared Bugle and his hair was made of chocolate dipped licorice strips.

Halloween was an especially popular time for Specialty candy apples like…

  • Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey
  • Witch Minnie
  • Jack O’Lantern Mickey
  • Ghost Mickey

Sweet Spells Secret: Ghost Mickey was dipped in white chocolate pooled at the base to create his draped sheet.

There were spooky skulls and skeletons decorated with white chocolate… plus Maleficent, Disney‘s Sleeping Beauty villain.

Sweet Spells Secret: Maleficent‘s horns were molded out of Rice Krispie treats and covered in dark chocolate.

If you were feeling brave… there was the “poison” apple from Disney‘s movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs… a red candy apple dripping with green tinted white chocolate.

Sweet Spell’s window display showed the Disney movie’s wicked witch with her boiling cauldron asking the question… “Which one did you get?”

So this Halloween, just beware… who’s really dipping your candy apples?