Today I'm talking about 2 of my favorite topics melded into one sweet package - Disneyland + Desserts! One of the best reasons to go to Disneyland is for all the treats that you can find. They impart that Disney magic on everything, even the food! Now, I still have not been to Disneyworld (I know, gasp!) so here I will share with you my favorite desserts from the Disneyland Park in CA in addition to a little ode to a sorely missed favorite of mine.
5. Caramel Apples
Now, even though these are farther away from my number 1 Disneyland dessert, the artistry of the caramel apples around the park are not to be dismissed. Disney is great at creating so many different types of caramel apples that you can't help but want to collect them! The problem is that they are perishable so you can't! I've seen the standard Mickey and Minnie caramel apples but I've also seen some awesome ones like a Cheshire cat apple, bunny apples, pumpkin apples and even a rainbow apple.
Imagine this - you're walking around Disneyland, you're tired, it's crowded, you're about to kill the people that are in your party because they don't want to take a break and your feet are killing you and all of a sudden you smell it - the churro cart and everything melts away. All of a sudden you realize - "Hey, I'll tell my friends it's churro time!" After they oblige you've got an awesome Disneyland treat AND a reason to sit down and take a break! You can't beat the churros at Disneyland. It's not like they are a ton better than ones you can get outside of the park, but because you are in the park they do seem better. Also, some of the churro carts in the park offer dipping sauces like chocolate!
3. Mickey Ice Cream Bar
Ice cream shaped like Mickey - this is one of my favorite Disneyland summer treats! What's great about most of the ice cream treat stands around the park is that they have a 3-D display of the ice cream novelties that you can buy. It's always nice to have a visual of what you are about to eat like when you go to the Japanese food court at Mitsuwa (It's a Southern California reference if you're unfamiliar). This is a classic Disneyland dessert at it's finest.
2. Mickey Shaped Beignets
Ummm, hello, fried dough + powdered sugar + Mickey mouse shapes = Smiles! I think the Mickey Mouse beignets at Cafe Orleans are one of the most unique things about Disneyland park. I mean, how do you get them that shape? Do they have a special cutter to do that? I almost want to stage (aka intern) in their kitchen just to learn how to make them. They are perfection.
1. Dole Whip
Ahh, and now we've come to my number one Disneyland dessert. I'm listing the Dole Whip as my number one treat mainly for nostalgic reasons. You can find the Dole Whip at the Dole Whip shack in front of the Tiki Tiki Room. The Tiki Tiki Room is one my parents favorite attractions at the park so getting a Dole Whip and watching the show always reminds me of family (Ohana). You are even welcome to enjoy your Dole Whip treat during the Tiki Tiki Room show but please, don't throw it at the animatronics or I will hunt you down and kill you =)
And now, a little blast from the past - Fantasia Ice Cream
Now, I did tell you that I would share with you one more Disneyland dessert treat that is sadly no longer with us - Fantasia Ice Cream (super sad face!!). Back in the day, Disneyland's main ice cream sponsor was Carnation Ice Cream. Carnation created an ice cream flavor ONLY available at Disneyland in CA and later at Disney California Adventures. This ice cream flavor was a color extravaganza with Banana, Pistachio and Cherry ice creams! It was almost like a rainbow sherbert without the sherbert and a taste similar to spumoni without the chocolate. Unfortunately, Carnation (which was later taken over by Nestle) was replaced by Dreyers and they felt there was not much demand for the flavor and the recipe has been lost to the public forever. You can recreate the flavor at Cold Stone Creamery, kind of, but of course it is nothing like the original. One of my life's goals is to get this back in the park. If anyone who reads this has any incite on this lost gem please email me!
And there you have it, my top 5 Disneyland Desserts! What are yours?
Oh Disneyland, the mere mention of the place sends fits of joy fluttering through my heart and mind. Growing up in Southern California I've been lucky enough to live near this legend since it is only about 45 minutes away. I don't think I can ever tire of Disneyland or grow bored with it because no matter how old I get, it will always make me feel like a kid again.
I've only had great experiences at Disneyland. I think being an imaginative person I've grown to deeply appreciate it and Walt Disney's goals for the park. Now that I'm an adult I feel like I'm in a better position to enjoy the park because I don't have to beg my parents to buy me souvenirs, ha! This time around, however, I'm an annual pass holder and it's the best! There are different levels to the Disneyland annual passes. There's the ultimate, ultimate pass that lets you in everyday of the park, but costs more than $500 and then there's the one I have which is the Southern California Resident Annual pass. With this pass I can enjoy Disneyland on Sundays and Weekdays, but not on Saturdays, major holidays and the whole month of July, hahah. It's also great though because the block out days are the ones I'd want to avoid - that's when the park is the most crowded.
Here are a few highlights about the park that I love: My most ultimate favorite ride is Space Mountain, of course. I think it's the fastest ride at the park and the most fun. I'll also never tire of Pirate's of the Carribbean, The Haunted Mansion, The Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Small World. My favorite non-ride attractions are the Disney Gallery, the shops, going on the train when I'm too tired to walk, the park during the winter holidays, taking the monorail, and The Tiki Tiki Room because it reminds me of my parents.
If you ever want to remember what it's like to be a kid again, I recommend you go here. And if you're not a kid anymore, watch out for those strollers, they can get really annoying!
Here are some pics from some of my past and recent Disneyland trips. I'll put up more when we go next time!
Clockwise from top left to bottom left: the Partner's Statue, the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, the plaque you see when you enter Disneyland, and awesome Disney balloons,
Little Sweet Thing was born out of Karen's obsession with Cupcakes! When she couldn't find the perfect cupcake ring to wear she made one and now she is sharing her love of all things sweet with the world!