The days before we left for Disneyland Jason was immersed in watching different youtube videos on all things Disney as well as reading up on as much as possible. The topic of interest… food. This time we wanted to be much more adventurous about what foods we tried in Disneyland. We wanted to venture beyond getting just a burger or chicken strips. Jason put together his list of some of the top items he wanted to try and we went on a Disney foodie mission. Here are some of the items we enjoyed in Disneyland.
Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron – $5.49
You can find this Mickey shaped treat at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café on Main Street in Disneyland. As expected it was practically perfect in every way. We are huge macaron fans and have become very selective about the ones we eat. When we heard about these we knew they were a must for us to try.
Inside of the crisp but chewy macaron is a raspberry rose cream with raspberries delicately balanced on end inside. This macaron is a wonderful combination of tart and sweet. The only thing is that it is almost too pretty to eat. We split this between the four of us in our family. Our daughters loved the raspberries inside, Evie was over the moon thrilled to have a “cookie” shaped like Mickey Mouse to enjoy.
Matterhorn Macaroon – $2.99
This is another baked good you will find in the Jolly Holiday Bakery Café. It’s the one that you will most often find shared across Instagram in front of the ride that is its namesake. This is a theme food item if ever we saw one. The Matterhorn Macaroon looks just like a snow-covered mountain top.
Jason got to enjoy the majority of this to himself (Tamara is allergic to coconut) but he did share with the girls. Everyone enjoyed the sweet oversized coconut macaroon. It is baked to a beautiful golden shade and the peak of the macaroon is dipped in white chocolate and white sprinkles. The Matterhorn Macaroon is dense but moist and a great treat to enjoy in the park.
Red’s Apple Freeze – $4.99
We were not expecting a heat wave on our vacation, thankfully we had just the thing on our list of must-try food items to help us cool down. Red’s Apple Freeze from the Cozy Cone Motel at Cone 4 in California Adventure.
It seems like our family really enjoys items that are both sweet and tart because that is just what this is. A beverage that combines the two. It is made with 100% frozen apple juice. What we didn’t realize til later is that the foam on top is made with a hint of toasted marshmallow and passion fruit mango foam. Why toasted marshmallow? Red is the firetruck from Cars, it’s a cute little way they tie it together.
Be warned some may find this very sweet to drink. We shared one between our whole little family. This beverage was perfect for helping us all to cool down. We will forever remember the faces little Addie made as she had her first sip and first brain freeze.
Popcorn – $4
This was Evie’s constant request in Disneyland. She is a popcorn monster and a huge critic when it comes to this hot treat. If there is something wrong with the popcorn she will let you know.
We went with just the simple popcorn in a little box. There are more expensive options that are available. The popcorn comes in a keepsake bucket. With the little box we got for $4 we still had plenty for everyone in our group.
You hear rumours of Disneyland pumping scents into the streets, well there is no need to pump the smell of popcorn anywhere. You cannot miss it when you walk past the different carts. Popcorn is always a great treat if you are looking for something savoury instead of sweet. We were all amazed to find that this popcorn does not need butter. It tastes fantastic.
Seasonal Mickey Shaped Cookie – $3.99
It wasn’t until after our first trip to Disneyland that we found out there are Starbucks locations throughout the park. Sometimes you just need your favourite Starbucks beverage or coffee. Once again we popped in to get a cold drink to share and we got a Mickey Shaped Cookie that was in the shape of a bat. Perfect for all the Fall and Halloween decor around the park.
These are a shortbread cookie with a chocolaty icing. It’s just the right amount of sweet to not be too much. It’s a great cookie to share between two kids. There’s even enough for a parent to sneak a bite or two.
Boysen Apple Freeze and Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist – $4.69 + $4.19
The Boysen Apple Freeze is very similar to Red’s Apple Freeze. This one has the addition of boysenberry throughout the freeze and it is topped with a passion fruit foam. If we had to pick between the two freeze drinks we enjoyed we would go with this one. It just had that little extra something. If you are on the hunt for a cute keepsake you can spend a bit more and you get a souvenir goblet or stein.
Unlike the other twists available at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire the Cheddar Garlic twist is a bagel consistency. The others are made with more of a puff pastry base, because of the bagel side to this twist it is a bit more chewy and as it cools down it goes a bit hard on the outside. We did still enjoy it, it had just the right amount of cheddar and garlic. We do recommend eating it right away while it’s warm.
Jumbo Turkey Leg – $10.99
This was one we shrugged our shoulders at and could not understand why so many people were eating jumbo turkey legs when we first went to Disneyland. A bunch of research later we decided to add it to the list, more so Jason was on a mission to get one.
If you are not a fan of the smell of cooked meat you may want to bypass this one and walk wide of the carts selling them, otherwise it’s a great item to get to feed a whole family. To our surprise the meat inside of the crispy skin was incredibly juicy and tender. Even our youngest daughter enjoyed some because we were able to pull it off easily and into little pieces. It had a nice smokey flavour to it.
After, we were left wondering where these jumbo turkey legs come from and were informed they are from Tom turkeys. Not mutant jumbo turkeys like a certain someone in our group was guessing.
Mickey-Shaped Beignets – 3 Pack for $4.49
Mickey-Shaped Beignets Tossed in Butterscotch – 3 Pack for $4.49
Our recent trip to Disneyland had us there at the start of the Fall and Halloween season which meant we got to try the seasonal beignet flavour; butterscotch. Both the original and the butterscotch were beyond delicious. Beignets in Disneyland are consider a classic treat, with many enjoying the different options throughout the holidays.
The beignets are given to you in a white paper bag, be sure to give it a good shake to coat all of the beignets in more of the powdered sugar. The butterscotch tossed ones are coated in a butterscotch syrup and coated in powdered sugar. It’s nice because the butterscotch is not too overpowering with it being like a traditional Mickey-shaped beignets. The Mickey-shaped beignets are like traditional ones where you’d expect to see a golden colour and bite into soft, pillowy perfection.
If you are going to get only one thing off of this list the next time you go to Disneyland make it the beignets from Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. Also, if you are not wanting any of the powdered sugar goodness to go to waste bite one of the ears off and pop it back into the back and either shake some more or just scoop with the hollow part of the beignet now exposed.
Peanut Butter Sandwich – $3.99
This was the must find item on our list, besides beignets, and it took a couple searches to find it. These disappear quickly from where they are sold in Disneyland. You can find them at Poohs Corner in Critter Country and Candy Palace on Main Street.
If you love peanut butter and chocolate this is not to be missed, the best part is they are made in house in Disneyland. Inside of the treat, you will find a graham cracker layered with peanut butter, and the outside is covered with a layer of chocolate. Top it off with a sprinkling of nuts and a dark chocolate Mickey.
This is like taking a peanut butter cup and stepping it up bit time. It’s crunchy. It’s chewy. It’s amazing.
There you have it everyone, our Disneyland foodie mission list. If you have been to Disneyland or visit regularly what are some of your must have food or drink items from there? Can you recommend anything to us to try next time we go?