Dining in Disneyland: Dulce Aventura at Disney California Adventure

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I guess I’m a little late to the fiesta, but I finally made it over to Dulce Aventura at Disney California Adventure.  Located in the Pacific Wharf area directly next to Cocina Cucamonga, Dulce Aventura opened this past July.

Dulce Aventura


A cute little counter service treat stop, Dulce Aventura offers a limited but tasty menu.  When we stopped to browse the menu, my boys and I were immediately offered samples.  Samples? I questioned; Disney rarely gives samples.  Of course we wanted samples!

Dulce Aventura Menu Board

We had the option of tasting the Snickerdoodle, a Chocolate Dipped Pretzel, or a piece of the Large Mickey Chocolate Chip cookie.  I tried the Snickerdoodle, which was pretty tasty but a bit dry. I definitely prefer the Chocolate Chip Supreme Cookie.  My boys went for the Chocolate Dipped Pretzel, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Large Mickey Chocolate Chip Cookies

After browsing the window, which was full of caramel apples, cookies, and a few other choice treats, we decided on a random quartet of Oreo Brownie, a football cookie, Spicy Peanut Brittle and a Chocolate Dipped Fruit Skewer.

Window Shopping

More Window Shopping

Our Chosen Treats!

Let’s start with the football cookie.  This was the choice of my 7 year old.  Why he chose it, I’m note sure.  He’s not a football fan and there were so many other tempting options in the window.  I think he picked it simply because he’d never seen it before and wanted to try something new (that’s my boy, true DFB style!).

Anyhow, the cookie was really nothing special.  It was basically one of those large Mickey face shortbread type of cookies that can be purchased throughout the parks.  It was a bit dry, covered in what I consider to be waxy chocolate.  He however, loved it, so it’s a good choice for a child.  Especially because mommy didn’t want to steal more than just a bite from it.

Football Cookie

Football Cookie Cross Section

My ten year old was much more on point with his choice, the Oreo Brownie.  Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with these.  This brownie is located at multiple locations throughout the park and I’ve never had a bad one.  Moist, but not super chewy, this chocolatey treat is mixed with Oreo cookie crumbles and topped with pieces of Oreo drizzled with chocolate.  My kid barely let me have a bite before devouring the entire thing.

Oreo Brownie

I was really hoping that this new-ish location would have more traditional Mexican desserts.  I mean the name, Dulce Aventura, sort of makes you think that they might — “Sweet Adventure” in Spanish? Come on DCA, we need some signature desserts here!

Anyhow, since I’ve already tried (and enjoyed) the Spicy Peanut Caramel Apple, I decided to go for the Spicy Peanut Brittle.  I did enjoy it, but it packed way more of a punch than the apple.  I think the sweetness of the apple helps with that.

I gave it a whirl and let’s just say I was glad I had a bottle of water with me.  Please note that I am a spice wimp, so for the average person this is not too hot.  If I can handle it, I’m sure you can too. AND if you like spice, you will really enjoy this.

Spicy Peanut Brittle

Spicy Peanut Brittle Close Up

After we finished up our little taste-testing session, I headed back to the window for another look.  Somehow, I missed something I’d never seen at the Disneyland Resort: Chocolate Dipped Fruit Skewers.

These particular ones were pineapple and they were delicious — by far my most favorite item of the four items we purchased.  The chocolate was fresh tasting; not waxy, but creamy and melt in your mouth yummy.  The pineapple was golden and ripe.  Not mushy,  not hard — perfect and sweet.

Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Skewer

Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Skewer Cross Section

I had a few bites and then my seven year old went to town. It’s a good thing I keep wet wipes in my purse, I really needed them after this treat.

Happy, but Messy Customer!

Think I’m done? Nope.  Because everything was behind glass, I was having a hard time getting good photos to share.  My solution was pretty perfect: I asked the friendly Cast Member if she’d take my camera inside and snap some pics for you all! I’m sure glad I did, because look at all of this deliciousness:

Cookies, Brownies & Fruit Skewers

Caramel Apples

Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Football Cookies

Large Mickey Chocolate Chip Cookies


Overall, Dulce Aventura is a nice little treat stop that fits well into the wharf area.  It’s a nice place to take a break with a snack and a drink.

There’s plenty of seating, lovely views of the park, and it’s a perfect people watching spot (if that’s your thing!).  I do wish that there were some signature authentic Mexican desserts served up here; it would definitely make the spot more interesting.

Have you visited Dulce Aventura? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. says

    “I do wish that there were some signature authentic Mexican desserts served up here.”

    Exactly. That’s what the name of the place and its location seem to be promising.

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