I was so excited FINALLY to stop in at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe recently and sample many of the treats and dishes!
Heather gave you a thorough tour of Jolly Holiday when the bakery first opened AND introduced you to the lemon meringue bar! And you know how much I love those Mickey Ganache Tarts that I wrote about earlier. But today, we are going to talk about a couple more must-try items!
As the name implies, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe takes its theme from the classic live action Disney film, Mary Poppins. As a result, you see many decorative touches that echo the time period in which the film is set, the much-beloved Edwardian Era. Façades of the building are sprinkled liberally with gingerbread cutwork – perfect for both a bakery AND Mainstreet U.S.A.!
Inside, no detail has been left out. We absolutely adore the stained glass penguin windows, which bring in the animated elements of the film — touches that were celebrated as groundbreaking at the time the movie was made. It’s just plain neat to see the “cartoon” portions of the story highlighted in this upscale way.
The grandeur and “over the top” feel that crowned the time period is evident in the decorative details, right down to the rose trim on this chandelier. I loved this touch!
Looking around at the lovely space lent to our excitement about the food to come (and helped with the UBER LONG line that Jolly Holiday almost always has ;-D), so let’s get right to it!
I was meeting a friend for lunch that day, which was a lucky move on my part. Not only did I enjoy some great company and conversation, but I also got to try some additional treats since there were two of us ordering. She started out with the Flourless Chocolate Cake.
Now, normally, I am a big fan when the words “flourless,” “chocolate,” and “cake” appear all together, because it means that I’m about to dive into something so so rich and decadent that I’ll need a moment to form words. This cake? Totally that.
This was so intensely flavorful that it almost tasted like there was coffee in there somewhere. (Why does that happen, food gurus, when chocolate is super dark and intense? Why does it have a coffee tinge to it? No idea.) I don’t think there was, but it was that sort of heavy, bittersweet, complex flavor that hints at chocolate’s deep character.
Now, this is a pretty big portion for that level of super rich wonderfulness, so I would recommend this one for sharing — unless you just don’t wanna, which is OK with me. (Thanks, Carrie, for sharing!)
I was happy to see that the Matterhorn Macaroon from Blue Ribbon Bakery days was still available. I think this is an fantastic example of Disneyland creating unique, themed food items — something that doesn’t happen nearly enough in Disney parks! The lovely confection really does resemble its namesake, too.
The dense, sweet, chewy oversized coconut macaroon is baked to golden brown, and then its peak is dipped into white chocolate and layered with white sprinkles for a lovely, snowy effect. (BTW, you can have your Matterhorn snowed or un-snowed.)
While not as rich as the flourless chocolate cake, this large confection is very dense and moist, and leaves you feeling like you just had a Swiss Alps-sized treat. This one could easily be shared as well, especially if you’d like to try more than one pastry.
TIP: Don’t eat this on the go! Sit down and savor it, because it really is so good, and its flavors should be your focus while you’re eating it. There are plenty of comfortable seats here, so go ahead! Take a load off.
Finally, I knew I had to give the Practically Perfect Punch a try. With a name like that, how could I go wrong? The flavors here are pomegranate and lime (the same stuff is available in Cars Land, I think).
This is really good, but strong-tasting. The overall impression is sugary, although there is a nice balance of sweet and sour. I almost wanted to cut it with water or club soda, though. It made me wonder if this were a little more concentrated than it was supposed to be. I think the kids will love it, though.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe has already become an instant Disneyland Classic, with a parade of unique treats and themeing that calls to mind a film we all grew up loving. And don’t forget that it doesn’t stop at pastries. There are incredible sandwiches and soups, too!
I hope you get a chance to stop into this great counter service location soon, and if you need more recommendations, stay tuned — we have more mouth-watering pictures and descriptions coming your way!
Have you stopped by Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe yet for a spoonful of sugar…or tomato soup? What treat are you planning to get when you visit?