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Dining in Disneyland: The Jingle Jangle Jamboree, Featuring MONTE CRISTO BITES

The Disneyland Resort has officially kicked off their Holiday Time season, and this year they’ve added a super fun place to get your Christmas on: The Jingle Jangle Jamboree.

Located in the back of Big Thunder Ranch, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree is filled with all sorts of fun activities, entertainment, and most importantly — food!

Follow the Signs for Holiday Fun!

Atmosphere

When you visit the Jingle Jangle Jamboree, you’ll immediately notice the festive atmosphere.

Welcome to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree

With lots of fun things to do, the Jingle Jangle Jamboree is sure to get you into the holiday spirit.  Activities include free games, special character visits, entertainment by Billy Hill and the Holiday Hillbillies, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Cookie Decorating (which we will post about soon), and some very special menu items.

Special Menu Items

Monte Cristo Bites and Other Eats

I now give you, my friends, perhaps my most favorite discovery ever: Monte Cristo Bites! Actually, they are called “Merry Monte Cristo Bites” and I think I know why… I’ve never been merrier eating a snack!

Why so merry?  Here’s the deal. I LOVE me a Monte Cristo sandwich. The problem, though? They are giant, a bit on the pricey side, AND you have to take the time to sit down, order, and eat them. Monte Cristo Bites, though? Nope. They come in a bag with mini sides of powdered sugar and blackberry jam.

Monte Cristo Bites with Sides of Powdered Sugar and Blackberry Jam

For just $6.25, you can order yourself a bag of toasty goodness. Monte Cristo Bites are not cooked on site, but I didn’t notice this as a set back. They were served to me warm, in a bag containing 8 pieces.

The bites are basically the size of donut holes and are seriously mini Monte Cristo sandwiches. Inside of the deep fried batter you will find a tiny pieces of turkey and ham along with melted cheese.  Note that because these are pre-made, you can not order turkey only or meat free.

Definitely not a replacement to the Monte Cristo Sandwich served at Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans, but for sure a good craving killer if you don’t have a reservation or time for a sit down meal.

Monte Cristo Bites Cross Section

If you are serious about having some Merry Monte Cristo Bites, you need to head to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree early in the day. Rumor has it that they sell out fast.

My only request? Do NOT eat these without dipping them in blackberry jelly followed by powdered sugar. You will be depriving yourself of fantasticness that can not be put into words. That is all.

Blackberry Jam & Powdered Sugar are a MUST.

I’m going to make your visit even easier by posting the Jingle Jangle Jamboree hours so you can get there in time to get your bites. You’re welcome!

Jingle Jangle Jamboree Hours

Even if you’re not a huge Monte Cristo fan, there are lots of other fun foods to try.

The cookie decorating is a blast, and they have “Candy Cane” Cotton Candy. I say this loosely, because I was sad to find out that it just looks like a candy cane, no candy cane flavor. I so wish that is was actually candy cane flavored. That would be awesome.

"Candy Cane" Cotton Candy

The special menu also includes a Chicken Bratwurst with Sauerkraut  and a hot dog combo. We’ll get back to you soon with posts on those items too!

Have you visited the Jingle Jangle Jamboree? Did you try the Monte Cristo Bites? How would you say they compared to the “real” deal Monte Cristo Sandwich? Let us know in the comments below!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

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15 Comments

  1. Alec says:

    Having just had these on Friday, I can say that they’re a spectacular deal for the price. Those eight pieces equal more than half of a traditional Monte Cristo, and while they’re obviously not fresh they’re a much more affordable option. Plus, if you’re like me and can’t finish a Monte Cristo by yourself, the bites are perfectly sized. I could sure go for another bag right now, but we just arrived home.

  2. Pamela says:

    I had the “Candy cane” cotton candy, and agree, not much peppermint in it. That said, my daughter thought the cotton candy swirl colors made it yummier.

  3. Heather Sievers says:

    @Alec – I agree, a great deal for what you get. It would be great if they were fresh, but I don’t see it as a deal breaker!

    @Pamela – I agree with your daughter, the swirl is pretty!

  4. AFoodie says:

    OMG, totally salivating like crazy here in Orlando! Do they serve these anywhere at WDW?? ANYONE???? PLEASE????

  5. Heather Sievers says:

    @AFoodie – I do believe it’s exclusive to Disneyland. Guess you better hop on a plane! ; )

  6. Rhonda says:

    I am so excited about these!!!!!! We will be there next week, and those are definitely on the list! I had a Monte Cristo years ago at the Blue Bayou, but I cannot afford to eat there.
    Thanks so much for the heads up!

  7. Heather Sievers says:

    @Rhonda – I hear ya! Blue Bayou is expensive. Enjoy!

  8. Jaia says:

    Wow! I need to find a recipe for making these Monte Cristo bites at home – they look amazingly delicious!

  9. Heather Sievers says:

    @Jaia – Try this but just cut the sandwiches into small pieces before you batter and fry them. Let us know if you try it! http://d23.disney.go.com/news/2009/07/blue-bayou-monte-cristo-sandwich/

  10. Riniel says:

    These look so yummy! I’ve never been brave enough to buy a whole sandwich, so this is the perfect way to find out if I like them! Another reason for me to be excited for my first Christmas at DL!!

  11. Heather Sievers says:

    @Riniel – You are going to LOVE Christmas at Disneyland!

  12. Madoka says:

    OH…MY…GOD… @Heather – You just blew my mind… Monte Cristo Bites?!?! We will be at DL the second weekend in December, and we are soooo getting these. I am concerned about the running out early part though. Do you think they will at least last through lunch time (1pm)?

  13. Heather Sievers says:

    @Madoka – You MUST get over there! I think around 1:00 you should be fine. I had some at 1:00ish, and there were still several left.

  14. Elana says:

    Heather, just wanted to thank you for reviewing these. Because I read about them here, we searched them out on our Disneyland visit this past weekend. Our entire party, ages 4 to 44, absolutely loved them!! So worth the 5,000 calories! Thanks!

  15. Heather Sievers says:

    @Elana – SO glad you got to try them, they are delish!!!!

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