Guest Review: PB&J Cupcake at Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Welcome Guest Author, Wendy, with a review of the PB&J Cupcake at Captain Cook’s Snack Company in the Polynesian Resort. Classic PB&J lovers — this one’s for you!

I was on the hunt for the Chocolate Beer cupcake at Captain Cook’s, which sounded heavenly when I learned about it on the Disney Food Blog.

That article also mentioned the PB&J cupcake… though at the time I was too distracted by the words “chocolate” and “pretzels” and “beer” to take much notice.

Alas, on my recent visit the Chocolate Beer Pretzel was unavailable. So after about five minutes of staring at it through the case (I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about this one), I grabbed the PB&J Cupcake.

PB&J Cupcake in Bakery Case

PB&J Cupcake in Bakery Case

PB&J Cupcake

A vanilla cake base topped with white vanilla frosting, the “PB” is in the chips on top -— and they don’t skimp! I was able to taste peanut butter in every bite.

PB&J Cupcake Close-Up

PB&J Cupcake Close-Up

So, where is the “J”? It’s all in the middle. Sorry, strawberry jam fans -— this is GRAPE JELLY all the way!

Jelly in PB&J Cupcake

Jelly in PB&J Cupcake

I had assumed, what with the GIGANTIC pile of sweet vanilla frosting over the cake base, that the PB&J flavors would almost be an accent, or even an afterthought.

But, not at all… in fact, it was hard to wrap my brain around the fact that I was, indeed, eating a cupcake. Somehow, this thing actually tastes a LOT like a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich! Go figure, huh ;)?

PB&J Cupcake Unwrapped

PB&J Cupcake Unwrapped

It brought me right back to the days of recess, bag lunches, swing sets, and monkey bars. It was pretty amazing in that aspect! For some, though, this sort of nostalgia might be better served with an actual peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

As a cupcake, it really does play a bit of a mind trick on you, and I imagine that lots of dedicated cupcake fans (and I do consider myself one) may not be able to get on board.

Grape Jelly!

Grape Jelly!


For my part, I enjoyed the combination of sweet vanilla and salty peanut butter chips, and the element of fun in the nostalgic flavors.

It was harder for me to enjoy the texture of the jelly against the cake. For that reason, I can’t say I will order it again (well, that and the fact that I’m still hoping to happen upon the Chocolate Beer Cupcake!). But it was definitely fun to travel back to my school days with the very unique PB&J cupcake!

Have you tried the PB&J Cupcake? Will you put this on your must-try list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Sandy - winnieatepooh says

    This looks darn good! Added it to my very very very long list of cupcakes to try ;)

  2. Nikki says

    There are few things I love more than a peanut butter cupcake– meaning there’s peanut butter mixed into the frosting or cake. So, it tastes like you’re raiding the PB jar or biting into a PB cookie. ;) SO surprised to see this wasn’t the case here! Thanks for the great review!

  3. Essie says

    I’d certainly like to try this, especially since it has grape jelly rather than strawberry. To me, grape jelly and PB just go together, and I like jelly with cake, also!

  4. Wendy says

    Me too, Essie! It seems like people are either dedicated to grape or strawberry, and I’ve always been in the grape camp :).

  5. Marcy says

    These were DELICIOUS! We had them back in January. The frosting did tip the scales on sweetness (esp. with the sweet pb chips sprinkled on top). Very good, but very sweet. Had to leave some of the frosting behind.

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