Guess where WE’RE going today!!!! Yep — you and I are headed to Disneyland’s Mint Julep Bar in beautiful New Orleans Square! But we’re not having Mint Juleps…
Nope! We’re having BEIGNETS!!
But on a recent trip to Disneyland, I decided to finally try these classic eats as they come quick-serve!
You’ll find the Mint Julep Bar tucked into one end of the courtyard that serves as seating space for the French Market, the neighboring counter service spout. It’s a handy stop if you’re just after a snack or drink, versus a full meal.
Since it shares seating with the French Market, you can also take advantage of that restaurant’s live musical entertainment if you time your visit just right. But let’s take a look at the eats first!
While it’s called the Mint Julep Bar for the iconic bright green non-alcoholic drink they serve, the Mickey-shaped Beignets take center stage on the bar’s menu.
Inside the windows of the walk up space, there’s a display of cup sizes so that you can be sure to know exactly what you’re getting. If you look closely, you’ll also see a list of flavors that you can choose from to spice up your coffee.
Beverages are all well and good, but I was here for the eats! And so I chose a bag of three Mickey-shaped beignets. (You can also get a six count if someone expects you to share. 🙂 )
One thing I was surprised by: the beignets are not necessarily freshly made (unless you get there at exactly the right time when they’re pulling them from the fryer). They have pre-bagged beignets that they’ll give you, so they may not be piping hot.
Also note that the beignets at the Julep Bar don’t come with the yumm-o dipping sauces that accompany the beignets at Cafe Orleans. Sigh.
But, let’s be honest. They’re still pretty awesome!!
One look inside the white paper bag — and that glorious smell that wafts out when you uncrimp it — tells you these are gonna be good. Nestled among piles of powdered sugar, you can see the perfect golden color peeking through.
Out of the bag and onto a napkin, they’re beautiful, pillowy, and perfectly brown. And that smell! Heaven.
Here’s a good time to mention that if beignet eating is in your immediate future, you might want to skip the black attire. That powdered sugars seems to leap with voracity upon anything dark you might be wearing.
These are, indeed, quite delicious, and are one of the more unique Disneyland snack items that you’ll find at the park. And my batch wasn’t hollow, as I was expecting — they were more like a fried bread.
But they weren’t doughy or underdone, and they tasted fantastic.
Still, lack of hollowness aside, they were incredible and fresh, and I was so glad to have them all to myself.
Do Mickey-shaped beignets taste better than square ones? Well, I wouldn’t want to have to defend my opinion in a blind taste test, but I’m going to say yes. There’s something so cool about taking a traditional, regional food like beignets, and putting a Disney spin on it.
Personally, I’m not sure I would feel like a trip to Disneyland was complete without sampling these wonderful treats in New Orleans Square. I definitely recommend that you give them a go, too.
Do you love Mickey-shaped beignets from the Mint Julep Bar? Leave a note and tell us about your experience!