There was a time when snacks found at Disneyland and Walt Disney World were somewhat distinct.
These days, homogeneity of Disney snacks seems to be hitting a new high, as we see foods and beverages pop up in both locales. (Cones in WDW and DL spring to mind, as do LeFou’s Brew and Red’s Apple Freeze.) Still, there is reason to rejoice and know that not all of the character of your favorite spots is lost.
Today, we’re recalling some Disneyland snacks that are unique to those parks. These are the treats that we haven’t seen surface quite the same way Back East. And though we feel for our friends who only have the pleasure of visiting Disney World, I think it’s neat that some things remain hallmarks of the original Disney park. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Corn Dogs. REAL Ones.
These are not your garden variety, find-’em-in-the-frozen-section corn dogs. Nope. These babies are hand dipped in this amazing sweet cornbread batter before they’re fried to a crispy, dark golden brown. And if you get crispies in your little plastic basket — score!!
And they’re huge! Definitely big enough to make a meal, they come with your choice of apple slices or potato chips on the side.
Another quintessential snack that I must have whenever I’m in Disneyland are Mickey Beignets.
And it’s not just about the cuteness factor! They’re really delicious, too!
Another great thing about Mickey Beignets is that you can get them at both counter service and table service locations! If you’d just like to snack and stroll, check them out at the Mint Julep Bar, where you can enjoy them with a classic Disneyland Mint Julep.
If you prefer a sit-down version, you can order them at Cafe Orleans, my favorite Disneyland restaurant, where they’re served with delicious dipping sauces.
There’s no better way to follow up a meal at this wonderful restaurant.
Peanut Butter Heaven and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Did someone say peanut butter?! You know if I’m in Walt Disney World and I find myself craving a peanut butter treat, chances are better than good that you’ll find me enjoying a No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream.
The Peanut Butter Sandwich is so simple really. A good half-inch of thick peanut butter filling is piled onto a graham cracker base, and then the whole thing is dipped in chocolate. That’s all! Brilliant and absolutely delicious in its simplicity, I didn’t think you could improve on the awesomeness of this treat, peanut butterly-speaking.
But then, I experienced Peanut Butter Heaven. Yep, it totally lives up to the name.
Because this huge-mongous bonbon is a beautiful combination of peanut butter fudge-like filling, whole peanuts, and caramel! Enrobed in chocolate, it’s big enough to share!
I mean, if you want to. I personally wouldn’t. (You’ve been warned. You should probably plan on getting your own if we’re ever at Disneyland together.)
I have my walk-and-eat favorites as you know. Popcorn, all kinds of pretzels, and corn dog nuggets to name a few. But strolling with a neatly contained Tex-Mex favorite is a distinction that you find throughout Disneyland.
Behold the Chimichanga!
A deep-fried burrito with a smooth filling of beef and beans is a fantastic alternative to less exotic fare.
And it’s more than ample to stand up to the biggest hunger. And you won’t even have to stop and sit down!
Handmade Candy Canes
Disneyland Handmade Candy Canes are the stuff of food legends.
As you can tell from this post documenting the race to get candy canes, it’s an intense undertaking! But the treats, which are made by hand as you watch, are a piece of Disney lore that you have to experience to believe.
Each batch of candy only yields 40-45 candy canes, and on candy making days (which are spread throughout the holiday season), guests must stand in line in hopes of being awarded tickets to purchase the treasures.
If you don’t make it, there are the back up, mass-produced canes that are almost as pretty.
I love when a cookie is shaped like a snowy mountain, don’t you?? And that’s what you’ll find when you indulge in a Matterhorn Macaroon!
One enormous coconut macaroon (this is not one of those cute little French jobbies made of egg whites and almond flour, just to be clear) is dipped in a generous coating of white chocolate, before it’s sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar “snow.”
This is one of those times when the food is equally beautiful and delicious.
Disney California Adventure’s Caramel Popcorn
The first time that I had the Caramel Popcorn at Disney California Adventure, I wasn’t prepared to find something so unique. After all, I had tasted my fill of the sweet crunchy stuff. But this one is in a class by itself!
The difference? DCA’s popcorn starts with that incredible, buttery Disney popcorn (which, by the way, doesn’t have any butter in it.) As it’s popped, they add a thin coating of caramel for a faint sweetness that combines perfectly with the saltiness of the popcorn.
We’ve saved the best — or at least one of the most iconic — for last! Because you simply can’t visit Disneyland without trying Churros at least once.
The piped, fried dough delicacy is sometimes spotted on the East Coast, and you’ll find them on a few menus around Walt Disney World, like at Coronado Springs’ Pepper Market, Paradiso 37, and La Cantina de San Angel in Epcot. But they’re far more prevalent in Disneyland, where you’ll find intricately themed churro stands scattered throughout the park!
And that crunch of cinnamon sugar on the outside of the warm churro is just a wonderful experience, and perfect for a snack between meals — or breakfast!
One of our new favorite options for this Disneyland classic are the Churro Bites that are available at the Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land. Served with a dipping sauce, the bite-size portions are a nice alternative to the customary format of the snack.
Snacking in Disneyland is just plain fun, and I hope that you’ll make time for some of these unique treats the next time you find yourself there.
While it’s nice to have many Disney treats available in whichever park that you visit, it’s always part of the adventure for me to seek out the unusual as I visit one park or another.
What’s your favorite unique Disneyland snack, or what’s the nosh that you’re dying to try? Leave a comment and let us know!