Summer is right around the corner!!
And when the mercury climbs, there’s no better way to cool off at Disney than with one of their top-notch frozen treats!
But how do you choose just one??? Well, let’s be honest. We don’t. We choose, you know, seven.
Today, we’re taking a look at a few of our favorites, all in the name of helping you decide! Aren’t we nice like that? I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling refreshed!
Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bars at Clarabelle’s
One of my favorite frozen treat genres is the ice cream bar. After all, there are several foods with sticks on this list!
Choose your Bar — Vanilla, Chocolate, or Mixed Berry Sorbet. And then choose your Dip from Milk or Dark Chocolate. After that, play with toppings by adding one, or all of them! And you walk out with the ice cream bar of your dreams.
The only way they could improve on the concept is by offering lots more dipping and topping options. I think there’s market for expansion. What additional flavors would you suggest?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge Sundae from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
I’ve always been a fan of cookies and ice cream. When I was in college, I spent many a study evening indulging in the cookie sundae at Eat n Park!! And, we can’t forget my beloved Hand-Made Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich.
So when I stepped into the recently-renovated Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland not long ago, I knew what I’d be having. Their Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge Sundae is everything I love about the cookie sandwich, and then some! Two freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, plus two scoops of Ice Cream, PLUS real Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream. How can you go wrong?
Big enough to share and perfectly satisfying in every way, it’s a sundae that I’ll order again and again.
Dole Whip at Tiki Juice Bar
One treat that I must have every time I set foot in Disneyland is a Dole Whip, of course! And while you can get this dreamy, pineapple-flavored soft serve on both coasts, the best of them all is the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland!
Why, you ask? Well, it’s not like they taste any different here. But the Dole Whip Floats — my Dole Whip variety of choice — come garnished with a cherry and paper umbrella in Disneyland. That’s totes better.
Shouldn’t all drinks come this way? And make you feel like you should have a grass skirt on? (They’re vegan and gluten-free too, so it’s a treat that almost everyone can enjoy.)
Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick at Downtown Disney District
Update: This Gelato Bar Kiosk is not currently available but carts change out at Disneyland all the time, so it may be back for the summer.
I wasn’t sure at first, but considering my job, I HAD to try it, right? And I’m SO glad I did!
See, I wondered if frozen cheesecake would be too hard to bite into — creating the same interminable pre-enjoyment waiting period that you experience with a frozen banana at Disney’s parks. Totally not worth it, right? But, NO! It’s NOT too hard! It’s this awesome, fudgy, creamy, incredible texture! And graham cracker crust?!?
So. Frozen Cheesecake. Put a stick in it, and it’s portable. Genius.
This is the ice cream bar’s older, more sophisticated cousin. You should totally get this.
Red’s Apple Freeze
Icy frozen beverages are the bomb on a hot, hot day. And this one is unique because it’s actually juice-based. It’s an Apple Juice Slushie, flavored with Marshmallow Syrup to give you something akin to a liquid caramel apple. Then, it’s topped with a sweet-and-sour Passionfruit Mango Foam for just the right punch of tartness.
Sweet brain freeze! And the perfect way to cool off before your next trip around Radiator Springs Racers. You can grab this one in Disney World at Gaston’s Tavern, sold as Le Fou’s Brew.
Gold Rush Peanut Butter Sundae from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
UPDATE: The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney California Adventure is now the only place that will still serve the Gold Rush Sundae.
Another favorite go-to spot for outrageous ice cream concoctions is Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney California Adventure. And I’m so excited that I can visit this spot in both Disneyland and Disney World!
Everything I’ve had here has been amazing, but my favorite is the Gold Rush Peanut Butter Sundae.
As I mentioned above, I think Hot Fudge is just about the best thing that ever happened to ice cream. But here, they combine it with Melted Peanut Butter (!!!!!) to make, well…the pinnacle of sundae perfection. There are almost no words.
And now, excuse me while I dream up a way to have this beautiful sundae later this afternoon.
Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
Whew! I’m back! And before I board a plane to go score my ice cream sundae fix I have to tell you about one last treat. That’s right…no way am I making this list without the Grandaddy of them all — the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar.
I don’t care how old you are, what kind of food pedigree you have, or how many treats are on your to-eat list…when you see one of these, you have to have one. And you should.
I mean, c’mon. It’s heritage. And tradition. And I don’t know how, but there’s a smile in every bar.
And with that, I leave you to your cravings! Oh, we could go on, and on, and on. But we have to save something for later, yes?
If you’re looking for sweet, frosty goodness while visiting the Happiest Place on Earth, I hope at least one of our tempting tour stops makes your list!
And now we want to hear from YOU! What are your top Disneyland Frozen Treats? Let’s get a list going in comments!