Dining in Disneyland: Seasonal Treats at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

The Disney Holiday season is in full effect at the Disneyland Resort!  I love that the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is always introducing us to new seasonal items.

In fact, because I never know what I’ll find, I’ve make it a point to check in on nearly every visit to Disneyland!

Jolly Holiday Bakery

Jolly Holiday Bakery

On my last trip there were a handful of new items that are special for the Disney holiday season.  Also in the bakery cases were some returning favorites. 

Eats

The popular Santa Mickey Candy Cane Cupcake is back.

The cupcake is chocolate, topped with a mound of red & green “sure to stain your teeth” frosting, and finished off with a candy cane.

Mickey Holiday Cupcake

Mickey Holiday Cupcake

I’ve actually never tried one of these because 1) I’m not a huge chocolate fan and 2) it looks way too messy for me to deal with in public!

Close Up

Holiday Cupcake Close Up

There are also Snowman shaped Holiday Sugar Cookies and Holiday Brownies topped with Sprinkles & Chocolate Curls.

Holiday Sugar Cookies & Brownies

Holiday Sugar Cookies & Brownies

Soft, chewy & enormous, these yummy Gingerbread Cookies have also hit the cases!

Gingerbread Men (or should I say People?)

Gingerbread Cookies

These Sugar Sanded guys are back for the holidays too.

Mickey Holiday Cookies

Mickey Holiday Cookies

In addition to these returning favorites, there are some exciting new items in the bakery cases.  The Pumpkin Creme Brulee was my favorite of the three new things that I tried.

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Made fresh to order, the Pumpkin Creme Brulee does take about an extra 6-8 minutes depending on how busy Jolly Holiday is.  Not to worry though, because it is completely worth the wait.

Perfectly Torched Top

Perfectly Torched Top

The Freshly Torched Sugary Top cracks to revel a creamy center.  I love a good creme brulee and I especially love anything pumpkin.  This combination was really amazing.  It was not an artificial pumpkin “spice” flavored dessert, but very natural tasting.  The outer crust was perfect, not at all too dry.  Really a fabulous dessert that I’d be happy to eat again!

Ooey Gooey Center

Ooey Gooey Center

Next up is the Ginger Spice Eclair.

Ginger Spice Eclair

Ginger Spice Eclair

This one sold me because of its pretty Chocolate Topper featuring Wrapped Holiday Gifts.

Oh So Pretty Ginger Spice Eclair

Oh So Pretty Ginger Spice Eclair

Isn’t it adorable? Look at the chocolate close up!

Close Up

Chocolate Topper Close Up

Well, I shouldn’t have judged this pastry by its chocolate.  Because it was awful.  I really did not like the flavor at all.  I can’t even put my finger on why, maybe because I thought it would be more like a gingerbread flavor, but it was more on the spice side.

The pastry part was also very dense and had an odd texture.  Maybe this whole experience is a personal problem, but I didn’t enjoy this one…

Ginger Spice Eclair Close Up

Ginger Spice Eclair Close Up

I’ll finish off on a positive though, I give you the Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie!

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie

This treat was so great!  I know, I know… I said I’m not a chocolate person, but I am a mint-chip type of gal.  And this delicious whoopie pie was right up my alley.  The chocolate “sandwich” top and bottom were moist and cake-like, drizzled with a mint colored frosting.

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie Top View

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie Top View

The center was filled with smooth mint flavored whipped creme.  It was light, fluffy and not over the top minty.

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie Side View

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie Side View

Generously portioned and only $3.59 the Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pie is a great deal and perfect for sharing.  I only say “great for sharing” because to me it’s a little bit on the rich side.  If you are a chocoholic though, you can probably finish it off yourself!

Overall

Overall I LOVE me some Jolly Holiday.  The new treats are always fun to try, there’s plenty of seating and it’s a great people watching spot on Main Street USA.

Have you tried any of these holiday sweets? Do you frequent Jolly Holiday? Do you go for the treats or the food?  What’s your favorite thing to order here? 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!

Comments

  1. Erin says

    Yummy! Thanks for the great post. Would you consider going to the Hungry Bear Dessert Party that gets you fast passes for Fantasmic!? I’d love to hear more details about the food and how it all works…

    Thanks,
    Erin

  2. Angelina says

    I love that JH seems to always get the best and most interesting things before anywhere else in the park…kind of the “if you can make it here…” mentality, I guess. I think I would have to try the holiday brownie just because it looks SO festive!

  3. says

    @Erin – I would. I really enjoy the Hungry Bear! I believe all you have to do is head to the restaurant and purchase a meal.

    @Angelina – I love their ever changing case of deliciousness!

  4. Essie says

    I love cupcakes, but the red and green food dyes would keep me from buying one of these cute Mickey candy cane cupcakes. :( They look good, but the food dyes are a deal breaker. Usually I’m not interested in Crème Brule, but the cross section you show us of this one really makes me want to try one; it looks very good. That strange éclair…not so much! Chocolate and mint, oh yeah.

  5. EJ says

    The cupcake is messy, but delicious. I had one last Christmas. In fact it was my favorite treat from Jolly Holiday. Now I’m sad that I’m not at Disneyland.

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