REVIEW: Rancho del Zocalo in Disneyland’s Frontierland

Join me in Disneyland’s Frontierland as we go back to one of my much-loved counter service spots: Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante!

Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo Sign

Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo Sign

Before we dig into the eats, let’s take a look around first; because if you’re like me, I think you’ll like what you’re about to see… [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Seasonal Fall Treats at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe

It’s Fall and Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is upon us!  The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe at Disneyland has added some seasonal items to their repertoire that you don’t want to miss!

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

On a recent visit I tried several new items, and I’m happy to say there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.

Fall Sweets from Jolly Holiday

Fall Sweets from Jolly Holiday

It’s really hard to choose a favorite because each one of these was pretty darn delicious.  I think though, I’m going to choose the Spiced Bundt Cake as my favorite. It had a unique Fall flavor to it and although I LOVE pumpkin, it’s nice to get a little variety of flavors to celebrate the season.

Spiced Bundt Cake

Spiced Bundt Cake

This cake was so moist; the knife slid right through it as I cut it in half.  It had a nice spice flavor to it, not too overdone; and it had delicious vanilla custard-like frosting that was generously drizzled over the top and made its way into the center of the cake as well.

My favorite thing about this cake was that amazing cinnamon whipped cream on the top.  It was light, fluffy, and really a great addition to this year’s seasonal items.  The Spiced Bundt Cake is $5.19 and generously sized.

Spiced Bundt Cake Cross Section

Spiced Bundt Cake Cross Section

Next up is the Pumpkin Cheesecake. I absolutely loved this dessert, but it was really more like pumpkin pie than cheesecake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

The “cheesecake” part was basically pumpkin pie filling.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; it was really great.  But, when I took a bite, I immediately thought “Pie.” There is a thin layer of graham cracker crust on the bottom, which is definitely a cheesecake trait, but overall… Pumpkin Pie.

Cheesecake and pumpkin pie fans alike will love this dessert.  It’s also topped with that glorious cinnamon whipped cream that I mentioned above.  Perfect for sharing, a serving of Pumpkin Cheesecake will set you back $5.39.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cross Section

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cross Section

Normally I’m not a huge eclair fan.  I’ve tried each different flavor from Jolly Holiday since it’s been open and have never gone back for seconds…  The Caramel Eclair, though, is actually much better than the ones I’ve had in the past.

Caramel Eclair

Caramel Eclair

The Caramel Eclair reminded me of a cream puff.  The flavor was mild and the texture of the pastry was just right. To me it tasted of vanilla with a hint of caramel.

Still not my favorite treat, and I probably would choose something else over this one, but in my opinion, a big improvement on flavor from the last few I’ve tried.  Also, I feel like in the past I may have gotten an eclair that was not so fresh and a little to hard to chew.  This one was softer and tasted very freshly made.  If seasonal flavors aren’t your thing, Jolly Holiday also offers a Signature Chocolate Eclair year round.  The price of an eclair is $3.99.

Caramel Eclair Cross Section

Caramel Eclair Cross Section

Every year I look forward to the return of the Pumpkin Muffin! This is one of my staple seasonal eats.

Pumpkin Muffin

Pumpkin Muffin

The Pumpkin Muffin never disappoints.  It’s the perfect treat, sort of dessert-like, sort of breakfast-like… Versatile, right?

Pumpkin Muffin Cross Section

Pumpkin Muffin Cross Section

It’s back this year and better than ever. Moist, pumpkin goodness filled with golden raisins and just the right amount of Fall spices.  Topped with streusel crumbles and a generous amount of cream cheese frosting that makes its way into the center of the muffin as well.  I absolutely love this muffin.  It can be yours for $3.49, which is cheaper than a cupcake, but you’ll still feel like you’re eating one!

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to Jolly Holiday. They have so many great options in their bakery case, both seasonal and year round.

Have you tried any of these Fall specialties yet?  Did you have a favorite or which would you choose?  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!

Dining in Disneyland: Halloween Time Haunted Mansion Holiday Cake

It’s not often that I venture into the French Market in New Orleans Square.  I don’t even have a good reason for not going, it just doesn’t happen on a regular basis.  But when there is HAUNTED MANSION HOLIDAY CAKE, you make it a priority.

French Market Restaurant

French Market Restaurant

When I arrived at the French Market, there were only 2 pieces of Haunted Mansion cake left!

Haunted Mansion Cake

Haunted Mansion Cake

I scooped one up, obviously the “better looking/centered chocolate one” and headed out to the lovely patio to enjoy it.

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#OnTheList: Churros at Disneyland

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

There is a MAJOR nostalgia factor for me with this week’s #OnTheList item, and many west coast Disney park visitors can’t call it a day at Disneyland until they’ve had one of these: a Disneyland Churro!

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Now, you may have noticed something interesting about this #OnTheList item. Much like Dole Whip, Churros are indeed available at both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. However, we’re giving Disneyland Churros the #OnTheList treatment because they’re more prominent there, and are nothing short of a must-eat treat on the west coast. [Read more…]

News! Updated Cocktail Menu at Disneyland’s Club 33 Lounge

Greetings from the exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland!

Club 33 Sign

Club 33 Sign

With many thanks to my buddy Eric Chu of Chu’s Choices, we are excited to give you a glimpse of the new cocktail menu at Club 33 Lounge. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Dia de los Muertos Treats

New to the Disneyland Resort this season are an adorably festive line of Dia de los Muertos Treats.

Dia de los Muertos Cake Pops

Dia de los Muertos Cake Pops

For the past few years, Zocalo Park in Frontierland has had a gorgeous display where you can participate in some fun activities and learn about the traditions of Dia de los Muertos.

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New! DFB Podcast Episode 23: #OnTheList — Our Disney Food Bucket List Choices!

We are back with DFB Podcast Episode #23!

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We told you we are working hard to bring you more Podcasts on a more regular basis so we hope you’re as excited as we are!

What’s It About?

This episode, Brad and I talk about some news from this past week and then jump into some exciting #OnTheList business!

We talk about what #OnTheList — the Disney Food Bucket List — is all about as well as give you a sneak peek at some future items straight off of our own lists!

We bring up Dole Whips (of course), hot link corn dogs, and more…tune in and see if you can guess what our choices are for each Disney park! You may be surprised… .

You can listen to it right here, right now!

Thanks for listening! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

News: Pop Secret Brand Named Official Popcorn in Disney Parks

Hmmm… so, if your bucket of Disney Popcorn tastes a little different the next time you grab a piping hot batch along Main Street, U.S.A. (or anywhere else in Disney World or Disneyland, for that matter), here’s why…

Popcorn at Disney Parks

Popcorn at Disney Parks

Pop Secret has been named the “official popcorn” of Disney World and Disneyland, and will be popped up for guests at popcorn carts and kiosks throughout Disney properties. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Halloween Time Poison Apple Mugs and Poison Apple Glow Cubes

Halloween Time has arrived at the Disneyland Resort and I’m pretty sure I’ve found my favorite new item of the season! The Poison Apple Mug. Everything about it is awesome.

Poison Apple Mug

Poison Apple Mug

The mug is a stein type of style.  The little button on the handle flips up the lid. Although the stem looks like it would be a straw, it is not.  It’s just part of the decor. [Read more…]

#OnTheList: The Secret Drink Menu and MORE at Cove Bar in Disney California Adventure

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

Cove Bar‘s job is to remind you that you’re in the Happiest Place on Earth, over and over again. And it does that job well.

Cove Bar Sign

Cove Bar Sign

That’s why it’s #OnTheList this week!

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