Dining in Disneyland: Fun Halloween Time Candy Bags!

Halloween time is HERE! Themed treats and merchandise have already started to appear at the Disneyland Resort.  On a recent visit I spotted these perfectly packaged Seasonal Candy Bags at Disney California Adventure.

Halloween Candy Bags

Halloween Candy Bags

The artwork & packaging on these really caught my eye!  There are four different bag designs, each one containing a different type of candy.  The candies themselves are not new, but the packaging “make over” from previous years is going to have them flying off the shelves.  It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I like Donald’s “Terror in Tomorrowland” artwork best. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Attention pumpkin fans!!! I’ve got something you might want to see… I give you Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels

This is the first time that I’ve seen these during Halloween Time, but I usually don’t pay too much attention to the prepackaged treats.  I’m more of a grab something from the bakery case kinda gal!

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Dining in Disneyland: Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Halloween Round Up Featuring Seasonal Cookie Bake

Disneyland’s Big Thunder Ranch BBQ has always been one of my favorites.  When I heard that it would be closing for good on January 11th, 2016, (in order to make room for Star Wars Land) I knew that I needed to plan a few visits.

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ

Big Thunder Ranch BBQ


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Dining in Disneyland: Seasonal Eats at Hungry Bear Restaurant

The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country is what I’d consider a hidden gem of Disneyland.  The counter service restaurant is nestled way in the back of the park along the Rivers of America.  The lines are never too terrible, there’s plenty of seating, and more importantly the food is quite wonderful!

Hungry Bear Restaurant

Hungry Bear Restaurant


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DFB Podcast Episode 24: Disney Halloween Tips!

We are back with Episode 24 of the DFB Podcast and it’s time to talk HALLOWEEN at Disney World and Disneyland!

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What’s It About?
In this episode AJ gives a Food and Wine 2015 overview, noting her favorites from from this year. New events are discussed as well as new booth reviews!

Also we have reviews from the new openings over at the (now official) Disney Springs: Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s!

But the “main course” of the podcast features our best tips for visiting Disney World and Disneyland during Halloween season!

Hear our suggestions and all of the details on the new spooky snacks and activities! Listen right now at DFBPodcast.com, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher!

Halloween at Disney!

Halloween at Disney!

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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…]