Review: Starbucks Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Frappuccino… vs. Butterbeer™

There has been a LOT of hype over the latest specialty beverages to arrive to Starbucks.

And while these new sips are being served at Starbucks locations all over Disney property in spots like Epcot’s Fountain View, Magic Kingdom’s Main Street BakeryTrolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom’s Creature Comforts, they’re likely gracing the menu at your local Starbucks, too (making this a two-fer review for you!).

We’re talking about the Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino! And though they’re available nationwide, many folks are making the comparison to a specific specialty drink at a certain theme park also located in Central Florida: BUTTERBEER™.

Described as “creamy-sweet with kettle cooked butterscotch,” it sure sounds enticing enough.

Smoked Butterscotch Drink Menu

Smoked Butterscotch Drink Menu

So I grabbed both the hot latte and the frappuccino versions so I could decide for myself how they really compare to a glass of Butterbeer™. If you’ve never had one, Butterbeer comes in a few different versions like cold or frozen, and has a very sweet and distinct butterscotch flavor throughout its cream soda base. The whole thing is topped off with foam.

Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks

Butterbeer at Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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News: Low-Cal Menu Items Now Available at Earl of Sandwich

Many guests visiting the Disney Springs Marketplace in Disney World or Downtown Disney in Disneyland often end up at Earl of Sandwich for a quick bite.

Thanks to reasonable prices, tasty food, and a fairly large variety of options, it’s a popular spot on both coasts. It’s typically fairly easy for just about everyone in a group to find something they’d enjoy from the menu of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Though it may be hard to stray from favorites like the Holiday Sandwich, guests may be interested to learn that those options have expanded even further with some selections on Earl’s new Low-Cal Menu, also dubbed the “Skinny Earl” menu, featuring dishes that are under 400 calories.

Choices include the BBQ Chicken Flatbread featuring grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, red onions and BBQ sauce on a lavash flatbread (360 calories), and the Quinoa Chicken Salad which serves up field greens and arugula topped with grilled chicken, feta, quinoa, red onions, fresh strawberries, Mandarin oranges, olive oil and Balsamic vinaigrette (290 Calories). Finally, the Turkey Wrap includes turkey, cheddar, romaine, Roma tomato, and light mayo in a whole wheat wrap (370 Calories).

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland's Downtown Disney

Earl of Sandwich in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Great news for folks looking to lighten things up a bit while still enjoying all the flavors at Earl’s! [Read more…]

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: 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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News: House of Blues to Leave Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

The House of Blues that has anchored Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District since its opening in 2001 has announced plans to relocate next year.

The House of Blues at Disneyland's Downtown Disney District

The House of Blues at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

GardenWalk Mall of Anaheim will be the restaurant and concert venue’s new home, according to a statement released this past Tuesday. [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Summertime S’mores Treats Hit the Disneyland Resort

In the midst of the big Disneyland 60th Celebration, we keep getting surprised with so many fun treats!  On July 1st, the Disneyland Resort introduced a line of S’mores treats that are not to be missed.  There are 4 fantastic new items that include a S’mores Marshmallow Wand, a S’mores Gourmet Caramel Apple, S’mores Bark, & a S’mores Rice Krispy Treat.

Marceline's in Downtown DIsney

Marceline’s in Downtown Disney

On a recent trip to Downtown Disney, I visited Marceline’s and [Read more…]

Red, White, and Blue Mickey Caramel Apples for Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all our friends and readers Stateside!

Happy 4th of July From a Very Sweet Pair!

Happy 4th of July From a Very Sweet Pair!

My good friend, and the DFB’s Disneyland Columnist, Heather Sievers, was scoping out Marceline’s in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District yesterday and caught sight of these festive caramel and chocolate [Read more…]

Get Your Cinco de Mayo on at Disney World and Disneyland!

Isn’t it awesome how we just roll right from Star Wars Day into Margarita Day? What a great week!!

OK, so where should you go at the East and West Coast Disney parks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on this not-so-ordinary Tuesday? I’m happy to share my suggestions… ;-D

Margarita Flight at La Cava del Tequila

Margarita Flight at La Cava del Tequila

La Cava Del Tequila in Disney World’s Epcot

If you’re in Disney World tonight, it’s time to head over to Epcot and settle in (ideally in the early afternoon, because this place will be PACKED come evening) at La Cava del Tequila.

I know you’ve heard me talk about it a million times, but for those who are new to DFB (welcome!), this tiny tequila cave has it all figured out.

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Tequila experts serve only the best, and you can choose from a full menu of incredible options — shots, margaritas, flights, and more.

Avocado Margarita at La Cava del Tequila

Avocado Margarita at La Cava del Tequila

There’s no more authentic place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (which, let’s face it, is pretty much just a holiday dedicated to Tequila at this point) than here.

Tortilla Jo’s in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

Over on the West Coast, you lucky ducks get to head on over to Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney! This fun romp of a restaurant is sprawling, offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as a great menu including house-made tortillas (of course).

Tortilla Jo's raspberry margarita

Tortilla Jo’s raspberry margarita

Indulge in the sangria, a margarita, or [Read more…]

News: Ghirardelli Discontinues Use of Peanut Products in Disneyland and Disney World

Fans of the Gold Rush Peanut Butter Sundae at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney Orlando (and fans of peanut butter in general — like me!), take note: Ghirardelli is no longer using peanut butter as an ingredient in any of their ice cream sundaes and chocolates, or as a choice for ice cream toppings.

Why the sudden change? Well, in actuality, it’s not so sudden.

You see, the Ghirardelli facilities began taking steps toward going peanut-free in 2013 in order to become more allergy-friendly for guests with allergy concerns. However, this didn’t affect the in-house sundaes, like the popular Gold Rush (vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, melted peanut butter, and whipped cream) until now, with their removal from the menus in Disney World over the recent weeks. (Please note this update: Disneyland guests can get the Gold Rush Sundae on the west coast — Cast Members there have confirmed that it is the only location where it is still available).

Ghirardelli in Downtown Disney, Orlando

Ghirardelli in Downtown Disney, Orlando

Gold Rush Peanut Butter Sundae

Gold Rush Peanut Butter Sundae

Guests who have allergies — as well as parents of those who have them — may find it helpful to know that, at this time, some products are still made with tree nuts, and [Read more…]