Disney Recipe: Shula’s Steak House Chocolate Soufflé

I have the PERFECT recipe for you to try this weekend!! Are you ready for a little chocolate…?

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, making a romantic dinner, or just treating yourself to a marathon of your favorite TV show — it’s always good to have a classic recipe like Chocolate Soufflé in your back pocket. Pull it out for some serious shock and awe!

Today, we’re dropping by one of our favorite steakhouses at Disney World, the incredible Shula’s Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

I JUST had this dessert a couple of weeks ago, and it remains a favorite! (Stay tuned for our full review soon!)

Shula's Steakhouse Chocolate Souffle

So…if you’ve ever finished up a dessert at Shula’s and said, “Gosh, I wish I had that recipe,”…well, today is your lucky day!

The Pour! (Love that this is also served with Ice Cream!)

Here we go!

Shula’s Steakhouse Chocolate Soufflé*

Makes approximately 4-6 individual soufflés

1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
4 egg yolks, divided
1 1/4 cups half and half
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup [Read more…]

Snack Series: Monkey Cupcake at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

It is a happy day when we can tell you about a brand new cupcake! (Or at least one that’s new to us!)

HUGE thanks to DFB readers Matt and Lenore for telling me about this — and making it imperative that I head over to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort on my last Disney World Visit!

Monkey Cupcake!

One of the treats that I couldn’t wait to sample on my recent trip to Walt Disney World was the Monkey Cupcake at Old Port Royale Food Court within Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. I’d heard it had peanut butter buttercream icing (hubba hubba!!) and a surprise inside!

You might be asking at this point: so, what makes this a “monkey cupcake?” I mean, there are no little chocolate monkeys or faces on it, like you’d find on the Elephant Cupcake at Animal Kingdom’s Kusafiri Bakery and Coffee Shop

Monkey Cupcake at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

But when you cut into the moist cake, you begin to get the picture. The proof is in the pudding — or filling as it were. And the filling just happens to be chock full of bananas!

Vanilla Monkey Cupcake -- Cross Section

If you get a fork in there like I did, you can see that there are [Read more…]

Snack Series and Recipe!: The Magic Cookie Bar at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

I have to apologize to you guys.

I have been horribly remiss in not telling you about this incredible snack yet…but I didn’t even know about it! Just goes to show there’s ALWAYS something exciting to find when it comes to Disney food!! :-)

OK, here we go! Recently, an awesome DFB reader tipped me off to an amazing find at Roaring Fork in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge — the Magic Cookie Bar.

As a big fan of Roaring Fork, I wondered how could I have missed such a thing. So on my recent trip to the World, I made it my mission to get to Wilderness Lodge and try it before any more time passed!

I have to be honest — with everything I eat when I’m in Disney World, it’s hard to completely finish everything. But this? THIS was one of the things on my recent trip that I ate in its entirety! It’s THAT good.

First off, it’s big. I mean, it may not look that big in the picture, but this is a super rich bar, chock-full of deliciousness.

Magic Cookie Bar -- Wrapped and Ready

Unwrapped, you start to get a sense of just what went into this. There’s a ton of flavor going on here, with chocolate and butterscotch chips, condensed milk, coconuts, and nuts.

Magic Cookie Bar -- Unwrapped

And to put it over the top for me, the whole thing is [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Sandwiches!

Anytime I’m longing for a getaway to my favorite place to enjoy some fun and fabulous food, I love hopping onto the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza on Flickr! It’s a great way to make plans for my very next trip. Thanks so much to all of you who submit photos to the group!

Today, I have a hankering for sandwiches. And you know that some of the best meals between two pieces of bread (or what have you) can be found at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich at Norway’s Akershus

Whoa! It is seriously time for me to get myself back to Akershus! This Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich and Garden Vegetable Soup combo look incredible! And check out the awesome Henna in the background!

Photographer: Nancy RK

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwich at Epcot's Akershus in the Norway Pavilion

Holiday Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich

Earl of Sandwich is the place to go for sammiches in Disney World and Disneyland, and an all-time favorite menu item for many of us is the Holiday Sandwich. Thanksgiving Dinner [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Goodies from Goofy’s Candy Company

It’s that time of year again!

Valentine's Day Inspiration at Goofy's Candy Company

Red, Pink, Hearts, and Chocolate start to show up en force in Disney Parks, heralding the coming of Valentine’s Day! And today we have some awesome Valentine’s treats to show you from Goofy’s Candy Company at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney!

Michelina O. and her cousin JoAnn shared these gorgeous goodies with us. Thanks, ladies! You know as well as we do that nothing says love like plenty of sugar and chocolate. ;-) Let’s take a close-up peek!!

Check out the swirled white and dark chocolate on this decadent Caramel Apple!

Valentine's Candy Apple

This Krispie Treat features red glittery Xs and Os so everyone knows exactly how you feel!

Hugs and Kisses Mickey Krispie Treat in Red

Hugs and Kisses in pink glitter sugar are [Read more…]

Fun Find: A New Form of Gummy Bears at Epcot

I have a bit of a gummy bear addiction.

During a Walt Disney World visit in December, I was distressed to find that the epic giant gummy bears had completely vanished from Epcot’s Germany pavilion. Yes, I know that they’re readily available elsewhere, but I found it comforting to walk by and admire their shiny, sugary smiles each time I walked the World Showcase.

RIP Giant Gummy Bears -- now no longer available in the Germany pavilion

Fast forward a few weeks later to another trip and another loop around the Showcase. Still no giant gummies, but in their place was a new product, Choco Gomis, a dual layer chocolate bar with embedded gummy bears. I had never seen anything as glorious as this, even on my recent trip to gummy-centric Germany.

Obviously this was a must purchase item.

I bought both the blue and pink packages, thinking that they were different flavors, but as it turns out, they were exactly the same.

Opening the wrapper reveals a thin sliver of milk chocolate, topped by a more substantial layer of white “yogurt” chocolate. Nestled in each square is one perfect glossy gummy bear.

For the amount of candy you get, the bars are a little pricey, but the [Read more…]

Disneyland Paris: Souvenir Chocolat!

While in Disneyland Paris I unfortunately did not have a lot of time to shop. With only one day to cover both parks, we focused on doing and seeing as much as we could, but bypassed pretty much every store. It killed me to walk by so many amazing “looking” places, but hey, we were lucky to be there at all!

On the way out at park’s close, we did hit one store where I had about 15 minutes to fill a bag full of goodies. It felt like being on Supermarket Sweep (and yes I know how that feels, my husband and I were on that game show 9 years ago, and WON!). 

One of the items I tossed in the bag was a box of cute little chocolates. I didn’t really inspect them until we got home, but when I did, I wished I’d grabbed a few of them.

Buyer's Remorse: Should've Purchased More!

The box was filled with about 80-100 chocolate squares. I think it was around $10 US, which really isn’t a bad deal. I’ve been passing them out as treats to friends and family, and they’ve been a big hit. I’m down to my last handful, so I thought I’d share them with you too, before they are gone!

There are four different designs in this lovely little variety pack, each one featuring a popular Disneyland Paris attraction: The Tower of Terror with Stitch as a bellhop, Pirates of the Caribbean with Peter Pan, Minnie with Le Carrousel De Lancelot, and my favorite The [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The New and Improved Candy Palace

After months of being boarded up earlier this year, the walls came down around Disneyland’s iconic candy shop in May. Let’s take a look at the newly remodeled Candy Palace!

Candy Palace

The new Candy Palace was carefully designed so that everything looks “edible.” From the gorgeous chandeliers to the tiled floors and even the Exit sign, the interior does look yummy!

Gorgeous Chandelier

Stained Glass and Light Fixtures

Tiled Floor

Candy Exit Sign

From the front, the store looks very much the same. The Candy Kitchen window remains to the right of the main entrance with the Penny Arcade to the [Read more…]

Snack Series: Pocky in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

OK, so while this isn’t technically a “Disney-made” snack (I’ve even found it in my local grocery store recently), many of us have our first experience with Pocky in Mitsukoshi Department Store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion. I know I did! Just in case you haven’t experienced Pocky yet, let me introduce you!

These slender, crisp cookies coated in chocolate (and occasionally other flavors) are one of my favorite snacks available in Epcot’s World Showcase. You’ll find the tasty sweets way in the back of the fabled department store — near the indoor sake bar.

There Are Many Flavors of Pocky Available

There’s a Pocky for every flavor preference, from the purist approach of milk chocolate to fruit-flavored options. You can also find chocolate and nut combinations.

And, of course, there’s “Men’s Pocky.” No, I’m not kidding. Men’s Pocky is a dark chocolate version of the snack. :-)

Front of Pocky Box

The cookies come in a range of quantities as well, from little pocky boxes to GIANT POCKY BOXES. Just in case you need to share (yeah, right).

On this visit, I went for the classic: “chocolate cream covered biscuit sticks.”

Back of Pocky Box - Nutritional Information and Ingredients

While I’m displaying my Pocky on a plate, one of the great traits of this snack is that you can definitely stroll and [Read more…]

First Look! Ghirardelli Opens in Disney California Adventure

After a successful week of soft openings, Ghirardelli has “officially” opened its doors at the Disneyland Resort inside of Disney California Adventure’s Pacific Wharf area.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, where Mickey and Minnie helped welcome the park’s first independently owned and operated establishment.

Disney California Adventure Park Vice President Mary Nivan & Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis along with Ernst Tanner CEO of Lindt & Sprungli AG

First, we’ll take a peek inside and try a sundae. Then I’ll show you a very special surprise that makes this Ghirardelli location more incredible than any other in the world… (we even have a little video of what makes it so cool).

The Unveiling!

This Ghirardelli location is the first store to be built inside of a theme park (though there is a location in Downtown Disney in Orlando, that’s not, technically, a theme park). Although the cast members at Ghirardelli have had some Disney cast member training, they are actually employees of Ghirardelli and have been taught specifically by the chocolate company. 

Ghirardelli Entrance with Some Added "Chocolatiers"

After the ribbon was cut, we were invited in to see the gorgeous new Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop! 

As you enter the shop, there are menus to peruse as well as a few registers. You place your order at a register and are then sent to one of the three pick up windows where you will be handed your order.

As a “Grand Opening” guest, I was handed one of these tasty little treats!

Mini Sundaes? Yes Please!

It wasn’t easy to eat a sundae and take photos of the store at the same time, so unfortunately I had just a few bites and then got to work. My favorite thing about a Ghirardelli sundae? Definitely the [Read more…]