Disney Food Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 4

We’re running out of shopping days!! And I don’t know about you, but I’ve still got lots to do. So let’s get right to our holiday gift ideas!

Each week, we’re sharing a few gift-giving ideas that are lots of fun for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. Get your orders in now by shopping right from home!

Have fun with your holiday gift-giving! And check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of our holiday gift ideas guide as well!

Disney Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutters

Turn your kitchen into a Disney bake shop with these adorable cookie cutters. Before you get out the rolling pin, order these Mickey Mouse cookie cutters!

Cookie Cutters

Disney Character Cookie Basket

Send your friends a basket filled with delicious cookies. They’ll be smiling when they see the faces of their favorite Disney characters.

Customize the container, number of cookies, and add other goodies too. We just love edible gifts and your friends will too!

Selma's Seasonal Treats

Selma’s Crispy Rice Treats

Even if you’re not at the Main Street Confectionery to pick up your freshly made goodies these rice krispie treats are sold in Walt Disney World and Disneyland as pre-packaged snacks.

Order the snowman, candy cane, stocking, and/or the Christmas tree for a nostalgic taste of Disney Parks in the comfort of your home!!

These also make great stocking stuffers!

BabyCakes NYC Cookbooks

Treat your loved ones to these fabulous cookbooks by Erin McKenna of BabyCakes NYC. If you know someone that loves to bake AND has a special diet (vegan, gluten-free, or sugar-free), these recipes will be [Read more…]

Snack Series: Selma’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie

Selma’s cookies are omnipresent in Disney Theme Parks. You’ll find them branded as Minnie’s Bake Shop cookies (usually individually sold), and you’ll also find them in the bakery counters at most Disney bakeries (including Main Street Bakery, Frontierland’s Prairie Outpost and Supply, Sweet Spells in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and more). So I figured I should review one, even though it’s not specifically made by Disney chefs…

Selmas Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

At first, I was highly skeptical. I mean — these are often pre-packaged! They’re not necessarily “fresh made” that day, right? But, I have to admit, once I tasted this chocolate chip peanut butter cookie, I wouldn’t have cared if it had been made the night before, the week before, or the year before! ;-)

Cookie Cross-Section

It might be pre-packaged, but this stuff is awesome! I have no idea what the story is on [Read more…]

Guest Review: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Treats

I’m excited to welcome Guest Reviewer Holly Burtchaell from Random Cravings Blog with a fun review of treats found at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World! Warning: This read is sugar-sweet!

Party signage

Although Mr. Random and I have clocked too many trips to Disney World to count, somehow, neither of us has ever experienced Christmas at the Happiest Place on Earth. Luckily, that all changed last week, when we spent an entire week immersed in Disney Christmas happiness. In fact, this year’s very first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) was also our very first time at that event!

I quickly learned that in addition to being about the Christmas parade, the special fireworks, and the rare character appearances, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also filled with yummy holiday treats!

Free Eats at MVMCP

Included with your ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, along with healthier options of apple slices and apple juice. These treats were handed out at several locations around the Magic Kingdom…just follow the signs!

Signage at Cosmic Ray's

Signage at Columbia Harbor House

This year’s cookies were big, soft, delicious snickerdoodles. The apple slices were [Read more…]

Halloween Treats in Walt Disney World

Halloween treats continue to materialize around Walt Disney World in preparation for the fun this Fall. We reported on a few a couple of weeks ago, and Heather showcased some in Disneyland on Thursday; but there are even more to enjoy during this spooky season!

Main Street Bakery

Like last year, the Main Street Bakery has created some inventive goodies to celebrate the season.

New for this year’s Halloween season are a chocolate-covered Mummy Cookie and a Graveyard Cupcake.

Mummy Cookie

The Mummy Cookie is actually a sugar cookie, though it looks like gingerbread at first glance due to the shape. It’s milk chocolate covered, then “wrapped” with [Read more…]

Reader Favorites: Disney Bed Time Snacks

We asked for your fave on-the-go breakfast options and received great suggestions. So we next wondered what snacks help you sleep after a fabulous vacation day!

DFB readers and Facebook Friends shared their Disney bedtime snacks via the Disney Food Blog Facebook page.

Gasparilla Bakery

Bedtime snacks that received the most shout-outs were Mickey Rice Krispie Treats, Popcorn and large bakery-style cookies. Honorable mentions go to Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mickey Ice Cream Bars.

Mickey Rice Krispie Treat

According to our readers, you won’t be the only vacationer grabbing one of these chewy, gooey [Read more…]

(Miniature) Additions at the Confectionery

Found a couple of mini items at the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World today that I had to share!

Cookie Bites
First — three kinds of cookie bites. These look just like the giant “normal sized” cookies you can get in the parks, but they’ve been shrunk down to what many of us would consider to be the size of the standard cookies we bake at home. However, at Disney, these are considered bite-size!

Three Kinds of Mini Cookies

You can purchase Raspberry White Chocolate cookies (which have chocolate chips in them as well for some reason), Chocolate chip supreme cookies, and delectable [Read more…]

Disneyland Halloween Treats

Heather Sievers, the multi-talented inventor of Time Out Spots AND our Disneyland correspondent and food expert, headed over to Marceline Confectionery to check out some Halloween treats!

A trip to Downtown Disney in Anaheim is never complete without a visit to Marceline’s Confectionery. Named after Walt Disney’s hometown, this yummy paradise has everything your sweet tooth desires. We usually go for the chocolate chip cookies, but this time of the year, we can’t resist the Halloween treats.

Halloween Time At Marceline Confectionery

Our personal favorite is the candy corn shaped rice crispy treat. It’s soft and gooey; with a top coat of colored chocolate and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 27, 2010

The Frito Kid

It’s been another big week in Disney Food news! Here are a few of our favorite stories from the past few days:

Also, just some quick reminders:
1. Disney Food Blog now has a Flickr GroupDisney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! If you’re a flickr user, come peruse and post Disney Food pics!
2. The Disney Food Blog Foodie Fest is scheduled for October 3rd, 2010! Save the date, and sign up for The Disney Food Blog newsletter for all the latest updates on this and other Disney Food Blog events.

Now, on to the round-up!

Kevin Kidney, whose blog is one of the most interesting things in the Disney space, has sent me into Disney Food heaven with this post on the Frito Kid. You MUST (must, must, must) click this link of Jim Campbell’s Frito Kid “interactive experience.” Just drop the coin in the slot to sample a taste of Disney history. (Click here to read the history of the Frito Kid. To see more of Jim Campbell’s work, click here.)

Cookie Madness (hands-down one of my favorite baking blogs of all time) has put together a new recipe for Minnie’s Bakeshop Inspired cookies! Yum!

The Disney Blog has details on Adult Cooking Classes in Disney World’s Downtown Disney on July 10th, 2010! If you go, send pictures! :-)

Party Through the Parks has taken Drinking Around the World to a new level.

Main Street Gazette Heads to two rarely-open Magic Kingdom counter-service spots!

Scott Joseph Orlando shares a rumor that the Empress Room might make a reappearance — for one night — this Fall.

50's Prime Time Cafe Malted Milkshake

Touring Plans had a foodie kind of week on their blog! Two of my favorite bloggers showcased favorite treats in Disney World and a meal at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe!

The English Disney Blog reviews dinner at the California Grill.

Chip and Co. posted a video about the central Disneyland Resort bakery and the work they do throughout the resort.

WDW Public Affairs released info about a Disney World-sponsored Chef’s Gala raises $170,000 for a local United Way Chapter. Thanks to StitchKingdom.com for the tip.

The Disney Website has a couple of fun interactive games for kids that will help them learn about food groups and how to choose healthy foods. I liked Mickey’s Mess Hall and Lilo’s Luau — just watch the animation and click to train for and play the games.

DIY Disney: Disney Recipes for Your Summer Picnic

I’m thrilled to announce the first, official Disney Food Blog column — Chef BigFatPanda’s DIY Disney Recipes! Every month, our resident Chef BigFatPanda will put together his amazing step-by-step, photo-filled posts where he and Chef Mickey show you their adventures in the kitchen cooking up Disney goodies! Today, we launch the column with three great recipes that you can pack up and take on a Disney-inspired picnic (perfect for 4th of July!). Enjoy…

Hello! Chef BigFatPanda here! How are you? Don’t answer cause I can’t hear you, but I’ll assume you’re reading this with peachy vigor. I like that. Peachy Vigor! I’m going to use that from now on.

So, did you hear? I am so excited to get my own column here on the Disney Food Blog. No longer am I a guest, but a cast member (or whatever AJ wishes to call it). Thanks so much to everyone!

I wanted to do something a bit different for this post, so I chose some fairly simple yet overlooked Disney recipes that can truly be incorporated into a delicious summer meal. I am going to make the Barbecue Sauce from the Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, grilled Asparagus just as they make it in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort’s Storyteller Café, and Coquina cookies, originally from the Cinnamon Bay Bakery at Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Add these Disney recipes to a rice, pasta, or potato side and you have a complete and colorful summer meal just in time for Summer Nightastic!

Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce

As usual, the recipe’s instructions will be bolded for easy reference should you wish to print this out and skip my banter.

Ingredients for Flame Tree Barbecue Sauce

You will need:
1 cup Ketchup
¼ cup Rice Wine Vinegar
¼ cup Water
¼ cup Packed Light Brown Sugar [Read more…]

Gluten Free and Sugar Free Cookies at Disney World

Just wanted to quickly share this great news. Minnie’s Bake Shop, a new line of baked goods being sold at Disney parks stores, is now selling family-size packages of Gluten Free and Sugar Free cookies.

Minnie's Bake Shop Gluten Free and Sugar Free Cookies

Minnie's Bake Shop Gluten Free and Sugar Free Cookies

This is in addition to some freshly-baked gluten free and sugar free items I found for sale at several bakeries (including the Marketplace in Disney’s Beach Club Resort) throughout the Disney World parks.

Disney parks have long been ahead of the curve in anticipating guests’ needs, and ensuring a wealth of gluten-free and sugar-free options is just the beginning.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Disney Food Blog post all about dining gluten-free in Disney World, but in the meantime, check out these great resources. If you have a special diet and are planning a trip to Disney World, contact SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com, or 407-824-5967, to have a Disney specialist plan delicious menus for you based on your needs and preferences.