#OnTheList: Holiday Pecan Maple Bark in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

DisneyFoodBucketList 8-018
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!

 

The holiday clock’s a-tickin’ to check this week’s #OnTheList item off the list… Pecan Maple Bark in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion is only around for the season!

OnTheList_MaplePecanBark

Pecan Maple Bark makes its appearance at the unassuming, rustic little popcorn wagon in Canada as part of the international snack options featured during Holidays Around the World, Epcot’s celebration of holiday traditions around the globe. [Read more…]

DFB 12 Days of Christmas: Win a Ceramic Dole Whip!

It’s Day 2 of celebrating the DFB 12 Days of Christmas! And since it’s Christmas we’re celebrating, we couldn’t let another day go by without giving one lucky reader something really special for the holidays!

DFB_12DaysOfChristmas_2_Featured

I loved this Ceramic Dole Whip the first time I first laid eyes on it at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs! It’s the perfect little hiding place for special whatnots. And it’s also a fabulous way to remember your last trip. It might even inspire you to plan another one! [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot-Orange Sauce

When it comes to holiday dessert, the more pies the better we say!

Of course, as much as we love pie, it’s always fun to bring a new dessert to the table – especially at the holidays! And today we have the perfect holiday dessert to share with you.

This Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce was featured at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a few years ago, and we really enjoyed it.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

The recipe has a few steps, but it’s worth a little extra time in the kitchen!

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce

Serves 6 to 8

Struesel

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Apricot-Orange Sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice

Pumpkin Mousse
1 egg yolk or 1/4 cup pasteurized egg yolks
3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream

Other ingredients:
Store-bought spice cake mix, prepared per package directions and cooled.
1/2 cup Ocean Spray Craisins

Instructions

For Streusel:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a sheet pan with foil and set aside.

2. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is crumbly.

3. Pour onto prepared sheet pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Set aside to cool. Crumble into small pieces.

For Orange Sauce:

Combine apricot jam and orange juice in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth.

For Pumpkin Mousse:

1. Whisk egg yolk into pumpkin pie filling. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave or using a double boiler. Whisk melted chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture.

2. Whip heavy cream to medium peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mixture.

To serve:

1. Cut spice cake into cubes. Place a dollop of mousse at the bottom of a serving dish. Top with cranberries and a drizzle of sauce.

2. Place a few cubes of cake over the mousse. Top with another layer of mousse, cranberries and sauce, then top with streusel.

This sounds like a great addition to your holiday meal! Will you be making this pumpkin mousse this holiday season? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Disney Holidays: Beverages with Holiday Cheer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thanks to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is full of yuletide cheer!

Osborne Family Tribute Window

Osborne Family Tribute Window

Or perhaps I should say, Yuletide CHEERS… [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Preview: Christmas Traditions and Delicious Finds in Epcot’s UK Pavilion

In some parts of Walt Disney World, the holiday switch has been flipped, and Christmas and other winter celebrations have arrived! In Epcot though, the Food and Wine Festival is still going strong, so the holidays have been delayed just a bit.

But since World Showcase is one of my favorite spots to visit — and a definite must-do for those visiting WDW during the holiday season — I thought we’d take a look back at some of my favorite holiday offerings in some of the Pavilions. They’ll be arriving in the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait!

Epcot UK Christmas Tea Topiary

Epcot UK Christmas Tea Topiary

[Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Budgeting for the Holidays at Walt Disney World

Heading to Walt Disney World for the holidays? Woohoo! It’s such a beautiful time to visit, as the Parks are all decked out in their festive best.

Order your holiday guide today!

From special events and holiday decor to snacks and drinks full of Yuletide cheer, there’s so much to pack into a visit.

But you’re gonna need a plan and a budget! Because I promise you, visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays is spectacular — but the costs can add up quickly.

Today, I’d love to share with you some of our best budgeting tips for planning your Holiday trip to Walt Disney World. Our tips come courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book, and by pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays e-Book with our special discount code — Preholiday  you get everything you need to make the most of your Disney holiday vacation.

Heigh Ho — let’s go!

Go Early — or Late — If Possible

Want to enjoy the Holidays at Disney, without paying holiday prices? It may sound impossible, but it’s not. The key is to schedule your visit for a time early or late in the holiday season.

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Main Street USA at Christmas Time

Christmas decorations go up as early as November in some corners of the Resort. You’ll see festive tidings first normally at Magic Kingdom, where Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off in the early part of the month. By mid to late November, the incredible gingerbread displays that you’ll find at the Deluxe Resorts are taking shape. [Read more…]

News: Dessert and Dinner Events Announced for the Final Year of Osborne Lights at Disney World

Well, I don’t know if this is a huge surprise with all of the upcoming construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to make way for Toy Story and Star Wars Lands, but it is with some melancholy that we learned that it is — indeed — official: this Holiday Season will be the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights — the joyful and unique holiday celebration featuring millions of lights synchronized to holiday music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The display will run from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. 

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Two new events have been announced in conjunction with the final year of the Spectacle (a chance to “go out with a bang,” so to speak): the Merry & Bright Dessert Party will take place from November 6th – December 30th, and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception will be available to book for the first days of the New Year, January 1 – 3, 2016.  [Read more…]

Cast Member Gingerbread Displays at Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts

Yes, the Christmas holiday has come and gone… So you might think it must be time to halt all the gingerbread chat for the year. However, just a few days after Christmas I stumbled upon two gingerbread displays that I’d never seen before.

Sure, we’ve taken you on tours of the Grand Floridian’s famous Gingerbread House, and this year’s new Frozen-inspired Gingerbread Display at the Contemporary Resort. But I must say, these smaller displays have a charm all their own. I’m talking about the Gingerbread Houses created by Cast Members at the Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts!

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Art of Animation Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Pop Century Resort Holidays 9

Pop Century Christmas Tree

Much like the Cast Member Pumpkin Carving contests happening at resorts all over Disney World for Halloween, various teams joined together to create their own gingerbread masterpieces. Guests placed their votes to determine a winner.

Gingerbread House Contest Display

Gingerbread House Contest Display

Over at Pop Century, the Food and Beverage Team took home the prize for this colorful Gingerbread Minnie Mouse House.

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

I love the Krispy Treat Chimney!

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

Minnie Mouse Gingerbread House

The other entries were pretty great, too :) . From this Gingerbread Pixie Hollow by the Merchandise Team…

Pixie Hollow Gingerbread House

Pixie Hollow Gingerbread House

… to a more traditional display by [Read more…]

2014 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House and Beach Club Gingerbread Treats

There’s more gingerbread in store for you at Walt Disney World now that the season is in full swing! Let’s take a look at a couple of the most anticipated displays of the holidays…

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Gingerbread House

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is open for the season!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2014

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Gingerbread House began celebrating its 16th year.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House operating hours

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House operating hours

It’s always fun to see the massive ingredients list!

Gingerbread House ingredients

Gingerbread House ingredients

Open daily for the remainder of the year from 10 am to 10 pm (though it will likely close early on New Years Eve), the unique thing about the Grand Floridian’s gingerbread display is that it is a fully functioning snack stop, with Cast Members serving up gingerbread and other sweet treats through this cheerful window.

Treat window

Treat window

The traditional Gingerbread Shingles return, along with some other familiar seasonal treats like Peppermint Bark and boxes of Stollen Bread (with a printed history of the traditional German treat attached).

GF gingerbread shingle

GF gingerbread shingle

Stollen Bread and Peppermint Bark

Stollen Bread and Peppermint Bark

Mickey Pop

Mickey Pop

The beautifully detailed Gingerbread Ornaments are probably my favorite things to look at.

Large Gingerbread Ornament

Large Gingerbread Ornament

Mickey Gingerbread Ornament

Mickey Gingerbread Ornament

Red Velvet Cupcakes are available alongside White Chocolate Snowmen.

White Chocolate Snowman and Red Velvet Cupcake

White Chocolate Snowman and Red Velvet Cupcake

Gluten-free choices include Gingerbread Men, but also Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bread, Cinnamon Toastie Bread, and Brownie Bites.

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

And if you had any doubt whether the cast of “Frozen” could be found at the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House, too, then doubt no more! You can find [Read more…]

News! Booking NOW AVAILABLE for 2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at Disney World!

Great news for fans who love the Epcot’s Candlelight Processional at Disney World during the holidays!

We brought you news last week of the first confirmed narrators for the 2014 Epcot Candlelight Processional. And today, we wanted to share that booking for Candlelight Processional Packages is now open!

The Candlelight Processional features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a robed choir and a full orchestra performing Christmas carols.

Amy Grant narrating 2013 Candlelight Processional

Amy Grant narrating 2013 Candlelight Processional

The popular event takes place three times each evening throughout the holiday season at the America Gardens Theater in Epcot’s World Showcase. This year, guests can see the performance from November 28 to December 30.

Because of the show’s popularity, seats go quickly! The Candlelight Processional Package is an excellent idea if you would like a guaranteed seat.

Packages include a meal at one of Epcot’s participating restaurants: click here to see which restaurants are included on the 2014 Candlelight Processional list! Booking a package entitles each person in the party to a ticket for guaranteed seating at the evening’s performance of the Candlelight Processional. Packages are available for both lunch and dinner seatings. Lunch packages start at [Read more…]