Review: Caramel Sticks at Disneyland’s Candy Palace

So, last month I headed out west for the 24-Hour Kickoff of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Anniversary Celebration …and pretty much ate my way through Disneyland in three days. SO, I have LOTS to share with you here on the blog of my epic Diamond eating adventure.

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

Sleeping Beauty Castle decked out for the Diamond Anniversary

But, today I’m going to highlight one of the best things I ate, hands down, during those three days. And that’s saying something, because I had a Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone, brunch at Club 33, all five Jungle Skewers at the Bengal Barbecue and so much more.

Are you ready? Then allow me to set the scene…you wander into the Candy Palace to check the candy cases to see what’s new…

The Candy Palace

The Candy Palace

And here they are… [Read more…]

Disneyland Recipe: Lemon Bumblebee Cupcakes from the Hungry Bear Restaurant

We’re featuring one of our favorite Disneyland snacks today. But we aren’t just gonna tell you about how awesome it is; we’re giving you the recipe, too!

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant, I suggest you remedy that the very next time you can!

Hungry Bear Restaurant

Hungry Bear Restaurant

And once you finish up a hearty lunch or dinner at this rustic spot with a view, be sure to save room for dessert.

We love their individual pies

Trixie's Pie

Trixie’s Pie

But we can never pass up their Lemon Bumblebee Cupcake!

Honey Lemon Cupcake

Lemon Bumblebee Cupcake from the Hungry Bear Restaurant

Cupcakes aren’t nearly as much a thing in Disneyland as they are in WDW (where we’ve devoted entire crawls to them!), but this one is exceptional!

Cross Section of the Honey Lemon Cupcake with Lemon Mousse Filling

Lemon Bumblebee Cupcake — Cross Section

So we were pretty excited to find this recipe — what’s not to love when there’s lemon curd involved?!? The perfect treat for the first weekend of 2015, no?

Lemon Bumblebee Cupcakes

Hungry Bear Restaurant, Disneyland

Makes 16 Lemon Bumblebee Cupcakes (plus 8 extra plain cupcakes)

Ingredients:

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Disneyland Snack Series: Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland Park

We are stopping into Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe to check out a new sweet treat that recently debuted!

Although Jolly Holiday is a fairly new addition to Main Street USA, the atmosphere of this spot is so perfectly excecuted that you’d swear it’s been there since Walt Disney walked these streets! Whenever I’m in Disneyland, even if it’s only for a short trip — and on this trip I was there for about 36 hours — I have to make time for this place.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

The counter service spot celebrates all things Mary Poppins. Seating is outdoors here, but that’s perfectly fine with me — look how cheerful the patio setting is! (Seriously, is the weather EVER bad here?)

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

Inside, you’ll find touches everywhere that remind you of the film. Porcelain figurines bring a couple of the best movie scenes to life. I love this one of Mary on her carousel horse!

Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins!

After a look around at all the wonderful touches, I wanted to see just what was new in the bakery cases! The lunch menu gives you an idea of the general offerings at Jolly Holiday. But the bakery has also become a landing spot for new and seasonal treats. Heather shared a few of them with you not too long ago!

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Menu — Click to Enlarge

This time out, I saw a bunch of new things. But one treat in particular called my name, and I know it’ll call yours, too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie

Since it opened in a couple of years ago, Jolly Holiday has been a popular spot. But lately, they’ve really stepped up their game by offering some fantastic seasonal and limited-time options.

When I heard that they had debuted a Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie? Wild horses and all that.

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery

Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie at Jolly Holiday Bakery

You know I am all about the Peanut Butter. And Disneyland has some of my favorite PB treats, like the [Read more…]

Spotted! Venomade at Disneyland’s Bengal Barbecue

Let’s say you’re stopping by Disneyland’s Bengal Barbecue to tame your craving for a Jungle Skewer, or maybe even a Tiger Tail.

Bengal BBQ Sign

Bengal BBQ Sign

You’ll need something to wash it down, right? Well, how about a little Venomade to take care of that for you?

I know what you’re thinking: “Whaaa …Huh?” [Read more…]

Gourmet Apple of the Month: Banana Split Caramel Apple Debuts in Disneyland

Can’t decide between an ice cream sundae or a caramel apple? Well, the next time you visit Disneyland, you won’t have to!

In keeping with their Gourmet Apple Series, the candy makers at the resort have dreamed up a brand new, ice cream-inspired confection — the Banana Split Gourmet Caramel Apple!

Banana Split Gourmet Caramel Apple

Banana Split Gourmet Caramel Apple

But how do you get a caramel apple to taste like banana split? Disney magic, of course! ;-)

Seriously, though — the Mammoth Apples are first dipped in Caramel. After that, they’re coated with [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Strawberry Twists from Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

I’m missing Disneyland, and all the fabulous food that you can get there today. But I’m also seriously craving a treat to go with my tea, so I think it’s high time to discuss one of the newer pastries that you can get in the Happiest Place on Earth.

I’m talkin’ Twists. You can get them at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire, the newly opened Disney Princess headquarters in the park.

Maurice's Treats in Disneyland

Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

And while they come in different varieties — both savory and sweet — we’re going for Strawberry Twists today. Perfectly tender puff pastry, layered and twisted with homemade strawberry jam.

Strawberry Twists from Maurice's Treats in Disneyland

Strawberry Twists from Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

Strawberry Twists

Makes 6

Ingredients:
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: The Mickey Coconut Pattie

Perusing the goodie case at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, I stumbled across something that could potentially be a new favorite treat.

I’m a huge fan of coconut and I love Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars (they are the first to be stolen from my kids at Halloween), so I figured I’d better check out the new “Mickey Coconut Pattie.”

Mickey Coconut Pattie

Mickey Coconut Pattie

I’m not sure why the treat is called a “Mickey” Coconut Pattie, because in no way does it resemble Mickey.  It’s a big circle; no ears!

Anyhow, I will forgive Disney for this due to the fact that that it tastes amazing.  The Mickey Coconut Pattie is $3.99 and is very generously portioned. Plenty big for sharing — or if you don’t want to share, it’s a great treat for eating a bit and saving the rest for later!

Generously Portioned Mickey Coconut Pattie

A thick dark chocolate coating on the outside topped with [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Gourmet Marshmallows at Trolley Treats

When you’re looking for a tasty treat (which, of course, you ARE on Mardi Gras), a must stop shop on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street is Trolley Treats.

Trolly Treats on Buena Vista Street

The aroma of the candy kitchen entices you as you pass the picture window where you’ll often see candy makers creating one of their signature Trolley Treats items: The Gourmet Marshmallow.

Marshmallow Making at Trolley Treats

Sold either individually for $3.49 from the counter, or in packs of two for $5.95 from the store’s display, the hand made fluffy squares are available in several different flavors.

Trolley Treats Marshmallow Display

The flavors I went with were Banana Split, S’mores, Luscious Lemon, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Madness. I have to say all of them were great, but it was a serious sugar overload.

Normally I’d say just get an individual one and share it with someone, but hey, I was “working.” Let’s take a look at them all:

Banana Split Gourmet Marshmallow

First up, let’s go with the Banana Split. Topped with a cherry, this fun marshmallow is adorable and delicious. In fact, I think I’d call it my favorite. I love banana flavored items though, so this was right up my alley.

Banana Split Gourmet Marshmallow

The banana flavor reminded me a bit of banana flavored Laffy Taffy — sort of artificial, but the added chocolate drizzle, caramel & cherry on top made it the perfect combination to impersonate a mini banana split.

I love watching the candy makers in action and happened to get some [Read more…]