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…]

New Disney Kitchen Merchandise

Disney’s always sharing fun new Kitchen merchandise and goodies! Here are a few we found on our recent treks to the parks!

Mombasa Marketplace

Bamboo Serving Set

On an expedition through the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, we uncovered these fun kitchen accessories at the Mombasa Marketplace!

This imported Bamboo Coaster Set will protect your surfaces with different Mickey designs. Set includes six coasters with five different Mickey designs in a durable 4 in. square!

Mickey Mouse Coasters

The imported bamboo platter is a fun serving plate for your next party!

Mickey Mouse Platter

Stir it up with a Mickey Mouse utensil, too!

Mickey Mouse Utensils

New Line of Mickey and Minnie Kitchenware

I thought this black and white pattern was classic and stylish! I found these at the gift shop at Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter, and also in several large Disney shops around the parks.

Time to brew some tea with this adorable teapot and character [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Little Kid Snacks Throwdown — Disney Style

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster has done a bit of experimenting this week with a couple of volunteers!

Disney has made admirable strides in recent years in providing healthier food options for kids: fries are no longer the auto-side for meals, fresh fruit is readily available, and non-sugary snacks are often displayed on the same shelf as candy.

Among these non-candy options are offerings called “Tiny Treats,” some branded with the Chip & Dale Snack Company logo and some with the Minnie’s Bake Shop logo.

Visually appealing Tiny Treats, displayed right next to candy

Introducing Tiny Treats

Tiny Treats are single-ish serving, easy to hold containers of the Disney version of preschool snack basics: Cheddar Mickey Crackers (think Pepperidge Farm Goldfish or Annie’s brand bunnies), Oat Cereal (think Cheerios), Arrowroot Cookies (think Gerber and others), and Dried Bananas and Strawberries (think Gerber and others).

When my own children were preschoolers, probably 50% of their calorie intake consisted of Goldfish and Cheerios. (I had three kids in three years. We were in “whatever-it-takes-to-survive” mode. Don’t judge.) Back in those days, touring the Disney parks meant bringing snacks from home and toting along a multitude of [Read more…]

Tried and True (and Some Very New!) Disney Character Foods

I recently realized that you’re nobody in Toon Town if you don’t have your own food product line. Used to be only Mickey had his own ice cream bars…maybe a bag of pasta or two. But these days, you’re simply not A-list Toon material if you’re not selling your personalized line at the Main Street Emporium.

Let’s take a look at a few of the brands you can now purchase — endorsed by your favorite characters, of course! Some of them are actually pretty new on the scene…

Minnie’s Bake Shop
You can tell from our tour through Minnie’s kitchen that she’s a baker; luckily, we now get a chance to sample her recipes (and NOT the diet ones!):

True, this looks a bit like a re-brand of Mickey’s old cookie company, but, alas, who are we to judge?

Minnie's Bake Shop Cookies

Minnie's Bake Shop Cookies

These, I think, are entirely new. Love the spoons attached!

Minnie's Bake Shop Mixes

Minnie's Bake Shop Mixes

And here’s a quick sampling of other Bake Shop items:

More Minnie's Bake Shop Items

More Minnie's Bake Shop Items

Wonderland Tea
One of my favorite New York City haunts is called Alice’s Teacup, and I wonder if they’ll start carrying Wonderland’s newest tea line there! This line of teas, tea china, and tea accessories — straight from the Mad Hatter’s tea party — should please any Alice fan.

Be sure to read the Wonderland Decree on the box,

Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrarywise — what it is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.

Alice's Teapot and Tea Display at MouseGears

Alice's Teapot and Tea Display at MouseGears

Alice's Tea

Alice's Tea

Alice's Tea Accessories

Alice's Tea Accessories

And here’s a great display at the Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Alice's Tea Display

Alice's Tea Display

Disney Princess Pasta
Even the princesses have gotten into the Food Product Line groove at Disney. What little princess wouldn’t love some noodle soup or homemade mac and cheese showcasing pasta shaped like her favorite female idols?

Disney Princess Pasta

Disney Princess Pasta

Goofy’s Candy Company
Of course, you all remember the sensationally successful Goofy’s Candy Company — well known throughout Disney to be the primary supplier of Halloween candy, gummies, and sour pucker powder!

Goofy's Candy Company

A Sampling of Goofy's Candy Company Items

A Sampling of Goofy's Candy Company Items

Chip and Dale Snack Company
For those of you who want to preserve your diet — or at least have a semi-healthy snack — while on vacation, head straight to the Chip and Dale product line (do NOT pass go…). These are the healthiest pre-packaged snacks you’ll find on property (besides the packaged fresh fruit, of course), and the line includes dried fruit mixes, trail mix, pretzels, many different kinds of natural nuts, etc.

Chip and Dale Food Products

Chip and Dale Food Products

Mickey’s Many Product Lines
I’m sure I haven’t captured all of Mickey’s product lines here, but I’ve at least snapped photos of some of the newest items on the scene. We’re all familiar with Mickey’s “Really Swell” Coffee Brand, and, of course, Mickeyroni and Cheese! But have you sampled his Resort Delights island-inspired products, or his Chocolatears-brand gourmet chocolate bark?

Mickey's Really Swell Coffee Brand Treats

Mickey's Really Swell Coffee Brand Treats

Mickey's Really Swell Flavored Coffee Collection

Mickey's Really Swell Flavored Coffee Collection

Mickeyroni and Cheese

Mickeyroni and Cheese

Mickey's Resort Delights Taffy

Mickey's Resort Delights Taffy

Mickey's Resort Delights Punch and Iced Tea Flavors

Mickey's Resort Delights Punch and Iced Tea Flavors

Mickey's Resort Delights Coconut Patties

Mickey's Resort Delights Coconut Patties

Mickey's Chocolatears Gourmet Chocolate Bark

Mickey's Chocolatears Gourmet Chocolate Bark

What’s YOUR Favorite?
While you may be partial to the old school classic Mickeyroni and Cheese, I can’t wait to sample some of that gourmet chocolate bark! Would love to hear from some of you who have tried the Resort Delights line as well — any good?