There are a LOT of amazing treats in Disney World, whether you’re a fan of the classic Dole Whip or you like mixing and matching things to build your own creation (Mickey Ear Ice Cream Sandwich, where ya at?).
But, even though there are plenty of Instagram-worthy snacks around the park, there are also a few treats that really catch you off guard by how strange they are. We’re talkin’ about the most unusual treats of the bunch with weird flavors and even weirder designs.
Let’s look at the good, the bad, and the ugly with some of the most bizarre snacks we’ve ever had in Disney World (brace yourselves, folks!).
This might be the funniest thing we’ve ever seen in a Disney Park (and tbh we kinda still want it to come back!). All the way back in 2015, Zuri’s Sweets Shop in Animal Kingdom featured “Match the Species” Poop Candies. Yeah, we’re not even kidding. There was just a line of poop in the candy case there.
You could choose from Elephant, Giraffe, Cotton Top Tamarin, and Hippo “Poop” to chomp down on. Each animal had their own unique flavor, so you could try something new each time! The Cotton Top Tamarin Poop was made with peanut butter fudge, sweet rolled oat flakes, and chocolate pretzel pearls, while the Giraffe Poop was chocolate fudge brownie and caramel.
Hippo Poop was a chocolate fudge caramel brownie with peanut butter and rolled oats, and the Elephant Poop was made with chocolate peanut butter fudge, sweet rolled oats, and yellow coconut flakes.
Not too surprisingly, Disney quickly decided that the “Match the Species” series looked a little too unsavory. After all, they literally had “Poop” in their names. 😉 While they haven’t been around since 2015, we’re hoping that one day Disney will bring them back. We can’t help but think how great of a gag gift they would be!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the home to an outpost away from the hustle and bustle of galactic fights and star wars (see what we did there?). Although there are so many strange things to eat on the planet of Batuu, like boozy Blue and Green Milk and tasty Ronto Wraps, Oga’s Cantina is the land’s resident watering hole, with outstanding atmosphere and even more outrageous drinks.
And, the Fuzzy Tauntaun is an absolutely otherworldly concoction you won’t want to miss. While the ingredients sound simple — Cîroc Peach Vodka, Bols Peach Schnapps, and Simply Orange topped with tangerine and pure cane sugar — the “Buzz” Foam is where it gets fun. The Fuzzy Tauntaun has lots of great peach flavor (so it’s already a good drink on its own), but that foam actually makes your mouth go numb.
A natural painkiller derived from a special Szechuan flower known as “Buzz Buttons,” is incorporated into the foam to create the wild effect. The sensation is pretty strange, but also HIGHLY entertaining. And don’t worry, the tingly numb feeling wears off really fast (you won’t feel like you just left the dentist’s office after drinking one!).
If you’re going to Oga’s, we know you’re probably looking for some interesting space-like drinks that will make you feel like you’re in the Star Wars universe. And, friends, this is definitely out of this world!!
Recently, we noticed something strange going on with the Fuzzy TaunTaun — in fact, it disappeared from the menu at Disneyland Resort! A Cast Member told us that supply issues were affecting the drink at both Disney Parks, although you can still get the drink in Disney World. Another Cast Member said that the flower used to make that Buzz Foam was going extinct, so Disney’s chefs were working on a new formula to create the same effect without that ingredient. Whatever the issue, you can still order the drink in Disney World, but it’s not available currently in Disneyand.
Gummy Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese is one of the basic food groups to us, and the Mac and Cheese Food Truck in Disney Springs is a BOMB place to grab a bite. While the Mac and Cheese Truck serves up some common mac flavors, like Texas Chili Mac and Cheese, they also switch things up by offering new twists on the classics depending on the time of the year.
During the 2019 Halloween season, the Mac and Cheese Food Truck served a dish that was, well, a little terrifying!
The Pumpkin Chipotle Mac and Cheese sounded pretty good with its cavatappi pasta topped with a pumpkin cheese sauce, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. Buuut, the mac and cheese was also sprinkled with gummy worms (yeah, we’re not sure why either). Although we’re open to trying new things, we couldn’t get past candy in our mac and cheese!
The flavors were trying too hard to be decidedly “FALL!” — there was tartness from the cranberries, a hint of spiciness from the chipotle, and then all that pumpkiny cheese…mixed with sticky bits of gummy worms in each bite. Really, the only thing that was spooky about it was how strange the flavors were all mixed together.
Confetti Mickey Pretzel
While there were a lot of wonderful treats out for Mickey’s 90th Birthday Celebration, we weren’t really feeling the Confetti Mickey Pretzel.
Although we’re big fans of Mickey Pretzels in general, this version was dipped in a copious amount of marshmallow fluff with sprinkles all over the top. It SOUNDS awesome, but the marshmallow fluff had a VERY sweet flavor that overtook any of the slight saltiness from the pretzel. It was almost like a donut, but not in the sweet fluffy pastry way.
And, honestly, this is a perfect example of instagram vs. reality. Our FIRST pretzel looked like THIS (*insert Psycho music here*). Scary and creepy and gross and goopy. We had to go back to get another one in order to score the shot we took above.
While this guy was cute in theory, in practice he wasn’t as lovable.
The Ugliest Pretzel in the World
Now, we don’t mean to hurt this pretzel’s feelings, but we laugh every time we look at it. You might imagine spotting a pumpkin pretzel around Halloween but, in fact, we first spied this on the opening day of Animal Kingdom’s Christmas celebrations (Christmas in Disney World DOES start in early November, so technically it was still pumpkin season!).
The placard looked great with the adorable pumpkin design and cute little green leaves. But when we received it, the Pumpkin Pretzel looked like…a hot mess.
We thought that maybe the first time around was just a mistake. This looked like a pretzel got into a fight with plastic cheese and lost.
So we went back AGAIN…and the same thing happened. A tiny bit better, but…yikes, Ugly Pretzel x2.
However, when we went back a THIRD time, all traces it had ever existed had vanished mysteriously! Although we may never know where the Pumpkin Pretzel went (maybe it was just too ugly to sell), we can say that it was actually delicious!
We FEEL for those poor Cast Members we watched struggle to dunk these guys for us (twice!). We’ll never forget you, ugly pumpkin pretzel.
Moldy-Looking Guardians of the Galaxy Sandwich
When Awesome Mix Live first made its rockin’ appearance as an 80’s-based concert in Epcot, themed treats (of course) came along with it. And, although we’re big Marvel fans, we’re not too sure that the Space Sandwich was as epic as the Guardians would have liked.
The flavors of the sammie were somewhat basic with barbecue pulled pork and crispy onions. But, that Kaiser bun was something else! The swirled blue colors were meant to look out-of-this-world cool, but they really just made the sandwich look kind of… gross and moldy.
“Toasted blue” isn’t an appetizing way to describe bread, guys. 😉
Mitsukoshi Department Store is home to some very different snacks in the Japan Pavilion of Epcot. In their pre-packaged snack section, you can find eats like seaweed crackers, rice candy, and…crunchy crabs. Yup, you can buy tiny whole crabs, shells and all, that you eat from a bag.
The taste is about what you’d expect for dried whole crustaceans. Even though the “Tamagogani” are coated in sugar, starch, soy sauce, and mirin, there isn’t enough flavor in the world to mask how the crabs tasted. We think our brave reviewer described them best: “Have you ever smelled an old fish tank? It tasted sort of like that smell.”
Now there’s definitely a cultural difference since we’ve got a more westernized palate, so if you’re from Japan and love these, let us know!
So, we were super excited to find that Oga’s Cantina had a secret menu Charcuterie Board! But, while the other menu items at this spot really feel like you’re dining in a galaxy far, far away…the charcuterie board was something you could just make at home tbh (but probably wouldn’t want to!).
Among the other items scattered on the plate, it’s important to mention that the charcuterie board came with roasted SPAM, PRE-PULLED string cheese (because THAT is apparently now a thing?), and pork rinds.
Surprisingly, though, the SPAM and string cheese were the best parts.
The board has since leveled up to the real menu where you’ll find it called the Happabore Sampler. It also got a slight re-plating, but the weird items remain. The big crime here isn’t what’s on the platter — I got no problem with spam or string cheese OR pork rinds — but the price. For the $21 cost, we think much better charcuterie can be found around Disney World!
A SQUID Cocktail
Disney World’s 50th Anniversary brought many great things to the parks, including some amazing snacks like the Tropical Serenade Dole Whip Float and a burger that looks just like Mr. Toad (kind of). One of the new offerings that did NOT make it on our “must-try” list is the Squid’s Revenge.
This cocktail is part of the new menu items added to Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, which all are inspired by the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction that operated in Magic Kingdom from 1971 to 1994. We’re here for a vintage theme, Disney, but did you have to go so…literal?
This cocktail ($13) is a Michelada with a Salted Rim, garnished with Cucumber and CHARRED OCTOPUS. Yes, actual octopus. As you might have guessed, this drink did not win any fans with our reporters. The drink itself was fine (if you like tomato juice), but that octopus garnish completely kills the appetite. It’s cold, chewy, and basically inedible. WHY was it necessary? Why??
Although there are a few items on this list that ranged from bad to great, we always love trying some of the strangest snacks that Disney World has to offer! When you visit the parks, it’s all part of the fun to expand your horizons. So, we recommend giving over to your weird side and tasting new things that you usually wouldn’t (or that look a little…different!). You might even find a new favorite snack! 😉 Like Poop Candy that they then steal away from you.
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