Even though Disney World’s 50th Anniversary started on October 1st, the theme parks are celebrating for 18 months!
And in honor of the occasion, Disney World released a TON of new snacks, drinks, and food items. When we say a ton, we mean it — there was more than 100 of them on October 1st alone. And if you’ve been itching to make some 50th Anniversary-themed eats in your own home, then we’ve got some recipes for you. All it takes is a few basic (and necessary) ingredients!
Walt’s EARidescent Chicken Wings
One trend that has been big for the 50th Anniversary is to re-create some of Walt’s favorite foods and recipes. And while it may not have made the official list, we are willing to bet that Walt Disney ate chicken wings at least once in his life. (And who doesn’t like chicken wings?!)
Once you get your wings prepped and ready to go, you’re going to skip the dry rub in favor of rolling them in iridescent blue, purple, and pink sugar to give them that 50th Anniversary sparkle. Make sure it’s REALLY coated on there. After that, you’ll cook them whichever way you prefer — baked, fried, skewered over an open flame — it’s your choice.
Once they’re cooked to a safe internal temperature, it’s time to eat, so bon appetit! We can’t promise that they’ll taste good (in fact, they probably won’t), but they’ll look…also disgusting.
The Homemade Cheers to 50 Years Sundae
Now, let’s remake our own version of the giant ice cream sundae at the Plaza Restaurant! We’ll have to swap out a few ingredients since we’re not at the parks, but we can start with the same base of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Unfortunately, it’s a little hard to get a Mickey pretzel outside of the parks, so we’re going to use little crunchy pretzels (make sure you let them sit in the ice cream long enough so they’re nice and soggy).
No churros at home? That’s fine, just buy some cinnamon roll dough in a can (it’s the same basic flavor profile), cut it into pieces, and bake until crunchy. The taste may come off a tad bit burnt, but we’re going for that crisp texture here, it’s all authentic.
The one at Magic Kingdom also has cupcakes, which we’re definitely not going to leave out – however, we recommend you leave on the wrappers (and pick out some cool wrapper designs) to give it a little extra pizazz and that photo-ready quality. Plus you can then have fun peeling off the ice-cream-soaked wrappers later. It’s like a game!
Now, the brownies and cookies are where we’re going to stray from the recipe. If you don’t have them, we think it would be fun to add a sweet-and-salty quality by putting in your favorite flavor of potato chips instead. Who needs chocolate chips when you can have potato chips?!
And finally, drizzle generously with hot fudge. Or hot sauce. Whatever floats your boat.
Blue Eggs And Ham
Another trend we saw during the 50th was a LOT of blue dye. Over at Universal Orlando, you can get the famous Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham, but this is Disney World, so we’re going to one-up that with BLUE Eggs and Ham! Think it’s as simple as adding some blue food coloring? Think again! We want this meal to be SO blue that you look like you belong in Avatar once you’re done eating it. That’s how you know it’s done right.
To achieve this, we’ll be using blue food coloring, crushed blueberries, blue curacao syrup (no really good Disney treat is complete without it), and blue glitter. The glitter can be either edible or craft, whatever you have on hand – just know that it’s a non-negotiable for a 50th Anniversary treat. If your hands and face aren’t so blue that you look like a Smurf once you’re done eating, then you did it wrong. Try again.
The New (And Improved) 50th Anniversary Hot Dog
You may know that Casey’s Corner came out with a 50th Anniversary hot dog with funnel cake and bacon jam on top. However, we’re going to do one better. Start with a hot dog, but switch out the bun for two pieces of yellow cake. (We’re really going for that sweet and savory thing here.) Don’t forget the frosting on the cake – it’s not a real cake without it.
After that, we’ll be adding Walt’s Chili to the top of it, but since we can’t get that at home, any canned chili will do just fine. Bonus points if it has beans…for added texture. We’re keeping the funnel cake pieces on top (because why mess with perfection?) but we’ll be swapping out the powdered sugar for dusted flour instead. Just to really contribute to the depth of flavor.
Bonus points if you add whatever jam is in your fridge on top. Grape, strawberry, mango, anything will do. Just make sure it’s sweet and gloopy.
We’re taking a classic American meal and giving it an upgrade! If you can’t make it to the parks, you can celebrate at home with EARidescent Meatloaf for dinner. Start with your favorite meatloaf recipe, but swap out those breadcrumbs for EARidescent sprinkles. Make sure to use a LOT of them. You really want that sparkle to come through when you bake.
Once it’s out of the oven, you’ll want to top it with chili. But on this treat, we won’t be settling for just any chili – it has to be Walt’s. If you must, get a friend — or a stranger on the internet — to buy you a cup of Walt’s chili in the parks and mail it to you. (Or, ya know, you could just try the copycat recipe, but that seems too easy.)
And for the real kicker, this thing needs Mickey ears! Find whatever round foods you have in your kitchen – chocolate coins, Oreos, orange slices, doughnuts, or slices of bologna baked to a crisp – and stick them in the top of your loaf to make it look like Mickey Mouse. The resemblance will be uncanny.
Top with more sprinkles. Even more. Why are you holding back? That’s not enough! Okay, now you can stop.
Our 50th Anniversary Secret
But if you aren’t keen on any of these recipes, don’t worry — we have a secret. You can make a Disney World 50th Anniversary treat if you add any of the following ingredients:
- Blue dye
- Sprinkles (bonus points for iridescent)
- Something that vaguely reminds you of a Disney World ride (including, apparently, octopus)
And you know what? If all else fails, just add “EARidescent” to the name. Disney made it up for a reason — put the word to good use!
So there you have it — our own creative 50th Anniversary recipes! (Also, please probably never eat these actual foods unless you have a WILD palate and know what you’re getting yourself into!) Stay tuned to DFB for more snack reviews and all the updates during the World’s Most Magical Celebration.
Which of these recipes would you make? (The answer can be none, we’ll forgive you!) Let us know in the comments.