Disney Snacks with a Cult Following
November 17, 2014
Disney Snacks with a Cult Following
There are plenty of delicious street-food snacks that can be found in Disney parks around the world, some of them the objects of ardent devotion.
The Candy Apple, or Pomme d’Amour, at Disneyland Paris is one of the park’s most popular snacks. The apples look so perfect, you’d swear they were fake. Crisp, round, and vibrant red apples freshly dipped in sweet, red syrup are so appealing you instantly understand why Snow White didn’t hesitate when offered a bite. Come warmer weather, tourists should be sure to grab themselves a candy apple quickly; by midday, if the bees are hovering about on a hot day, the apples have all been pulled off the carts.
Sold in Aloha Isle in Adventureland in Walt Disney World, Orlando, and at the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland, Anaheim, Dole Whip is a must for many Disney fans. It seems as if everyone in Adventureland is indulging in this decadent soft-serve pineapple, orange, and vanilla ice cream.
The Grey Stuff
Lumiere’s famous solo in Beauty and the Beast’s beloved song, “Be Our Guest,” included insider information. “Soup du jour, hot hors d'oeuvres / Why, we only live to serve / Try the grey stuff, it's delicious / Don't believe me, ask the dishes!” So, what is this “grey stuff” he speaks of? Fans of the Be Our Guest restaurant — located inside Beast’s castle — know it well. It’s actually a cookies-and-cream panna cotta mixed with fresh cream that is whipped up and dressed up with chocolate rice crisps. Once available as a celebration dessert doled out to select guests by servers, it is now available to everyone, and fans couldn’t be happier. Get it as a stand-alone dessert or on top of a chocolate cupcake.
Disneyland Paris has its own Haribo gummy line. The line includes sour gummies, sweet gummies, marshmallow gummies, and fun-flavored candies including sugar strawberry and licorice mix. The candies are packaged in custom Disneyland Paris bags, so fans tend to stock up to keep a few as collectors’ items.
Jumbo Turkey Leg
The mammoth turkey legs at Disney have gotten so popular that the New York Times ran a piece on the snack in 2013. They estimated that Disney would sell about two million turkey legs that year, up 25 percent from three years previous. Snapping a picture of oneself gnawing on the Flintstone-sized hunk of meat is a rite of passage for many Disney guests. If it’s your first time, chances are you’re just shelling out the $11 or so to experience it. If you get hooked, like many of its fans do, then you’re likely to buy the turkey leg t-shirt, too, and maybe even the turkey leg air freshener. Then follow it all up with turkey leg Rice Krispies Treat. Yes, turkey leg fans go hard.
The Kitchen Sink
One fan we spoke to called this dessert “epic.” The enormous dessert at the retro-style soda shop inside Disney’s Beach Club includes eight scoops of ice cream smothered in every topping the soda shop has. That includes brownies, hot fudge, butterscotch syrup, peanut butter topping, marshmallow crème, strawberry sauce, pineapples, toasted almonds, dark and white chocolate shavings, jellied orange slices, bananas, angel food cake, chocolate sandwich cookies, whipped cream, chocolate morsels, peanut butter morsels, sprinkles, one regular sized candy bar that is quartered and dotted among the mound, and, to finish it off, cherries. It’s enough to feed four but we won’t tell if you eat it all yourself.
Found in Disney Parks and resorts all over the world, the Mickey Bar is as simple as it is delicious: vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate. That’s it. What makes this different than any supermarket ice cream bar? It’s shaped like Mickey Mouse, and therefore has magical powers to taste much better than any other ice cream bar you have ever had. Maybe it’s the scenery; maybe it’s all the Pixie Dust in the air. Whatever it is, it works. The Mickey Bar is one of the most in-demand desserts Disney has ever created.
Mickey Mouse-Shaped Steamed Buns
One of the big snack draws at Disneyland Tokyo is Mickey-shaped everything, from waffles to churros. One of the most popular mouse-shaped snacks is the steamed pork bun. Adventureland is where you will find them, and you can get your fill of savory goodness in the form of pork and chicken, then move to sweet with the Minnie-shaped dessert bun filled with strawberry and milk.
Sure, every theme park in the world sells popcorn. But the popcorn at Tokyo Disney is legendary. The park is famous for its flavored popcorn and guests go nuts for it. Popcorn carts dot the landscape of the park, but that doesn’t mean each doesn’t have its own long line. And depending on where you are, a cart may have its own unique flavor. Think honey-flavored popcorn in pot-style tubs near the Winnie the Pooh attraction, apple cinnamon near Snow White. Other flavors have included soy sauce and butter, caramel, sea salt, and strawberry. Disneyland Tokyo and DisneySea (also near Tokyo) both offer guests popcorn maps so they know where to find the carts and what the current flavors are. New bucket designs come out every few months, so fans are eager to collect and discuss.
Found in Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country in Anaheim’s Disneyland Park and designed to look like Tigger’s tail, these caramel- and chocolate-covered marshmallow sticks are beloved by Disney fans of all ages, despite their super sugary sweetness. After all, everyone’s a kid when they’re at Disney. DIY knockoffs are popular, but just like Marvin Gaye sang, “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby.”