As I’m writing this, today is the first day that Disneyland has closed due to COVID-19. This had me thinking about ways I could enjoy my favorite Disney snacks without being able to head into a park to enjoy them.
The Disneyland Churro! If you follow me, you know that I really, really like Disneyland churros. I recently learned that Disneyland churros are made by Tio Pepe’s Churros after a box was seen at a churro cart. They are on Amazon, and I hope you like churros because they come in a box of 100! They are shipped fully cooked and frozen. You just need to heat them up and roll them in your favorite topping, which for me is cinnamon and sugar. But I don’t need 100 churros, so I found them on Instacart at Smart & Final, where a 25-count box is $10.99. That’s only $0.44 per churro compared to $4.75 at Disneyland! They only take a few minutes to bake in the oven and come with the cinnamon/sugar. They smell wonderful baking in my kitchen and taste just like they do on Main Street, U.S.A. But if your Smart & Final doesn’t have them, you can order them from Amazon and have plenty to last you until you are back in the Park to enjoy one.
The Mickey Bar – We love snacking on a Mickey Bar on a hot day in the Parks. Well, to be honest, we like snacking on Mickey Bars even when it is not a hot day. We were thrilled when we learned that Disney was providing us with this treat in our local grocery stores! Check the stores near you, but I have found them in Kroger-owned stores (called Fry’s in my neck of the woods) as well as Target! Yes, my favorite place to get ready for a Disney trip is at Target and they carry this ice cream! They sell a box of 6 bars for $7.29. I believe I paid about $5.50 or so last time I bought a Mickey Bar in the Park, so this is a great price too! They are smaller than the ones in the park and seem a little less creamy, but pretty close to the ‘real’ thing.
Beignets – You may also know that I like beignets just about as much as I like churros. Well, more good news! You can purchase a box of the Disney beignet mix to make at home. The last box I have was purchased at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in Downtown Disney District, but a quick internet search showed me that you can buy a box online or in-store at Cost Plus World Market for $7.98. We typically use about half of a box for well over nearly two dozen miscellaneous shaped beignets. We fry them in Olive Oil in our wok for just a few minutes and then pull them out with tongs and have them rest on a cooling rack. While they are cooling, we cover them with powdered sugar, but you can use just about anything! Make them seasonal by using crushed peppermint, or cinnamon, or shaved chocolate. Mmmmm.
Dole Whip – If you are lucky, you may run into Dole Whip at your local frozen yogurt shop. One near me, called Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, does have it on occasion, so I call ahead first since it seems to be seasonal. There isn’t a Sweet Frog near me, but if there is one near you, they have Dole Whip too. There are tons of recipes out there on the internet for you to make homemade Dole Whip, and here is one I found on the actual Dole web site.
Minnie’s Bake Shop – Would you like a cookie for a snack while you watch Frozen 2 on Disney+? If so, head back to Amazon for several choices from Minnie’s Bake Shop like these assorted chocolate and vanilla cookies.
Joffrey’s Coffee – I know many of you enjoy your morning cup of Joe, so why not make it a Disney cup? Head over here to Joffrey’s coffee for dozens of Disney coffee choices! I have tried the Steakhouse 55, Napa Rose, and Carthay Circle and loved them all. I have in my pantry to try the Aulani coffee next, as well as the French Roast. The French Roast is served at two of my favorite places inside Disneyland, the Carnation Cafe and the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
Do you have more Disney snack favorites to enjoy at home? Let me know in the comments!
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