One of the best things about the Disneyland Resort this time of the year is the seasonal holiday treats. From the traditional hand made candy canes at Candy Palace on Main Street USA to Mickey shaped gingerbread beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square, the parks are full of tasty treats to try. I always dedicate some of my park time to holiday snacking. Besides, Disney calories don’t count, right???
Take a peek at the slideshow below to check out some of the goodies that are available at the parks through January 6th, 2014.
15 Tasty Holiday Treats at the Disneyland Resort 1 of 16
Minnie & Mickey Caramel Apples 2 of 16
I spotted these cuties at Marceline's in Downtown Disney, but they are available at any of the locations that sell caramel apples. The ultra fun Mickey & Minnie holiday apples are a perfect pair & taste good too. Covered in caramel with marshmallow ears, these Granny Smiths are given a perfect coating of milk chocolate before they are decorated. Tip: If the store isn't too busy, they'll slice your apple for you making it easy to eat and perfect to share.
Cake Pops 3 of 16
The Candy Palace on Main Street USA has some holiday cake pops that are almost too cute to eat. Options include a snowman Mickey, traditional Mickey with red pants and yellow buttons as well as a seasonally decorated cake pop with red & green nonpareils. Generously sized with marshmallow ears, the cake pops usually have two flavor options: chocolate or white cake. In addition to Candy Palace, cake pops can be found at various places around the resort including Pooh Corner at Disneyland and Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure.
Mickey Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick 4 of 16
Ooey gooey and sugary sweet, these Mickey Rice Krispie Treats on a stick are similar in design to the cake pops. If you are a Rice Krispie Treat fan, this is the perfect snack to satisfy your craving for a homemade square. Rice Krispie Treats can be found throughout the resort.
Minnie Cookies 5 of 16
These Minnie Mouse sugar cookies are sure to put a smile on your face. The frosting detail is fabulous. I love her eyelashes and the sugar "snow" trim on her hat. I spotted them at Marceline's in Downtown Disney, but they are available throughout the resort as well.
Pumpkin Fritters 6 of 16
Available at the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, these pumpkin fritters are one of my very favorite seasonal treats. About the size of a donut hole, the fritters are crispy on the outside with a soft center. They're dusted with a cinnamon sugar sprinkle and served up piping hot. For a more detailed review of these, check out my post on the Disney Food Blog.
Souvenir Popcorn Buckets 7 of 16
Who can say no to Disneyland popcorn? Especially when it comes in a cute Santa Mickey Souvenir Bucket popped by Santa Claus himself. This popcorn cart is located at the end of Main Street USA in Disneyland.
Mickey Christmas Ornament Caramel Apples 8 of 16
These three beauties made their holiday debut just this year. New to the Disney resorts (they've been spotted in Orlando as well), the trio of Mickey-inspired Christmas ornament caramel apples come in three different styles: green, red, and my favorite, the blue, adorned with a white chocolate snowflake. Each apple is topped with a "gold" marshmallow tree hanger. These Granny Smith apples are dipped in white chocolate and then coated with sanding sugar. They're available anywhere caramel apples are sold including Marceline's in Downtown Disney, Candy Palace on Main Street USA & Pooh Corner in Disneyland, and over at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. WARNING: Prepare for your mouth to change colors according to your choice of apple!
Pretzel Wands 9 of 16
A favorite in my family, the caramel & chocolate covered pretzel wand has been all dolled up for the holiday season. These fun "Christmas trees" start with a pretzel base, get dipped in caramel, followed by a milk or white chocolate bath and then get decorated with mini M&M's. These salty-sweet treats can be found in Marceline's in Downtown Disney, Candy Palace, and Pooh Corner at Disneyland as well as Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure.
Mickey Gingerbread Shingles 10 of 16
New to the parks this year are these giant Mickey Mouse gingerbread shingles. So far, I have only spotted them at the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. The gingerbread is soft and flavorful, and the image is printed on an edible sheet of sugar.
Boudin Bakery Sourdough Loaves 11 of 16
Boudin Bakery at Disney California Adventure has joined in on the holiday food festivities by baking some special sourdough loaves. This year you can purchase candy cane-shaped loaves as well as a pull-apart Christmas tree loaf. The loaves are available for purchase outside of the Pacific Wharf Cafe or you can pick one up at Mortimer's Market on Buena Vista Street.
Holiday Shapes Rice Krispie Treats 12 of 16
Made off property, but still delicious, these packaged Rice Krispie treats are a perfect souvenir to take home and enjoy later. Choose either a Christmas tree or a little wrapped present -- you can't go wrong. Coated with white chocolate, these Rice Krispie treats are always soft and fresh. I found them at Marceline's in Downtown Disney but they are sold all over the parks, including some of the souvenir shops.
Mini Pumpkin Pie 13 of 16
If you're a pumpkin pie fan like I am, head over to the Plaza Inn on Main Street USA at Disneyland. This counter service restaurant not only has the best fried chicken dinner any amusement park has to offer, but they also have a great array of desserts. Big enough to share, the pies are made fresh daily. The best part? No waiting. Grab your tray, grab your pie, grab a fork. Oh ... and somewhere in there you should probably pay for it!
Marshmallow Cones 14 of 16
A specialty from Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure, the marshmallow cone has gotten a holiday makeover. Marshmallow cones are ice cream cones filled with soft marshmallow, dipped in chocolate then sprinkled with sanding sugar. These seasonal ones are designed to look like Mickey Santa hats.
Gingerbread Mickey Beignets 15 of 16
Head on over to the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square to pick up some Gingerbread beignets. They are made to order, so they are always hot and fresh when your name is called at the pick up window. Sprinkled in cinnamon and powdered sugar with the dough having just a hint of gingerbread to it, these yummies are a perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit.
Handmade Candy Canes 16 of 16
I saved the very best for last. I am a huge fan of the handmade Disneyland candy cane. It's a beautiful piece of candy art that has been a Disneyland tradition at the Candy Palace on Main Street USA for nearly 40 years. The canes are made in small batches during the holiday season and you have to arrive at the parks EARLY to get your hands on one. Just last year, Candy Canes were added to the candy kitchen over at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. This means more candy cane dates at the resort! For a detailed description about this amazing craft, please see the article I wrote over on the Disney Food Blog. Want one of your own? There are still some remaining dates left this year!
Do you have a favorite holiday treat at the Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments below!