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Leave it to the creative pastry chefs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to come up with adorable, delicious confections for the holidays.
March 8 – March 17: Check out the clever St. Patrick’s Day chocolate cupcake, iced with green-tinted peppermint buttercream and topped with a white chocolate hat (also St. Paddy’s green). Mickey ears are the perfect finish, two round Vanilla wafers dipped in dark chocolate.
March 18 – March 31: Almost too pretty to eat (but not quite) is the pineapple-coconut cupcake for Easter, yellow cake with white buttercream, coconut shavings and colorful confetti, with a pair of adorable, white chocolate bunny ears and pink polka-dot bowtie perched on top.
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If you are celebrating Independence Day in the United States at a Disney park, I recommend the chocolate cupcake pictured above. These patriotic creations will be offered at several of the show kitchen locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
One of the more colorful items being offered are new character-inspired apples.
Everybody loves snacks at Walt Disney World, but I don’t think anyone can top the love of snacks like little kids can! There is something special about a salty, sticky, sweet, gooey treat just for them! My daughters eyes light up every time we pass by a popcorn stand at Walt Disney World, like we don’t have popcorn at home! There are so many snacks at Walt Disney World, you really could eat a full meal and never sit down at a restaurant! Here are my (and my daughters) Top 5 Snacks for Small Children at Walt Disney World:
- Popcorn – As soon as you enter Magic Kingdom the aroma of popcorn hits you like a ton of bricks! My daughters absolute favorite snack anywhere is popcorn so Walt Disney World is no different! But popcorn from Magic Kingdom is special, it tastes better and can come in some really cute souvenir containers! I like getting her popcorn as a treat early in the day because she can munch on it for quite some time and it does not make a mess! There is nothing worse than having a cute outfit for pictures and having the first snack of the day stain it!
- Goofy’s Glaciers (frozen cokes) – At Goofy’s Candy Co. in the Marketplace they sell a fun drink called Goofy’s Glaciers. It is essentially frozen coke, but comes in a variety of flavors. You can get them in a souvenir cup and get refills throughout your trip for a cheaper price! We visit Downtown Disney quite a bit on our vacations so it is nice to get a discounted treat each time! They are great on a hot summer day for little ones sitting in the stroller! The souvenir cup has a very secure lid and bendy straw and we have never had a problem with spilling!
- Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar – This treat is a staple on any Walt Disney World vacation! This is probably the most iconic Walt Disney World treat! I suggest enjoying one with your family for breakfast, what a fun memory! For my daughters birthday a few years ago we started the day with Mickey ice creams all around and had the best time! Since then it has become a breakfast staple one day each trip!
- Chocolate Covered Marshmallows – These can also be found at Goofy’s Candy Co. The great thing about these little treats are that they come on a Mickey Silly Straw. So once you eat the tasty treat you also have a fun take home too!
- Cupcakes – I don’t think I have ever seen my child’s face light up as much as when she is presented with a Walt Disney World cupcake. And good reason! They are beautiful creations hiding a wonderful cake inside! Not to mention they are overwhelmingly huge, especially for a little girl. And who doesn’t love Mickey sprinkles?! Starring Rolls has the best cupcakes according to Chip so make sure to stop by and check them out!
These are just some of the wonderful snacks to be found at Walt Disney World, but happen to be my little girls favorites! Do your kids have favorite treats at Walt Disney World?
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On my latest trip to Walt Disney World, I decided to put two very different types of cupcakes to the taste test while at Downtown Disney (DTD).
Call it a cupcake challenge. Or even the Downtown Disney Cupcake Showdown, if you will. I ate, side by side, one Candy Cauldron seasonal cupcake and one DTD BabyCakes NYC cupcake, the vegan and gluten-, dairy-, egg-free baked goods store.
To give each cupcake a fair taste test, I chose two different flavors. That way, I could evaluate each cupcake in its own right. I thought if I got two similarly flavored treats – eating them side by side – one would inevitably have to be “better.”
Downtown Disney’s Candy Cauldron cupcake
Downtown Disney is one of my top five WDW candy stops. So how does it rate for cupcakes? For the cupcake showdown, I tried a fall flavor: a yellow cake with cinnamon frosting that measured over one inch in places. The cake was light-headed-toward dense side of the cupcake continuum, but was consistent in texture. It also offered the mild flavor I associate with a yellow cake.
The frosting had a very slight grainy texture, in part because I took it outside in the heat to snack on. What I mostly tasted in the frosting was the sugar; the cinnamon taste became less noticeable after the first couple of bites. And that’s what I normally think of in a cupcake – a portable vehicle for my sugar rush.
DTD BabyCakes NYC’s cupcake
DTD BabyCakes NYC’s brownie cupcake, with vanilla frosting, contains no dairy, egg, wheat, gluten free. I chose the brownie cupcake because it’s one of their best sellers, along with the red velvet cupcake.
First, I don’t claim the BabyCakes NYC’s cupcake tasted exactly like a “regular” cupcake. It was far less sweet and – like the Candy Cauldron cupcake – fell more on the dense side of the cupcake continuum, but moister. That said, this cupcake was a tasty bit of sweetness in its own right.
The BabyCakes NYC cupcake was smaller, about 75-80% the size of the Candy Cauldron. Most of the difference in size could be attributed to the frosting, as BabyCakes used about 1/2″ or less. The frosting, however, was nicely creamy and had a marked vanilla taste. It was sweet but not overpowering. Again, not like a typical frosting – even though it melted just as quickly in the heat.
I could also taste the difference in the cake portion of the DTD BabyCakes NYC brownie cupcake. It was a subtle difference in texture rather than taste. As for the chocolate flavor? The BabyCakes’ chocolate flavor was subtle, with small pieces of chocolate for extra kick. Better yet, there wasn’t a sugary aftertaste I associate with cheap chocolate.
See the DTD BabyCakes NYC menu.
The Real Challenge – Choosing just one Downtown Disney cupcake
As ambitious as is my sweet tooth, I found impossible to finish both cupcakes. They were both worthy of the term dessert.
What are the conclusions of my taste test? First, both are dense cupcakes, so you’ll be happy if that’s the cupcake camp to which you belong. And they’re better cupcakes than I’ve eaten in other places at Walt Disney World, including – gasp – Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or even the Cupcake Duo at the DTD AMC Theatres Fork & Screen. I’d order from either Downtown Disney place again.
But if pressed to choose just one place for my WDW cupcake fix, it’s got to be DTD BabyCakes NYC. Because I don’t have dietary restrictions, the fact that it’s vegan and free of so many allergens is secondary to its taste.
The taste was more to my liking, more subtly sweet, and relied on its high-quality ingredients for taste. And with DTD BabyCakes NYC, I found the elements I like in a cupcake: a smaller treat that offered a better balance between cake and frosting, a creamy frosting texture with a cake that is both moist and dense.
Want to see another cupcake showdown? How about DTD BabyCakes NYC vs. Starring Rolls?
Agree? Disagree? Feel free to share your Downtown Disney snack finds with Chip and Company readers in the comments!
When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you hear a lot about the restaurants you can’t miss and the how important Advanced Dining Reservations are, but you don’t hear a lot about what to snack on in between those meals. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, snack credits are available in all of the packages. So, what are some of the best snacks around Walt Disney World? What can you use your snack credits on?
Here are some of my favorites:
Disney has some of the most decadent cupcakes. Stop by Starring Rolls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park for some of the best. Piled high with frosting and toppings, the cake is moist and there is no shortage of flavor in these baked goods!
Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
This has got to be my favorite way to use of snack credit! You can find these in the Magic Kingdom (Main Street Bakery or Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square), and they are massive. They take two large cookies and place three large scoops of fresh vanilla ice cream in between them. Wow! This is a great snack to share with others. You’ll need to eat it quickly though — the ice cream melts fast!
Ah, the infamous dole whip. I’ve been traveling to Disney for years, but managed to skip over Aloha Isle in Adventure Land until just last year. I wish I had known about it much sooner! This is a great snack on a hot Florida day. Aloha Isle serves pineapple ice cream (known as dole whip), citrus flavored ice cream, and your standard vanilla. I suggest the dole whip float – pineapple ice cream over pineapple juice. Yum!
Mickey Premium Bar
Sometimes there isn’t anything better than a good ‘ole Mickey ice cream bar. The chocolate on the outside is rich and flavorful and the vanilla ice cream inside just oozes out. It’s sweet and simple!
Pastries from Main Street Bakery
While strolling down Main Street USA, the smell of fresh cinnamon buns and chocolate chip cookies will hit you right in the face – hard! Meander on in and you’ll find an array of tasty treats. They’re often so large that they almost require sharing, so this is a really great use of a snack credit, especially for breakfast!
World Showcase Treats
During the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, you can use snack credits around the World Showcase, sampling food from the festival booths. But you don’t have to wait for the Food & Wine Festival — many of the countries have treats available year-round. My favorite spot is in France. They have really, really delicious crepes!
Goofy’s Candy Co.
It can be hard to plan out how you’re going to use all your snack credits, so if you have a few left at the end of your vacation, stop by Goofy’s Candy Co. at Downtown Disney. Here, you can customize your own snack and take it home with you! Do you want a pretzel dipped in white chocolate with some sprinkles and M&Ms on top? Or maybe an oreo dipped in chocolate and then covered in marshmallows? Done! The possibilities are endless!
These are just a few of my favorite snacks around the World. How do you use snack credits? What do you think is the best use of a snack credit? Let me know on Twitter at @A_Leo!
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