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The fresh scent of churros wafts towards you, the “Grey Stuff” looks just intriguing enough to devour, and the vibrant Dole Whips make you reminisce about your childhood—that’s right, we’re talking about our most beloved (and missed) Disney recipes. While we’re jumping for joy over the news that Disneyland’s gates are reopening on July 17, the park’s 65th anniversary, we can't wait to dine at all the best Disneyland restaurants. So instead, we’re making a few of our favorite treats at home.
Like many of you, we’ve been wondering how Disney’s Dole Whip recipe tastes so magical and what exactly is in a non-alcoholic mint julep, and luckily for us, the quandaries have come to an end. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog and our foodie imaginations, we’re able to recreate some of the best foods at Disneyland (while conveniently skipping out on Disneyland’s food prices). Here’s what to cook up next.
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Where you’d find it: Red Rose Taverne, Fantasyland, Disneyland
If you’ve ever watched Beauty and the Beast, you probably know that the infamous “Grey Stuff” is mentioned in the song “Be Our Guest,” when Lumière warmly welcomes Belle with a feast, saying, "Try the grey stuff; it's delicious!" Now, you don’t have to take his word for it—you can try it yourself.
1 ½ cups cold whole milk
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounces)
15 Oreos or other chocolate sandwich cookies
1 container whipped topping (8 ounces)
3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
12 scalloped sugar cookies
1 container edible sugar pearls
Pro tip: Place a small, raspberry preserves–filled red velvet cake atop the scalloped sugar cookie, then swirl the “Grey Stuff” around the cake for your own version of the Red Rose Taverne’s Grey Stuff Gâteau.
Where you’d find them: Lamplight Lounge, Pixar Pier, Disney California Adventure Park
There’s something about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that brings you back to your childhood, and now, you can enjoy it in a new form: Pair the beloved combo with the finger-friendly fun of sushi rolls, and you’ve got the PB and J rolls from the Lamplight Lounge.
8 slices of wheat bread
¾ cup creamy peanut butter, divided
¾ cup strawberry jelly
Where you’d find it: Outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, Adventureland, Disneyland
This frozen treat is not only one of the best things to eat at Disneyland, but also the perfect way to welcome summer, celebrate a birthday, or make any day special. While Dole Whip is always packed full of flavor, this recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home.
8 ounces of pineapple juice
4 cups of frozen pineapple
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
2 cups pineapple juice concentrate
2 frozen bananas, peeled
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
5 teaspoons powdered sugar
Pro tip: Make it a Dole Whip float by adding pineapple juice to a cup and topping it with your pineapple whip.
Where you’d find it: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
There’s nothing quite as refreshing on a warm day as a mint julep. Evoking memories of horse races and, of course, Mary Poppins, this beverage is as whimsical as it is delicious.
1 ½ cups simple syrup (make your own by combining one cup granulated sugar with one cup water in a saucepan and simmering over medium heat until sugar dissolves)
4 tablespoons crème de menthe syrup (make your own by simmering ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, and ½ tablespoon peppermint extract together)
⅔ cup lime juice concentrate (thawed)
6 ounces lemonade concentrate (thawed)
3 cups club soda
Lemon slices (for garnish)
Maraschino cherries (for garnish)
Mint leaves (for garnish)
*Note: If making your own syrups, allow them plenty of time to cool before combining with other ingredients.
Where you’d find them: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
When it comes to Disney’s recipes, we have to admit the Mickey Mouse beignets rank pretty high on our list of goodies to make—maybe because they’re one of the cutest Mickey-shaped foods in the park (or because we recently watched The Princess and the Frog on Netflix).
¼ cup warm water (approximately 105°F)
½ teaspoon dry yeast
½ cup boiling water
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Powdered sugar (to taste)
Which Disney recipe will you make first? Let us know how your treats turn out in the comments below!
Rachael Medina is the staff writer and content manager for California.com. She was born and raised just outside the Mojave Desert in Southern California and moved to the redwood forests of Humboldt C…
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