The Great Disneyland Snack Guide

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Last week my family went to the happiest place on earth; Disneyland. And yes, it was magical! Even though it was 47,000 degrees and half of the planet was there, it was still a fantastic trip.

When I go on vacation, I spend more time planning the different places we will eat, than I do planning the places we will visit. Food is possibly the most important part of the trip, followed by the photos I can take. So, I decided that I would share my food adventure with all of you.

Disneyland has a lot of great food. Of course, you might need to sell a kidney to afford all the great food. So, I decided to make the sacrifice and try many different foods and give you the low down on what is worth the money and what you can just skip.  I quickly decided that I wasn’t going to be able to post about any food that you get at a sit down, full service type restaurant. It just didn’t fit in with our frenetic pace. (Which is too bad, because one of the things I most wanted to try was the pomme frites at Cafe Orleans. Maybe next time.) So I decided to focus more on the snack type foods and drinks. I hope you appreciate my effort because I ate myself sick everyday and loved it! So here it is. A Guide to Disneyland Snacks.

Here we go…
Ghirardelli Strawberry Fudge Sundae

Ghirardelli Strawberry Fudge Sundae

Location: Ghirardelli Soda Shop in California Adventure

Cost: $10

When you walk in the door of this shop, they give you a free sample of a Ghirardelli chocolate. Who said you don’t get anything at Disney for free. That is worth the stop in their shop alone. The sundaes are crazy. I almost wish I could just order a cup of the fudge sauce. The ice cream and the strawberry were a nice distraction from the taste of the fudge. But let’s just be honest, the star of the show is the fudge.   This snack could easily be shared with two or even three people. It was sweet and rich.

Verdict: Two Thumbs up

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Dill Pickle Popcorn

Location: Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure

Cost: $5

This sure sounded like a strange idea. Dill pickle flavored popcorn. But I do love pickles and I do enjoy popcorn, so I thought, “What the heck!”  Reviews were mixed in my group. I personally loved it. It was very strongly flavored. It begged you to eat or drink something sweet between handfuls.  The Strong Man ate a few kernels and asked what was wrong with the popcorn, (I hadn’t told him it was dill pickle flavored and I think it took him off guard.)

Verdict: One Thumbs Up

Churro Bites

Churro Bites with Chocolate Cinnamon Dipping Sauce 

Location: Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure

Cost: $5.50

I had high hopes for this treat. I love churros at Disneyland. They are magical. Everybody needs to have a churro at Disneyland. When I heard of churro bites with a chocolate sauce, I thought it must be an inspired idea. Well, I’m sorry to say I thought the chocolate sauce did nothing for the churros. It was thin and not too flavorful. Maybe because I’d already tried the Ghirardelli Chocolate sauce and this sauce couldn’t even begin to compare. The only benefit was that it made sharing the churros easier. These churros were served in a cardboard cone.

Verdict: Stick With a Traditional Churro

Flo's Apple Pie

Flo’s V8 Apple Cheddar Pie

Location: Flo’s V8 Cafe in California Adventure

Cost: $5.50

A lot of people have never heard of cheddar cheese in apple pie. Cheddar and apples are a match made in heaven. I couldn’t really taste the cheddar, although I could see the shreds. This little pie was pretty good. They brag that the pies are made at the cafe.  It wasn’t too heavy and made a good little snack.

Verdict: One Thumbs Up

Pear of Dice Soda

Ramone’s “Pear of Dice” Soda

Location: Cozy Cone Motel

Cost: $3.50

This was an odd idea. A pear flavored soda. I had no preconceived notions about this one. I’d never even heard of it. I really liked it. It was a very unusual flavor. I’m not sure everyone would enjoy it, but I did!

Verdict: Two Thumbs Up

Red's Apple Freeze

Red’s Apple Freeze

Location: Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure

Cost: $4.75

I had great expectations for this drink. It is apple juice frozen into a slush with added toasted marshmallow flavor topped with a passion fruit whipped cream. I wanted to like it, but I thought the marshmallow flavor was odd.

Verdict: Skip It and Get the Apple Freeze at Disneyland

Sourdough Loaf

Boudin Sourdough Loaf

Location: Pacific Wharf Cafe in California Adventure

Cost: $4.99

Two words: Loved it! I have a thing for sourdough bread. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Just look at the crust. It’s golden and bubbly. The taste was divine! Tangy, and velvety. I ate half of a loaf for lunch with the butter they provided. I bought an extra and munched on it on the drive home.  You could feed your entire family a meal out of this thing. It is pretty huge.

Verdict: Two Big Thumbs Up!

Pomegranate Lemonade

Fillmore’s Fuelin’ Groovy Pomegranate Lemonade

Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure

Cost: $3.79

This was my favorite beverage in California Adventure! I had no idea what it was when I first sipped it, since I wasn’t the one who purchased it. It was a delicious fresh lemonade with a hint of something yummy. That something turned out to be pomegranate, which I never would have guessed. I loved it.

Verdict: Two Thumbs Up

Chili Cone Queso

Chili Cone Queso

Location: Cozy Cone Motel in California Adventure

Cost: $6.99

This was a great “in between” snack. It was more like a small meal. But after eating snacks all day, it was a nice meal. And at $6.99 it was cheaper than most full meals in the park. The chili was surprisingly good. It was spicy, so my kids didn’t like it, but I thought it was great. The chili was topped with cheese and fritos. It was served in a cone made of some type of flat bread. I didn’t love the cone, but the chili was good. They also have a chili verde version that we tried. It was similarly delicious.

Verdict: One Thumbs Up

Giant Dill Pickle

Giant Dill Pickle

LocationMany places within Disneyland and California Adventure (I got mine at Tropical Imports near Indiana Jones)

Cost: $2.99

This is a staple snack at Disneyland. It is a nice change from the sweet snack founds all around. Nothing exceptional about this pickle, except that it is huge. If you like pickles, you’ll like this giant dill.

Verdict: Two Thumbs Up

Disney Fudge

Disney Fudge

Location: Many shops around Disneyland (I got mine at the shop by Pooh’s Corner)

Cost: $3.99

There were many varieties of fudge. I picked the rocky road version. To its credit, it had big chunks of nuts and huge marshmallows. However, I  couldn’t help but think I could get this fudge at many places back home for less moolah.

Verdict: Skip It and Buy Some at Home.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

Peanut Butter Sandwich

Location: Many Shops in Disneyland (I got mine at Pooh’s Corner)

Cost: $3.99

One of my favorite treats I ate at Disneyland! I’m not a huge peanut butter lover. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t drool over it either. This little sucker was like a Reese’s on steroids. The peanut butter was creamy and delightful. The chocolate was good. But what really pulled this thing off was the crunchy wafer at the bottom. It was the perfect amount of crisp. If you love peanut butter, go find one of these as soon as you enter the park.

Verdict: Two Big Thumbs Up.

Apple Freeze

Apple Freeze

Location: All over Disneyland (I got mine from Edelweiss Snacks near the Matterhorn) in Disneyland

Cost:$4.59

This is the cousin of Red’s Apple Freeze in California Adventure. I preferred this simpler version. Think Martinelli Apple Juice Slurpee. It had a little fizz to it. It was refreshing and had no odd flavors added.

Verdict: Two Thumbs Up

Dole Whip

Dole Whip

Location: Tiki Room Bar in near the Tiki Room in Disneyland

Cost: $3.49

Everybody knows about the Dole Whip. It even has its own wait time on the Disneyland App along with the most popular rides. It is basically a pineapple sorbet. But it is a really really really good pineapple sorbet. I would recommend just the dole whip, not the float, because the juice is so sweet, it makes it hard to taste the more subtle sweetness of the Dole Whip. I had the float last time and wasn’t that impressed, but when I just had the Dole Whip, I was in love. Disneyland experts know that you should enter the Tiki Room waiting area to buy your Dole Whips because they have their own dedicated queue and it is always shorter than the line outside.

Verdict: Two Big Thumbs Up

Matterhorn Macaroon

Matterhorn Macaroon

Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street in Disneyland

Cost: $1.99

This was one of my favorite treats from our trip. This macaroon was huge. We shared it among about 4 people. It is a coconut macaroon topped with white chocolate. It looks just like…

Matterhorn Macaroon

Matterhorn Macaroon

The Matterhorn.

The outside had a nice chewy texture and middle was soft and gooey. There was just the right amount of white chocolate. At $1.99 this is a great treat. The cheapest I found. I went back and got two more during our trip. Now, if you don’t like coconut, then you aren’t going to like this one, most likely. But if you like macaroons, then you will love this behemoth.

Verdict: Two Big Thumbs Up

 

In summary, here were my favorite treats and snacks from our vacation food adventure.

I didn’t take a picture of a regular churro, but you must get one of those! And a corn dog is also a must!

 

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Comments

  1. Melanie Randall says

    How did you eat all of that and ride all of the rides too!? The Ghiradelli sundae I had was so rich I couldn’t ride California Screamin’ because it made my stomach unhappy going upside down! I applaud your efforts! Way to take one for the team!

  2. Jaci says

    Clarifier, the Red’s Apple Freeze…you should mix in the dollop on top, makes the freeze taste better and almost comparable with the apple freeze over in DL. The Pom Lemonade…same thing, you have to mix in the dollop on top to get to the goodness. Sorry you missed the beignets in New Orleans Square or even better the beignets at the Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. And the funnel cake in Frontier Land. Yum

    • AnitaAnita says

      Oh, dang it! I wish I would have mixed that up. Maybe I would have felt differently!
      Thanks for the fun food adventure!

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