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What would a trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth” be without some tasty treats to enjoy during your visit? Fortunately, Walt Disney World pulls out all the stops when it comes to unique (and delicious) foods — so much so that you may be talking about snacks you tried about well after your visit. Here are 10 culinary creations you need to try on your next Disney trip.
You can’t visit Disney without tasting Dole Whip. The pineapple-flavored soft serve was introduced at Disney’s Tiki Bar in 1986, but now it’s so popular that you can find it in just about every corner of the park. Dole Whip has since spun off into a variety of other flavors, including strawberry and mango, and features in other creations like the Dole Whip float or the Dole Whip pineapple upside-down cake, both available in the Magic Kingdom.
Gaston’s Giant Cinnamon Roll
There are several cinnamon roll options throughout the parks, but true Disney aficionados know that the best can be found at Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. This giant baked delight is served warm and dripping with gooey icing and a hint of maple. (Pro trip: Be sure to ask for extra icing.) The cinnamon roll pairs perfectly with a stein of LeFou’s Brew, frozen apple juice topped with toasted marshmallow and passion fruit mango foam.
As expected, you can get a waffle in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head at locations around the park. Even better, however, are the waffle sandwiches. Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom has a mouthwatering creation on their breakfast menu: a waffle sandwich is bursting with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. To top it all off: lashings of thick chocolate hazelnut spread.
Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich
Epcot is filled with snacks and treats from around the world, so if you’re feeling a little jaded with regular ice cream, head to L’Artisan Des Glaces for a macaron ice cream sandwich. A thick layer of rich ice cream is stuffed between two delicate macarons for a treat that is parfait. Flavors vary by season, but chocolate and strawberry are two popular choices, and during special events, you may also find one stuffed with marshmallow.
If you’ve never enjoyed a warm, cinnamon- and sugar-coated churro, a Disney vacation is the perfect time to get acquainted. Disney Springs has two Sunshine Churro outlets where you can sample gourmet versions of the doughy, deep-fried Spanish treat. In addition to the traditional cinnamon flavor, other options include strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel, rose gold, and watermelon. You can also try a churro ice cream sandwich at other locations in the park.
Chocolate Cake at Satu’li Canteen
There’s chocolate cake, and then there’s the chocolate cake at Satu’li Canteen in Animal Kingdom. Technically, this dining spot is more suited to fine dining than a quick snack, but that shouldn’t preclude you from stopping to indulge in this chocolate work of art. What makes this different? It comes with a rich banana cream, goji berries, and a crunchy cookie layer. This is one snack worth sitting down for.
Cheshire Cat Tail
At first glance, the combination of pink and blue icing that adorns the Cheshire Cat Tail may not seem the most appetizing. But don’t be fooled: It just adds an extra layer of sweetness to this already delectable pastry treat. Inside the flaky croissant dough is a creamy filling, loaded with chocolate chips — it's pain au chocolat, Disney style. Wash it down with an equally colorful Wonderland Slushy, both available at the Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Café.
The Grey Stuff
In addition to the giant cinnamon roll, Gaston’s Tavern serves a dessert known as The Grey Stuff. Although it may also appear unappealing at first glance, repeat fans will know that the Grey Stuff is an irresistibly rich whipped vanilla and chocolate cookie pudding, piled high atop a cupcake.
Not all of Disney’s snacks require a sweet tooth: One savory item that can also be found throughout the park is the iconic Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzel, served with cheese sauce for dipping. Some spots in the park also have pretzels stuffed with jalapenos or cream cheese. It’s the perfect salty alternative to the mountains of ice cream, waffles, and cake you will undoubtedly eat while you’re enjoying all the park has to offer.