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Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Theme Park For Outdoor Tasting Event

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Since the early days of the pandemic, theme parks have shuttered their turnstiles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them was popular Southern California-based Knott’s Berry Farm.

Now, months later Knott’s is reopening their doors. At least partially.

In specific, the theme park will be hosting a Taste of Calico food and beer event. Held only on weekends through the end of July, the Ghost Town section of the theme park will reopen for guests to walk around and eat their way through some of Knott’s new culinary offerings, as well as shop.

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In early May, Knott’s reopened their fried chicken storefront for take-out only after being shut down since March. Now, guests will essentially have access to all the park’s food offerings.

This new menu includes dishes like Boysenberry Elote, Boysenberry Sausage on a bun, Boysenberry Steak Chili, Boysenberry stuffed churros, Mac n Cheese Bites, Pastrami Sandwiches, and Samosas.

With Knott’s announcement of Taste of Calico, we’ve wondered if it really is the right time to reopen their doors, especially with Governor Newsom’s order of closing down businesses to slow the spread of the pandemic only days ago.

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To address health and safety concerns, Knott’s announced a plethora of safety measures that adhere to CDC guidelines ahead of the event. Here are essential safety measures the theme park stated will be taking during this re-opening period:

  • Admission will be limited each day to ensure physical distancing
  • Upon arrival, guests will be asked to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
  • All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Calico or the Knott’s California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while eating.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets.
  • Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing.
  • Seating will be spaced out throughout the Taste of Calico event footprint
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area.
  •  All associates are screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work.
  • Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene.Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations.
  • Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity. Queue lines outside of store locations with six-foot markers are present where applicable.
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Those interested in attending this event will need to order tickets ahead of time online through the Knott’s website.

The event will take place on July 17-19 and the following weekend July 24-26. Event hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 8pm.

Knott’s Taste of Calico opens the same day as Disneyland’s projected reopening date of July 17, which given the current state of things isn’t going to happen any time soon.

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Recipes Sweets Theme Parks

Disney Just Released Their Famous GREY STUFF Dessert Recipe

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been back at Disneyland and we’ve been craving their treats and sweets for what feels like ages. Not too long ago, Disney released their famous churro recipe for everyone to enjoy at home. Now, another famous dessert has been released from the vault.

Disney Parks Blog has now shared their recipe for the famous Grey Stuff, made famous in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. The dessert is a sort of pudding known for its soft and crunchy texture and unique grey visual.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 12 scalloped sugar cookies
  • Edible sugar pearls

Here’s what to do:

Add milk into large mixing bowl and toss in instant vanilla pudding mix, whisking for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm. Blend the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor until it’s pureed, then fold that puree into the pudding mix. Stir thoroughly. Add the whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding, stir thoroughly and refrigerate for an hour. Finally, spoon the grey stuff into a piping bag (your choice of tip) and pipe the grey stuff onto your cookies. Finish them off with sugar pearl toppings.

Sounds pretty magical and straightforward, folks. You can also find a printable copy of the recipe here, which has been modified a bit from what’s served in the parks for a smaller portion.

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Theme Parks

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Their Famous Fried Chicken Restaurant For Take Out

Knott’s Berry Farm’s fried chicken is finally returning, and lovers of arguably the best theme park fried chicken around are seriously rejoicing. The Buena Park, CA, theme park is probably best known for three things: The Peanuts Gang, Boysenberries, and baller fried chicken.

MiceChat reports that Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will be re-opening their “Chicken-To-Go” starting May 6 for takeout orders.

Sadly, the theme park is still closed due to the pandemic, but Knott’s is bringing back their ever-popular fried chicken to anyone willing to drive to Buena Park, CA. All you’ll have to do is call ahead to place your order, enter through the market place parking lot (off Crescent Ave) and a parking attendant will point you towards where you can get your fried chicken.

 

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Options include full fried chicken meal buckets (sides included), snack boxes, individual sides, and desserts.

While MiceChat says you’re only able to take phone order through this number (714-220-5083), online ordering will be coming very soon.

You can find the small storefront shop directly next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Just note that protective face masks are required to enter the Knott’s Berry Farm facility. Be safe and get that fried chicken, everyone!.

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Recipes Theme Parks

Disneyland Released Their Magical Churro Recipe And We Made It At Home

I haven’t been to a Disney park in a hot minute, and let’s be honest, I’m missing that Disney magic pretty badly. With many people cooking from home these days, Disney noticed that a fair amount of them were trying to recreate the magic of some of the park’s foods in their home kitchens.

While the parks themselves are currently closed, Disney Parks Blog has released their famous churro recipe so fans can properly capture that magic from home.

Foodbeast Marc, and self-proclaimed Mousketeer, decided to recreate Disney’s churro recipe at his home and shot an amazing video chronicling his experience. If you want to follow along with him, here’s exactly what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar

The recipe serves about four people and should tide you over until the Disney parks around the world finally reopen. Be sure to check out the video above to see how we made this sweet snack. Until then, everyone stay safe and cook some amazing foods!

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Disneyland’s New Avengers Campus Food Lineup Was Just Released

Disneyland just announced the opening date of their new Avengers Campus, a section of the California Adventure theme park dedicated to all things Marvel.

With the announcement of the superhero area, which opens on July 18th, came a sneak preview of the different food options that will come in the park. Each of them is packed with all of the eye-catching, Instagram worthy treats you would expect from Disney, but with some unique and interesting twists as well.

The big restaurant in the area is the Pym Test Kitchen, which will focus on making foods in both giant and little sizes. We knew about this dining area beforehand, but we’re getting a look at some of the foods it will be selling for the first time.

An item that veers on the more shocking end is this Not So Little Chicken Sandwich. Think a German schnitzel-sized cut of chicken breast, but with flavors like teriyaki and red chili sauces slathered on top. The bun-to-cutlet ratio on this sandwich is pretty comical upon first glance.

Other items in the Pym Test Kitchen include a pasta dish made with Impossible Foods meatballs, both in giant and tiny form, served inside of a giant spoon with a tiny fork.

There’s also giant pretzels and elongated “Pym-Nini” sandwiches that you can order by the portion, or take an extra-long one for the whole squad to share.

 

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An early look at Avengers Campus eats!!! An yes, even though it’s not pictured, THEY WILL HAVE SCHWARMA! • Picture 1 – Terran Treats on the Avengers Campus features a menu of intergalactic eats, including colorful Sweet Spiral Ration Churros with unique flavors. • Picture 2- Pasta under giant vegetarian meatballs served in an oversized spoon with a tiny fork. • Picture 3 – Dubbed Experiment No. EE90, the “Not So Little Chicken Sandwich” is a fried chicken breast with teriyaki and red chili sauces, pickled cabbage slaw and crispy potato tots. We have all the info as a swipe up in our story! • Looks like the eating is going to be good! We’ve got even more pictures of new food in our post on the food (link in bio)! All picture credits and info to Disney.

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Another eating option in the Avengers Campus is called “Terran Treats,” and it focuses on vibrant and eye-catching eats of all kinds. The only items we know about so far from here are a “Cosmic Cream Orb,” which is a creampuff stuffed with purple raspberry cheesecake mousse, and “Space Ration Churros.” These spiral-shaped churros come in the colors of the six Infinity Stones from Marvel and Avengers lore.

In a nod to the 2012 Avengers film, Disneyland has also confirmed that there will be a shawarma cart inside of Avengers Campus, serving up standard shawarmas with protein options like chicken and falafel.

We’ll obviously know a lot more details about the full food lineup when the park opens in July, but for now, the options that we’re seeing are definitely tantalizing.

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Disney Partners With Impossible Foods for Plant-Based Expansion

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Disneyland Resorts and Parks, as well as Florida-based big brother The Walt Disney World Resort, are known to offer an experience that keeps your inner child alive and kicking. Everything from immersive theme rides to life-sized Disney characters spread over 30,000 acres, it’s hard not to enjoy, if not a tad overly stimulating. Ever-watchful of ways to expand upon the entertainment incentive, Disney has now joined the Impossible Foods movement in a newly inked partnership. 

Impossible Foods is now the official plant-based “burger vendor” for both Disney resorts including Disney Cruise Line ships. The partnership comes following their September 2019 announcement to introduce meatless items to all Disney resorts.

To sweeten the deal even further, we’re also rewarded with three new menu items: the Impossible Cheeseburger macaroni and cheese, Petite Impossible Burger with guacamole and cheddar jack cheese, and an Impossible Meatball sub sandwich.

With the demand for meat alternatives growing globally each year, this is a natural move for the Happiest Place on Earth. The new Impossible menu items are now available at all Disney resorts.

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Sweets Theme Parks

REPORT: Disneyland Staff State Churro Toffee the Most Successful Candy In Nearly A Decade

When you think of iconic Disneyland snacks, there’s Dole Whip, Mickey-shaped pretzels, and the ever popular churros. Disney has long played with different variations on churros, but one of their ideas that debuted in 2018, churro toffee, has exploded to a fan favorite beyond anything Disney employees have seen before.

According to Disneyland Resort Candy Production Manager Monica Weda, the squares of churro-flavored toffee have become one of the park’s top-selling candy items, and one of the most successful items that she’s seen in her almost eight years working in the candy production team.

“The churro toffee has been Candy Production’s number one selling item consistently, week over week.” she told Foodbeast. “I’ve never seen a [candy] treat over the last nearly eight years that has had popularity this strong and consistent.”

This means that amongst all of the candy apples, crispy cereal treats, cake pops, and other items you can find in Disneyland’s multiple candy shops, churro toffee is the top seller.

 

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“It’s got some weird magical quality to it,” says Disney Food Blog creator AJ Wolfe. She was among the first to find it during its debut, and has since become a big fan of it.

The sweet is made by enrobing squares of toffee in a coating of white chocolate and then dusting it in a cinnamon sugar. Weda confirmed that it’s the same blend of sugar and spice that’s used to coat Disneyland’s churros. It also comes with an intriguing backstory, as the toffee was a concept that had been sitting on the back burner for years.

“Back in 2013, we had a product development session, and one of our candy makers said, ‘Hey, how about we try our English toffee but with white chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar?'” Weda said.

The toffee was delicious, but it wasn’t rolled out that year due to a lot of major sweet releases coinciding with the park’s 60th anniversary. Churro toffee, and its recipe, were kept away in files for a few years until the debut of Pixar Pier in 2018. The Candy Production Team then decided to try it out at the newly-opened Bing Bong’s Sweet Shop, and it rapidly became a fan favorite that spread to the rest of California Adventure before year’s end.

By late 2019, churro toffee was so coveted that the other parks’ food and beverage teams wanted in on the action. They used the candy squares to create other items, like a Churro Toffee Cold Brew and Churro Marshmallow Wands, that were launched during the holdiay season. Weda confirmed to Foodbeast that Marshmallow Wands, which were originally sold in just 2 locations, will be available across all of the candy shops starting in 2020 due to their recent success. When asked about the meaning of Disneyland adding treats to other creations, Wolfe mentioned that “[Disney] knows when something sells.”

Churro Toffee has definitely been a huge seller, with it going from test item to a Disneyland “Core Classic,” or staple, within less than 18 months of its debut. Based on the popularity it has on both social media and within the parks, it seems like this is the next hyped treat to get alongside Dole Whip and the actual churros themselves while perusing the parks.

“I don’t see it going away anytime soon,” Weda said. “I do feel that this is going to become one of our staples within our assortment.”

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Adventures Theme Parks

7 New Foods To Try At Universal Halloween Horror Nights

Every year, thousands make their way to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights for a spooky fun time. While you’re probably trying to squeeze in every maze and ride you can, you usually make enough time to grab a bite or drink in between.

If you are making the trek to Hollywood to check out all the Stranger Things, Ghostbusters and Us mazes, here’s your guide to the new delicious goodies that accompany those attractions:

Kotton Kandy Cocoon Doughnut

This raspberry-filled doughnut is a sugar rush that excites the senses. Topped with pink vanilla frosting, pink cotton candy, and a straw to suck out the jelly with, the Killer Klowns-inspired treat will surely indulge your sweet tooth.

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Zuul’s Egg Sandwich


There is no Dana, only Zuul’s Egg sandwich. Named after the Ghostbusters demon, this Eggslut-like sandwich is a bit of an out of body experience, and arguably one of the tastiest things at the park. Within the brioche bun is a fried egg, turkey sausage patty and cheddar cheese topped with a chipotle aioli and caramelized onions.

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Slimer’s Dog


Another one that’s inspired by Ghostbusters, the Slimer Dog is a quarter pound hot dog with “green slime,” that’s actually just green colored nacho cheese, and roasted peppers.

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Eleven’s Waffle Sundae


OK, so a lot of these items are diabetes waiting to happen, but I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna scarf down a Stranger Things-themed sundae. Within the cup is a serving of vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce, jelly beans, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and of course, mini waffles. Would it even be an “Eleven” sundae without waffles? Nope.
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Firehouse Hot Chicken Bites


If you complained about all the sweets on this list, here’s something savory. The breaded Nashville chicken bites lie on a bed of coleslaw and are topped with pickles, with a piece of toast as its sitting vessel. The firehouse, of course, is known to house the Ghostbusters, and can now house your tastebuds. If you’re lucky, this thing will be hot enough to make you forget how scared you are at the park.

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Mind Flayer’s Milkshake

The “Mind Flayer” shadow monster is a bit of a dick, but this milkshake makes up for all the trouble it caused in Stranger Things. The chocolate milkshake is topped with strawberry sauce, chocolate whipped cream, crumbled Oreos, a black waffle cone and black licorice that kind of looks like the Mind Flayer’s tentacles.

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Spooky Cocktails


Universal released a trio of cocktails, and if you just scared yourself shitless at a maze and need a drink, they’re the perfect remedy. The “Ecto Slime,” “Frankenstein Skull” and “Zombie Butterfly” cocktails all come in an awesome transparent skull cup sthat light up, and the drinks themselves change color. The Ecto Slime consists of Crystal Head Vodka, blue Curacao, citrus sour, passionfruit and orange juice. The Frankenstein consists of Three Olives vodka, butterfly pea tea, apple syrup, pineapple and lemon juice. The Zombie Butterfly also has Three Olives and butterfly pea tea, but has citrus sour, blueberry syrup and lemon juice.
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These are all excellent choices to munch on this Halloween and if you do try them, be sure to snap a pic and tag Foodbeast for a possible feature.