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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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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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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.

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Costa-Rican Inspired Food and Tiki Drinks Highlight The New Jurassic World At Universal Studios

The day that Universal Studios announced that they were going to be shutting down their longstanding Jurassic Park: The Ride was a day that I poured out a little liquor for a legend gone. And though I could have wallowed in that sorrow for a bit, all was alleviated with the announcement of the shut down only allowing for a refurbishment of the ride. Thankfully, what soothed my dino-loving self was news that the whole Jurassic Park experience at Universal Studios was getting upgraded into a whole Jurassic World motif.

Besides the ride itself being reformatted, the new Jurassic World encounter comes complete with new dining options in the form of Isla Nu-bar and Jurassic Cafe.

At Isla Nu-bar, adventurers can cool off with flavorful tropical-themed Tiki cocktails that are served in fun, collectible Tiki cups. 

TIKI COCKTAILS

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The new Jurassic Café is serving up a delectable selection of Costa Rican-themed cuisine, inspired by the location of the Jurassic World movies.  Park goers can look forward to Citrus Glazed Chicken, Fresh Roasted Mahi-mahi, an Isla Burger, Pomegranate Guacamole with plantain chips, and an assortment of desserts like a Vanilla Bean Tres Leches Cake. To hone in on the Costa Rican vibes, all entrees will be accompanied by fresh green papaya salad and the country’s national dish, Gallo Pinto – which is a traditional rice and beans.

Check out the pics below for mouth-watering details of the new dishes being served up at the Jurassic Cafe within the new Jurassic World experience at Universal Studios Hollywood.

ISLA BURGER

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POMEGRANATE GUACAMOLE WITH PLANTAIN CHIPS

 

CITRUS GLAZED CHICKEN

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FIRE ROASTED MAHI-MAHI W/ MISO GLAZE

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GUAVA POUND CAKE W/ GUAVA ICING

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VANILLA BEAN TRES LECHES CAKE

Jurassic Cafe_Vanilla Bean Tres Leches Cake

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Disneyland Launches Deep Fried Breakfast Burritos

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Disneyland regulars have probably had their fair share of breakfast burritos at Galactic Grill, and they’ve probably had a chimichanga or two throughout the park, but now both worlds are colliding with the introduction of the Breakfast Chimichanga.

The deep-fried breakfast burrito is being sold at the food cart near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, according to Disney Food Blog, as this is one of the first glimpses of the new food item.

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The Breakfast Chimichanga is filled with the basic breakfast burrito lineup of eggs, bacon and cheese, before being tossed in a deep fryer to get that nice crunchy outer layer.

Would it be nice to have a hash brown thrown in, and maybe some sausage? Sure, but are you really going to say no to a deep-fried breakfast burrito to munch on before hitting up Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?

The chimichanga is reportedly priced at $5.92 after taxes, which is a pretty decent price for any burrito, let alone one sold in a theme park.

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The Top 10 Treats To Enjoy While Visiting Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The excitement around Disneyland’s new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, has been building as those with reservations have gotten a chance to visit. With the park opening up to the rest of the public on June 24th, it’s bound to be packed inside, so you’ll want to get the must-do events and must-try treats done early.

Foodbeast’s own Elie Ayrouth, Bobby Navarro, and Constantine Spyrou all got to visit Galaxy’s Edge recently, and have come back with some poignant insights on the food and drinks the new land has to offer. Below are 10 of the best items that they recommend sampling while waiting to go on the Millenium Falcon ride or for your lightsaber reservation.

Carbon Freeze

The Carbon Freeze is the drink on the back left of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

This bubbly non-alcoholic drink comes with a rotating swirl of popping boba that makes it visually enticing. The actual flavor is fruity with a strong note of apple, and is similar to the popping boba drink you can find at Lamplight Lounge in Pixar Pier. For those looking for non boozy options, though, this is the drink to get and show off on your Instagram feeds.

Fuzzy Tauntaun

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is the yellow drink on the far right of this photo, courtesy of Disneyland.

The Fuzzy Tauntaun is guaranteed to elicit the most “WTF” reactions from anyone who samples it. It’s served with a “buzz foam” on top that may contain an extract from the Buzz Button flower, which makes your lips and tongue go numb almost immediately upon contact. It’s not a sensation you’ll find in a typical cocktail, and is worth trying at least once.

Fried Endorian Tip-Yip

Disneyland is famous for the fried chicken, and this Jenga block of poultry is a worthy addition to their lineup. It’s actually a whole piece of breast meat, not a nugget, meaning that the inside is juicy, tender, and like a good piece of roast chicken. The Peruvian-inspired herb gravy it’s served with adds a nice, piquant touch you normally don’t get with fried chicken.

Ronto Wrap

As Foodbeast’s Bobby Navarro put it in Foodbeast’s The Katchup podcast, “There’s really no grab-and-go option in Galaxy’s Edge with a lot of heft.” This is the one item that accomplishes that, with a spiced kielbasa-like sausage, a peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw, and slices of roast pork on the inside. It’s perfect to nosh on while you’re waiting in line for any of the attractions or shops.

Outpost Mix

This is easily the most colorful item inside Galaxy’s Edge, so you’ll be seeing a lot of it on Instagram feeds. The vibrant fruity purple and spicy red glazes create a unique contrast of flavors and tastes. The Outpost Mix stand is also the first place in the park where you can snag the exclusive Coca-Cola drinks that the Star Wars land has to offer, so make sure to stop by here if you want first dibs on those.

Blue Milk

For those wondering if this contains dairy, it’s actually plant-based, and is more of a sweet, tropical treat than actual milk. There’s two variations, the Blue and Green Milk, and each varies slightly in flavor. Both are made with a rice and coconut milk base, so mostly anyone can enjoy these regardless of dietary preference. This is the one everyone’s been wanting to get, and it is pretty pricey per glass ($7), yet the clean and enjoyable flavors make it worth every sip. For those who have some extra cash, getting the blue and green milk swirled together is a legit move.

T-16 Skyhopper

My personal favorite drink at Oga’s Cantina, this one reminds you of a boozy milk tea. It’s a pretty easy drink to consume, and has a creamy consistency and taste that’s a stark contrast from the other drinks at the bar.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs

Fans of barbecue will enjoy this, as the ribs hold true to barbecue flavor, but each component is twisted in a way that adds new complexities to the dish. The ribs are topped with crispy breadcrumbs and have an Asian-inspired marinade, the coleslaw is entirely pickled to give it a texture and flavor akin to sauerkraut, and the blueberry cornbread muffin makes you wonder why pairing fruit with meat isn’t the norm these days.

Mustafarian Lava Roll

While you can only get this loaded cinnamon roll for breakfast, it’s size, vibrancy, and flavor make it one to get for both the ‘gram and your morning trek. While there’s not many new sweets in the Star Wars land, this one hits it out of the park.

Ithorian Garden Loaf

We all agreed that this is the number one item to get in the park. The plant-based Garden Loaf is made with Impossible Meat, and the new 2.0 formula holds up, as the texture and flavor is 100% akin to that of meat. Combined with the mushroom sauce and creamy mashed potatoes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a difference between this and the real deal.

To view the full takes the Foodbeast crew has to offer on the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, peep the YouTube video and Katchup podcast at the top of this article.

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EVERY New Food And Beverage Coming To Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

On May 31st, the much-hyped Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open up at Disneyland. It promises to be an immersive world, from the interactive experiences scattered throughout the new park section to the several new foods that you can enjoy whilst waiting for the new ride. And in true Disneyland fashion, their team went all out when making the food, with dishes for all kinds of foodies available en masse.

We’ve been getting feedback on some of the culinary creations already thanks to folks that have been able to start previewing the park. This master guide to all of the food and beverages draws on that feedback, but will also contain our own thoughts on each item as we peruse the new Star Wars land.

As a result, this guide isn’t just telling you every single edible experience that the highly anticipated land has to offer. It also leaves you with an idea of which ones are absolutely worth checking out.

Oga’s Cantina

Cocktails

These are just a few of the alcoholic beverages Oga’s will have to offer, and the lineup will change based on the time of day. Not only is Oga’s the first Disneyland restaurant to ever serve alcohol, it’s also the first to have it available in the morning as well.

Above are a few of the afternoon/evening cocktails available: The Outer Rim (acai and tequila with a fruit puree on top), the Bespin Fizz (rum and yuzu with a cloud swirl), the Yub Nub (rum and passionfruit), and the Fuzzy Tauntaun, a drink that literally has people buzzing. Something about the foam makes your mouth and tongue go tingly apparently, and nobody has exactly figured out why that is just yet.

As for the rest of the drinks, you can find their descriptions below:

Morning Cocktails:

  • Spiran Caf – Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee, orange marmalade, rum, vanilla whipped cream, and citrus zest
  • Bloody Rancor – vodka, chile liqueur, spicy Bloody Mary mix, and rancor bone

Afternoon/Evening Cocktails:

  • Jedi Mind Trick – grapefruit and rose vodka, falernum, blue curaçao, white grape juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters
  • T-16 Skyhopper – vodka, melon liqueur, kiwi, and half & half
  • Dagobah Slug Slinger – reposado tequila, blue curaçao, citrus juices, ginger, herbs, and bitters
  • Jet Juice – bourbon, chile liqueur, açaí liqueur, white grape juice, and lemon juice

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

While most people will go to Oga’s for the alcoholic beverages, there are just as many creative non-boozy options as well. Above are a few examples, including the Carbon Freeze, a drink filled with popping boba that bounce around due to the fizz inside. There’s also Oga’s Obsession, a cotton candy lemonade with blueberry popping pearls, and the Cliff Dweller, made with grenadine, hibiscus, and ginger ale. Blue Milk will also be available all day long as well, served with a bantha-themed sugar cookie.

Other beverages at Oga’s that don’t have a spiked kick are as follows:

Morning Specialties:

  • Black Spire Brew – Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, honey, falernum, passion fruit, and citrus
  • Moogan Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, and cinnamon
  • Tarine Tea – Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, and mint

Afternoon and Evening Specialties:

  • Hyperdrive (Punch It!) – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, and Sprite
  • Jabba Juice – Simply Orange with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearl
  • Blurrgfire – lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-lime

Ronto Roasters

Rising Moon Oats

Ronto Roasters is designed as the barbecue stop inside of Galaxy’s Edge, but it is shaping up to have a pretty intriguing morning menu as well. For those craving something a little lighter, these Rising Moon Oats, inspired by overnight oats and topped with unique produce like starfruit, should do the trick.

You can also find this breakfast dish at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.

Ronto Morning Wrap

Ronto Roasters will become known for their signature sausage, but it’s also getting a breakfast version as well. These breakfast wraps come pretty standard, with eggs, cheese, and the Ronto sausage.

Ronto Wrap, Nuna Turkey Jerky, and Meiloorun Juice

The Ronto Wrap is the stand’s signature item, with the flavor resembling that of pork or sausage. It comes dressed in slaw and can be eaten with two other items at Ronto Roasters. There’s the Nuna Turkey Jerky, available in both sweet and spicy flavors, as well as Meiloorun Juice, which Star Wars: Rebels fanatics may recognize as the coveted fruit of the planet Lothal.

Milk Stand

Blue and Green Milk

We’ve all been wanting to try Blue Milk out for real since it first appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope. Apparently, they were light years ahead of us and drinking plant-based milk, because the Blue and Green Milk here are made from a frozen blend of rice and coconut milks. Reports have this being sold at $8 a glass, so be prepared to cough up some serious dough to try the most coveted Star Wars drink out there.

Kat Saka’s Kettle

Outpost Mix

Outpost Mix seems to be Disneyland’s take on Chicago Mix, a blend of caramel and cheddar popcorn. We don’t know what the flavors are in this blend yet, but they’re supposed to be “sweet and spicy,” a tried and true flavor combo we’re eager to sample.

Star Wars Coca-Cola Beverages

Disneyland has already released sneak peeks of these bottles in the past, but know that if you want one, you need to go to Kat Saka’s Kettle to get it. They’ll only be sold in limited quantities per person for now.

Docking Bay 7 Food And Cargo

Braised Shaak Roast

This dinner option takes a traditional pot roast dinner and gives it a modern, pasta-laden twist. Instead of mashed potatoes and carrots, this pot roast comes on cavatelli pasta with kale and mushrooms.

Bright Suns Morning Platter

Disneyland hasn’t released much info on the Star Wars breakfasts yet, but this platter appears to be a mix of potato hash, a mini Mustafar Lava Roll, a fluffy egg bite similar to the sous vide ones Starbucks sells, and sausage.

Bright Suns Youngling Platter

While the kids breakfast menu is often very simple in theme parks, there’s a unique twist here in that Disneyland opted for purple potatoes for an added hit of intriguing color.

Endorian Tip-Yip

Fried chicken at Disneyland is a cult favorite, and this fried Endorian Tip-Yip is the third such offering you can find throughout the resort. This particular chicken is shaped like a long rectangle and comes with mashed potatoes and a green herb gravy.

Felucian Garden Spread

Disneyland has been upping their plant-based game, and this lunch spread is a testament to that. Plant-based kefta are piled on top of herby hummus and a tomato-cucumber relish, all of which comes with pita to pick up and chow down with.

Ithorian Garden Loaf

Based on reviews from folks that have gotten to preview the park already, this is THE dinner dish to try out of them all. The feedback on this plant-based meatloaf — served traditional-style with vegetables, mushroom sauce, and mashed potatoes — has been astounding.

Smoked Kaadu Ribs

Sticky pork rib lovers will want to check this dish out, which comes with some creative twists like a blueberry corn muffin and a pickled purple cabbage slaw.

Mustafarian Lava Roll

While the name might suggest otherwise, this is actually a sweet pastry you can get for breakfast, as the “Mustafarian Lava Roll” is a cinnamon roll topped with chocolate cookie crumbs and a lava sauce.

Oven Roasted Tip-Yip

If you’re looking for a healthier chicken option than fried, this Roasted Tip-Yip Salad is your best bet. It comes with roasted seasonal veggies like cauliflower, and is served with an intriguing green curry ranch sauce.

Yobshrimp Noodle Salad

Since Galaxy’s Edge is opening in the summer, there needs to be at least one chilled dining option, right? Enter the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, a chilled mix of shrimp, veggies, and glass noodles that will help keep things cool.

Oven-Roasted Burra Fish

This roasted vegetable salad is very similar to the Roasted Tip-Yip salad, but instead of chicken, you can opt for Dijon-crusted fish and pumpkin seeds to top it off instead. It still comes with the green curry ranch that is sure to get people talking.

Moof Juice and Phatto

These are just a couple of the drinks you can get at Docking Bay 7, with a Batuubucha Tea (aka kombucha) also available. The Moof Juice is a blend of orange, chipotle, pineapple, and fruit punch, while the Phattro is more like a desert pear Arnold Palmer.

Oi-oi Puff and Batuu-Bon

Disneyland stepped up their artsy game when it came to these two desserts. The intricately plated treats look similar, but have quite different ingredients inside. The Oi-oi Puff is a raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousse, and the Batuu-Bon consists of chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, and a coffee custard.

All photos courtesy of Disneyland.

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Disney World Unveils Gourmet Cotton Candy, Including A BBQ Flavor

Photo Courtesy Disney Food Blog

While Southern California residents are gearing up for the much-anticipated opening of Disney’s Star Wars Land, Walt Disney World in Florida has a different reason to be hyped this summer in the form of new gourmet cotton candies.

Disney Food Blog reported that the resort and theme park has unveiled a line of cotton candies that are now available at Goofy’s Candy Company in Disney Springs.

Photo Courtesy Disney Food Blog

New flavors include Root Beer, Sour Apple, Strawberry Banana, Key Lime, and Sweet Mesquite.

Disney Food Blog notes that the Sweet Mesquite had a smokiness to its aroma, but was on the sweeter side rather than savory. Essentially, it tasted similar to a BBQ chip.

As a fan of anything and everything BBQ related, this is a must-try if I’m ever at the Florida theme park. Hopefully they stay on the menu for an extended amount of time.