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MICKEY NUGGETS: Disney’s Plant-Based Dino Nugget Alternative, Coming Soon

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Dino Nuggets have long been the fun chicken caricatures of our school lunches, snacks, and late night cravings. There are many varieties of them today, whether they contain chicken or are plant-based.

However, none yet have had the backing of Disney, who’s lent the iconic Mickey Mouse shape to a plant-based nugget poised to become as popular as the OG chicken dinosaurs.

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Disney’s nugget comes courtesy of Kellogg’s, whose plant-based brand Incogmeato by MorningStar Farms is creating the nugget. The protein inside is made with soy, and the resulting product has 57% less fat and 35% less sodium than regular chicken nuggets.

These are meant to be a kid-friendly vegan alternative, giving them fun shapes like Dino Nuggets would, but also a good source of plant protein as well. Given how ubiquitous the Mickey Mouse moniker is, these will definitely be recognizable for kids all over.

It would be especially dope to see this inside of Disney theme parks, where plant-based innovation is already happening at a whirlwind pace. Kellogg’s has told Foodbeast that they don’t comment on future partnerships, but it would be awesome to see it happen.

Regardless, Mickey Nuggets are ready to take kids’ meals by storm when they arrive in the frozen chicken section of retailers nationwide this month.

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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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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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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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Star Wars Cookware Featuring All Your Favorite Characters Is Dropping Soon

Le Creuset has been a household name in cookware for nearly one hundred years, crafting cast-iron French Ovens, roasters, and cocette-cooked meals for kings and commoners alike. Now, the company has partnered up with another prolific brand that has ingrained itself in humanity’s rich narrative, a brand that’s been around a long time ago… in a galaxy far, far away.

On November 1, Le Creuset will be launching an exclusive Star Wars line of cookware. If you’re a fan of the ample cinematic history behind the sensational space opera, you better mark your calendars.

The set will be available at Lecreuset.com/Starwars as well as Le Creuset Singature Boutiques, Outlet Stores, and Willliams Sonoma locations beginning Nov. 1. The Le Creuset x Star Wars line will include a Han Solo Carbonite Roaster, Tatooine Round Dutch OvenDarth Vader Round Dutch Oven, R2-D2 Mini Cocotte, C-3P0 Mini Cocotte, BB-8 Mini Cocotte, Death Star Trivet, Millennium Falcon Trivet, and a Porg Pie Bird.

At the forefront, an incredibly exclusive pièce de résistance of the set is the Tatooine Round Dutch Oven an item in which only 13 exist in the world. Each will be hand-painted in Le Creuset’s French l’Atelier to reflect the aesthetic of the desert planet that embraces two suns.

Man, as cool as the Han Solo roaster is…  I need to cop this Tatooine Dutch Oven. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime work of art.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Disneyland Named ‘Most Vegan-Friendly’ Theme Park

Little by little, the world is becoming more vegan-friendly or aware of the lifestyle. With Disney recognizing that, they have gone above and beyond as of late to accommodate vegan’s dining choices at their theme parks. Because of that, PETA has named them the most “Vegan-Friendly Amusement Park.”

According to the organization, Disneyland offers vegan friendly dining options like egg-free waffles that are shaped like Mickey Mouse, a vegan gumbo dish, and even BBQ jackfruit sandwiches.

 

 

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Earlier this week, Foodbeast’s Constantine Spyrou broke news that Disney California Adventure would debut a 100 percent vegan meatball sub at its Food and Wine Festival. The sub will be made with Impossible meatballs, which further solidifies their effort to make more plant-based options available at the parks.

While PETA can be a bit off-putting to some with its notoriously aggressive marketing tactics and has been criticized for their in-your-face method of spreading their philosophy, their site is still a great resource for vegans and the vegan curious who need a little help finding good eats when out and about. If you need help finding vegan food in the wild, from Jack in the Box to Disneyland, PETA usually has your back.

For a full rundown of vegan options at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, PETA has a full list, categorized by each land.