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Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze

As the summer heat begins to lay a sweltering blanket over a spring spent inside doing home activities, Taco Bell is looking to inject some cool air and color into our lives with the release of the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

The newest flavor of their iconic freeze, releasing nationwide on May 21, blends the flavors of tropical pineapple and a vanilla cream to create a smooth, sweet whipped treat that lives up to the delicious reputation of their freezes.

But, if choosing just one flavor isn’t in the cards, Taco Bell is letting fans combine the flavors for a limited time with their secret menu item: the Tie Dye Freeze. For now, you can get a freeze with a blended swirl of the newest flavor and one of their two standby freeze flavors, Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry.

The Pineapple Whip Freeze will be available in two sizes, as per any Taco bell freeze: a regular runs for $2.39, and a large for $2.59. But (and this is the key caveat here, deal-seeking reader) during their Happier Hour, which runs daily from 2-5 PM, a regular can be acquired on the low for just $1.

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of getting anything for a single dollar nowadays is more than enough to reel me in.

Now, a Taco Bell freeze for a dollar, though? I’ll be first in line.


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The Most Colorful Foods To Try At This Year’s LA County Fair

County fairs are widely known for fun and decadence, whether it be through the rides, attractions, or the food. And speaking of the food, in recent years its become the main attraction for many looking for some prime time indulgence. Usually deep fried, a sweet treat, or both, fair food scratches cravings that you didn’t know you had, like a sudden hankering for deep fried butter. However, most of these foods are noticeably missing some pops of vibrant color. That’s why the LA County Fair is going POP this year for their theme and rolling out a special discount POP Menu, where select foods are full of color and only $6.50. Check out some of our favorite picks below:

Tajin Dole Whip

Nitro Treats is taking Dole whip from Disneyland and bringing it right to your favorite mangonada stand. In a varied take on the treat, they’re topping a smooth pineapple Dole whip with Chamoy and Tajin to give it that sweet chili flavor with a little bit of spicy zest.

Deep Fried Uncrustables

Chicken Charlie is a Southern California fair staple that’s serves up a constantly rotating menu of off the wall fried foods. This time they’re using a familiar after school snack: the Smuckers Uncrustable. By dipping it in a colored batter, they’re turning the Uncrustable into a red nugget of deep fried deliciousness. Topped with a strawberry drizzle, powdered sugar, and fruity pebbles, this treat is bursting at the seams with vibrancy and flavor.

Rainbow Pop Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches might be the most comforting of comfort foods, but they’re not much fun to look at. The Dog House is addressing this by giving the cheese some POP. By using four different colors of cheese, once this sandwich has been grilled, it becomes a gooey, yummy rainbow.

Unicorn Elote

Though delicious, all elote is usually similarly colored. Crazy Corn is here to fix that. They’re covering their corn with the usual mayo and butter combo, and then smothering the whole thing in different colored cheese to give it a full rainbow spectrum of colors.

Poprock Texas Donut

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the donuts. Aptly named Texas Donuts, this donut shop is covering a massive donut with a classic glaze, and then pop rocks. This gives the donut some color pop and a literal pop once you bite in.

32Oz Root Beer Float

How could you make a root beer float better? It’s already sweet, creamy, and delectable. Well, you could super-size it, shooing the disappointment of finishing off until later. And that’s exactly what MacPherson’s Ice Cream is doing. This root beer float comes with a leaning tower of soft serve surrounded by a 32 oz. moat of root beer.

Chocolate Dipped Jerky

This sweet meat just got even sweeter. Timbo’s Beef Jerky will have giant sticks of their chewy, savory jerky covered in luscious chocolate and sprinkles, to give it some color.

Which of these items sounds best to you? Luckily, it doesn’t matter, as each item on the POP Menu only costs $6.50, so it’s entirely possible to try all of them. And you can do this all at the LA County Fair in Pomona, CA, until September 22nd.


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The DIY Pineapple Float Recipe You NEED This Summer

With the summer heat starting to really beat down, we’ve all got our favorite treats to turn to when we need to cool off. One of those is the pineapple whip float, where juice from the tropical fruit is topped with a pineapple ice cream that makes for the perfect refreshing dessert. We made our own version for the summer, but with a couple of epic FOODBEAST twists.

Instead of just serving these in a traditional cup, we hollowed out pineapples to create the floats in. We also opted for Blue Sky Soda’s Zero Sugar Ginger Ale, which mixed with the flavors of pineapple, add some zing and fizz to the treat.

The combination of the Blue Sky Soda Ginger Ale and the pineapple made for the ultimate refreshing treat that’s part pineapple float, part soda float, and 100 percent delicious.

If you’re interested in making your own pineapple creations, peep the recipe below for the full details. All of the ingredients can be found at Sprouts Farmers Market, if you’re looking for a one-stop shop to get everything you need.

Ingredients:
1 pineapple
4 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup softened Sprouts Vanilla Gelato
1 frozen banana
1 pinch salt
1-2 cans Blue Sky Zero Ginger Ale

Directions:

Step 1
Using pineapple corer, remove pineapple meat from pineapple.In a food processor, add frozen pineapple, gelato, banana, and salt.

Step 2
Once combined, put mixture in a gallon sized Ziploc bag or and cut off a large slit in the corner to make a makeshift piping bag (or use a regular piping bag).

Step 3
Pour Blue Sky Zero Ginger Ale into pineapple.

Step 4
Pipe pineapple whip mixture into the pineapple. Add a cherry on top and enjoy!

Photos by Pete Pham


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Disneyland Quietly Brought Back The Viral Dole Whip Donut

Disneyland has a habit of sneaking in buzzworthy, photogenic desserts without anyone anticipating it. Case in point, they just brought back their Dole Whip Donuts following a viral launch earlier this year.

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Officially known as “Pineapple Meringue Donuts,” these treats have been coined by Instagrammers with the above moniker, thanks to their pineapple interior, pineapple glaze, and whipped marshmallow topping that looks like a soft serve swirl. There may not be any actual Dole Whip inside, but that hasn’t stopped the sweet from becoming a park favorite FAST.

The Dole Whip Donuts left the menu at the Disneyland Donut Cart just prior to Pixar Fest opening. However, Disneyland Instagrammers have talked to cast members who’ve said the treat will be back for about a month or so. Multiple batches are made throughout the day, so make sure to check back if they’re sold out on your first visit. The Disneyland Donut Cart is located right next to the massive Sleeping Beauty Castle, so you can’t miss it.

Disneyland’s dessert shakeup doesn’t just involve the donut, however. They’ve also snuck in a unicorn-themed “Iridescent Cupcake” that is tailored to Instagram feeds. From the golden unicorn horn on top, to the tri-colored white chocolate champagne mousse “frosting,” everything about this cupcake screams “photogenic.” Oh, and it’s got a passion fruit and mango filling on the inside for a little surprise as well.

There’s no timetable on how long the cupcake will be around, but photos of it and the Dole Whip Donut together are already going nuts on Instagram, and you’ll have a month to grab one of them.

Featured image by Peter Pham // Foodbeast.
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Disneyland Just Turned Their Famous Dole Whip Into DONUTS

Dole Whip has become as integral to Disneyland as long lines and Mickey Mouse have, and the titular theme park is giving the dessert a due tribute with their newest sweet treat: Dole Whip Donuts.

Officially called the Pineapple Donut with Meringue, the term “Dole Whip Donut” spread like wildfire when these desserts first came out. Found at the Disneyland Donut Cart next to the big castle, the sweet treat has pineapple on both the inside and out while retaining the visual swirl of the OG dessert. According to Disney Food Blog, this involves a toasted marshmallow-like meringue and pineapple icing on top, as well as a somewhat chunky pineapple filling inside.

The Dole Whip Donuts sound like a fire addition to Disney’s dessert menu, but there’s limited quantities made every day for those hoping to get their hands on one. I tried getting one a couple of hours after the park opened, and they had already sold out. Makes sense, given how popular Dole Whip and anything related to it is.

Fortunately, there appear to be two batches of these donuts made daily: once for when the park opens, and once around 5 pm. So even if you come to the park for a quick after-work stay, you still have a chance to track one of these down.

For those who do snag one of these elusive Dole Whip Donuts, here’s a pro tip: Get some actual Dole Whip on the side. That combo of hot, fluffy donuts with the cold, pineapple dessert will take your tastebuds on worthwhile a journey.

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Disney California Adventure Now Has Dole Whip Cotton Candy

Dole Whip ice cream has become an integral go-to dessert at Disney theme parks, as it’s one of the only places outside the Dole Plantation in Hawaii to offer it.

Now Disney converted the pineapple-flavored treat into cotton candy form and fans are sure to go just as crazy for it as they have with the Whip itself.

The Disney Food Blog posted a photo of the cotton candy, confirming that it is available at Disney’s California Adventure park. Unfortunately, it’s only going to be available for a limited time, according to Pop Sugar.

Pineapple Dole Whip Cotton Candy! 🍍🍍🍍 #disneyland #disneyside #disney #dolewhip #cottoncandy

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Debbie Wilson, who posted the photo above and is an avid Disney-goer, said that the cotton candy tastes like, “a sugary pineapple,” that “melts in your mouth.”

I’m sold. I’m not a big “Disney person” but I’m down to let a sweet pineapple melt in my mouth.

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These Candles Smell Exactly Like Your Favorite Disneyland Foods, Churros And Dole Whips Included

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Ever wanted your house to smell like a Disney theme park? Now it can.

According to Nerdist, there’s a place that makes candles that smell exclusively like Disneyland. Candle retailer spot Anthology Candles  has created a line of Disney-smelling candles to keep you in the Disney spirit.

Some of the notable Disney food scents include Churros and the park’s famous pineapple ice cream Dole Whip and even the entire Main Street Bakery. None-food flavors include one that smells like Disney California Adventure’s attraction “Soarin’ Over California” as well as the “Haunted Mansion” located in New Orleans Square.

Unfortunately Anthology Candles seems to be out of stock thanks to overwhelming demand for their product. You can, however, check in with them from time to time to see when the candles will be available again. It’s looking like they’ll be back around March 1.

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15 Stunning Disneyland Foods and Drinks Worth Waiting in Line For

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Disneyland: home of fantastical fireworks, rip-roaring rides, more souvenirs than you can shake a four-fingered glove at — and, it so happens, some of the best theme park food this side of Arendelle.

Bars and restaurants at the Disneyland Resort have figured out what guests crave, from sweet, buttery pineapple soft serves to boozy green screwdrivers made with five different kinds of rum. We’ve compiled some of our favorite must-eats and drinks to put on your Disney Bucket List. Yep, turns out that, in addition to bringing joy to the lives of suburbanites everywhere, the Mouse sure knows how to fry a mean beignet.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda

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What: A light, pinkish grape soda infused with hints of peanut and topped with a fizzy foam. The secret here is in the subtlety, since neither the PB nor the J is too overpowering, but just present enough to remind you of after school snacks.

Where: Carnation Cafe, Main Street, Disneyland

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The Uh-Oa!

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What: The name Uh-Oa! can be one of two things: a sizable Tiki fishbowl filled with light and dark rums, various tropical juices, and a pinch of cinnamon; or what you’ll say when you order the damn thing. Find it in the Enchanted Tiki Room-like Trader Sam’s Bar at the Disneyland Hotel, along with plenty of chanting and a high chance of showers.

Where: Trader Sam’s Bar at The Disneyland Hotel

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Wine and Cheese Box

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What: Gorging indiscriminately on turkey legs and soda is so 1955 (we’re guessing). In any case, Disney’s classed it up a bit since Walt’s days, and you can too, by pairing your own wines and cheeses on the Mendocino Terrace. The box also comes with extra packets of breadsticks, score.

Where: Mendocino Terrace, Pacific Wharf, California Adventure

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The Zombie

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What: This one’s a doozy. Recipes vary by bartender, but expect three to five different kinds of rum including Bacardi 151 and just a “splash” of fruit juice. Just the thing to snap you out of zombie mode after a long day at the park, or send you right back into it.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier (behind Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant), California Adventure

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Matterhorn Macaroon

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What: This mini-mountain is basically a crunchy, coconut crag crowned by delicate snow “cream.” It’s sweet and simple, and best of all, totally Insta-worthy. #vacationcaloriesdontcount

Where: Jolly Holiday Bakery, Main Street, Disneyland

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Dole Whip, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Cream-Flavored Churros

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What: When regular cinnamon just won’t cut it, don’t fret. These sundry flavored churros found outside the park are edgier and more inspired than your average deep-fried sugar stick. Pro-tip: save a pineapple one for dipping into your Tiki Room Dole Whip for an unimaginably indulgent treat.

Where: California Churro Cart, Downtown Disney (near The Lego Store)

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Dole Whip

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What: Speaking of, Disneyland’s Dole Whip soft serve is quite possibly the closest thing you’ll get to tasting an orgasm in a cup (or whatever the PG version of that might be). Available as a plain soft serve or in a pineapple juice float, its lush, buttery, and tart flavors shine best when eaten slowly and deliberately, Ratatouille-style.

Where: The Enchanted Tiki Room, Adventureland, Disneyland

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich

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What: Perfectly sized and perfectly peanut buttery, the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich is a bit more cookie than sandwich, but ideal for an in-park Reese’s fix.

Where: Pooh’s Corner, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Beignets

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What: Consider these your next-level churros, deep fried dough breathed out into pillow form and dusted with a healthy amount of confectioner’s sugar. We prefer the Jazz Kitchen versions because they’re square and therefore slightly larger, but the Mickey-shaped ones really get you into the spirit. (You are, after all, in the happiest place on earth).

Where: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland (also The Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney)

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Lobster Roll

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What: There are plenty of hidden gems on the back side of the park, but perhaps none as smack-yourself-upside-the-head surprising as the Lobster Roll at Harbour Galley, right by the exit of the Haunted Mansion. Inside a fluffy, butter-toasted roll goes a sparingly mayo’d lobster salad just tasty enough to make you forget it’s mostly filler. Will it be the best lobster roll you’ve ever had? No. But is it one of the best foods you’ll find inside the park? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Carnitas Nachos

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What: We suggest skipping the pool after trying these fellas. Tucked inside the Grand Californian, past the hotel entrance to California Adventure, is White Water Snacks, a cute place to grab a quick bite to eat . . . or knock yourself into a food coma for a few hours with any of their angus cheeseburgers or shredded beef nachos. Swap the carne asada for carnitas and you’re onto some serious black magic.

Where: White Water Snacks at The Grand Californian (by the pool)

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Broasted Chicken

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What: I’ll just out and say it: this chicken is crack. Deep fried, golden brown, salted-to-perfection crack. Forget the usual trumpets of turkey. The Plaza Inn serves up dinner just like mom used to when guests were over — fully dressed with green beans, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls. Altogether it’s as filling and homey as theme park food can be.

Where: Plaza Inn, Main Street, Disneyland

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Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato

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What: The chicken comes juiced up in a sweet orange glaze and spooned unfussily — along with chives, cole slaw, sour cream, and butter — into a steamy crevasse of baked starch. You’ll need every bit with every bite (the chicken can be too sweet otherwise), but there’s nothing better for fueling you up at snack time.

Where: Harbour Galley, Critter Country, Disneyland

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Lobster Nachos

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What: No trip to Cove Bar is complete without washing everything down with a heavy helping of Lobster Nachos. There’s nothing too crazy here: lobster pieces, cheese, black beans, gorgeously thick tortilla chips. The good news is there’s plenty to go around, so bring a friend or four.

Where: Cove Bar, Paradise Pier, California Adventure

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The Monte Cristo

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What: The ultimate indulgence, this sugar-powdered deep fried ham and cheese sandwich will set you back an not-insignificant $17 — (that’s a whole parking pass!) — but it’s well worth it, trust. Surprisingly ungreasy, the melty slabs of toast are sure to satisfy for an entire day. Sides of fruit and jam add a nice, fat-cutting, finishing touch.

Where: Cafe Orleans, New Orleans Square, Disneyland

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Honorable mentions: Corn Dogs at Little Red Wagon and Corn Dog Castle, Red Velvet Push-Pops at Hearthstone Lounge, Cookie Bakes at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus at Bengal Barbecue, Elote (chili-lime corn on the cob) on the Boardwalk, House Biscuits at Carthay Circle, Chorizo and Eggs Breakfast Scramble Cone at Cozy Cone