by Jess Hunn

It’s a Christmas miracle! Why?! Because it’s holiday time at Disneyland and the seasonal treats are here. Read on to find out which treats make the Nice list!

Peppermint Churros

I’m a Disney fan, but I’m an even bigger churro fan. I’ve tried all of Disney’s seasonal churros, like the adorable pumpkin churro (it had ghost sprinkles), the Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary golden churro and, of course, the Star Wars lightsaber churros. But when I heard about peppermint churros, I flipped. It’s a secret menu item located at the churro stand next to sleeping beauty castle.

Naughty or Nice?

NICE, this churro literally taste like Christmas. It’s refreshing, minty, and surprisingly the perfect amount of sweet. Not to mention, the glittery peppermint churros are totally insta-worthy.

Gingerbread Rice Krispy

Disneyland has handmade rice krispy treats all year around, so I only get them when they have a cute new design I can’t resist. You can get these cute treats at the Candy Palace on Main Street, Disneyland.

Naughty or Nice?

Nice- only because they are so. Daang. Cute. Yes, they taste exactly like any other rice krispy treats, but the adorable decorations makes this slightly-overpriced dessert worth it.

Carthay’s Winter Wonderland Cocktail

There was no line for the bar at Carthay Circle Lounge, so we jumped on the opportunity to scope out any special new holiday drinks. The bartender suggested the Winter Wonderland (on the secret menu). This sophisticated yet strong drink was made with egg whites, gin, peppermint schnapps, heavy cream and a few other magical ingredients.

Naughty or Nice? Nice, if you have a mature palate. This handcrafted cocktail is definitely an elevated drink that totally fits the vibe of Carthay Circle. It takes you back to the golden age of Hollywood: you can’t help but feel extra fancy and a tad tipsy.

Disney California Adventure’s Festival of Holidays

For the second year, Disney California Adventure has the Festival of Holidays, which is a seasonal food and drink festival with 11 marketplace booths, each with seasonal snacks. It runs throughout Disney’s holiday season. There are a number of wines, craft beers, and seasonal mixed drinks. We bought the annual pass holders Sip and Savor Pass for $45, which includes 8 coupons redeemable for (non-alcoholic) beverage and food items at the Festive Foods Marketplaces. Here are some of the treats I tried:

Frosty Frosé

When I hear Frosé, I can’t resist. And when I saw how bright blue it was, I had to try it. This electric blue drink is made with Frozen Rosé, Blue Curaçao and White Cranberry Juice with a Mint Sprig and is located at the Festival of Holidays at A Twist on Tradition stand.

Naughty or Nice?

Naughty. To me, it tasted like a sugary slurpee. Also, it is served in a wine glass and premade in a slushie machine so you don’t get much bang for your buck for this $13 cocktail.

Pomegranate Mule

Moscow Mules? Yes. Pomegranate Moscow Mules. Double yes. When I saw a semi-long line for this drink, I knew it was bound to be good. This holiday mule is crafted with ginger beer, vodka, pomegranate seeds and juice, and garnished with a rosemary sprig. You’ll find it at the Festival of Holidays at Holiday Duets stand.

Naughty or Nice?

Nice, this cocktail was my favorite holiday drink of the day. It was refreshing, bubbly, and I loved the pomegranate seeds in the drink. A must-have for moscow mule fans!

The Nice list of food from the Festival Food Marketplace:

  • Macaroni and Cheese (topped with breadcrumbs) at Holiday Duets stand
  • Beef Brisket with Brown Sugar-glazed Carrots at Grandma’s Recipes stand
  • Nashville Hot Fried Turkey with Dill Pickles at Spicy Celebrations stand

There are so many yummy treats at Disneyland to try. Next on my Naughty or Nice list is the Candy Cane Beignets and the Holiday Funnel Cake. I wonder what Disneyland will dream of next! Let us know your favorite Disney holiday treat in the comments below!

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