Disneyland's 10 Best Snacks and Desserts

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    Number 10 (tie): Red's Apple Freeze

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    Running around Disneyland Resort, whether it be yo-hoing with pirates or bonding with the characters, is bound to make you hungry. But there are lots of treats to tempt you throughout the two theme parks, three hotels, and Downtown Disney district. Which snacks and desserts merit your attention, calories, and hard-earned Disney Dollars? The following 13 items (there were some ties for the tenth position), which were chosen by travel scribes, are sure to please your palate. Looking for something more to eat? Check out our rankings of Disneyland's top ten best table service restaurants and Disneyland's top ten best casual and quick-service restaurants. Maybe you are seeking info about Disneyland character dining.

    Let's start the rundown with our (tied) number-10 pick for best snack: Red's Apple Freeze

    Location: The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

    Our tasty tour begins with a beverage. Served in one of the cute traffic cone-shaped food stands, Red's Apple...MORE Freeze is a unique, delectable concoction that blends frozen apple juice with a hint of marshmallow and a touch of whipped passion fruit. It's refreshing and velvety smooth. The taste and texture ​is a bit similar to Butterbeer, the opiate nearly everybody quaffs at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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    Number 10 (tie): Sweet Potato Fries

    Fried Green Tomato Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries at the Hungry Bear Restaurant
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    Location: The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland

    You say potato, I say po-tah-to. But no matter how we say it, we're generally talking about white tubers. What happens, however, when Disneyland take sweet potatoes and fries them to a crispy, crunchy, dark orange hue? What happens is nibbling nirvana. They are delicious on their own or as a side with sandwiches such as turkey and provolone with basil mayonnaise.

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    Number 10 (tie): Matterhorn Macaroon

    Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
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    Location: Jolly Holiday Bakery along Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland

    It's a gooey, sweet, white coconut macaroon topped with white chocolate. Instead of the usual rounded shape, the Disneyland version of the pastry rises to a pointed peak. With its layer of white chocolate "snow," the treat resembles the iconic mountain ride. But not for long. Once in hand, the macaroon is quickly reduced to the equivalent of mountaintop removal strip mining. (Fun fact: The Matterhorn was the world's first roller coaster to use tubular steel track, which has since become standard.)

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    Number 10 (tie): Churro Bites

    Cozy Cone Motel - Cars Land
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    Location: The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

    With its impressive collection of tasty snacks, the Cozy Cone figures prominently on the top 10 list. Churros, the Spanish deep-fried dough delicacy, is an amusement park staple and is available throughout the resort. The Cars Land take on the treat offers bite-sized bits along with a chocolate dipping sauce. Deep-fried anything is a good place to start for decadent indulgence. Add in plenty of cinnamon-laced sugar, gobs of chocolate, and serve the whole thing in a cone, and it's easy to see why people go loco for churro bites.

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    Number 9: Beignets

    Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
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    Location: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney

    Deep-fried anything (such as the previous pick, Churro Bites) is a great place to start when it comes to must-have treats. Case in point: the beignets at the Jazz Kitchen. Popular in New Orleans, the hole-less donuts are sprinkled with enough powdered sugar to make a Kabuki mask. They can be ordered as a dessert for lunch at the table-service restaurant or anytime at the Jazz Kitchen Express window located next to the restaurant. Make sure you use plenty of napkins -- unless you want to present the Kabuki version of "Guess What I Just Ate?"

    Theme park writers Doug Barnes and Rick West both get their lips smacking over Ralph B.'s beignets.

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    Number 8: Pickle Popcorn

    Fueling up at Cars Land
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    Location: The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

    Dill pickle flavored popcorn? While it might not sit well with popcorn purists, the sour/salty combo is a big hit. The strange concoction is one of the flavors available at the "Popcone" stand; other variations include cheddar and bacon. They are all served in a cone, natch.

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    Number 7: Pretzel Bites

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    Location: At the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure

    Not everyone can get too excited about pretzels, but people love the ones served at the Cozy Cone Motel, the final entry on our list from the Cars Land snack-ateria. They are small, round nuggets topped with coarse salt and come with a cheese dipping sauce.

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    Number 6: Fudge

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    Location: Multiple candy shops throughout the resort

    Like churros, fudge is one of those decadent treats that park visitors crave and purchase while dismissing any of their usual caloric inhibitions. Disneyland's fudge, displayed in beguiling ready-to-eat squares, includes the usual suspects: rocky road, chocolate mint, maple walnut, and chocolate nut to name a few. At certain times of the year, the resort offers special flavors such as candy cane for the holidays. If you are planning to load up on the sugary delights, be sure to inquire about bulk discounts. Because, really, you can never have too much fudge, right?

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    Number 5: Hand-Dipped Ice Cream

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    Location: Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure

    Here's the scoop: Choose vanilla bean, chocolate, or mixed berry sorbet for your ice cream bar. Next, indicate whether you want it dipped in milk or dark chocolate. Finally, tell the nice person behind the counter what kind of topping you'd like, including chocolate chips, confetti Mickeys, blue raspberry, rainbow sprinkles, or a crazy combo of all of the above. Then watch as said nice person hand dips your custom-made creation. Try not to drool.

    Laura Gilbreath calls the bars: "Sinful and delicious." Apparently the latter allows her to overlook the former.

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    Number 4: Mickey-shaped Beignets

    Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
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    Location: Cafe Orleans and the Mint Julep Bar at Disneyland

    You've had your Monte Cristo and Pommes Frites at Cafe Orleans, and you're stuffed out to here. Doesn't matter. You must save room for the Mickey-shaped beignets. Like the beignets at Ralph Brennan's, which also earned a spot on our foodie list, these deep-fried, donut-like morsels come dusted in copious amounts of powdered sugar. Unlike the Downtown Disney desserts, the Disneyland treats are shaped like everybody's favorite mouse, and they come with both raspberry and vanilla bean dipping sauces. If you want a quick fix of Mickey-shaped goodness, you can also score beignets at the nearby quick-service spot, Mint Julep bar.

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    Number 3: Hot-Link Corn Dog

    Corn Dog Castle Soon To Open!
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    Location: Corn Dog Castle at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure​

    You've made it to the top three. Are you still hungry? This one might take some stamina.

    There are three options at the food-on-a-stick eatery; skip the Original Corn Dog and the Cheddar Cheese Stick, and go straight for the Hot-Link Corn Dog. As its name implies, it features a sausage link with a tad more than a touch of heat. You've got the sweet and crunchy corn batter melded with the salty and spicy sausage. It's heaven on a stick; AJ Wolfe says: "The Hot-Link Corn Dog is the stuff of dreams; I'd love to know where I can get one of these near me."

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    Number 2: Dole Whip

    Dole Whip Float
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    Location: Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland at Disneyland

    When you started reading this rundown, you knew Dole Whip would make the cut, right? It's a classic Disneyland treat and, for countless visitors, an essential part of the park experience. The pineapple-infused soft-serve can be ordered straight up or as a float atop pineapple juice -- adorned with a cherry and an umbrella to boot. It's something that is rarely found outside of the Disney parks, which makes it all the more special and uniquely Mickeyish.

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    Number 1: Ice Cream Sundaes

    Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Pacific Wharf, Disney California Adventure, Anaheim, California
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    Location: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney California Adventure

    The Disneyland outpost of the famed San Francisco shop offers some heavenly creations. The ice cream is fine, but the dark chocolate sauce topping is exquisite and the whipped cream is the real deal. And real delicious, with the sundaes just edging out Dole Whip for the top spot.

    If you want to go nuts (literally and figuratively), consider getting one of the special creations, such as The Earthquake. That's 8 scoops of ice cream, eight toppings, bananas, whipped cream, chopped almonds, chocolate chips and cherries. Burp!

    According to Dusty Sage, "The dark chocolate sauce is to die for. Service is fast and friendly. Don't miss the animated mural on the wall behind the soda fountain."