Disneyland's 10 Best Snacks and Desserts

Disneyland Resort Desserts

David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort

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 disposable income?

The following 10 items 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. Or, maybe you want to meet Mickey and the gang and are seeking info about Disneyland character dining. We've got you covered there as well.

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Ice Cream Sundaes

Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

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!

Location: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney California Adventure

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Dole Whip

Dole Whip Disneyland The Tropical Hideaway

David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort

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.

Location: The Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland at Disneyland and Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at the Disneyland Hotel

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Hot-Link Corn Dog

There are three options at the food-on-a-stick eatery, Corn Dog Castle; 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.

Location: Corn Dog Castle at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure​

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Mickey-shaped Beignets

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.

Popular in New Orleans, the hole-less donuts are sprinkled with enough powdered sugar to make a Kabuki mask. 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.

Location: Cafe Orleans and the Mint Julep Bar at Disneyland

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Hand-Dipped Ice Cream

Clarabelles Hand Scoop Ice cream.

Disneyland Resort

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.

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

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Fudge

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?

Location: Multiple candy shops throughout the resort

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Churro Bites

Cozy Cone Motel at Disney California Adventure

Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

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.

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

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Matterhorn Macaroon

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.)

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

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Red’s Apple Freeze

Another Cozy Cone treat, the beverage is served in one of the cute traffic cone-shaped food stands, Red's Apple 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.

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

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Sweet Potato Fries

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.

Location: The Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country at Disneyland

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