While the TripSavvy team has been holed up at home, we've satisfied our wanderlust by taking virtual vacations, practicing our travel photography, and cooking dishes inspired by cuisines around the world. And as we expand our culinary repertoire, hotels, restaurants, and brands have anticipated our travel-sick longings by releasing the official recipes for their most iconic treats, dishes, and cocktails. From Caribe Hilton's Piña Colada to Disney's Dole Whip and DoubleTree's chocolate chip cookies, here are 12 recipes that are bound to taste just as good in your home kitchen.
Club Med's White Chocolate Bread
From the snowy slopes of the Swiss Alps to the white sand beaches of the Dominican Republic, Club Med has more than 60 all-inclusive resorts at the height of luxury. Luckily, Club Med has shared the official recipe for their white chocolate bread so you can swim in a little bit of that luxury right now. The ingredients could not be more simple: flour, yeast, salt, water, and white chocolate chips. It takes about an hour and a half to mix, let the dough rest, and bake—but when you wake up to a cup of coffee and fresh, decadent slice, you won't even mind.
Cinnabon's Cinnamon Rolls
Does anything scream airport food more than Cinnabon's ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls? While the American bakery chain didn't exactly share what goes into this indulgent treat, we're a huge fan of this copycat recipe. It takes a total of two hours to make from start to finish (most of which is simple prep time), but it's worth trading in your lazy Saturday afternoon for the cream cheese frosting alone. Just pop on a travel podcast and let your worldly stresses fall away as you stir, knead, and mix.
McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin
I don't know about you, but in my family, road trips were synonymous with breakfast at McDonald's. Since you might not be able to order McDonald's for takeout or delivery right now, the global fast-food chain released a recipe card for their sausage and egg McMuffin. All it takes is six simple ingredients: an English muffin, sausage meat, eggs, a slice of American cheese, salt, and pepper. And, because no McDonald's breakfast is complete without a hash brown, the recipe comes with instructions for that, too.
Swissotel Chicago's Citrus Salad
Bump up your Vitamin C intake with this three-citrus salad recipe, courtesy of Chef Dan McGee at luxury hotel Swissôtel Chicago.
Start by peeling and slicing three navel oranges, two blood oranges, and one ruby grapefruit. Randomly place the citrus slices on a platter and sprinkle 1/4 cup of pomegranates over them.
To make the dressing, combine 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of lime juice, and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Whisk until it's incorporated, then drizzle over the citrus slices. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped mint and serve.
IKEA's Swedish Meatballs
No trip to IKEA is complete without a healthy helping of Swedish meatballs. While we impatiently wait for the store to open back up (and plan an actual trip to Sweden), we'll make do with IKEA's recipe card for their iconic dish.
For the meatballs, you need just over a pound of ground beef and nine ounces of ground pork, garlic, breadcrumbs, an egg, and whole milk. To round it all out, toss them in IKEA's super creamy sauce. Don't forget the potatoes!
Disney's Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
It's fitting that this recipe comes from Woody's Lunch Box at Disney's Hollywood Studios: Thanks to its honest-to-goodness perfect blend of cheese and bread, the grilled cheese sandwich is one childhood staple that has transcended into nostalgic comfort food. Consisting of slices of cheddar and provolone cheese and cream cheese spread, this particular snack is only for the biggest dairy lovers. Coat each side of the sandwich with garlic spread before you grill, and get ready to indulge in one heavenly melt.
Caribe Hilton's Piña Colada
There is some contention about who actually invented the Pińa Colada; some say it's Barrachina Restaurant Old San Juan, others claim it was Ramón "Monchito" Marrero while he bartended for Caribe Hilton in 1954. Whatever the case, the latter has finally shared their original recipe for what has become a truly iconic cocktail. All you need is rum, coconut cream, heavy cream, fresh pineapple juice, and a blender. Mix it all together, add a half cup of ice, garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry—and voilà, you've got the tropical taste of Puerto Rico for your at-home happy hour.
Stella's Kentucky Deli's Hot Brown
Right now, we could all use some good, ol' Southern comfort food. Enter the hot brown. A traditional Kentucky dish, the hot brown is an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich smothered in Mornay sauce and baked. Based in Lexington, Head Chef Lester Miller of Stella's Kentucky Deli cooks up one of the best in the state—and now you can make it at home. While the instructions for the homemade version of Stella's Mornay Sauce might look intimidating at first, it's super easy and takes about 10 minutes to whip up.
Still craving Kentucky classics? In addition to the hot brown, this Lexington dining guide also features original recipes for local favorites like the heirloom tomato & burrata salad from Dudley's and the panko-fried avocado from Cole's 735.
Disney's Dole Whip
For all you diehard Disney fans, the Disneyland Resort app has bestowed the greatest quarantine gift of all: the recipe for "frozen pineapple treat" (i.e. Dole Whip).
The iconic treat is super easy to make, consisting of just a scoop of vanilla ice cream, pineapple juice, and frozen pineapple. Mix it all together in a blender and there you have it. To get the iconic swirl, add the mixture to a pastry bag and pump it out into a cup or cone.
Disney's Churro Bites
Prefer sugary fried dough to frozen treats? You're in luck. You can make a bite-sized version of Disney's churros with the help of this copycat recipe from the Disney Parks blog. The ingredients are your typical baking staples, including butter, salt, all-purpose flour, and sugar. You can nix the fryer, but to get that standard churro shape, you will need a pastry bag with a large star tip to pipe out the dough.
Palmer House Hilton's Brownies
Invented in the Palmer House Kitchen in Chicago, the brownie was first served at the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition in 1893. It's been more than a century since America was first introduced to this beloved dessert, and the Palmer House Hilton continues to delight guests with this 127-year-old recipe to this day.
With the help of the world's very first brownie recipe, you can treat yourself to a square—or, let's face it, a pan—of chocolatey goodness. To make, you need semi-sweet chocolate, butter, granulated sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and crushed walnuts (which you can omit if you're allergic).
For those with an extra-sweet tooth, mix together water, apricot preserves, and unflavored gelatin in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil. The result is a smooth glaze to coat the brownies with—a delightful blend of chocolate and fruit.
Hilton's DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies
As you wait to check into a DoubleTree hotel and snag one of their signature chocolate chip cookies, you can recreate the experience at home with the help of Hilton's official recipe for this oh-so-scrumptious treat.
The recipe calls for ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen pantry, including butter, eggs, flour, oats, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. It also features walnuts, but they can easily be omitted for those with nut allergies.
These take just 20 minutes to bake (plus an hour to cool—if you can wait that long), but the best part is you can freeze the dough, making it a perfect recipe for when that midnight sugar craving strikes.