Tuesday, December 17, 2013

World's Best Hot Chocolate Recipe from Napa Rose (Disneyland)

You can order the World's Best Hot Chocolate
at Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Resort (Disneyland)
for about $13 a cup.
This sweet beverage has even been featured
on The Food Network.
And now you can enjoy it in your very own home
by following this easy recipe.


The World's Best Hot Chocolate
*serves 2-4


1 cup whole (or 2%) milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dark chocolate, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons milk chocolate, grated
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
whipped cream
ground cinnamon (optional)


Pour milk and heavy cream into a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat. Do not allow to boil or scald.

In a large bowl, mix: cocoa, sugar and both chocolates. Whisk together. Add this dry mix to the milk/cream mixture in saucepan. Whisk to combine. Reduce heat to medium.

Pour in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir well. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and ladle into serving mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Serve hot with a side of Disneyland's Churros.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Treats from the Disney Parks

Now you can make the same Christmas Treats
that are sold in Disney Parks by following this easy recipe.
These Christmas Tree Pretzels and Marshmallows
will be a hit at your upcoming holiday party.


Christmas Tree Pretzel Rods
*makes 24


24 ounces vanilla almond bark (found in grocery store's baking aisle, near chocolate chips)
24 pretzel rods (found in potato chip aisle)
green sprinkles
white sprinkles
m&m's minis


Melt vanilla almond bark in microwave or stove top according to directions on back of package. Dip a pretzel rod 2/3 of the way into the melted bark, use a spoon to spread it, if needed. Shake off excess. 

Using a spoon, dust the entire rod with green sprinkles. Place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat for remaining pretzels. Place in fridge or freezer until firm.

Using a fork, drizzle the melted bark over the green layer. Watch the above video to see how this is done. Immediately press several m&m's into the wet bark. Now, dust with the white sprinkles. Return to the wax paper and let harden.

Christmas Tree Marshmallows
*makes 8


24 large marshmallows
lollipop sticks (found in craft store)
24 ounces vanilla almond bark (see above for where to find)
green sprinkles
white sprinkles
m&m's minis


Melt vanilla almond bark in microwave or stove top according to directions on back of package. 

Stack three large marshmallows onto the end of a lollipop stick. Push together so there are no gaps. Dip the marshmallow stick into the melted bark, using a spoon to spread it, if needed. Shake off excess. 

Using a spoon, dust the marshmallow stick with green sprinkles. Place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat for remaining marshmallows. Place in fridge or freezer until firm.

Using a fork, drizzle the melted bark over the green layer. Watch the above video to see how this is done. Immediately press several m&m's into the wet bark. Now, dust with the white sprinkles. Return to the wax paper and let harden.

Cover with lollipop wrappers or plastic wrap and tie with a bow. Share with family and friends. Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cinnamon Apples Recipe from Whispering Canyon Cafe (Wilderness Lodge)

These cinnamon apples make the perfect side dish for your Christmas ham 
or serve them over a dish of vanilla ice cream.
Either way, they're sure to become a family favorite!


Cinnamon Apples
*serves 4

6 Granny Smith apples
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup cold water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Peel, core and cut apples into 1/4-inch thick slices.

In a large skillet or pot, melt butter. Add in apples and saute for 7-8 minutes until softened, stirring continuously. 

Dissolve cornstarch in water. Stir well. Pour into skillet. Add in brown sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil of medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional 8-10 minutes. 

Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes before serving. This recipe goes great with our HONEY HAM GLAZE RECIPE!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cheesy Potato Casserole from The Garden Grill (Epcot)

This cheesy casserole is the perfect side dish
to any meal and is incredibly easy to make.


Cheesy Potato Casserole
*serves 12-16


32 ounces frozen diced potatoes
26 ounces frozen hashbrown potatoes
2 cups diced onions
2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 egg yolks
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
6 ounces grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme


In a large bowl, mix all ingredients, reserving 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese for later. Stir well. Spray a large casserole dish or lasagna pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon potatoes into dish. Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 50 minutes.

Remove from oven and discard foil. Sprinkle top of casserole with reserved cheese. Return to oven and bake (uncovered) for an additional 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Walt Disney's Own Chili and Beans Recipe

Walt Disney's Chili Recipe
*serves 6-8


2 pounds dry pinto beans
2 onions, sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder (or more if desired)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes (about 3 cups)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
optional seasonings (add 1/8 tsp): coriander, turmeric, chili seeds, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, dry ginger

Day 1 Directions:

Wash and sort beans. Soak overnight in cold water.

Day 2 Directions:

Drain beans and place in a large pot. Add fresh water until it is 2-inches higher than beans. Add sliced onions and cover pot with lid. Simmer on medium-low until tender (about 2 hours).

In a separate pot, heat oil and saute garlic until lightly browned. Add in celery and beef and cook until meat is fully cooked and browned. Sprinkle in chili powder, paprika, thyme and (optional) jalapeno pepper. Pour in tomatoes and break up with a spoon. Cover with lid and simmer on low for 1 hour.

When beans are tender, combine with meat mixture. Add salt and pepper (and optional seasonings) to taste. Cover and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. Serve with crackers or Whispering Canyon Cafe's Cornbread.

Disney Maleficent Movie Poster Revealed

Disney has just released the official poster for their newest summer blockbuster, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the "Mistress of All Evil".

The film also stars: Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip, Sharlto Copley as King Stefan, Miranda Richardson as Queen Ulla and Kenneth Cranham as King Henry. Angelina Jolie's own daughter (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt) will also play a small part as young Aurora.

It is being directed by Robert Stromberg (Academy Award-winning production designer for Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Oz, the Great and Powerful). 

Maleficent is set to release May 30, 2014.

Monday, November 11, 2013

FREE Printable Disney Thanksgiving Coloring Page

Spoonful.com by Disney has this great Thanksgiving coloring page to occupy the kids while they wait for the turkey to finish cooking. Click HERE to be taken to their site so you can print them out. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe from Tony's Town Square (Magic Kingdom)

Chicken Tortellini Soup from Tony's Town Square
*serves 4


1 cup chicken breast meat, diced
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
5 chicken bouillon cubes
5 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
white pepper
1/2 pound tortellini, cooked according to package directions


In a large pot, melt butter. Add carrots and saute 3-4 minutes. Add in diced chicken and cook another 5 minutes until chicken is fully cooked. Add celery and onions and continue to saute 7-8 minutes until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent.

In a separate bowl, dissolve chicken bouillon cubes in hot water. Pour into pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients (except for tortellini). Simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

While the soup is simmering, cook tortellini (in a separate pot) according to package directions. Drain water. 

After the soup has cooked for 20 minutes, add in the tortellini and stir. Serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats Halloween Recipe

You can find these Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats
sold in Disney Parks during Halloween
and now you can make them in your very own home
following this incredibly easy recipe.
Happy Halloween!!

Click below to watch me
make this recipe step by step.

Rice Krispy Treats
*makes 12


6 cups rice cereal
3 tablespoons butter
10 ounces (about 40) large marshmallows


In a large pot, melt butter. Add in marshmallows and heat on medium until completely melted, stirring often. Remove from heat and mix in rice cereal. Spread out into a 9x13-inch pan or baking dish that has been greased with butter. Smooth and flatten. Set in fridge 2 hours or until firm. Turn out onto counter.

Take a circle cookie cutter and bend into candy corn shape (watch video above to see how this is done). Press into rice krispies and cut out shapes. You should get 12 candy corns from one 9x13-inch sheet of krispies. Set aside.

Candy Corn Treats 


1 lb. vanilla almond bark (found in baking aisle) or white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
orange sugar crystals (or sprinkles)
yellow sugar crystals (or sprinkles)


Melt almond bark with vegetable shortening on stove top or in microwave (use 50% power). Stir well.

When candy is melted, dip 2/3 of the candy corn treat into it (starting at pointed end). Set onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Do this for all treats. Set cookie sheet into fridge or freezer until set.

After they harden, dip the back end of the treat into the melted candy. Immediately spoon the yellow sprinkles onto the rounded end of the treat, leaving a white stripe in the middle. Now, spoon the orange sprinkles over the middle stripe. (It's best to watch the video above to see how this is done.) Set back on the wax paper and refrigerate until set. 

You should now have 12 candy corn treats. Enjoy!!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Peter Pan "Off to Neverland" Artwork Giveaway!!

The Disney Diner is giving away this hand painted canvas to one lucky reader! "Off to Neverland" depicts Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John as they soar over London towards the Second Star to the Right. 

The canvas measures 11x14-inches and is painted with acrylics and accented with iridescent glitter. And there's a surprise! Shine a light on the painting for a minute and then turn off all the lights and watch the stars glow in the dark!! Also, look closely. Did you notice the Hidden Mickey?

How to enter:

Simply "Like" us on Facebook. Click HERE to be taken to The Disney Diner's Facebook page and click the "Like" button. If you've already done this, then you are already entered in the giveaway. That's it! It's that simple!

The contest ends at 10 a.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. One winner will be chosen and announced on Facebook at noon on the same day. Good Luck!!

If you like this painting, then visit our new Etsy Shop where we have many more Disney-themed items for sale, like the ones shown below:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples Recipe

Make your favorite Disney Halloween treat 
at home following this easy recipe.
Caramel apples are dipped in candy coating,
topped with marshmallows, and then
covered in orange sprinkles to make these cute
Mickey Jack o'Lanterns.

Click below to learn how to make them
in this step-by-step video.
Thanks for watching!!

Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples

6 pre-made caramel apples (I found mine in Walmart's produce section) or make your own with the recipe below
1 lb. vanilla almond bark (found near chocolate chips) or use white chocolate chips
1 heaping tablespoon vegetable shortening
large marshmallows (2 per apple)
lots of orange sprinkles
Wilton Candy Melts (found in craft stores) in Black or Dark Cocoa or use chocolate chips

STEP 1: Caramel Coating (skip this step if you are using the pre-made caramel apples)

6 Granny Smith apples
1 (14 ounce) bag of caramels
2 tablespoons milk


Wash and dry apples (It's best to do this the night before).

Unwrap caramels and place in large saucepan. Add milk and heat on medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly.

Insert sticks into apples and dip into the caramel coating until completely covered. Shake off excess and set on a greased, wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Set into fridge for several hours, or preferably, overnight.

STEP 2: Mickey Ears

With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut 1/3 off of the side of each marshmallow (watch the video above to see how this is done). Attach the cut, sticky side to the upper parts of the apple. There should be two marshmallows on either side of the stick to make Mickey's ears.

STEP 3: Candy Coating

Melt the vanilla almond bark (or white chocolate chips) along with the tablespoon of vegetable shortening on your stovetop or in the microwave, being careful not to burn it.

Dip each apple into the melted candy coating, using a spoon to cover the ears. Be careful not to knock them off. Shake off excess.

STEP 4: Orange Sprinkles

Immediately, while the coating is still wet, hold the apple over a paper plate and spoon the orange sprinkles on top. Completely cover all the white, except for the bottom. Set on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and place in fridge until hardened.

STEP 5: Jack o'Lantern Face

Melt the black Wilton Candy Melts (or chocolate chips) in a candy-making bottle (found in craft stores), or pour into a freezer bag and cut off the tip to make a decorating bag. 

Gently hold the hardened candy apple in the palm of your hand so the side is faced upwards. Now squeeze two triangle eyes, a triangle nose and mouth onto the apple with the melted chocolate. Fill in the shapes. Return to the wax paper and repeat for remaining apples. Stick them back in freezer until set (about 5-10 minutes).

Remove from freezer and serve. That's it! Your Mickey Jack o'Lanterns are ready to eat. Enjoy!!

Happy Halloween!!!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Ghostmallows Halloween Treats Recipe and Video

You can find these spooky treats sold
in Disney Parks during the month of October
and now I'm going to show you how to make them
in your very own home!
This recipe is so easy and fun you can get the kids to help.
Happy Halloween!!

Click below to learn how to make this treat
step-by-step on our YouTube channel.
Thanks for watching!!



large marshmallows (3 per stick)
1 lb. vanilla almond bark (or 16 ounces white chocolate chips)
1 heaping tablespoon vegetable shortening
Wilton Candy Melts (found in craft store's candymaking section) in black or dark cocoa (or use 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
lollipop sticks


Insert a lollipop stick through a marshmallow, bringing it a third of the way down. Now spear two more so that you have a stack of three. They should be touching with no gaps. (This is where the kids can help.)

Melt vanilla almond bark in microwave or on stovetop (according to package directions) along with the tablespoon of shortening, stirring well.

Dip each marshmallow stick into the melted almond bark and spin slowly to coat all sides. Shake off excess and tap lightly on edge of pot. Now set onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet until the candy hardens. To speed up this process, place the cookie sheet into the fridge or freezer.

Next, melt the dark chocolate. Pour into a candy bottle or small baggie and cut off the tip to make a decorating bag. Now squeeze out two dots for eyes and a circle for the mouth to make a ghost face. Let harden.

Take a bite!!


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Johnny Depp is headed 'Into the Woods'!!

Thanks to my cousin Jacob, I have the latest scoop on Johnny Depp's new role in Disney's Into the Woods, a film version of the Broadway musical by the same name. This will be the second time Johnny has been cast in a musical based on the works of Stephen Sondheim, the first being Sweeney Todd (2007) in which he had the lead.

In Into the Woods, he will play The Wolf to Little Red Riding Hood's Lilla Crawford (Annie, 2012). And just yesterday, BroadwayWorld.com posted some pics of the star arriving on location in the UK. Rumor has it that earlier in the week, he was recording tracks for the film at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.

Here are a few other photos from the set:

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Julie & Julia) as The Witch

Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Pitch Perfect) as Cinderella

Chris Pine (Star Trek: Into Darkness) as Cinderella's Prince

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) as Cinderella's Stepmother

James Corden (Dr. Who, 2011) as The Baker

Emily Blunt (Looper) as The Baker's Wife
Billy Magnussen (Boardwalk Empire) as Rapunzel's Prince

Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) as Jack's Mother

Dover Castle in England (filming location)

The movie is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). The complete cast includes: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Johnny Depp as The Wolf.

Into the Woods is set to release in theaters December 25, 2014.

Mickey Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Buttercream

What could be better than soft pumpkin cookies
filled with a sweet marshmallow buttercream??
I know!!
Let's shape them like Mickey Mouse!!
Click below to watch
how to make these step-by-step.
Mickey Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
*makes 6 sandwiches
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat softened butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix well.
Stir in flour mixture and blend until creamy.
Spoon into a pastry bag (without a tip) or a gallon-size plastic freezer bag and cut off 1-inch from tip (watch video above to see how this is done).
Squeeze 2 1/2-inch blobs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Dip fingers into flour and pat the blob to flatten. Now place the pastry bag at the top-right edge of the circle and squeeze a small blob. Do the same on the top-left edge. Now flatten those two blobs to make Mickey's ears. Repeat this process until you are out of dough.
Place cookie sheets in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees or until they spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the filling.
Marshmallow Buttercream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Cream butter with electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add in marshmallow cream, vanilla and milk and blend until creamy.
Spoon into a gallon-size plastic freezer bag and cut off one corner to make a homemade icing bag.
Take one of the cooled cookies and place top side down so you have a flat surface to work on. Squeeze a large dollop in the center circle and then a small dollop on each ear. Top with a second cookie (flat side down) and gently smash together so the filling oozes to the edges. That's it! You're Mickey Whoopie Pie is all done and ready to devour. :D


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Free Disney Game App: Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion

Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion

Explore the vibrant world of Alice in Wonderland in an enchanting new Disney game inspired by the hit live-action film. Experience unbelievable sights and unravel the curious mysteries of Wonderland, as you fight to thwart the return of the dreaded Red Queen and her minions.

You can find this game download for free (right now) in your App Store (for iPhone and iPad). 

Have a Frabjous Day!!