Make Your Favorite Disney Treats at Home: Dole Whip, Big Thunder Ranch Cornbread and More

Disneyland and Disney World are arguably the most popular vacation spots on earth. At Disney, your immersive experience extends right down to the treats. When you go to Disney again and again, you can almost close your eyes and imagine the flavors of your favorite treats. However, you don’t need to wait until your next Disney trip in order to enjoy your go-to treats. Here are several Disney recipes you can make at home.

Disney’s Famous Dole Whip

Dole’s pineapple-flavored soft serve is perhaps Disney’s most legendary treat. Some visitors are willing to wait in very long lines at Tamu Tamu (Animal Kingdom), Aloha Isle (Magic Kingdom) or Marketplace Snacks (Disney Springs) just to get their hands on the cool ice cream.  The Dole Whip also happens to be vegan!


  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • ¼ cup milk (your choice, but many people pick canned coconut milk or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar or a small pinch of stevia
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice


  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to remove.
  • For a more frozen version, freeze for 15 minutes before serving.
  • Makes 3 servings.
The Master’s Cupcake by HarshLight is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Grey Stuff

In the classic movie Beauty and the Beast,  Lumière exhorts Belle to “try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” Disney created an homage to  Lumière’s line by making the Grey Stuff a special dessert at the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant in Disney World. The dessert is some kind of whipped, chocolatey goodness served up in a teacup made of edible white chocolate. Your home version may not be as fancy, but it will be delicious.


  • 3 ½ ounces of vanilla instant pudding mix (1 package)
  • 1 and ½ cups of milk
  • 15 oreo cookies
  • 8 ounces of Cool Whip (1 tub)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate pudding mix (instant pudding)



  • Combine pudding mix and  milk in a medium bowl. Whisk thoroughly and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Crush Oreos in food processor until they are crumbs
  • Mix the Oreos into the pudding
  • Fold in the container of Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix until combined.
  • Refrigerate for 60 minutes before serving.
  • To serve, put in piping bag and then spiral into a cup or bowl. Feel free to top with sprinkles.


Big Thunder Ranch Cornbread

Disneyland’s famous Big Thunder Ranch BBQ is no more. It is one of the many attractions that was closed to make way for Star Wars. This was a major letdown for the restaurant’s many fans, especially since it means that the Thunder Ranch sweet cornbread is no more. Luckily, you can make this recipe at home. Try it the next time you want something tasty to accompany your BBQ, or just as a sweet treat.


  • Yellow cake mix, 1 box (15 ounces)
  • Jiffy corn muffin mix, 2 boxes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Mix the three boxes of dry mix and add the ingredients (eggs, oil and water) listed on the back of each box.  The Jiffy mix typically calls for a ½ cup of milk and 1 egg.
  • Mix ingredients together until just combined -avoid over mixing – and pour batter into the pan. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes.
  • Serve with butter, honey, milk, or vanilla ice cream.
Corn Dog Castle by HarshLight is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Corn Dog Castle Corn Dogs

Disneyland Resort’s Corn Dog Castle is always a favorite with kids and many people consider it one of California Adventure’s foodie institutions. The snack bar serves up a classic corn dog that is easy to take and go for a walk on Paradise Pier. Now you can make this symbol of summer on your own.


  • 1 quart of vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Salt, ½ teaspoon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and ¼ cup buttermilk
  • Melted butter, 2 tablespoons
  • Hot dogs
  • Craft sticks or popsicle sticks


  • Heat oil in a pot to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix cornmeal, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in egg, milk and melted butter.
  • Carefully put the craft stick into each hot dog. Leave enough of the stick showing to create a handle.
  • Transfer batter into a cup or mug to make it easier to dip and then dip each dog into the batter. Immediately place into the hot oil.
  • Fry for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Place on paper towels to drain.

For a healthier spin, make this in an air fryer! Simply place the battered dogs into a greased air fryer and heat to 390 degrees for seven minutes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake image by Taylor’d ARTS Photography. Used with permission

Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake

People love the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake from Disney World’s 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios. The milkshake doesn’t actually taste like a PB&J sandwich. Instead it’s more like a peanut butter vanilla shake with a touch of jelly. And it’s good!


  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons of grape jelly (or substitute your favorite flavor jelly)
  • ¼ cup milk


  • Place ice cream in a blender.
  • In a bowl, mix peanut butter and grape jelly until smooth.
  • Pour the peanut butter and jelly over the ice cream.
  • Add milk to the blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Breakfast Pizza from Cape May Cafe

Cape May Cafe has the reputation of having some of the best buffets at Disney. The Breakfast Pizza is a favorite way to gear up for a long day at the parks.


  • One pizza crust (try cauliflower crust to go low calorie)
  • ½ cup of green salsa
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup of cheese – Disney uses a mozzarella and cheddar combination
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Scramble the eggs and set aside.
  • Spread ½ cup of salsa onto the pizza crust.
  • Spread scrambled eggs on pizza crust.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on top of the eggs.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven.
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