Sometimes you just want a nice, simple, cold breakfast while on vacation. Something that fills you up with energy for a day at Disneyland instead of leaving you lethargic and looking for the ‘nap ride.’ Today, we’ve got just such a dish for your dining pleasure- a Fruit Parfait from the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland.
- Dish: Fruit Parfait
- Location: Carnation Cafe, Main Street USA , Disneyland, California
- Price: $5.99 USD
- Cuisine: Breakfast
- Seasonality: Year-round
- Ease of Eating: Sit-down, Spoon required
- Allergy Considerations: Milk
- Jamie’s Opinion: Fresh, light, and flavorful
- Mom-in-Chief Scale: 4 out of 5
- Envaluator Scale: 4 out of 5
What’s It Taste Like?
The Fruit Parfait from the Carnation Cafe is the perfect cold breakfast. It’s refreshingly satisfying.
Fresh and juicy blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and bananas all hide beneath a layer of chunky maple-flavored granola and on top of a generous helping of creamy vanilla yogurt.
The yogurt itself is sweet and compliments the tart, ripe berries. If you’re looking for a tangy, thick, Greek-style yogurt, this isn’t it. The parfait has a smooth yogurt, like a Yoplait cup.
The dish looks as good as it tastes, like something you’d see in a display window.
Is It Easy To Eat?
The Fruit Parfait isn’t bad for kid food, but you’ll definitely need a spoon to eat it. It can get messy as you dig through the granola and into the yogurt.
Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion
- Ease: 4
- Kid Appeal: 5
- Messiness: 3
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As far as healthy food options goes, you can’t do better than the Fruit Parfait at Disneyland. It covers several of the main food groups in one tasty, relatively easy-to-eat dish.
Older children shouldn’t have any problem eating the parfait by themselves, but the parfait is a good choice for your toddlers as well. Be careful though, because they’ll stick their hands straight into the dish a come up with fistfuls of yogurt to smear all over the table, themselves, and you.
I recommend you pick the fruit out of the bowl and feed it to the kid or let them eat it directly. If the tart berries aren’t to your kid’s liking, the granola is a good alternative too. It comes with some good size chunks, which are easy to pick out and hand directly to you little one, if they have teeth. My son Jack had fun gnawing on a few of these for quite a while.
Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion
- Cost: 5
- Perception: 5
- Theme: 2
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The Fruit Parfait is really a reasonable price for the amount a variety of items in the dish. If you order it for a little kid and they don’t eat it, the bowl isn’t so big that a couple of adults couldn’t polish it off and you’re not out a bunch of dough.
I have more of a sweet-sour palate, so the combination of fresh berries and sweet yogurt is a good fit for me.
This dish scored lower on the theme part of the scale than most dishes I’ve ranked, perhaps surprisingly so. While having yogurt in the morning is perfectly normal (some would say perfectly American) in this day in age, that wasn’t the case back around 1900, the time period of Main Street, USA.
Yogurt wasn’t really popular in America until the late 1970’s and a dish like this probably would’ve been out-of-place around the turn of the 20th century for several reasons.
The electrification of cities around the country was still very much in its infancy and wouldn’t really be extended nationwide until the 1930’s. Also, the first refrigerator for domestic use wasn’t invented until 1913 and up to that time many people had real iceboxes in their kitchens. These iceboxes required actual blocks of ice to function, which melted rather quickly, so people wouldn’t have had the means to store cold yogurt at home for very long.
You can see a perfect example of a turn-of-the-century kitchen in the first scene of the Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. Remember all the gas and hand-operated appliances?
I can’t exactly think of a better option for the Carnation Cafe than the Fruit Parfait and I’m ultimately glad they have it.
The Fruit Parfait at the Carnation Cafe is tasty little breakfast dish that’s good for the whole family (if you can keep you baby’s hands out of it).
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