The Mickey-shaped Beignets (proper pronunciation is ben-yays, but we affectionately call them beg-nets) are a wonderful treat, any time of the year. I think that we have gotten them almost every time we’ve been to Disneyland, either gobbling them up while we walk around the park or sitting down to eat them leisurely while watching the Royal Street Bachelors play a set.
- Dish: Mickey-shaped Beignets
- Location: Mint Julep Bar, New Orleans Square, Disneyland, California
- Price: $4.19 for 3, $6.19 for 6
- Cuisine: American/Southern, Snack food
- Seasonality: Year-round
- Ease of Eating: Cautiously mobile
- Allergy Considerations: Eggs
- Jamie’s Opinion: Simple, sugar-coated, delicious treat
- Mom-in-Chief Scale: 3.2 out of 5
- Envaluator Scale: 4.3 out of 5
What’s It Taste Like?
Warm, sweet, slightly crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. Doughy, happy, Mickey-shaped goodness!
Orders are in three or six and the beignets are about the size of a coaster. The dough is shaped to look like a classic Mickey and deep-fried.
Once the beignets are cooked, they drop them into a white paper bag and pour a cup of powdered sugar on top.
I recommend giving the bag a hearty shake. Even though this creates a cloud of icing sugar dust, it gives the beignets a better coating.
Is It Easy To Eat?
The service at the Mint Julep Bar isn’t very quick and each batch seems made-to-order. Therefore the beignets are hot, so watch your mouth!
Each little doughnut is about three to four bites big, so they’re not too hard to get into your mouth. Let the beignets cool just a bit to take the burn off, but then dig in while they’re still warm and soft. We’ve waited too long to eat them in the past and when they’re cold some of the magical, tasty goodness wears off.
Quick tip: Don’t inhale while you’re biting into the beignet, otherwise you’re inviting a powdered sugar induced coughing fit.
Beware of hitchhiking sugar! I tend to favor darker clothes, so after eating the Mickey-shaped beignets I always end up with a sheen of powder marks on my shirt and pants. Hold the beignet out from your body and lean forward to try to bite it without repercussion.
Mom-in-Chief Jamie’s Opinion
- Ease: 3.5
- Kid Appeal: 4
- Messiness: 2
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As I said above, this is a messy snack, but the plain batter of the beignets, with the added powdered sugar make this a big hit with my son. He’s into the bland stage where he only wants plain, starchy foods like spaghetti and hash browns, but of course like any other kid he digs on the sugar.
For this reason I don’t just hand a whole beignet to my toddler and let him go at it. Also, I think all that sugar is too much for his little body to take (or for me to have to deal with when he comes down from a massive sugar high!). I like to tear off little pieces for him to munch on, with most of the powder dusted off. It’s a sweet little treat that keeps him happy and we are at the Happiest Place on Earth after all!
In moderation, this is a fun snack for kids to enjoy. Plus, mommy gets to eat the rest and lick the powdered sugar off her fingers!
Chief Envaluator Alex’s Opinion
- Cost: 3
- Perception: 5
- Theme: 5
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One major logistical challenge with the Mickey-shaped Beignets involves the bag. Being freshly fried, the grease from the doughnuts soaks into the paper and can make a real mess. On one trip, we placed the hot bag on the shade liner of our stroller and it left a big stain on the fabric. Either hold the bag or try putting them in a different container, like the storage method we discussed for the Cinnamon Crisps.
A 3-pack of Mickey-shaped Beignets runs $4.19 and a 6-pack at $6.19. At Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, the world beignet authority, you can get three for just over $2. These great little treats are definitely priced at an inflated, vacation level. Compared to other similar snacks in the resort, the beignets stand up pretty well. A 6-pack could satisfy 3-4 adults, whereas a churro feeds only 1 and costs more than half the amount.
Other than the cost difference, the comparison to restaurants in New Orleans is spot on. After you finally get your nondescript paper bag of hot, doughy, sugary wonderful-ness, take a stroll down the streets and alleys of NOS and bask in the Southern glow.
Like a hot bowl of jambalaya or a savory Monte Cristo sandwich, the beignet adds the perfect accent to the New Orleans Square theme.
In conclusion, I urge you to brave the sometimes painful lineup and try the Mickey-shaped Beignets. They are one of our favorite things to eat at the Disneyland Resort and, because of the messiness quotient, it usually encourages us to slow down and sit for a moment.
The ambiance of New Orleans Square, along with the Royal Street Bachelors playing all contributes to the enjoyment of this ‘snack break’. Relax under the shade of the awnings, make a mess with the powdered sugar, and dig-in to the classic New Orleans treat with that magical Disney flair.
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