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November 18, 2018

Originally published January 16, 2011

When one says the words Disney and food, a cornucopia of things come to one's mind from the Disney theme parks' great world class dining destinations to the Turkey leg carts or perhaps the movies come to mind from the singing French chef Louie and how he loves "les poissons" or the little rodent chef Remy who cooks for big appetites in Ratatouille. Outside of the parks and movie theaters, Disney characters reach our everyday lives through food including Disney Princess Cereal, Donald Duck Orange Juice, Toy Story Fruit Snacks, and even Mickey Mouse sting cheese!  In the spirit of From Screen to Theme, this weekly blog will attempt to show you where you can find your favorite Disney characters in food, but also where you can find food at Disney.  The possibilities are endless!  Join me every Sunday as I help you add a little Disney magic to your recipes at home, find some Disney magic at your local grocery, or discover delicious escapes at the Disney parks.

What better way to begin this project on Disney and food then with the big cheese himself?  With the mouse that started it all for Walt Disney, I bring you the mouse's most famous form: the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar.  Just thinking about the bar brings me back to those childhood summers when a cold treat was welcome on a hot day.  All fun and games would take a breather when that magical music box tune interrupted the shouts of laughter and play through the neighborhood.  My brother and sister and I would run to mother for a dollar to get a delicious cold treat to cure the hot and stickiness of the humid New Jersey summer. 

The Ice Cream man's truck was decorated with colorful menu signs showing some fun treats like the Flintstones push-up pops, the red white and blue Firecracker popsicles, and even a green colored ice cream treat in the shape of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  Though I was partial to the Nestle Crunch ice cream bar, I did change it up a few times for a Mickey Mouse bar.  There was nothing more satisfying than biting into the chocolate dipped ear, hearing the clean snap of the chocolate and feeling it melt in your mouth as you dug deeper into the creamy chocolate ice cream inside.  Perhaps the juxtaposition between the snapping chocolate coating and the creamy ice cream made this a unique summer treat.  Perhaps it was Mickey's chocolate smiling face that let you know it was okay to devour him.  Perhaps the seasonality of the treat and the memories of visiting Disney World or watching a Mickey Mouse cartoon helped make the frozen treat extra sweet.  Whatever it was, the Disney magic made this summer treat extra special.

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Through the years, Mickey Mouse's ice cream form has gone through many design and name changes such as the Mickey's Parade Ice Cream bar by Good Humor or Nestle's Mickey Mouse Premium Ice Cream Bar you can find in the parks today.  I haven't visited the neighborhood ice cream truck at all in the past decade, so I am not certain if Mickey is still available though a few years ago, I did stumble upon a nice surprise in the frozen food aisle at our local supermarket. Around that time, Disney brand food items were popping up all over the supermarket, and thankfully, the Disney food manufacturers had the sense to produce the Mickey Mouse ice cream bar, with the same chocolate dipped ears and chocolate ice cream features. Under yet another new name, the Chocolate Ears Mickey ice cream bars seem a bit smaller than the Good Humor bar of my childhood; nonetheless, it's great to have these bars available for your home freezer.  When you're feeling too old to visit the ice cream man and you're too far to visit the Disney parks' ice cream vendors, bring some Disney dessert magic into your life with this new incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bar.


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Past Sunday Brunch

     - Disney Theme Park Cookbook

     - Boardwalk's Chocolate Chip Crumbcake
     - Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza
     - Hamm Cupcakes
     - Honeydoodles
     - Kermit Cupcakes
     - Tonga Toast

Restaurant Reviews
     - 1900 Park Fare
     - 50's Prime Time
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 1)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 2)

     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 3)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 4)
     - Beaches and Cream
     - Bengal Barbecue (Disneyland)
     - Boardwalk Bakery (pre Refurbishment)

     - Boardwalk Bakery Post Refurbishment (Part 1/2)
     - Boulangerie Patisserie (France Bakery)
     - Captain Cook's (Polynesian)
     - Casey's Corner
     - Club 33

     - Columbia Harbour House
     - Coral Reef
     - Cozy Cone
     - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
     - Earl of Sandwich
     - El Pirata y el Perico
     - Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe (DCA)
     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 1)

     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 2)
     - Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
     - Golden Oak Outpost
     - Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland)
     - Katsura Grill

     - Kona Cafe
     - Kouzzina
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (more snacks!)
     - Kusafiri Bakery

     - Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation)
     - L'Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
     - Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France Pavilion)
     - Liberty Tree Tavern
     - Lotus Blossom
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks (Part 2)

     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Cones
     - 'Ohana
     - 'Ohana Revisted
     - Pepper Market (Coronado Springs)
     - Pinocchio's Village Haus

     - Pizza PlaNOT
     - Port Orleans Riverside Food Court
     - Prince Eric's Village Market
     - Rose and Crown
     - Sanaa
     - Sci-Fi Dine In

     - Tangaroa Terrace
     - Tangierene Cafe
     - Tokyo Dining
     - Trail's End
     - Tusker House
     - Tutto Gusto
     - Via Napoli
     - The Wave (Breakfast)

Tasty Treats
     - 4th of July Cupcake
     - Beignets (Port Orleans French Quarter)
     - Big Thunder Ranch dessert
     - Boardwalk Bakery Boxed Lunch
     - Caramel Apples (Karamell-Kuche)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Sleepy Hollow)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Trail's End)

     - Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad
     - Cinnamon Rolls (Main Street Bakery)
     - Crispy Cornflake French Toast (Wolfgang Puck)
     - Darth Vadar Cupcake
     - Disney Cruise Line Chocolate
     - Dole Whip
     - Dole Whips inside the Enchanted Tiki Room

     - Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
     - Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Mama Melrose)
     - Guava Cupcake
     - Holiday Cupcakes
     - Holiday Sandwich at Earl
     - Japanese Disney Snack
     - LeFou's Brew

     - Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
     - Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
     - Mexico Pavilion Tacos
     - Mickey's Magix
     - Mickey Fun Bar

     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar
     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar: Time for Seconds
     - Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Cup
     - Mickey Mouse Pretzel
     - Milkshake (Whispering Canyon)
     - Mini Corn Dogs (Casey's Corner)
     - Peanut Butter Cupcake
     - Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Pie (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - Pina Colada Bread Pudding (Disney Cruise Line)

     - Pineapple Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Quiche of the Day (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - S'mores Brownie
     - S'mores Cupcake
     - Sacristain from France
     - Sunshine Tree Terrace Cup
     - Disney Parks Shortbread Rounds

     - Summer Delight cupcake (Hollywood Studios)
     - Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
     - Teriyaki Chicken Handroll (2013 Food and Wine)
     - Marshmallow Kabob
     - Waffles around Walt Disney World
     - Yule Log (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Zebra Cupcakes and Zebra Domes

Forgotten Favorites
     - Mickey's Kitchen
     - Odyssey
     - The Odyssey of the Odyssey

Disney Food History
     - Cheshire Cafe
     - Village Fry Shoppe

Interesting Interviews
     - The World's Biggest Earl Fan?

     - Ratatouille Bonus Feature

     - Art of Animation Food Cart
     - Battle Gingerbread
     - Celebration, FL's Main Street Cafe
     - Culinary Adventures
     - Disney Mothers
     - Disney "Flower" Arrangements
     - Disneyland Popcorn Cart Avatars
     - Egg-celent adventure at Grand Floridian

     - Five Disney Restaurants
     - Pizza Planet's Easter Pineapple Coconut Cupcake
     - First French Toast ever served at Art of Animation
     - First Tonga Toast Experience
     - Food and Wine 2013
     - Food and Wine Part 1
     - Food and Wine Part 2
     - Food and Wine Part 3

     - Food and Wine Part 4
     - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
     - Halloween Snacks around Disney
     - Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat
     - Mama Melrose's Back Story
     - My Time at the Confectionary
     - Ode to Club Cool's Beverly

     - Sleepy Hollow Story
     - Snow White's Wishing Apple
     - Super Foods
     - Tales of a Magic Kingdom Nut Wagon Cast Member

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