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Some of our most joyous times at Foodbeast come when we're tasked with chronicling new food the Disneyland team brings into the park. As an appropriate followup to our list of 26 Magical Foods To Eat At Disneyland, we're now showing you the hottest foods (and drinks) available for the park's well-celebrated holiday season.

Don't you dare sleep on getting yourself a slice of Chorizo Pizza. Yes, Chorizo Pizza. With cotija cheese. And pico. And a tomatillo-cilantro crema drizzle.

Aaaah!! Just go see for yourself:

DISNEYLAND (the O.G. park)

French Market Restaurant (New Orleans Square)

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  • Deck of Cards Cake (above)
  • Praline Cheesecake

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (Main Street)
Next to the Penny Arcade at the end of Main Street.

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  • Holiday Sprinkles Premium Cone (above): a chocolate-dipped waffle cone that's covered in crushed peppermint. There's a limited supply on these, however.
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  • Peppermint Ice Cream (above): Peppermint-flavored vanilla ice cream. Clarabelle's in California Adventure also serves these items.

Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country)

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  • Pulled Pork Hot Dog (above): A seared hot dog topped with BBQ pulled pork, citrus slaw, fried jalapeños, fresh cilantro and served on a toasted roll.
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  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake (above): Funnel cake topped with apple pie filling, caramel, powdered sugar and graham crackers.

Mint Julep Bar (New Orleans Square)
If you blink, you'll miss it. The tiny Mint Julep Bar is near the back of the French Market. Usually there's a line, so if you're stuffed you'll have plenty of time for your food to digest before indulging your sweet tooth.

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  • Candy Cane Beignets (above): Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets dusted with a peppermint powdered sugar. You can also find the Candy Cane Beignets at Cafe Orleans.

Penny Arcade (Main Street)
Sure you can't get penny candies with inflation these days, but that doesn't mean you can't still get dope sweets to fill your gut with. Like most candy stores in the Disney Parks, you can find tons of holiday-exclusive snacks and sweets. Here are some we bit into.

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  • Olaf Cake Pop (above)
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  • Gourmet Apple (above)
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  • Olaf Marshmallow (above)

Frozen fans might be able to find the Olaf marshmallows and cake pops after the holidays. Frozen, after all, is still crazy popular.

Plaza Inn Restaurant (Main Street)
Located practically at the center of the park, across from the statue and next to Tomorrowland, is the Plaza Inn Restaurant. You can find delicious fried chicken and sweet waffles year-round, here.

  • Pumpkin Yule Log (available until Dec. 6): A spice cake stuffed with marmalade filling and pumpkin mouse. It's topped with cream cheese and a chocolate ganache frosting.
  • Chocolate Coffee Yule Log (available Dec. 7-Jan. 6): A cake stuffed with coffee butter cream filling. It's topped with chocolate crunch and chocolate ganache.

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  • Mini Pumpkin Pie (above)

Royal Street Veranda (New Orleans Square)

  • Banana Fritters with Crème Anglaise (above)
  • Eggnog
  • Eggnog Latte

Stage Door Café (Frontierland)
Another hidden gem tucked away behind The Golden Horseshoe. Lines here are usually shorter than most spots in the area.

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  • Holiday Funnel Cake (featured): Funnel cake topped with brownie chunks, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. It's sprinkled with powdered sugar and crushed candy cane pieces.

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE (the park with the coasters)

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta (Paradise Pier)
On the opposite end of Paradise Pier is a little remote Oasis Disneyland calls Viva Navidad! Though it's only for the holidays, Disney throws a celebration of Latino traditions all day long. This includes awesome live music and performances surrounding Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Grill.

Best of all is the food.

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  • Chorizo Pizza (above): A thick crust pizza topped with cotija cheese, spicy chorizo, fresh pico de gallo and a tomatillo-cilantro crema drizzle.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake

Boudin Bread Cart (Pacific Wharf)
These look and sounded so awesome. Unfortunately they're not yet available. Definitely going back for them.

  • Candy Cane-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)
  • Snowman-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)
  • Christmas Tree-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Pacific Wharf)
  • Carnitas Plate (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3): Slow-simmered pork that's marinated in garlic, onions and orange. It's served with Mexican rice, refried beans and flour tortillas.

Cozy Cone Motel (Cars Land)
Look for the giant orange cones and you'll soon find yourselves devoting these delicious pumpkin twists. They can also be found at Maurice's Treats Snack Cart at Disneyland parked in the Fantasy Faire area.

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  • Pumpkin Twist (above): A bagel twist with baked in pumpkin filling and spices.

Mad T Party (Hollywood Land)
Walking into the park, keep your ears out for some live music and eyes out for neon lights. There, you'll find the Mad T Party and these spectacular treats.

  • Merry Mudslide
  • ACE Hard Berry Cider

Pacific Wharf Café (Paradise Pier)
Near the entrance of Paradise Pier, the Pacific Wharf Cafe features some of the most savory soups and bread bowls around. They kind of have to dominate the bread game seeing as how they're right next to the bakery.

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  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup (featured): Turkey, peas and carrots in a cream-based broth. Served in a sourdough bread bowl.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding (above): Pumpkin-flavored bread pudding topped with whipped cream, a sweet sauce and shelled pumpkin seeds.
  • Candy Cane-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)
  • Snowman-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)
  • Christmas Tree-Shaped Bread (available Dec. 18-Jan. 3)

Paradise Garden Grill (Paradise Pier)
Part of the Viva Navidad! mentioned earlier. Tons of sweet and savory comfort foods for you to enjoy.

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  • Homemade Pozole: A mild chilie and pork stew made with hominy and oregano.
  • Street-Style Tacos: Three tacos filled with shredded beef or marinated pork. The tacos are topped with cilantro and diced white onions.
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  • Buñuelos (above) - Golden-fried flour tortillas coated with cinnamon sugar. It's served with cajeta, a sweet caramelized syrup made from goat's milk.
  • Champurrado: Mexican hot chocolate made with masa harina for a thicker texture.
  • Sopes de Barbacoa: Fried cornmeal patties topped with chorizo beans, shredded beef and cabbage. The sopes are topped with cotija cheese and served with a side of achiote rice.
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  • Sweet Pineapple and Raisin Tamales (above): Sweet tamales baked made with pineapples and golden raisins and served with a pineapple-caramel sauce.
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  • Ceviche Plate (above): Fish and shrimp marinated in citrus, cilantro, chiles and onions. It's served with tortilla chips.
  • Chicken Mole: A piece of roasted chicken drenched in a mole sauce and topped with cotija cheese. It's served with cord salad and achiote rice.

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  • Torta al Pastor (above): Marinated pork with chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash and Mexican crema served on a telera roll.
Schmoozies (Hollywood Land)
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  • Holiday Harvest Smoothie (above): A blend of spinach, pineapple, banana, yogurt and orange guava juice.
Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak)
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  • Gingerbread Man (above)

You can find the Gingerbread Man cookies, complete with mouse ears, at pretty much any bakery in both parks.

Words and Photos by Pete Pham
Pete's favorite foods include pizza, tacos and pretty much any kind of breakfast. He'll usually snap a photo or two while his food cools down.

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