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
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!
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.
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
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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