Sunday, 22 September 2013

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Needing to find a place to charge up our midday glucose levels and hide from the summer sun, my family found shelter and snacks at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street USA in Disneyland.

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

We picked up two sweet treats to share amongst the four of us. The display case had everything from Mickey-themed cookies, to cinnamon buns, to muffins and scones. There are coffees, specialty drinks, simple sandwiches and salads for sale too. I would say this cafe resembles the Starbucks inside the California Adventure park.

Matterhorn Macaroon ($1.99) and Raspberry Almond Twist ($3.49)

I was really excited about the Matterhorn Macaroon. Not only because I love coconut macaroons (duhh, I am Coconut Crumpet for a reason), but the concept of using Matterhorn and it actually looking like the mountain is adorable! However, I was originally skeptical about the taste; poorly made macaroons (please do not confuse with the macarons) can end up extremely chewy and overly sweet. To my pleasant surprise, this was neither! It was a beautifully crafted macaroon with tender, fine flakes of coconut with the perfect level of sweetness. A very well executed traditional coconut macaroon. The massive size also contributes to it being such a great deal for two dollars. No joke, this is a mountain of coconut.

The pastry of the Raspberry Almond Twist was like a danish, flaky and a bit chewy. The filling consisted of a thin layer of raspberry jam which provides all the sweetness this items needs. Sliced almonds were generously sprinkled on one side but were not toasted, therefore lacking the aromatic flavour of almonds. I would have preferred that there was no icing sugar dusted on top. Although this twist was okay, I wouldn't purposely recommend it.

Helpful Tip: Cups of ice water are provided for free when asked for! Really appreciated on a hot summer day and when you don't feel like hunting down a water fountain to fill up your water bottle.

Outdoor Seating at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
The outdoor patio seating is beautiful, and the building blocks the afternoon sun rays, making it a great place to cool down. There is ample outdoor seating (with umbrellas!) and no indoor seating. All of Disneyland is built with the most exquisite and well-designed themes. Everything is kept sparkling clean as well. We were here just as the Soundsational Parade was taking place. Although we were still a distance away from the parade route, I would much rather have a glimpse of the floats and performers from the shady patio than have to be sandwiched between a bunch of other people out in the blazing sun. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is well worth a visit and makes a great place for a relaxing afternoon nibble.

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Love from Coconut Crumpet's Corner ♡

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