REVIEW: Brown Sugar Steam Bun, White Hot Chocolate, and Apple Cider Cocktail for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

For the 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure, guests can pick up some special treats from the seasonal cart at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Seasonal Cart for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Menu for Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Seasonal Cart for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

Food Item:

  • 🆕Brown Sugar Steam Bun: Brown sugar steam bun topped with blue cream cheese icing – $6.75

Beverages:

  • 🆕White Hot Chocolate: Blue white chocolate topped with toasted marshmallow whipped cream and purple sugar (non-alcoholic) – $6.25
  • 🆕Warm Apple Cider Cocktail: Hot apple cider, spices, and cinnamon whiskey garnished with a cinnamon stick and a caramel rim – $16

Photo of Menu Items from Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Seasonal Cart for 2022 Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure

*NEW* Brown Sugar Steam Bun – $6.75

Brown sugar steam bun topped with blue cream cheese icing

This is a very enjoyable snack. For something described first as brown sugar, this is surprisingly less sweet than one would expect.

The bread doesn’t carry a huge amount of sugar, though it is subtly sweet. The kick of sweetness from the cream cheese icing does take it up a notch to be a sugary treat, but as it is served in a cup on the side, each diner is allowed to doll it out as they see fit so as not to be overwhelmed.

And on its own, this is just a great, slightly sweet, steamed roll.

We thoroughly enjoyed this snack and we would like to get it again, but with so many great offerings here at the Lunar New Year festival, it’s definitely a tough decision.

*NEW* White Hot Chocolate (non-alcoholic) – $6.25

Blue white chocolate topped with toasted marshmallow whipped cream and purple sugar

This is better than the blue milk on Batuu. It is perfectly creamy on its own and the toasted marshmallow cream really puts it over the top.

It doesn’t taste anything like chocolate, so it’s not so much a hot cocoa as it is warm milk.

But either way, it’s very enjoyable with a good flavor and not overly sweet.

We would definitely get this one again.

*NEW* Warm Apple Cider Cocktail – $16

Hot apple cider, spices, and cinnamon whiskey garnished with a cinnamon stick and a caramel rim

This one is not great, but not terrible either. It kind of sits in the realm of unremarkable.

It is heavily spiced, with cinnamon being the predominant flavor, so much so that it almost hides the apple flavor of the cider. The alcohol bite is subtle but present.

And the caramel dripping rim seems like it would be a good idea, but it just kind of gets everywhere and runs down the glass. Not the best cocktail available at the festival, so we would skip this one.

These sweet treats and drinks are available from January 21 through February 13 for the Lunar New Year celebrations.

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