REVIEW: Chicken Tikka Masala, Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte, and More from Favorite Things Marketplace at the 2022 Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure
Available during the 2022 Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, which runs from November 11, 2022, to January 8, 2023, is the Favorite Things marketplace! Similar to previous years, this booth takes classic holiday dishes and infuses some extra flavor and spice into them!
Menu for Favorite Things Marketplace at Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays 2022
🆕 Chicken Tikka Masala – $7.50
🆕 Mrs. Claus’ Hot Cocoa Macaron – $6.50
🆕Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte – $6.75
🆕Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte Cocktail – $16.00
Photos of Menu Items from Favorite Things Marketplace at Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays 2022
*NEW* Chicken Tikka Masala – $7.50
with Cardamom Basmati Rice, Lemon Raita, Cilantro, and Garlic Naan Crumble
This is a really nice comfort food entry. It’s slightly spicy, but not overly so, and it’s just a simple, well done dish that hits you in the soul. It’s heavy on the masala, so the chicken and other flavors are hard to pick out in the sea of spices, but that’s what the dish is and what we expect from a chicken tikka masala.
We don’t pick up any cardamom in the rice, but it’s good to have a solid rice base with this dish. Overall, this is an offering that tastes like coming home for the holidays, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
*NEW* Mrs. Claus’ Hot Cocoa Macaron – $6.50
Inspired by the Disney+ Series “The Santa Clauses,” Red Macaron filled with Chocolate Hot Cocoa Filling and Ganache, finished with a Chocolate Decoration
This one was almost really good. We get what it’s going for, but it just didn’t quite achieve it.
The ganache in the center (as seen below) was thick and delicious, but the hot cocoa cream that surrounds it was only okay.
It had an odd tang to it, like that of cream cheese, which wasn’t the right choice for this. It’s a beautiful dessert, but it’s probably better for Instagram than for the palate.
*NEW* Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte – $6.75
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.® Mexico Origin Blend Coffee, Demerara Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Vanilla Bean, and Almond Milk, garnished with Churro Syrup, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Toffee Crumbles
We loved this cold brew latte, which has all the fun of a cup of coffee with the cinnamon sugar flavors of churro and toffee, two of Disneyland’s favorite treats. The coffee isn’t entirely lost in the shuffle of the latte, as is often the case with the more intense cold brew drinks here at the resort.
The dark roasted flavor of the coffee works well with the churro and toffee flavors that get added to it. This one is a winner!
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.® Mexico Origin Blend Coffee, Mr. Black Cold Brew Liqueur, Demerara Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Vanilla Bean, and Almond Milk, garnished with Churro Syrup, Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Toffee Crumbles
This has the same base as the other latte, with only a coffee liqueur added to it. The addition of the liqueur to make it a cocktail isn’t world-changing, but it does bring an extra aspect to the experience.
Overall, we enjoyed the non-alcoholic version better simply because it’s so well done that even adding the coffee liqueur flavor is unnecessary.
Watch our video review of all the Festival of Holidays marketplaces:
Did any of these flavorful takes on a classic holiday dish become your new favorite, or will you stick to the original version? Let us know in the comment section below.
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