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Why Is Disneyland Doing A BIG Push On Latino Foods?

Most would think the most magical part about Disneyland are the beautiful fireworks and thrilling rides, but if you’re a big foodie then you’d agree that the most magical part about this theme park is actually the food and drinks.

Among these Disney dishes and drinks, you can find micheladas, pozole, avocado margaritas, Dole whip and more. Speaking of Dole whip, if you really love that stuff, check out this new mitú pin dedicated to the greatest treat created by man. Check out the yummy list below if you (and your appetite) want to be prepared for your next Disney visit.

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1. Michelada

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If you don’t already know what a Michelada is, it’s a cold beverage that include beer, tomato juice, lemon, tajin and sometimes other ingredients based on your preference. These refreshing beverages are sold right next to the Monsters Inc. ride at Disneyland California Adventure. They’re perfect on hot summer days and are said to help cure hangovers (in case you’ve had a little too much to drink the night before your Disney trip).

2. Esquite (corn cup)

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If you love the corn on the cob that Eloteros sell, then you’ll for sure enjoy these snack-size esquites. The cup comes with a mix of corn, cheese, lemon, mayonnaise and powdered chile.

3. Deep Fried Corn

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This corn is also similar to the type of corn that Eloteros sell, except that this one is deep fried. Also, the corn is topped with Disney’s signature lime cilantro sauce.

4. Mangoneada

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This fruity dessert is the perfect treat on a hot day. It includes diced mangos, topped with chamoy and tajín.

5. Chocolate Churro with Mexican Chocolate Sauce

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This treat is for all of the chocolate lovers. Not only is the churro itself chocolate-flavored, it also comes with a Mexican hot chocolate sauce. De-li-cious.

6. Strawberry Flavored Churro

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This strawberry-flavored churro, also known as the rose gold churro, is amongst the other churros Disneyland offers.

However, if you don’t like chocolate or strawberry, you can also choose from pumpkin spice, cinnamon sugar, apple cinnamon, salted caramel or piña colada.

7. Mango Paleta with Chamoy and Tajín

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This treat is very similar to the mangoneada, except that it comes in the form of a popsicle. The mango-flavored paleta is topped with a drizzle of chamoy and layers of tajín.

8. Tres Leches Parfait

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This dessert was inspired by Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” The tres leches parfait includes layers of vanilla cake, caramel cream and dark rum. So if you have a major sweet tooth, this dessert will definitely do the trick.

9. Caramel Flan

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This caramel-flavored dessert has a similar texture to jello, but is far more creamier and sweeter. During Halloween, this dessert is sold with an orange and pumpkin flavor.

10. Watermelon Lemonade with Tajín

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This refreshing beverage gives you the perfect balance of sweet and salty. When you drink it, it almost tastes as if you were eating sliced watermelon pieces topped with tajín. 

11. Avocado Margarita

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Calling all avocado and tequila lovers! Now you can have both in this ice-cold avocado margarita.

12. Pozole

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Of course there’s no other pozole better than your family’s home-made posole, but if you’re ever at Disneyland during the winter, you might want to try this out.

13. Coctel de Camaron

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If you love seafood, then this little Disney appetizer is made for you. The coctel de camaron is served cold and is topped with a mini crab leg and lemon.

14. Sopes

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These sopes are only available at Disneyland during the winter season. As pictured in the image above, the plate comes with a side of rice and tortilla chips.

15. Carne Asada and Enchiladas

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You can find this delicious dish in Frontierland, Disneyland, located between Thunder Mountain and the Shooting Gallery. The plate comes with dices of carne asada, cheese enchiladas and warm tortillas on the side.

16. Tacos de Barbacoa

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These barbacoa tacos are wrapped in green tortillas and topped with onion slaw, purple cabbage, pickled onions and habanero sauce. You can find these yummy tacos at Knowhere Eats in Disneyland.

17. Taco Cone

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The taco cone is similar to a soft tortilla taco, except that it is wrapped in cone-shaped bread. Inside the bread is refried beans, chicken, molcajete salsa, cotija cheese and lettuce. You can find this taco cone at The Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land at Disneyland.

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18. Nacho Fries

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If you’ve had carne asada fries, then you’ll be familiar with this dish. At Disneyland they offer these nacho fries with carne asada, chicken or carnitas.

19. Burritos

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If you arrive to Disneyland starving, then this burrito plate is what you should order. The dish comes with a side of rice and beans, and is certain to fill you up.

20. Wet Breakfast Burritos

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This burrito is perfect for all of the Disneyland early birds. The breakfast burrito comes with scrambled eggs, chorizo, potatoes, tomatillo sauce and sour cream. You can find it at the Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land.

So, what’s your ultimate favorite Disney dish? 


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Did You Know The First Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina?

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Did You Know The First Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina?

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

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