The food at the Disney Parks is not only delicious, but nostalgic as well. The smell of cinnamon churros makes me want to relax at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land with the sound of Mater singing in the background. Fresh buttery popcorn reminds me of the happy feeling I get watching Disney characters dance down Main Street U.S.A. during a parade. The sweet taste of a Dole Whip puts a smile on my face as I think about the ridiculous jokes on the Jungle Cruise adventure. What is your favorite Disney treat? What happy Disney memories does it bring to your mind?
Last fall, my family and I had a chance to visit Disneyland for a fun vacation. One afternoon at Disney California Adventure Park, we happened upon one of our new favorite foods; the Disneyland corn dog!
My little boy was too short to ride on the Goofy's Flight School attraction, so he and I had a few minutes to spare while the rest of our group went on the crazy dizzy rollercoaster. We could smell something fried and delicious being made at the restaurant next to the ride, so we headed over to check it out.
The Corndog Castle was making hand dipped freshly fried corn dogs. We had heard good things about the Disneyland corn dogs and decided to check them out! It was a very good decision. It was so tasty! What is it about carnival food that makes it so satisfying?
I decided to try making hand-dipped corn dogs at home to see if we could replicate the delicious Disneyland Corn Dog Recipe that we experienced on our vacation. There are a lot of recipes online that I sorted through and analyzed. This recipe is a happy compilation of the best recipes I could find. I hope you love it and that the taste brings you back to a magical moment on Paradise Pier.
Copycat Disneyland Corn Dog Recipe
Place the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix them until they are fully combined.
In a separate container add the egg, oil and honey. Stir it together so the egg is beaten.
Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients bowl. Add the buttermilk and stir it all together. Do not over mix it. You just want all the dry ingredients mixed in with the wet.
The batter will be pretty thick. Then, set the batter aside for a few minutes. It will continue to set up while you get the oil and hot dogs ready.
Place a frying pan on your stove and get it warm at medium heat. Pour in about 2 cups of oil. This measurement will depend on the size of your pan. The oil should be about an inch deep.
You can test if your oil is ready for frying by placing a small scoop of batter into the oil. If it floats to the top and starts to bubble, the oil is hot enough for frying. If it starts smoking and cooking the batter really fast, then turn the burner down a little. If the batter sinks and doesn't bubble at all, wait a few minutes longer and try the test again.
Poke the sticks into the ends of the hot dogs. I used caramel apple sticks because they are more sturdy than barbecue skewer sticks. They were also a great legnth. Push the stick to be about 3/4 the way up the hotdog center.
The quality of the hot dog is really important to the finished taste of a copycat Disneyland corn dog. I recommend buying the all beef premium quality dogs.
Place a few scoops of the copycat Disneyland corn dog batter in a tall glass. Dip the hot dog into the glass and roll it around as you pull it out of the batter. The batter should stick to the hot dog. It takes a little bit of practice!
Place it into the oil to fry.
I just want to quickly show you a picture of the first two corn dogs that I cooked. This is what yours will look like if you make the layer of batter on the hot dog too thick. They get all flat and crazy. It really only takes a thin layer of batter to cook up nicely. The good news is that these corn dogs were still tasty. They were just not very pretty.
Let your copycat Disneyland corn dog cook for about one minute and then rotate it about 1/3 of the way around. Wait a minute and then rotate it again. Continue rotating until the corn dog is a dark golden brown. Rotate the dog using tongs on the stick.
Take the corn dog out of the oil and let it cool resting on a paper towel or napkin. Repeat the cooking process until all of the corn dogs are fried and ready.
I hope you have fun frying up your own batch of Copycat Disneyland Corn Dogs! It was easier than I thought it would be to make them. Now we can all enjoy satisfying delicious carnival food in our own kitchens...anytime!
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