Hello again everyone! I love working with Get Away Today because I often get to undertake the task of recreating some of Disney’s DELICIOUS park foods. Today I’m sharing a copycat Disneyland recipe with you… because we all know half the reason anyone travels to the Disneyland Resort is for the FOOD! This Copycat Disney Corn Dog recipe tastes just like the real thing, and will make you feel like you’re right there in Disneyland, soaking up the Southern California sun. Those of us experiencing winter right now could really use some of that sunshine, right?!
Copycat Disney Corn Dog Recipe
The food at the Disney Parks is not only delicious, but has nostalgia as well. The smell of cinnamon churros makes me want to relax at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land with the sounds of Mater singing in the background. Fresh, buttery popcorn reminds me of the happy feeling I get watching Disney Characters parade down Main Street, U.S.A.. The sweet taste of a Dole Whip puts a smile on my face as I think about the jokes on Jungle Cruise Adventure. What’s your favorite Disneyland treat? What happy travel memories does it bring to your mind?
A few years ago, my family and I had a chance to visit Disneyland for a vacation. One afternoon at Disney California Adventure Park, we happened upon what has become one of our new favorite foods – the Disneyland corn dog!
At the time, my little boy was too short to ride on Goofy’s Flight School attraction, so he and I had a few minutes to spare while the rest of our family group went on the dizzying roller coaster. We could smell something fried and delicious being made nearby, so we headed over to check it out.
The Corndog Castle was making hand dipped, freshly fried corn dogs. We had heard people say good things about Disneyland corn dogs, so we decided to taste them for ourselves! It was a VERY good decision. They were so tasty! What is it about carnival style food that makes it so satisfying?
I decided to try my hand at a copycat Disney corn dog recipe, to see if we could replicate our Resort food experience at home. There are a LOT of recipes online that I sorted through and discarded. The recipe I’m sharing today for a copycat Disney corn dog is a happy mix of many of the recipes I went through. I hope you love it and that these corn dogs bring you back to a magical moment on Paradise Pier.
Copycat Disney Corn Dog Recipe
Copycat Disney Corn Dog
- 3/4 C corn meal
- 3/4 C flour
- 1 T sugar
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 T cooking oil
- 2 T honey
- 3/4 C buttermilk
- 8 hot dogs
- 2 C oil for frying
- 8 wooden dowels
Place dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix until fully combined.
In a separate container, add the egg, oil and honey. Stir together so the egg is beaten.
Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients bowl. Add the buttermilk and stir all together. Do not over-mix.
Set thick batter aside and allow to set while preparing the oil and hot dogs.
Place a frying pan on the stove and warm to medium heat. Add about 2 cups of oil, or enough for oil to be 1 inch deep.
Poke wooden sticks into the ends of the hot dogs, about 3/4 of the way up the hot dog's center.
Pour a few scoops of the copycat Disney corn dog batter into a tall glass. Dip the hot dog into the glass, rolling it in the batter.
Fry the battered hot dog for about one minute, then rotate it 1/3 of the way around. Continue frying for another minute, then rotate it another 1/3 of the way around. Continue until corn dog is dark, golden brown.
Remove fried corn dog from oil and let it cool on a paper towel. Repeat with all corn dogs.
You can follow along with me below as I make this copycat Disney corn dogs recipe:
Copycat Disney Corn Dog Recipe – Prep Work
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.
Copycat Disney Corn Dog Recipe – Checking the Oil
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!
Copycat Disney Corn Dog Recipe – Frying
Place it into the oil to fry.
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 enjoyed frying up and eating your copycat Disney corn dogs! It was, thankfully, a lot easier than I anticipated to make them at home. Now we can all enjoy a little bit of Disneyland’s carnival eats at home in our own kitchens, anytime!
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