Pair a Disney Holiday Movie with a Holiday Treat
What’s cozier than curling up with your favorite Disney holiday movie and a yummy holiday treat? Disney has the ability to produce that warm and fuzzy feeling in all their movies. Now combine that with some holiday cheer and you have the ultimate cozy night in.  So let’s get in the spirit, eh? I’ve posted some recipes below I found on other blogs for inspiration!

1. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas/Hot Buttered Rum: Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, this is a heartwarming melange of classic stories told by our favorite characters. This is the perfect show to play in the background while you’re decorating the Christmas tree. It’s been on Netflix for a few years now along with the sequel, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas. For a show that gives you all the warm fuzzies, it should be accompanied by a warm drink like a Hot Buttered Rum. Here’s a step-by-step recipe from The Kitchen is My Playground

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Hot Buttered Rum | The Kitchen is My Playground Hot Buttered Rum | The Kitchen is My Playground

2. I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Red and Green M&M’s: This nostalgic 90’s Jonathan Taylor Thomas film deserves to be complemented with red and green M&M’s, which also became popular during the 90’s. They’re still playing the classic M&M’s “They DO exist!” commercial to this day! Bonus: Red & Green Hershey kisses! Take a Christmas commercial break and slip into your P.J.’s. Be still my 90’s teenage heart!

I'll Be Home for Christmas | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

I’ll Be Home for Christmas | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Red and Green Christmas M&M's

 

3. Pluto’s Christmas Tree/Mulled Wine: This is a cozy classic cartoon that aired in 1952. It features classic Disney characters, so it only makes sense to match it with a classic Christmas drink. Mulled wine is the pinnacle of warmth and coziness. Combining cloves, cinnamon, oranges, and wine to make a picture-perfect holiday drink for a picture-perfect holiday cartoon. I tried Sweet & Savory’s mulled wine recipe last year and it was delicious.

You can watch Pluto’s Christmas Tree and other Disney shorts here!

Easy Mulled Wine | Sweet & Savory

Easy Mulled Wine | Sweet & Savory

 

4. Beauty and the Beast’s Enchanted Christmas/Madeleines: With actors like Angela Lansbury, Paige O’Hara, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters, this cast is stunning and the movie is highly underrated. The CGI is a little corny and outdated at times, but the music is actually quite good and probably the only Disney classic spin-off that I recommend to anyone. (Sorry Lion King 1 1/2!) Since Beauty and the Beast is set in France, it would be fun to make traditional french cookies, like madeleines or macarons. And holy cow, you should check out this recipe for Pumpkin Madeleines with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt from Fig and Bleu. I can’t wait to try it. Another (more laborious) option would be the cute and classic Chocolat Buche de Noel (a.k.a. Yule Log Cake).

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas | Image Source: The Walt Disney Company

Pumpkin Madeleines with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt | Fig & Bleu

Pumpkin Madeleines with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt | Fig & Bleu

 

5. The Santa Clause/Hot Chocolate: Another 90’s hit that we’ve all watched at least 30 times by now. And for good reason too. It’s one of the few holiday movies that have a good plot, great cast, good writing, and something you don’t mind watching every year. As a kid, I wished someday I’d have a CD (Cocoa Dispenser) in my car like the one Charlie installs in the sleigh. Until Tesla makes all my hot chocolate wishes come true, I suppose a homemade batch will do.

The Santa Clause | Image Source: The Walt Disney Company

Mickey Holiday Hot Cocoa

My new favorite cocoa cup featured in my Pumpkin Spice Waffle post!

 

6. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year/Baked Brie with Honey: Pooh Bear is very near and dear to my heart since I spent A LOT of time with him when I worked at Disney World. If you catch my drift. Of course, you can’t enjoy your favorite bear without a honey related treat! Brie with apples are my family’s favorite Christmas morning snack. Especially delicious is the kind wrapped in dough and drizzled with some honey. Check out this beautiful Honey Almond Baked Brie recipe from The Seasoned Mom. This adorable film is on Hulu and used to be available on Netflix, but they removed it last year. Oh, bother!

A Very Merry Pooh Year | Image Source: The Walt Disney Company

Honey Almond Baked Brie | The Seasoned Mom

 

7. Ernest Saves Christmas/Reindeer Poop: Remember that weird fad where we gave out poop related Christmas treats to our relatives? Back in the day, cocoa puffs were “reindeer poop” and marshmallows were considered “snowman poop.” In memory of the wacky Disney legend, Jim Varney (a.ka. Ernest and Slinky Dog from Toy Story), I say we bring that strange tradition back. You can go the extra mile and try these reindeer poop cookies from Life is Sweeter by Design. Although Ernest wasn’t produced by Disney, it is the first movie that was filmed in Disney World. Parts of the movie were filmed in Hollywood Studios, then known as MGM Studios!

Ernest Saves Chrismas

Ernest Saves Christmas | Image Source: Touchstone Pictures

Reindeer Poop Cookies from Life is Sweeter by Design

 

8. The Muppet Christmas Carol/Magic Cookie Bars: Of all the Disney-made Christmas Carol interpretations, this one is my favorite. The music is absolutely fantastic and you can’t go wrong with Michael Caine as Scrooge. Jim Henson had a way of parodying classics without detracting from the story and making it accessible to both kids and adults. For this cheery musical, make an equally cheery treat like Magic Cookie Bars, combining all the yummy goodness of baked goods into one bar. Here’s an extra special Seven Layer Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bar recipe made with the classic aforementioned red and green M&M’s from Love from the Oven. Ugh, they’re so beautiful!

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures/Jim Henson Productions

Magic Cookie Bars | Love from the Oven

Magic Cookie Bars | Love from the Oven

 

9. The Magic of Christmas at Disneyland/Very Merry Christmas Party Pumpkin Spice Waffles: When I’m feeling the Disney blues, one of the best ways to get my fix is to watch a Disney Park special. This Magic of Christmas at Disneyland features the park rides and shows that were present in the 90’s. It’s also free on YouTube! There are newer Disney Christmas specials, like the parades they air every year on Christmas day. For these television specials, you can make the beloved pumpkin spice waffles they serve at Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas party. I recreated the dessert in an earlier post here.

 

10. Nightmare Before Christmas/Christmas Sangria: Disney really struck gold with this plotline. A movie that features both Halloween AND Christmas? They can rake in the dough by showing this movie continuously from October to December on Freeform. For this seemingly sinister yet cozy Christmas film, I’d opt for something classy with a twist, like Christmas sangria. Here’s a gorgeous Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria from Jerry James Stone.

Jack Skellington The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas | Image Source: Walt Disney Studios

Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria | Jerry James Stone

Cranberry & Rosemary White Christmas Sangria | Jerry James Stone

 

11. Babes in Toyland: As a musical theatre lover from a young age, I’ve always loved this film. A beautiful musical with ballet and a gorgeous score deserves a beautiful treat like divinity. The almost unbearable sweetness of divinity matches the unbearable sweetness of this 1960’s musical. The Domestic Rebel provides an “Easy Homemade Divinity Recipe” here.

Babes in Toyland | Image Source: Walt Disney Productions

Babes in Toyland | Image Source: Walt Disney Productions

Easy Homemade Divinity | The Domestic Rebel

Easy Homemade Divinity | The Domestic Rebel

 

12. Prep & Landing/Gingerbread Cookies: So, I’m not a huge fan of this movie. It was a bit past my childhood and I don’t think it holds up against the others. I won’t judge you if this happens to be you’re favorite though!  Anyway, the movie stars some high-tech elves who use their GBM’s, or, Gingerbread Men Scanners, to scan whether “creatures are stirring.” You can keep with the theme and make some gingerbread! Check out this cute replica of the gingerbread scanners from Disney Family.

Prep and Landing

Prep and Landing | Image Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Gingerbread Man Scanner CookiesGingerbread Men Scanner Cookies | Disney Family

 

13. ‘Twas the Night/Eggnog: Remember when Bryan Cranston did Disney original movies? As a throwback to when Cranston was taking any job that was offered to him, might as well do a throwback to the classic Christmas drink, eggnog. Try the 10-Minute Homemade Eggnog from Whole and Heavenly Oven! The full movie is available to rent on YouTube.

Twas the Night | Image Source: Buena Vista Television

Twas the Night | Image Source: Buena Vista Television

10 Minute Homemade Eggnog | Whole and Heavenly Oven

 

14. Frozen/Frozen Hot Chocolate: Fine. I’ll acknowledge the Frozen elephant in the room. I think most of the world is over this movie, but if you just can’t let it go, I suggest pairing this one with a frozen hot chocolate. This is especially suitable if you live somewhere close to the equator! Here’s an awesome and simple recipe from Fake Ginger.

Frozen | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Frozen | Image Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Frozen Hot Chocolate | Fake Ginger

Frozen Hot Chocolate | Fake Ginger

Ready for a snuggly night in? Grab your favorite blankie, a favorite treat, and take in a movie. The winter isn’t getting any warmer so why not warm yourself with a Disney classic and something delicious. What’s your favorite holiday treat? Leave in the comments below!