REVIEW: Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter and Chocolate Tamale – Valentine’s Month at Disneyland Park

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Disneyland Park is celebrating Valentine’s Month from January 22 – February 18, 2019. In addition to the variety of Mickey-themed decor, merchandise, and food offered across Disneyland Resort for the Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, there are special Minnie Mouse inspired treats and cuisine throughout Disneyland Park. Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland is offering two options; the molcajete platter and a chocolate tamale.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

Molacajete Platter – $27.99

I’m a huge Mexican food fan and went into this very optimistic, as the purple fish tacos were delicious. For a price point of almost $30, I was hoping this would be great. It was mediocre at best.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

This platter, which actually comes in a bowl, offers a variety of grilled and charred fare. I’m assuming with this price it is intended to share with your sweetheart, or other hungry Disneyland companion. Honestly I’d say yes, there is enough to share. But for $30, you can get something much more satisfying.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

The bowl it comes in was very pretty and they arrange the food to be presented nicely. You get five large shrimp, four huge chunks of carne asada, a chorizo sausage cut in half, one serrano pepper, the glob of cheese, a hunk of cactus, a charred green onion, rice, cilantro, half a lime, and five tortillas.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

Sadly, less than half was good. I’m not 100% sure what the tortillas are for, as everything was quite dry and adding shrimp or asada to a dry tortilla only makes it more dry. You can get additional salsa (for 99 cents, of course) which might help. The rice was dry with minimal flavor. The chorizo was more of a chorizo jerky. The carne asada wasn’t terrible and had good flavor but seemed to fall flat with everything else. The shrimp was good, again there was some flavor, but for $30, it should’ve been outstanding. The onion and pepper were average, with a charred flavor.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

The cheese was actually delicious. It was gooey and melty with a slight crust, and fun to cut apart and eat. I’d buy that on its own. Lastly, we’re left with the cactus. This was my first experience eating cactus, and if this is how all cactus tastes, it will be my last.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

There was a bit of a sauce at the bottom, but not nearly enough to make this salvageable and not dry. Skip this and start a petition for that cheese to be sold separately.

Chocolate Tamale – $7.99

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

We weren’t quite sure what to expect with this. It was either going to be amazing or awful. Out of three of us trying it, only one liked it.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

Ours doesn’t look quite as pretty as the picture on the sign. The espresso whipped cream fell off before I could even pay. We placed it back on top for this picture and it fell back off again.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

It does look like a traditional tamale. The color can be a bit off-putting. The texture was exactly like a tamale and you can taste the masa, so two of us thought it tasted like chocolate corn. The other taster, who loves tamales, liked it. It does have a strong chocolate flavor. The whipped cream on top did mix in well and I enjoyed my bites with the whipped topping more. Not sure the cherry compote is needed.

Rancho del Zocalo Molcajete Platter Chocolate Tamale Valentine's Month at Disneyland Park

We give Disneyland an A for effort on trying to pull this off. If you are a chocolate and/or a tamale fan, you may like this. If you don’t like tamales, corn, or chocolate… then definitely skip. Be sure to follow along with us all week for updates on all the new food hitting the parks.

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Ali

Ali is a SoCal transplant by way of Milwaukee. When not on a pool deck coaching swimming or training for Spartan/runDisney races she is usually found at Disneyland (or WDW whenever possible).

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