REVIEW: Created in the Lab Sundae and Alcoholic Ice Cream Floats Arrive for Halloween at Clarabelle’s in Disney California Adventure

Katie Francis

REVIEW: Created in the Lab Sundae and Alcoholic Ice Cream Floats Arrive for Halloween at Clarabelle’s in Disney California Adventure

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is offering two new alcoholic ice cream floats and the new Created in the Lab Sundae for Halloween at Disney California Adventure.

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

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Clarabelle’s is located on Buena Vista Street between Trolley Treats and Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Cafe.

Halloween Menu

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  • ๐Ÿ†• Created in the Lab Sundae – $10.79
  • ๐Ÿ†• Pumpkin Ale Hard Float – $18
  • ๐Ÿ†• Apple Strudel Hard Float – $18

*NEW* Created in the Lab Sundae – $10.79

Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Sauce, Licorice Laces and Whipped Topping

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This sundae is by no means earth-shattering, but it’s a perfectly acceptable dessert. It’s tasty.

The licorice is wearing multiple hats here; its stitch-like in appearance, giving this sundae its spooky monster aesthetic. It’s also strawberry flavored, effectively complementing the sauce interspersed throughout and contributing to this treat’s cohesive strawberry flavor. It’s even small enough to pick around if licorice isn’t your thing.

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The ice cream is sweet and the strawberry flavor is consistent and welcomed. It’s a simple, but tasty strawberry sundae โ€” if you like them, you’ll like this. Our biggest issue is the price, as while a solid portion is provided, $11 does seem a bit steep for what you get.

*NEW* Pumpkin Ale Hard Float – $18

Elysian Brewing Night Owl Pumpkin Ale with Maple Ice Cream and Seasonal Garnish.

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We expected this to be quite tasty, as the Pumpkin Down Float, another pumpkin-based beverage typically offered during the Halloween season at Disneyland Resort, is always delicious. Unfortunately, the Pumpkin Ale Hard Float is a rare miss for Clarabelle’s. The beer itself is what’s holding this float back, as the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing is just too bitter of a base.

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The maple ice cream scooped inside is good by itself, but can’t save the bitterness of the beer. This float could’ve been a real winner had the same ice cream been combined with a better pumpkin beer, but in its current form, we think you can pass on it.

*NEW* Apple Strudel Hard Float – $18

Honest Abe Hard Apple Cider with Apple Strudel Ice Cream and Caramel Drizzle.

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This is, without a doubt, the best offering on Clarabelle’s new Halloween menu. All of the flavors complement each other; the Honest Abe Hard Apple Cider serves as a light and crisp pool for the sweet apple strudel ice cream, creating a cohesive float that’s genuinely refreshing. There’s even a bit of texture present, as there are welcomed apple and strudel chunks in the ice cream. The cup can get a bit messy because of the caramel drizzle, but the extra napkins are worth it โ€” this float is a winner.

Halloween offerings at Disneyland will be available through November 9.

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