Going to Disney World is an experience that can’t compare to anything else. And when it comes to the food, it’s definitely on a whole other level. And while many anticipate the towering ice cream treats or the all-too-famous turkey leg, an off-colored dessert deserves way more recognition — Disney’s Grey Stuff. The name in and of itself leaves you scratching your head, but rest assured, it’s a dessert you’ll want to recreate. A vanilla pudding base mixes with fluffy whipped topping and a hefty dose of Oreo crumb.
So what actually is the Grey Stuff? It was released by Disney, inspired by the animation of the 1991 movie Beauty and the Beast. The story is inspired by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s 1740 story, which is set in France. When animating the film in the late 80s and early 90s, Disney illustrators made sure to have elements of period French touches. In the scene when Belle is being served a feast, you see a tray of small appetizers. And it’s here that you see the Grey Stuff swirled on top of a cracker. Technically in the film, the Grey Stuff is supposed to be a pâté or a foie gras. The pate in the movie is a grayish color because it’s probably supposed to mimic that of the oxidized color of duck liver.
Disney, knowing what does and does not sell, didn’t think foie gras was theme park-worthy food, and ultimately made the Grey Stuff into a sweet treat (good call). In this Disney Grey Stuff, no duck liver is to be found. Here, slightly cocoa infused vanilla pudding and whipped topping blend with Oreos and chocolate, making a dessert mousse of sorts. Set on top of a simple drop sugar cookie and garnished with sprinkles, this mousse is a dinner party dessert and will become the bell of any ball.
The first step in the process is making the cookie base. While you can use any sugar cookie recipe out there, I wanted this recipe to be quick. I used the simple sugar cookie dough you find in the dairy section of the grocery store. I sliced and baked the cookies off in batches. Giving the cookies two inches of space will help them form nice, round shapes.
Now comes the grey in this Disney Grey Stuff — Oreo crumbs! I took cookies (cream filling and all) and chopped them finely until they resembled fine crumbs. If the crumbs are too big, you won’t be able to pipe the mousse out of a piping bag.
Next is the pudding. This pudding is a simple. Add milk to the pudding mix and done! Before putting it in the refrigerator to chill, cover the surface with plastic wrap. Covering the surface in plastic wrap is crucial, as it prevents skin from forming — don’t skip this tip!
When the pudding is finally cooled, fold the cookie crumbs followed by the thawed whipped topping and a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder. If you don’t want to use Cool Whip, you can easily substitute for whipped cream, just make sure you whip the cream until it has firm peaks.
Pipping the Grey Stuff on top of the cookies gives it an elegant appearance.
Topped with some sprinkles to mimic the real thing at Disney World, this dessert is complete! A bite of this treat is rich and luscious. The sugar cookie has a neutral but textured chewy base, accentuating the mild chocolate Oreo flavor and creamy qualities of the pudding and whipped topping.
Disney's Grey Stuff
Serves 6 to 8
25m prep time
12m cook time
- Sugar cookie dough, softened to room temperature
- 1 packet instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, cold
- 15 Oreo cookies, crushed into fine crumbs
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Sprinkles for garnish
- Prepare sugar cookie dough according to package directions, bake and cool to room temperature. Set aside.
- In a bowl prepare the pudding by whisking the pudding mix with the milk, cover and refrigerate until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Remove now chilled pudding from the fridge and stir in the Oreo crumbs.
- Fold in Cool Whip and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Place into a piping bag and pipe onto cooled sugar cookies. Garnish with sprinkles, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from Devour Dinner