You may have heard there’s a new Beauty and the Beast movie hitting theaters this month. Of course, you may have heard that because it’s already out, and making a veritable fortune at the box office. The live action re-imagining revisits all of our favorite characters from the Disney animated classic, with all of the thrills, anthropomorphic houseware, interspecies romance and music we know and love from the original. Oh, and there’s also national treasure Kevin Kline; taking a break from voicing Mr. Fischoeder in Bob’s Burgers and appearing in the movie as Belle’s dad. Given the attention the film has received, and the waves of nostalgia it has clearly invoked in millennials of a certain age, people have taken notice of Disneyland’s Beauty and the Beast themed dining options. More importantly, many have had their interests piqued by the inclusion of the “grey stuff” from the “Be Our Guest” musical sequence as a dessert option.
Now, if you’re struggling to remember what the grey stuff is or why it sounds appetizing, here’s a refresher. During the “Be Our Guest” number, Belle is whisked around the Beast’s elegant dining room while a humanoid candlestick (voiced by none other than Lennie Briscoe himself– the dearly departed Jerry Orbach, in the animated movie and Ewan Mcgregor with a weird French accent in the new one) serves her elaborate foodstuffs and sings to her. At one point, the candlestick (Lumiere, so if you don’t know, now you know) intones “Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” while holding out an hors d’oeuvres tray. Belle acquiesces, dipping her finger into the grey sludge, making a face that suggests delight.
Take a look at the tray below:
Now, looking at the image, one would imagine that the grey stuff is some type of paté. The spread looks predominantly savory after all, as the only recognizable foods on it are a cocktail weiner, a giant olive and a ham roll wrapped in cheese. But as Disneyland guests can attest, the grey stuff is sweet–and also delicious, just like Lumiere promised.
The fan in the video above claims that it might even be good with french fries dipped in it (as a fan of a good fries and milkshake combo I can see it) and tries it with popcorn (she says it’s edible). Buzzfeed went a little bit more in depth, with a full rundown of the grey stuff’s ingredients–and it’s kind of a highbrow frosting. Served as a heaping dollop on a shortbread cookie, the grey stuff is white chocolate mousse blended with chocolate cookie crumbles, all enveloping red velvet cake, raspberry jam, and fresh raspberry. The whole thing is adorned with edible chocolate pearls–how elegant!
Here’s a picture: