Now the question is, do you have what it takes to make it?
If you’ve got Uber Eats on speed dial, and frozen pizza is your definition of gourmet, let’s be real: you’re not going to transform into Gordon Ramsey overnight just because you’re on lockdown—food poisoning is the last thing anyone needs right now. But what if the things you were making were easy enough, and tasted like the sweet fast food that you so desperately miss?
Some restaurants remain open for take-out while others have closed altogether, but the place we all should really be right now is our homes—and restaurants agree with that! That’s why some of our favorite chains have released some of their recipes for the world to take advantage of, to either test out some new cooking skills, learn to make your favorite treat, or both.
Here are some of the restaurant chains giving you free-range to some of their top-secret recipes for a limited time only:
1. *Recently Added* Canada's Wonderland
If you’ve ever visited Canada’s premier amusement park, you’ll know the day is not complete without a heaping serving of their famous funnel cake. While they offer a mouth-watering array of toppings, their classic vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce remains unbeaten. While the recipe for their featured delight won’t appease your craving for adrenaline, it’ll sure subdue your yearning taste buds.
Whether you’ve been to the parks or not there’s one thing that has people buzzing: the Dole Pineapple Whip served outside the ‘Enchanted Tiki Room’ at the Disney Resort. The recipe is published on the My Disney Experience App, but also available on Dole’s website. If you’re craving more Disney recipes, make sure to check out the Disney Parks Blog for more recipes being revealed too!
3. McDonald's McMuffin
Craving a McMuffin? We've got you… 🍳😋 pic.twitter.com/cI4FR1Dops
— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) April 4, 2020
They want you to keep ‘Lovin’ It’ even in quarantine. Although it’s nothing groundbreaking or top-secret, it’s a fun tutorial to follow to give yourself a break from a dull morning breakfast. McDonald’s UK tweeted the cooking and assembly instructions for the Sausage and Egg McMuffin, explaining their secret to the perfect breakfast sandwich. It might just be a game changer.
4. DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten lots of messages from fans saying they miss our famous DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie. So for the first time ever, we’re publicly revealing what goes into this tasty treat, so that you can make them in the comfort of your home. And we will be ready to welcome you with a warm cookie when you’re ready to travel again. Recreating this recipe at home? Be sure to tag @doubletree. We’d love to see them!
Anyone who’s stayed at a DoubleTree Hotel in their life knows the magic that comes with check-ins: a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Well, since some of us may not visit the hotel chain for awhile, they’re revealing their secret recipe to getting the perfect chocolate cookie for the first time ever.
5. Panera Bread
As a restaurant with too many fan-favorite dishes to count, it was time they released some recipes on their website for us to enjoy at home. Well, they finally did! On their Panera at Home website, they have thousands of recipe favorites—everything from soup and salad to cookies and pastries!
6. The Cheesecake Factory
Another restaurant chain to hop on the recipe-sharing train is The Cheesecake Factory. Sure, you could order take-out from your local branch—but whats the fun in that? If you have the time, make the effort to perfect some of your fave dishes to have all the time, like their cinnamon roll pancakes or famous cajun jambalaya pasta!
That’s right—your favorite coffee chain has listed some of their most famous drink recipes online for the every day coffee addict! Chains are closed, and the ones open are drive-thru’s with enormous lines. Why not just put on your barista apron and fix one yourself? Who knows—you may never have to go there again! Kidding, of course—it’s not an option.
8. Pret a Manger
Craving that grab-and-go food aesthetic at home? You may not have a Pret a Manger too close to you, but that makes all the better for trying out some of their recipes. Sandwiches, soups, baked goods, and even gluten-free recipes (like the one above)—they’ve got it all and they want to share it with you!
9. Olive Garden
Now is the time to eat as many breadsticks as you want for dinner—because you’re the one making them. That’s right, Olive Garden has shared their coveted breadstick recipes as well as their famous dinner entrees, appetizers, soups, and salads. You’ll never have to be embarrassed about how many soup refills you get again!