Beauty and the Beast has to be one of my top favorite Disney movies. I remember singing the song, Be Our Guest since I was a little girl and now hearing my daughter belt it out in our living room, is an excitement I can’t contain.
If you’ve watched the movie and heard the song, then I’m sure you remember the beloved candlestick character Lumier singing, “Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! Don’t believe me, ask the dishes!” And then wonder, what the heck is grey stuff?
Well, it’s up to interpretation.
When we visited Walt Disney World two years ago, we ate at the new restaurant in Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest, and of course I ordered the grey stuff from the…drum roll please…dessert section!
It was heaven on a plate and it stayed with me for some time, vowing to one day recreate it at home. It just so happens that Beauty and the Beast comes out on blu-ray this week, and the perfect time to try this delicious dessert with your kiddos while you watch this beautiful movie.
Do I hear a Family Night?
Now here’s the deal. I originally looked for this recipe on Pinterest from Disney lovers, but I noticed a recurring ingredient: Cool Whip. I, personally do not like this. I don’t like the ingredients in it, and it makes me nauseous every, single, time. It’s questionable, people.
There’s nothing like fresh whipped cream, and once you make it, there’s no turning back to the “weird whip”. Crushed Oreos lend the grey color and the instant white chocolate pudding gives an extra chocolate note. If you can’t find this flavor, vanilla works fine. Need to make it gluten free, you can totally use gluten free sandwich cookies.
The chewy brownie mix is my take on the restaurant version at Disney World and a quicker way for busy families at home. You can serve the grey stuff with out it, but my husband begs to differ.
Make this soon and try not to eat ALL the grey stuff directly from the bowl!
- 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of confectioner sugar
- 19 Oreos plus 1 for the cook
- 1 box of instant white chocolate pudding (or vanilla if you can't find it)
- 2 cups of 2% milk
- Your favorite "chewy" brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
- Pearl white sprinkles (optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine the white chocolate pudding and 2 cups of milk. Whisk for about 2 minutes until it thickens. Place in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Next, follow your brownie instructions for a 13 x9 and bake! Let them cool completely once done and try not to sneak a piece.
- After 3 hours, place all the Oreos in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, you could try a blender or place it in a large Ziploc bag and pound it profusely until you get very fine crumbs.
- In another medium bowl, add the heavy cream and using a hand mixer (or a regular whisk), beat until you have soft peaks. Add the confectioner sugar and continue to beat until the cream has formed stiffer peaks.
- Take the white chocolate pudding out and pour the fine Oreo crumbs on top. Fold it gently with a spatula until it's completely combined. It should be a dark grey at this point. Add half of the whipped cream and fold gently until you no longer see white. Add the rest and continue to fold gently until all of the white is gone. Cover with Oreo mixture bowl in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for now.
- Cut your brownies in half length wise (13-inch side), then cut into quarters (9-inch side). Working on the 9-inch side, slice the half in another half, and then one more time. Repeat the process on the other side of the brownies. You should have 16 pieces’ total. Just look at the pictures.
- Gently take out a piece of rectangular brownie and flip bottom side up on a plate.
- Using a freezer gallon Ziploc bag (preferably the ones that don't fold on the bottom), place grey stuff mixture inside, pushing it to the bottom of the bag. Snip a small piece of the corner and pipe on top of the brownie. Sprinkle pearls on top.
- Immediately serve or refrigerate for later.
- Try to make the brownies the night before so you can focus on the grey stuff the day you want to serve!
Beware of preschoolers waiting to dive into the bowl. They WILL beat you to it.
Check out the grey stuff…but wait, it’s not done yet.
You need to add the fresh whip cream! Gently fold it into the pudding mixture until all the white is gone. Refrigerate immediately.
Once the brownies are cooled, you are going to make 16 pieces. Gently take out, flip the brownie over and then pipe the grey stuff on top!
Oooooh my goodness…divine doesn’t even begin to describe it.
My oldest couldn’t wait to dive in!
My little one on the other hand, was more than curious over what her sister was eating.
I think she was enjoying this too much.
This was a major success in our household! Don’t believe me? Just look at them.
We totally recommend you make this! Be Our Guest!
I had to. Ok, now I’m really done.