Walt Disney World is a vacation destination like no other on this earth. It is filled with thrilling rides, magnificent entertainment, including live stage shows, extravagant fireworks displays, colorful parades, Disney-inspired shopping, and a multitude of dining choices. In this article we will concentrate on ten of Disney World’s most delectable sweet treats, of which there are many. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Butterfinger Cupcake — Starring Rolls Cafe — Hollywood Studios
This is one of those scrumptious cupcakes that will take a knife and fork to enjoy this massive mound of magnificent flavors. This wondrous treat is made up of a chocolate cupcake filled with a liquid fudge filling, and topped with buttercream icing under a layer of liquid chocolate, then finished off with a heavy sprinkling of crushed butterfinger candy bars. It’s a mouthful of pure heaven.
2. Fruit & Nutella Waffle Sandwich — Sleepy Hollow — Liberty Square — Magic Kingdom
Take a sweet Belgian waffle, fold it slightly, then fill it with Nutella (a chocolate hazelnut spread), and then cover it with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, and you have a tasty treat that can be easily enjoyed by two people. There is so much flavor packed into this oversized waffle that one person could find it hard to finish. The fresh fruit, sweet waffle, and ripe fresh fruit make this a treat you’ve just got to experience.
3. The “Grey Stuff” Cupcake — Be Our Guest Restaurant — Fantasyland — Magic Kingdom
The story behind the creation of this luscious dessert is from the Disney full length animated feature film, “Beauty and the Beast”. There is a scene from the movie where Lumiere encourages Belle to “try the grey stuff, it’s delicious, don’t believe me?, ask the dishes”. When you dine at this beautifully themed “Beast’s Castle, you can order the “Master’s Cupcake”—the Grey Stuff Cupcake. The chocolate sponge cupcake is topped with the “grey stuff”, which is basically made up of a pudding mixture, whipped topping, finely crushed oreo cookies, and toped with edible pearl candies. Don’t be fooled by the name of this yummy treat; the “grey stuff” will definitely please your palate.
4. Beaches and Cream “Kitchen Sink — Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This extra large “everything but the kitchen sink” sundae is designed to satisfy the ice cream cravings of at least four guests. It is delivered to your table in a huge stainless steel miniature sink bowl, including the tap and faucets. The ingredients in this extraordinary sundae are as follows: scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, totally covered by every topping in the house, for instance, brownies, pound cake slices, oreos, peanut butter and chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, peanut butter sauce, and caramel sauce, candy bars, pineapple, bananas, gummy candies, chocolate shavings, nuts, maraschino cherries, and one entire can of whipped cream! Get a group together and take the challenge to see if you can clean out the “sink”.
5. Giant Cinnamon Roll — Gaston’s Tavern — Fantasyland — Magic Kingdom
Who doesn’t enjoy a large, warm cinnamon roll any time of the day. At Gason’s Tavern, this “beast-sized” cinnamon roll will turn any beast into a normal human being after just one bite. The moist, warm, right-out-of-the-oven fluffy bun filled with just the right amount of cinnamon, topped with the sweetest icing in the “world” will fill your tummy with goodness and bring a smile to your face. I’m sure any beast would turn into a Prince after partaking of this fabulous sweet pastry treat.
6. Dole Whip — Aloha Aisle — Adventureland — Magic Kingdom
For an incredibly, refreshing, frozen treat, the Dole Whip stands out as one of the most popular snacks in any Disney Park. Dole Whip is a soft serve ice cream made with real pineapple juice, and served swirled in a cup, or you can order the Dole Whip float (Dole Whip in a cup of pineapple juice). When it’s really hot, this Hawaian delight refreshes your body and gives you that “ahhhhhhhh” sensation, and for a few moments you can sit back, cool off, and watch the crowds go by.
7. Croissant Doughnut (Cronut) — Refreshment Port — Epcot — World Showcase (near Canada Pavilion)
A “cronut” is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut and is basically deep fried layers of a croissant/doughnut pastry, which is served warm, buttery, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. It’s sounds simple, but when you bite into this delicious, warm, sweet snack, you will be amazed at the “melt in your mouth” sensation and flavor of this very popular “cronut”. For an even sweeter treat, try it a la mode, with a dollop of creamy soft serve vanilla ice cream, “Oh my, scrumptiliumptious!”
8. Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar — Everywhere in the “World”
Take some creamy ice cream formed in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head, dip it in a thick, rich chocolate sauce, freeze it, package it, and you have “Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar”. This very popular, iconic frozen treat can be found in every corner of Walt Disney World, especially in those frozen ice cream and drink carts that are everywhere. Since these sweet frozen treats can be found in so many places, it’s hard to pass them by without purchasing at least one a day. Children and adults alike can be seen enjoying a frozen “Mickey Bar”, but beware, in the summertime heat, even though most frozen treats are kept on dry ice, they melt quickly.
9. The World’s Best Dipped Apples — Big Top Treats (Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom), Main Street Confectionery (Main Street, Magic Kingdom), Sweet Spells, Hollywood Studios, Candy Cauldron (Disney Springs, Zuri’s Sweet Shops, (Animal Kingdom), Karamell-Kuche Shop (Epcot—World Showcase—German Pavilion).
If you take an ordinary sweet, juicy apple, dip it any one of several delectable sauces, cover it with chopped nuts or candy morsels, place it on a stick, you have a delightful, yummy treat that will probably be messy, but worth the need for several napkins. Let me describe just a few of the Disney themed dipped candy apples. There’s a Mickey Mouse Apple, dipped in a caramel sauce, topped with marshmallow ears, dipped again in melted chocolate, then the bottom half is dipped in white chocolate, and finished off with 2 yellow jelly beans, and red granulated sugar. Some other Disney themes are a Dory, Olaf, Kermit, Monsters, Inc., Olaf, Holiday themed apples, and so many more. There are apples dipped in melted white or chocolate bark, then covered with a variety of toppings, such as peanuts, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces, coconut, multi-colored granulated sugar, just about any candy topping you can think of. The combination of the sweet, juicy apple and the dipping sauces and toppings create a sweet treat that will satisfy every sweet craving you may be having. As I said earlier, though, have those napkins ready.
10. Fudge — Main Street Confectionery — Main Street — Magic Kingdom
Although there are several shops around Walt Disney World that offer fudge for purchase, the best place, in my humble opinion, to pick your favorite flavor of fudge is at this location on Main Street. The large glass case where the fudge is located gives you a really good look and description of each flavor. I love fudge, all flavors, and have tried many different fudge recipes from different places and candy stores, and Disney’s fudge is my absolute favorite. It is fresh, creamy, flavorful, and you can buy as little or as much as you want. You can mix it up and buy several different flavors. Here are a few of the samplings: chocolate, chocolate vanilla swirl, maple walnut, butterfinger, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter swirl, and special Holiday flavors, like pumpkin, peppermint, eggnog, candy cane, Easter chocolate covered peanut butter fudge egg, Valenine’s Day chocolate dipped cherry vanilla fudge, just to name a few of the many, many flavors. Each time I visit this turn-of-the-century themed candy shop, I find a new fudge flavor I have not tried before, and I have never been disappointed.
There is no other place I’d rather be, other than my home with my family, of course, than Walt Disney World. Every time I visit there, I feel like I have crossed over into another dimension, a dimension of sight and sound, fun and entertainment, and the essence of Disney that permeates every nook and cranny of this “most magical place on earth”. Disney World is a place where being “young at heart” is not just a euphemism; it’s a reality. I enjoy every aspect of this extremely popular theme park, and it is here I can tap into my youthful spirit and simply enjoy myself with a childlike attitude. Part of the magic of Disney World is the food, and sweet treats are a big part of my enjoyment process. I hope you have enjoyed this “sweet” article, and be sure to check out some of the goodies I have highlighted.
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