If there is something that I look forward to as much as the rides and entertainment of Walt Disney World, it’s the food! After reading food blogs, asking friends for recommendations and trying to try new things for my 2-3 trips per year, I consider myself pretty fortunate that our work opportunities brought us to Central Florida last year. Now, Disney World is only a short drive and I find myself there at least 2-3 times a month! Now, purely in the name of research and science, I try to taste something new each time I am there! Hopefully, my growing knowledge and waistline will help you indulge in some of my “must try” treats.
*I have not included some favorites because they are frequently noted in other articles. So, if you have not tried a Dole Whip, Mickey ice cream bar, Norwegian Schoolbread (Norway Pavillion, Epcot) or the Warm Cinnamon Rolls, you are in for a treat!
1. Peanut Butter and Banana Candied Bacon Pie- Boardwalk Bakery, Disney’s Boardwalk
Though I was only mildly intrigued over this when I first saw it, my husband went bananas over this fruity, chocolatey, sweet and savory pie. He convinced me that I had to try it and my taste buds agreed! The bakery offers some incredibly delicious cupcakes that are displayed front and center, taking your attention away from the bottom row this delight sits on. Make sure this treat is on your list for your next vacation!
2. Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake- Liberty Tree Tavern, Magic Kingdom
Though it may be called a cake, a more accurate description would be a cookie that has the texture of a blondie. Throw in some toffee and chocolate chips, top with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with chocolate and toffee and we have a dessert dream come true. The best part is that the outside is perfectly crispy, while the inside remains, well, ooey gooey! This is only served for lunch!
3. Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich- L’Artisan des Glaces, France Pavilion, Epcot
This one was a hard sell at first, considering that an actual ice cream sandwich sounded so odd. Using real brioche bread? Thankfully, hubby was sold on this idea and happily waited in line to have coconut white chocolate ice cream and raspberry sauce hot pressed into a brioche ice cream sandwich. The hot bun, which is surprisingly sweet, is the perfect home for the delicious ice cream! With over 15 flavors to choose from and raspberry and chocolate sauces to choose from, you can have a different flavor combo each visit!
4. Zebra Domes-Boma or the Mara, Animal Kingdom Lodge
Due to the wild demand for this treat at Boma, Zebra Domes also joined that menu at The Mara, the quick service location at Animal Kingdom Lodges Jambo House. These little truffles pack a major flavor punch! Made from espresso, heavy cream, white and dark chocolate and Kahlua, they have to be among my favorite little treats at Disney World or anywhere! I do not drink coffee, but oh, how I love these!
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5. Fried Wontons-Yak and Yeti, Animal Kingdom
Served on skewers with fresh pineapple, these sweet cream cheese wantons are drizzled with honey and vanilla and served with vanilla ice cream. The sweet goodness explodes from the wonton and blends so perfectly with the honey and vanilla, that I only have one complaint….I always burn my mouth grabbing these as soon as they hit the table..
6. The Grand Marnier Slush-France Pavilion, Epcot
So, this definitely qualifies as a treat, right? I only recently tried this drink, as I am not much of a drinker, especially in the heat. I basically go from just fine to super weird in 3 or 4 sips, so I proceed with caution. We had some friends in town and they insisted that any person worthy of being a Disney fanatic has to have this drink. I obliged with their request…twice. I could not believe how incredibly tasty it was and how smoothly it went down! Basically, it is a dreamy orange creamsicle in a flute. I loved it so much that I can’t wait to “treat” myself again!
7. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding- ‘Ohana, Polynesian Village Resort
This perfect ending to an all you care to enjoy meal is something I struggle with. I eat so much during the dinner that I often have no room left for dessert. For the love of tasty treats, save room for this one! I’ll be honest, the bread pudding is nothing totally special, but the liquid bananas foster sauce is unbelievable. It’s like melted butter and brown sugar and pixie dust.
8. Caramel Apple Pie Apple-assorted bakeries, Walt Disney World
Caramel and Candy dipped apples are common around WDW, but this one really caught my attention. An apple dipped in caramel, then in white chocolate, then in cinnamon sugar and then in a crumbly buttery crust is my kind of treat. A cast member will even cut these into sharable portions for you if you are into sharing, which I do not recommend!