Main Street Confectionary

Since Alec is usually not one for sweets (unless they involve peanut butter), we had not actually stopped at the Main Street Confectionary before this past trip when Alec’s mom and sister raved about the chocolate chip cookies.IMG_0254

 

The food went fast so I was only able to grab a picture of the peanut cluster. We tried out a caramel apple, two cookies, and the cluster. Everything was absolutely delicious and it took me quite some time to come down from that sugar high.

I have two pieces of advice, however. (1) Your eyes are likely bigger than your stomach. These sweets are very decadent and I definitely had too much. (2) These are a bit pricey, so if you’re not using dining plan snacks it would likely be better to error on the side of caution by not getting too much! Or, if you’ve brought some plastic baggies, this may be a good time to put them to use.

I’m actually a little mad Alec’s family introduced me to this fine establishment because now I know I’m going to stop in for sweets during every future trip!

 

Gaston’s Tavern

One of our favorite new places to go on recent trips has been Gaston’s Tavern. It is near Be Our Guest back in the Beauty and the Beast area of Magic Kingdom. Often times this place is pretty busy, but the tables and chairs are well spread out so it does not feel cramped or crowded.

Of course, apart from being a cool place to hang out, using a snack on a gigantic cinnamon roll is great fun too. Is it the best cinnamon roll I’ve had? No, but it’s still very good and a pretty good deal when it comes to using a snack credit.

I also liked the LeFou’s Brew, which I’ve had quite a few times. I didn’t enjoy the foam on top too much, but Alec really liked it and didn’t have any trouble polishing it off. The remaining is essentially frozen apple juice, which I thought was awesome and really enjoyed.

All in all, I really enjoy using this place as a hang out location where we also can snack and cool off. It’s both convenient and enjoyable, plus the decor (especially the giant chair) is super great for photos of your burly family members!

Snack: Troll Horn

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While hanging out in Epcot with a rather large amount of snack remaining on our meal plan, we decided to stop into the bakery at Norway (admittedly not for the first time) and try out this wonderful Troll Horn. Being a collector of trolls, the name absolutely sold me.

This tasted like your average grocery store creme horn, though a bit more dense. The shell part wasn’t very crumbly and it was very sugary (as seen on the outside). I liked the creme part pretty well but I can’t say I was sold enough on this dessert item to want to try it again.

My mom, however, is a super big fan of creme horns and I’m sure this would have been right up her alley. So if you’re like my mom in that you love creme horns, I’d say knock yourself out and get a nice troll horn to snack on.

The Ganachery

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While at Disney Springs, Alec and I decided to pay the Ganachery a visit after seeing some great reviews. Seeing the price tag on the available items, I opted to go cheap and try the little squares (2 for $6). We tried the peanut butter and pistachio chocolates and I have to say I now understand why people spend so much money on these chocolates. They are absolutely delicious.

As a matter of fact, I would not mind having some of this now (though I’m sure my wallet would)! The chocolate melts in your mouth and I actually enjoyed the dark chocolate even though I typically avoid it. I am sure I will stop in again on future trips to enjoy these lovely little beauts.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

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Located at Disney Springs is a lovely place called Sprinkles Cupcakes which is always packed with people. Even longer many times is the ‘cupcake ATM’ line just outside, which is rather uncommon here in the states.

Unwilling to wait in a longer line, I dropped into the actual store and ordered myself a red velvet cupcake, which I very promptly devoured. Although I’ve discovered that Sprinkles is a chain (there’s actually one near me – happy day), if you do not have one nearby I would definitely suggest dropping in to enjoy a sweet treat.

The cake itself is light, the icing is sweet and not too dense (I’m not a fan of buttercream so dense is not something I look for in icing). The little topper is most garnish, but also edible. However, it is very hard and not all that enjoyable to eat.

So, to recap, if you’re in Disney Springs, you should go enjoy a cupcake from Sprinkles because the one (okay, I had two) I ate was one of the best I’ve had.

Snack: School Bread

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While Alec and I were in Norway and craving a little something to tide us by, we decided to try out the school bread. Both of us frequent the Walt Disney World subreddit and a resounding ‘must try’ was the school bread, which is the main reason I felt we should try it out ourselves.

If you’re looking for something different, this is definitely different. As you can tell from the photo, this is more of a pastry than a bread, but it is rather dense and the inside cream doesn’t exactly cover the whole bread. I liked the cream and coconut on top much more than the bread itself.

Was it my favorite food in all of Disney? Not exactly. Would I get it again? Probably. I enjoyed it and would definitely suggest giving it a try to others since it’s not like anything I’ve tried before.

Snack: A Crepe in France

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I must say, out of the many wonderful things I’ve loved and devoured at Disney, this snack tops the list of ‘absolutely will never order again.’ Alec and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy authentic French crepes while visiting Paris and while I knew my expectations would be a bit too high, I was also plenty aware that we were indeed in Orlando, Florida and not Paris, France.

The biggest issue I had with this crepe is that it is not make fresh in front of you. instead, the cast member in the crepe stand slaps a pre-made crepe on the hot plate and after roughly 5 seconds of ‘heating up,’ throws some chocolate syrup on it, folds it, and completes the crepe with another bit of chocolate syrup.

This meant a few different things:

  • The crepe was not hot. Rather, it was lukewarm at best.
  • The texture of the crepe was completely off. Rather than being light and for lack of a better word, fluffy, it was somehow dense and almost hard to swallow.
  • The garnish was simple chocolate sauce and was completely lacking in a ‘wow’ factor.

Disney has so many great options I just assumed this one would be another slam dunk, but unfortunately it more than missed the mark. When looking for snacks, I would suggest grabbing a nearby donut or stopping by the bakery in Norway to satiate your sweet tooth rather than gambling with this crepe.

 

Snack: Cake Pop (Hollywood Studios)

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After coming highly recommended by Alec’s sister (a Disney cast member), I decided to try a cake pop. It is hard not to like a bite sized piece of cake and this was no exception. I grabbed this at Beverly Sunset Sweet Shop in Hollywood Studios, though I am fairly certain you can locate a cake pop at many sweet shops throughout the parks.

I’m not sure why, but I was expecting the cake pop to have a vanilla center and was slightly surprised to bite into a rich chocolate filling. I was absolutely not disappointed and had a hard time sharing with Alec. For not being a big fan of chocolate, I loved this cake pop and would definitely grab it again given the chance!

Snack: Funnel Cake (Hollywood Studios)

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You can imagine my surprise (and delight) when Alec and I happened upon this awesome snack option at the Oasis Canteen in Hollywood Studios. Keeping in mind it can be a little difficult to find a snack over $5, I was stoked to find this snack credit item at around $9. If you’re looking to settle down a sweet tooth and feel the impact of a serious sugar rush, I would highly recommend this funnel cake with strawberry, ice cream, and chocolate sauce. It is a good idea, however, to sit down while eating as it is quite messy! This was definitely one of my favorite finds of the entire trip and by far the best use of a snack credit.

Snack: Mickey Pretzel

One thing my fiance and I look out for at Disney World is using our snacks from the dining plan on worthwhile items. We opt not to use any snacks on drinks (at about $3), but instead try to use our snacks on bigger ticket items ($5+). Disney charges $6 for this lovely Mickey pretzel and it comes with a cup of cheese (mild, they no longer offer the spicy cheese dip).

We enjoyed these pretzels multiple times throughout our trip, often splitting them in order to satiate our appetite until our next meal. The pretzels themselves are not much of anything special about from being Mickey shaped, but they did the job of keeping us from using our quick service meals too early in the day!