1. Lemon Blueberry Cupcake
This refreshingly delicious seasonal dessert can often be found at the Gasparilla Island Grill at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The golden yellow cupcake is topped with a generous dollop of lemon icing, but the best part is what’s inside; a surprise center of sweet blueberry filling. And let’s not forget the proverbial icing on the cake; a juicy blueberry perched on top. By the way, if you’re up for a different sort of citrus confection, you can also try the Piña Colada cupcake, complete with coconut shavings!
2. Zebra Domes
Over at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you’ll find a unique treat called a Zebra Dome. A what? Think of it as an exotic Tiramisu, comprised of an Amarula Cream Liquor mousse covered with white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate and chocolate shavings, all sitting atop a base of scrumptious cake. While it may not be for everyone, it’s definitely worth a try! You can find this exotic treat at Boma, but you can also pop over to the Mara, the Animal Kingdom Lodge quick service eatery named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania.
3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake
We’ll give you fair warning; this one will make your knees buckle. This mouth-watering treat can be found at the 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll find lots of tempting treats here, including a warm apple crisp and a chocolate-peanut butter layered cake, but our favorite by far is the peanut butter & jelly milkshake. If you’ve never tried it, it may sound like an odd choice for a milkshake flavor, but you’ll quickly be taken in by the explosion of flavors in this confectionery concoction. Best of all, you can get one to go if you don’t have time to stay for lunch or dinner!
4. LeFou’s Brew
This one-of-a-kind beverage can only be found at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland, and its unique flavor is one you’ll never forget. What is it exactly? Well, it’s made with apple juice and a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped off with a passion fruit-mango foam. That’s all well and good, but what does it taste like? Surprisingly, it may remind you of bubble gum! For a truly unique snacking experience, visit Gaston’s around Christmastime and pair LeFou’s Brew up with a peppermint cupcake. Now that’s festive!
5. Mango Green Tea Slush
This unusual but refreshing beverage can be found at the Joy of Tea stand on the lagoon side of the China Pavilion in World Showcase. The Joy of Tea actually offers two varieties of smoothies; Strawberry Oolong Tea and Mango Green Tea (along with a variety of other great snacks from China). We’re partial to the Mango Green Tea ourselves, but the Strawberry Oolong Tea is just as delicious. Just beware of the brain freeze that will hit you right around the time you reach the Italy pavilion…
6. Cheese Danish
This scrumptious delight is a bit harder to find these days, at least in the classic form that used to be commonplace throughout the Magic Kingdom. Cheese Danish can be found nearly everywhere at Walt Disney World, but the true classic consists of a cinnamon-laced frosted pastry topped with a heaping dollop of the most delicious cream cheese filling you’ve ever tasted. This is the classic Disney Cheese Danish, and while it may take some hunting to find that true original, it’s well worth the search!
7. Mickey Krispies Treat
There are plenty of classic Disney treats to be found in the Main Street Confectionery, everything from cupcakes and candy apples to cotton candy and fudge. But our vote for favorite Confectionery snack has to be the classic Mickey Rice Krispies Treat Bar. Even in its simplest form, this is a true ooey-gooey classic that will take you right back to your childhood. But the confectioners at Disney have created countless variations on this classic treat. You’ll find Rice Krispies treats decorated as some of your other favorite Disney characters, and you’ll always find some special ones created just for the holidays (whether it be Christmas, Halloween, or any other special time of year).
One of our favorite shops in all of Walt Disney World can be found in the Japan pavilion at Epcot, the Mitsukoshi Department Store. Tucked away in the back is an entire room devoted to food and other culinary items (and yes, even sake), and it’s here you’ll find one of our favorite snacks…pocky! The basic version consists of a chocolate-covered biscuit stick, but you’ll also find a wide variety of other flavors; everything from strawberry and cookies and cream to almond and even green tea. If you’re really hungry, you can get a jumbo box, which should last you, oh, for at least a few days.
OK, we’re kidding a little bit here, but no visit to Epcot would be complete without a stop at Club Cool in Future World. Here you can enjoy (for free!) Coca-Cola beverages from around the world; everything from Sparletta (a raspberry cream soda from Zimbabwe) to Fanta Pineapple from Greece. There are eight flavors to choose from, every one of them (well, nearly every one of them) a delicious taste treat that takes you on a flavorful tour around the world. But seriously, do try the Beverly at least once…it’s not that bad!
10. Dole Whip
Speaking of pineapple, we couldn’t help but include one classic in our list, the tropical treat that is the Dole Whip. The proper Dole Whip is the simple, classic cup of pineapple-
flavored soft serve ice cream, but for a truly refreshing experience, we highly recommend the Pineapple Float. The float is made up of a generous helping of Dole Whip served up in a tangy cup of pineapple juice. There’s nothing quite like that “bottom of the cup” mixture of melted pineapple ice cream and sweet pineapple juice; the perfect treat to enjoy in the tropical setting of Adventureland!