Aside from the new golden statues and the fancy light displays on each theme parks’ featured attraction, my excitement lies mostly with the new dessert items offered through Walt Disney World during this “Magical Celebration.” Here are my reviews of the sweet treats I’ve sampled so far for Disney’s 50th Anniversary. Some are a hit, some are a miss.
Glimmer and Shimmer Blondie
The Glimmer and Shimmer Blondie featuring toffee, toasted coconut and salted caramel buttercream topped with a 50th chocolate medallion and festive gold nuggets can be found at Backlot Express and Fairfax Fare at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Soooo good! This treat also keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days if you’ve reached your sugar max. The buttercream frosting has a light, buttery taste that is yummy enough to eat by itself or on top of the blondie.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Caramel Apple Tart
This Caramel Apple Tart found at the ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a spiced caramel-cheesecake mousse apple served atop a cinnamon-apple tart accented with a chocolate 50th medallion. This is basically apple pie with cheesecake on top with a chocolate stem and it is delicious! It is also equally just as amazing as a refrigerated leftover the next day. Perhaps, even better! Bringing it home and eating it cold allowed me to savor each bite and flavor. Maybe because I am a pie lover or maybe not, this treat is a must! I give this a delicious 5 out of 5 plus 2 extra bonus points for yumminess for a total of 7 out of 5. Is that even a thing. Am I allowed to lick the plate when no one is looking?
The Chocolate Mousse also found at the ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is raspberry-dark chocolate mousse topped with a gold Mickey and gold flakes, chocolate-almond cake, a layer of hazelnut crunch, and whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake all accented with a chocolate 50th medallion. Let me start by saying, raspberry and dark chocolate together are kind of my thing. This mouse does not disappoint! The hazelnut crunch adds a pleasant crunchy texture to the dessert which I found quite nice. I’m having to up the rating scale on this one to 10 so I can rate it a 10 out of 10. This is a beyond decadent masterpiece! I chose to enjoy most of this scrumptious treat by savoring the flavor of each layer. This also eats well refrigerated the next day. If you like chocolate and raspberry, the Chocolate Mousse is something you don’t want to pass on. I can’t wait to go back and get another.
Glimmer and Shimmer Pineapple Mousse
The Glimmer and Shimmer Pineapple Mousse is found at The Trolley Car Café located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This dessert is a Golden Pineapple Mousse on a Toasted Coconut Crisp with Caramel Cream and Matcha Sponge Cake garnished with a 50th Anniversary chocolate medallion. This is so good I’m not sure where to begin. The caramel cream is amazing in itself with a distinctive caramel flavor. The pineapple mousse it also full of flavor and completes the crispy coconut cookie well. The coconut crisp is probably my favor part of this treat. The sponge cake is ok, it neither makes nor breaks the overall dessert. I think this Pineapple Mousse may tie with the Caramel Apple Tart as my second favorite 50th sweet treat.
Rating: 7 out of 5
Birthday Blueberry Muffin
Birthday Blueberry Muffin found at various locations in Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This particular one was found at a food cart in Pandora but it is advertised at Isle of Java and Tamu Tamu Refreshments. Described as a “house-made blueberry muffin with a surprise addition of colorful sprinkles to celebrate 50 years of Magic.” Although this may not be the most attractive celebration snack, it makes up for its lack of luster with flavor. For a blueberry muffin it’s good. I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 on the muffin scale. Can I get another please?
KiteTails Sundae found at the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a “strawberry and lemon-flavored soft-serve swirled together and topped with a white chocolate medallion.” This cool, tasty treat tastes a lot like rainbow sherbet. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 on the rating scale.
Fifi, Gigi, Mimi
Fifi, Gigi, Mimi found at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom‘s Adventureland. Pineapple, orange, and vanilla Bundt cake stack and filled with DOLE Whip Pineapple. What can I say? The DOLE Whip was good…save your money! Publix makes a better cake and for a surprisingly lesser price. This one is “for the birds”.
Rating: 1 out of 5
The Lemon Chiffon found at EPCOT’s Sunshine Seasons is a lemon chiffon cake with blueberry mousse. The menu is very to the point on the description of this dessert. This cake is moist and tasty. Inside, you will find a surprising blueberry filling. The display is beautifully done but beware, the blue icing will stain your teeth, lips, and hands.
This chiffon gets a 4.75 out of 5 due to the stain factor.
Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake
Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake is also found at Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT. This is a mini chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and icing dusted with EARidescent Shimmer and a chocolate 50th anniversary garnish. This chocolate cake is amazing! Cake, yum! Ganache, yum! Be warned though, it does not fare well as a “to go” item. It melts!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Polynesian 50th Celebration Cupcake
50th Celebration Cupcake found at Captain Cook’s inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. DOLE Whip Pineapple center, tropical fruit salsa, and pineapple macaron. This cupcake sits in a cute 50th celebratory holder. Pretty much another generic cake with fancy stuff on top. The tropical fruit salsa is placed atop what may be a sugared hibiscus flower. I guess I should have read the ingredients better to find out. The cupcake is best eaten all together and not layer by layer as the layers are meant to compliment each other. The macaron is the tastiest part of this dessert although it fell apart as soon as I touched it so I wasn’t able to really savor the flavor. Rating 2 out of 5, but I’ll add an extra .5 for creativity giving it a 2.5 total.
Here are two other treats found at the Polynesian Village Resort, that we did not try. These were at the Kona Island.
The first is a Lemon Tart: lemon curd in a Sablé tart shell with toasted meringue and fresh berries. Cost: $5.00
The second photo shows the Chocolate Dome: white and dark chocolate mousse dome with graham cracker crust and blue Mickey spirals. Cost $5.99