World Showcase in Epcot is a must-visit during any Disney World trip. The shopping in each of the pavilions is just amazing, and the rides, characters, and movies are all wonderful. However, nothing can hold a candle to the food and drink found in this amazing place. The World Showcase features 11 different “countries”, and as you might have guessed, each one offers some unique and interesting food options. Not only is the food selection diverse, it’s also quite tasty. In fact, we rarely come across foods we don’t enjoy, and considering how many World Showcase treats we’ve tried, that’s saying something. Of course, the best kind of food is the sweet kind, so that’s what we’re going to talk about today. Wondering which sweet treats you should pick up during your next trip to World Showcase? Read on!
1. Mexico: Churros
Honestly, the churros in Disney are good no matter where you purchase them, and the bite-sized ones served with caramel dipping sauce at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion is no exception. Although these churros are really no different than the bigger ones sold elsewhere in the parks, they somehow taste much better when eaten while watching the mariachi band. Want to improve these little beauties even more? Wash them down with a delicious margarita.
2. Norway: Troll Horn
For snacks in the Norway Pavilion, no eatery can beat Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. This little bakery is home to the famous School Bread, something that is definitely worth trying. However, we think the Troll Horn served at this location is even better. This creation is a flakey, horn-shaped pastry, sprinkled with coarse sugar and filled with amazing custard-like cream that contains just a hint of berry jam. Yum!
3. China: Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream
The idea of Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream may seem weird, but it’s actually one of the best things on the yummy menu at Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion. The dessert is served in a small carton, and is absolutely packed with flavor. It’s quite creamy and showcases the strawberry flavor well while using the red bean to downplay the usual overpowering sweetness of the berry. This is a great choice for a hot summer day.
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4. Germany: Caramel Popcorn
Pretty much anything you get from Karamell-Küche in the Germany Pavilion will be delicious. From caramel apples to baked goods, this little shop really knows how to treat a sweet tooth. Of course, you’ll want to pick the very best treat of all, and that means you’ll need a bag of the amazing, made-in-house caramel popcorn. This stuff is addictive, and is actually one of the more affordable Disney World snacks out there.
5. Italy: Cannoli Cupcake
Nothing says Italy quite like cannoli, and very few desserts are loved as much as the classic cupcake. But what if you could have both at the same time? The Cannoli Cupcake from Gelati in the Italy Pavilion lets you do just that. This layered dessert is served in a cup and includes a bottom of sweet ricotta and chocolate chips, a vanilla cupcake, and plenty of delicious icing on top. The whole thing is finished off with a mini cannoli plus candied pineapple and cherry bits. This is one dessert few can resist.
6. America: Funnel Cakes
Anyone who has ever been to a state fair here in the good ol’ USA knows that funnel cakes are a delicious treat. However, this American classic is even better when enjoyed in Epcot. Be sure to stop by the funnel cake kiosk in the America Pavilion in order to pick up one of these incredible snacks. Have it topped with powdered sugar or try one of the more usual flavor choices, such as the cookies and cream.
7. Japan: Kaki-Gori
Kaki-Gori from Kabuki Cafe is a fruity shaved ice treat you simply must try. While this dessert is very much like a snow cone you might pick up from any snow cone stand, there is something about the texture of the ice and the way the flavors pop against it that makes this treat even better. After picking one up, be sure to walk around the Japan Pavilion and enjoy the garden, koi pond, and shops.
8. Morocco: Baklava
Perhaps the most well known of Mediterranean desserts, the baklava is a must-try item when visiting the Morocco Pavilion. This classic dessert can be found at Tangierine Cafe, and the restaurant actually offers a variety of baklava. All of the flavors offered are delicious, but we are partial to the chocolate honey variety. That said, you might just want to grab a piece of each. Yes, it is that good.
9. France: Napoleon
Okay, so really any dessert you get from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the France pavilion will be delicious. However, we do think the napoleon might be the very best of all. This cream-and-pastry layered treat is light yet just sweet enough, and offers the ideal option for a post-lunch dessert that won’t drag you down. After all, you want to be able to walk after eating, but sacrificing dessert while in Epcot just isn’t going to happen.
10. United Kingdom: Sticky Toffee Pudding
Our favorite dessert in the United Kingdom Pavilion requires that you head into the table-service restaurant, Rose and Crown Pub. Inside you’ll find all kinds of food and fun, including our favorite, Sticky Toffee Pudding. This yummy sweet combines warm vanilla pudding with cake and vanilla rum sauce to make a concoction you can’t help but love as it warms you from the inside out. This dessert is good any time, but is best enjoyed on one of Orlando’s cooler days.
11. Canada: Nanaimo Cake
Nanaimo Bars are a Canadian dessert from the city of Nanaimo in BC. They are delicious, but incredibly rich, and Disney’s version is no different in this respect. Disney refers to their Nanaimo Bar-inspired dessert as Nanaimo Cake, and it can be found in Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion. The Disney version of this dessert strays from the traditional vanilla custard and graham cracker crust topped with chocolate, and instead offers chocolate cake, peanut butter cremeux, raspberry sauce, and a scoop of coconut ice cream. The result is quite tasty and a great way to end a meal at this incredible eatery.
These 11 desserts are, in our opinion, some of the sweetest things to ever be served in Epcot. Give them a try and see which ones are your favorites!