Review: Chocolate Studio Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017

The Chocolate Studio is one of three Marketplaces located along the walkway leading into World Showcase near the Imagination Pavilion.

Chocolate is the one on the far right as dessert should be enjoyed first.

Both desserts return along with the Justin and Rosa Regale wines, while the other two wines are new.

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel – $4.75

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle Epcot Food Wine Festival

While not particularly photogenic, this is my favorite dessert at the Festival. And it’s not close. It’s served cold which makes it particularly refreshing in what is still the summer heat of the afternoon. Impossibly creamy, rich, chocolate-y, and satisfying. There aren’t a lot of items that I would pick up every visit but this tops the list. It’s a must try.

Taste: 10/10

Value: 10/10

Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust 

Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte Epcot Food Wine Festival

This is a rich chocolate dessert that reminded me a lot of the luscious ganache I had picked up at The Ganachery at Disney Springs for Christmas last year, only much larger. The chocolate is sturdy enough to encase a thick layer of slightly tart raspberry filling that adds a bright fruitiness to each bite and helps cut some of the sweetness of the chocolate. The dollop of whipped cream and piece of Ghirardelli dark chocolate on top add a fun element. Altogether, this is a worthy pickup and being so rich, is best shared.

Taste: 9/10

Value: 8/10

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon – $7

Store Price: 98.4 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $3.50/ounce

Value: Average

This is a perfectly decent cabernet with the typical characteristics – dark cherry, cocoa, and some spice with a delightfully aromatic quality. You can do a lot worse at the Festival.

Banfi Rosa Regale – $9

Nope.

Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella – $10

Store Price: $1.38/ounce

Festival Price: $5/ounce

Value: Below Average

I ordered a glass, but somehow forgot to take a picture as we were heading elsewhere at the time. If you hear someone yelling, “WINE STOP! DADDY NEEDS WINE” there’s a 35% chance it’s me. I didn’t know what to expect given the description, but found a pleasantly sweet wine that was far less encumbered with sugar than the Regale. It’s probably too much money to pay in this atmosphere, but it pairs really nicely with the tart.

Overall, these are two of the best desserts at the Festival. Visit when you’re ready for something sweet and pair one or both with a wine if the mood strikes. A lot of people like the Rosa Regale, but I can’t muster enthusiasm for a $9 glass of artificially-sweet wine at 7% ABV.

Comments

  1. Salina says

    Hi Josh!
    Loooong time lurker, first time poster! Lordy do those desserts look yummy…chocolate is definitely a weakness for me. Wish I had a friend that wanted to brave the weekend crowds with me (I’m one of those FL locals). Just wanted to finally post and thank you for all the hard work that you do making these blogs. I always look forward to reading them. They are informative with a sardonic sense of humor and I love it! Thanks again!!!!

  2. Suzy says

    As a left-coaster, I have never made it to Food and Wine, and may never. Bu,t I still REALLY. Enjoy your reviews. Thanks Josh.

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