Decadent Delights takes over the Promenade Refreshments kiosk for a second year in a row for the Festival of the Arts.
It’s a similar idea for the most part, though the first two desserts see substantial differences in the menu description and output. The Neapolitan Beer Flight also moves over here and the Courvoisier and Cherry Heering Liqueur are deemed less delightful this year, while the Port returns.
White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut – $6.50
After thoroughly not enjoying last year’s Sweet Potato Pie, and wondering every day for the last year how anyone possibly could have, I was surprised to see purple whipped potato return to a Food Studio still carrying “Delights” in the title.
Here’s last year’s version, which was so dense and gritty that nobody even threatened a second bite. Typically, we finish every one of these dishes given the high price points, unlike the dump-and-run technique of certain other Disney food blogs. Anyway, the purple mousse was much sweeter and fluffier this year with a pleasant light quality on the tongue. The couple little bites of cake helped add some texture and we found some complex flavors in the brown sugar and sweet molasses from the maple meringue finished with the chewy, sweet, aromatic coconut. It’s definitely on the small side for $6.50, but an awful lot goes into the recipe and presentation. I don’t think it’s a compelling buy, but I don’t think anybody will question your sanity if you insist they take a bite and then don’t laugh hysterically immediately after because you just conned them into taking the grossest bite of purple sweet potato mousse ever.
S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce – $6.50
As you can probably surmise from the content of this website, it has smoked a number of substances over the years, but cake has not historically been one of them. Smoked pork comes to mind, perhaps with a little apple and mesquite. This comes with a really bold chocolate flavor like the Belgian bars that you might pick up based on the high percentage of cacao advertised in big numbers on the label. Only here as a pretty dense cake underneath a lot of other stuff. We enjoyed most of everything else going on here – the toasted marshmallow meringue is a little bit crispy and adds a familiar campfire aspect and the chocolate mousse is indulgent. Combined with the surrounding milk chocolate sauce, each bite is less overwhelming. I probably took a couple of points away from the sweet potato mousse given how airy it is and added a couple of points to the tart because of how dense it is, but the points attributed are arbitrary anyway. Those that enjoy dark chocolate should enjoy this.
Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce – $6.75
You would have to be a very, very silly person to order one of these over the Triple Chocolate Mousse from The Masterpiece Kitchen. This is still really good though. The mousse is again light and airy with crisp caramel bits adding a nice crunch to each bite along with the chewy crust on the bottom. The couple bites of brittle meringue were another highlight, though there was not as much fruitiness as the description perhaps implies. You’re going to have to drag your bite over the couple dollops of fruit sauce plated on the side to increase the amount of passion in your life. That seems like a lot of effort.
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50
Whenever I see “jumbo” advertised, I’m always expecting to see something the size of a Boeing 747 pull up and this cookie is not that large. Maybe the cookie would be worthy of the title if it was transferred from the Paris zoo to the London zoo and then to America, only to be (allegedly) abused by P.T. Barnum and then made the mascot of Tufts University. I don’t know. Anyway, this is a jumbo, crispy, typically hard cookie packed with chocolate chips and then topped with thick colorful icing. I could see this appeasing the kids who are unlikely to connect with purple sweet potato and it turned out to be the driving force behind the launch (and sudden demise) of my Instagram modeling career, but you have got to try the Masterpiece Kitchen Mousse. If you want to order this cookie and fling it at someone passing Masterpiece without a Mousse then I could see it being a worthy investment – probably a 10 for value in that regard.
Neapolitan Beer Flight – $9 – 3 Daughters Strawberry Nitro, Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
The Neapolitan Nitro Beer Flight is a nice lineup. The 3 Daughters Queens Court Strawberry Blonde Nitro, brewed in Saint Petersburg, Florida, adds local Plant City strawberries at the end of the secondary fermentation process giving it a surprisingly light and fruity flavor. Usually I find these sorts of beers to teeter on medicinality (not a word), but this one is easily drinkable, light, and fruity. The nitro process is meant to create a much smoother, creamier liquid than your typical beer brewed with carbon dioxide and that difference is most notable in the Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter. Here, you get a much thicker mouthfeel than you would with their regular Vanilla Porter, but still with the same roasted malts and chocolate backbone that is typical of the style. It’s definitely worth trying on tap either by itself or as part of the trio. Finally, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is a world class beer – even thicker and more velvety than the Breckenridge entry with more of a bitter chocolate flavor. Very good.
Overall, there are some interesting desserts here that are all a little too expensive or a little too small to receive a ringing endorsement. But that doesn’t mean you have to let a buck separate you from the glory that is purple sweet potato mousse.