We continue from Sweets & Treats.
Refreshment Port, the permanent building on the right as you head towards Canada, adds a couple of merry extras for this year’s Festival of the Holidays.
Specifically, we’re talking about the Turkey Poutine, which is not a snack credit as originally advertised on the menu.
The monstrosity that is the Beef Brisket Poutine, which I reviewed during the Food and Wine Festival, continues its reign of terror. At the time, I said:
This is ballpark…or perhaps amusement park…food at its finest. The fries are served piping hot and extra crispy with plenty of creamy beer cheese sauce to cover the extra large pile of potatoes. The Beef Brisket is more of a quantity-over-quality situation with at least six ounces of juicy meat sandwiched in between the fries and sauce. The Crispy Onions mostly get lost in the mix, but you’ll enjoy a little bit of an astringent punch from time to time.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend these if you’re looking to snack around the Festival unless you have 18-25 people in your group. This is an overwhelming portion for one person and should keep two people stuffed for several hours. But the “Poutine” is disgustingly good and incredibly addictive.
This “Sweet Potato Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Sauce, Mini Marshmallows and Pecans $6.49” was also offered during Food and Wine.
For the Festival of the Holidays, we see the same Sweet Potato Fries now topped with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions for $8.49.
Amusingly, those in our group that have long-renounced Sweet Potato Fries enjoyed these, while those that typically opt to switch out their regular order of fries for the sweet potato version did not. The good news is that there’s quite a bit of basic cold-cut-style turkey on top of the fries alongside the rich, salty gravy and the cranberry sauce, which arrived with pieces of cranberries mixed in. There’s just a little bit of the crispy onions on top – maybe enough for two or three bites with the fries. What you’ll receive is definitely a hearty snack that can be shared among three or four people for not much more money than a significantly smaller portion of food from one of the Festival’s Holiday Kitchens. For that reason, I can recommend them. But this is going to fill up one or two people, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on doing a lot of Festival snacking.
For years, Disney had offered a deluge of Hot Chocolate options here with a variety of alcoholic mix-ins. This year, those choices have moved to Sweets & Treats just down the way. This year, we’ve got Eggnog Shakes.
Here’s the $9.50 version with Baileys Irish Cream. This is another in a long run of cups that are too small, but it probably works best with eggnog, which should probably be consumed in smaller amounts anyway. This was as tasty as you would expect with a smooth eggnog flavor thickened up just a little bit with the ice cream. The Baileys actually helps cut some of the richness here, adding a bit of warmth along with a hint of sweet coffee. It’s awfully small for the money, but it’s pretty delicious. I personally like the Chocolate Apple Shake from Sweets & Treats more.
Overall, the Turkey Poutine is a tasty snack that’s best shared among several people. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but the flavors are comforting and it’s quite a bit of food for the money. If you’re after turkey without the sweet potato fries, consider the American Holiday Table.