We continue on from Feast of the Three Kings.
Sweets & Treats takes up residence in what has not been Promenade Refreshments for some time on the walk into Canada.
Disney has tried to do a number of things around the holidays with this booth over the years, typically offering up some sort of turkey sandwich along with beer and hot cocoa. This year, the All-Beef Hot Dog makes its festive return along with the Peppermint Sundae and yet another cookie. A number of drinks from past menus of other Holiday Kitchens make their way over here, including the Firenog and Chocolate Apple Shake.
Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy — $5.25
This is just about what it sounds like – quite a bit of chocolate soft serve underneath whipped cream and what may be best described as “peppermint dust.” It ends up being a refreshing treat on a warm afternoon with just enough peppermint presence to check this one off as a holiday treat.
Last year’s Cookie Nook is replaced this year with the “Cookie Stroll,” which comprises five $2 cookies served at a variety of Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout World Showcase.
Upon purchasing your five cookies, and remembering to get your Holiday Passport stamped at each, you can approach the Completer Cookie Window on the left side of the Sweets and Treats kiosk to receive your “COMPLIMENTARY COMPLETER COOKIE and icy cold glass of milk.”
Here is what said COMPLETER COOKIE looks like – a basic sugar cookie in the shape of Mickey’s head with chocolate icing and sprinkles on the top third. Like the other cookies that make up the Stroll, it’s “just fine” – not unlike something you’d pick up at the grocery store in a plastic container for around $5 for a dozen.
The other cookies, like this one served at Feast of the Three Kings, look like this.
What’s advertised as an “Icy Cold Glass of Milk” is actually this 8-ounce carton of “fairlife” 2% reduced fat milk.
On one hand, six cookies and an 8-ounce milk for ten dollars isn’t a terrible value in Disney terms. On the other hand, none of the cookies are memorable and if you find yourself standing in six separate lines to acquire them, then you may not be doing too well for yourself. You’re also filling up some amount of tum-tum space on grocery-store-quality cookies. But with three or four people, it might be fun to add the cookies along with other items at each of the Festival Kitchens. I don’t regret my participation in the Stroll, but it’s not a make-it-or-break-it experience and there are plenty of opportunities to spend ten bucks on better, more-interesting sweets.
I miss last year’s Cookie Nook.
Shipyard Eggnog White Porter— $4.50 and Firenog: T.G. Lee Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky — $9.50
Those are the two drinks to the rear of the turkey, pre-Sweets-and-Treats-migration, and back when Disney served full-size beers during the Festival. This year, you’ll come away with six ounces of really creamy beer with a murky, milky mouthfeel for the $4.50 ask. You might instead try the same beer as part of the flight at the American Holiday Table in the United States Pavilion.
On the Firenog front, I thought the flavors blended together better than I was expecting – bourbon is, of course, often mixed with eggnog, but it hadn’t occurred to me to use Fireball, which I usually mix with a hard apple cider. The Fireball helps thin the eggnog out just a bit, making it easier to drink and providing a lot of artificial cinnamon flavor. It was pretty good, but you might plan on making it at home. $9.50 for a small cup is rough when it’s just two store-bought ingredients.
Chocolate Apple Shake featuring Twinings Winter Spice Tea and Butterscotch Schnapps — $9.25
This is actually one of my favorite drinks each and every Festival of the Holidays, which I think there have been three of so far. This year, the deliciously refreshing Chocolate Apple Shake is spiced up a bit with Winter Tea and a little bit of Butterscotch Schnapps, which adds a warm richness to the drink. It’s really good, but still an expensive proposition with such a small cup for the money.
Overall, Sweets & Treats offers just about what you would expect given the prices and descriptions. The Cookie Stroll may or may not fit into your plans – just be aware that the cookies aren’t much different than what you’d pick up at Safeway/Publix/Kroger. The drinks are above average, but they’re spendy propositions given the small cups.