We continue from Refreshment Port.
Our coverage of the food and drink available at this year’s Festival of the Holidays comes to a close with Taste Track, which burst onto the scene at this year’s Food and Wine Festival. You’ll find it right across from Test Track’s exit/gift shop.
What-we-legally-can’t-call-a-cronut™ is the name of the game here again with three selections. A scoop of gelato can be added for $2. If you do end up adding a scoop of Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate Raspberry or Vanilla Bean Gelato, then you might ask for it on the side. The doughnuts are best picked up and you’re going to have a bit of a problem trying to carry a fried pastry with a big hole in the middle of it to your mouth when the melting-because-this-is-still-Florida gelato is placed in said hole.The Pancake Milk Shake stays on the menu from Food and Wine.
Here’s what the four looked like during Food/Wine.
Croissant Doughnut Tossed in Cinnamon Sugar – $6
The Standard Croissant Doughnut is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside with quite the dusting of cinnamon and sugar to give it a churro-esque flavor profile, only with a more satisfying chew and a little more butter.
Croissant Doughnut with Eggnog Pastry Cream and Ginger Snap Crumbs – $6.50
This is more photogenic than this nighttime trashcan picture would insinuate. Taste Track’s biggest problem is freshness – over at Refreshment Port, where they were served prior to August of this year, about a half dozen Croissant Doughnuts would be sitting there at any given time and they’d typically be snatched up over the course of a couple of minutes, if that. Taste Track had at least 50 doughnuts sitting there out in the open when we purchased ours, making each far chewier and more crusty than is probably intended. They’re still tasty – but a doughnut fresh from the fryer is going to taste considerably better than one that’s been sitting out for a couple of hours. With that said, I still liked this version with the creamy Eggnog Pastry Cream adding a custard-like sweetness with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. There’s just a little bit of ginger snap going on – I would have liked a little more spice. You might check on how many are sitting there before committing.
Pancake Milkshake – $5
This was delicious, refreshing, small, and may or may not taste like pancake batter. We really appreciated its creamy quality though and it tastes like sweet batter of some variety – I picked up a little more birthday cake than pancake, but it isn’t artificially sweet in any way and it’s blended really nicely. Just about everything at the Festival is small and overpriced, but this would be a good deal at $3.50. It’s a bit of a stretch at $5.
Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Wine – $10
Overall, I wish I could give Taste Track a heartier recommendation because what they’re setting out to do is noble, but freshness is an issue here. Hopefully you have better luck than I have in my six or seven visits.