We continue from Wine and Dine Featuring Festival Favorites.
The Wine and Dine review linked above also explains World ShowPlace and how this area works. We have four individual Marketplaces all lined up next to each other. We’ll also enjoy ample tables for our food and drink in air-conditioning with high ceilings. You can always carry in your own garbage can from outside of things in here “feel” a little off. The Desserts and Champagne Marketplace is the second one on the right.
Each of the Cake Pops is new. The Frozen S’mores and various Champagnes move over here from when the Desserts and Champagne Marketplace was outside in the Shimmering Sips spot.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops – $4
There are three versions of the cake pop and they’re virtually identical minus the toppings. This is the chocolaty base for each.
Disney has been doing the liquid nitrogen thing for a while, particularly at its various dessert parties (when applicable). Dipping the cake into the very cold liquid instantly freezes the chocolate, creating an almost glass-like casing around the dense chocolate cake. With the Cake Pops potentially dipped in candy, I think the other choices are more interesting, but you can go with the classic as well. It may come down to freshness; we found the cake inside each pop to be dry, crumbly, and largely flavorless, not unlike the Cake Pops that Starbucks routinely offers.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crumbled Twix Chocolate Bars – $4
This is the same idea with the cast member rolling the chocolate in crushed Twix Bars. The candy adds even more crunch along with some caramel, milk chocolate, and crispy cookie. You’re only getting more stuff for the same money, which seems smarter.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crushed M&M’s Candies – $4
This was my personal favorite with the crunchy, candy-coated M&M’s adding even more chocolaty goodness to the situation, in addition to even more of a satisfying chocolate crunch.
You may want to go with whichever candy you prefer and potentially pass one of each around the group. They do taste best fresh out of the liquid nitrogen. Once the chocolate around the cake cools, there’s much less of that unique crispy quality. You’ll basically just have bone-dry chocolate cake dipped in a thin layer of icing.
Frozen S’mores – $4.50 or with Whipped Cream Vodka – $11
I didn’t care for the texture of the whipped milk, which is kind of foamy and yucky (in my opinion). There’s only a subtle chocolate flavor amid the whipped mess, which is just topped with a handful of marshmallows this year. You might have a better experience. Those who prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate will want to head in this direction over the Pops. In my experience, adding the vodka makes for an even foamier mess.
Dom Pérignon Brut – $32
The website spares no expense when it comes to Food and Wine, this time with a $170 bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, a glass of which I’m almost always sipping. The $32 glass at the Festival is actually a really good deal – Victoria & Albert’s charges $525 a bottle, or $20.50 an ounce, and you should come away with about four ounces here at the Festival. The Grand Floridian also probably wants you to tip 20% on that $500+ bottle. That adds another hundred bucks, which is the cost of three glasses at the Festival by itself. If you’re trying to show off, look no further, just make sure you point to the glass and tell everyone that it’s Dom P as you circle World Showcase. Don’t drink any of it, bring it back to the All-Stars on the bus, and you can repeat the experience tomorrow.
Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne — $17 and Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne — $21
The Moet Imperial is a $40 bottle and the Veuve Brut Rosé is $62. That makes the Veuve a better value by the ounce compared to the store price. Still, the Dom P is a $170 bottle. That’s more than four times as much as the Moet Imperial, for less than twice as much money at the Marketplace. If you’d like to spend less money, then either the Moet or the Veuve is a great way to get the day started. The Imperial is a crisp champagne, while the Veuve introduces a pleasant berry effervescence. They’re both delicious.
The Cake Pops are a big drop in quality and uniqueness when compared to the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel, which has been a true Festival favorite for years. You may want to try a Pop for the novelty factor, but the I doubt they’ll top anyone’s Best Of lists. At four bucks each, you could do worse. The indoor area is also a much more comfortable place to enjoy those spendier champagnes. You might even be able to convince yourself that you’re at Party for the Senses as long as you ignore all of the Mickey ears.