We continue from Coastal Eats.
The Chocolate Studio is one of three Studio Marketplaces located along the walkway leading into World Showcase near the Imagination Pavilion.
Chocolate is the one on the far right as dessert should be enjoyed first.
Everything returns from last year, with the exception of the Ten Year Tawny, which is now a Fine Ruby Port.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel – $5.25
While not particularly photogenic, this is my favorite dessert at the Festival. It’s served cold, which makes it particularly refreshing in what is still the summer heat of the afternoon. Impossibly creamy, rich, chocolate-y, and satisfying. There aren’t a lot of items that I would pick up every visit but this tops the list. It’s a must-try.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream – $4.25
The chocolate layer is soft and thick as it covers the slightly tart raspberry filling. The raspberry adds a bright fruitiness to each bite and helps cut some of the sweetness/bitterness of the chocolate. The whipped cream adds a needed creamy quality and the large ripe raspberry is a welcome addition this year, adding a natural berry flavor in between the cream and another layer of white chocolate. It’s incredibly rich, so one should be enough for a couple of people to share.
Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – $7
This is a really good wine, bold and powerful on the palate with blueberries and plush tannins before a long, lingering finish. The bottle price is around $25, making it a decent value at the Festival. I think it pairs best with the Tart.
Banfi Rosa Regale – $10
Twinings Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka – $11 or Without Vodka – $5
This is one of my favorite cocktails at the Festival – cold, creamy, and refreshing. The flavor profile is all fall with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. I actually prefer the non-alcoholic flavor – the vodka thins the consistency out and dilutes the rich flavor. But you do get about 1.5 ounces of Caramel Vodka poured underneath the non-alcoholic mix, so it’s as strong or stronger than most of the other drinks available. A must buy for anyone that likes pumpkin anything.
Overall, these are two of the best chocolate desserts at the Festival. Visit when you’re ready for something sweet and pair one or both with a wine if the mood strikes. A lot of people like the Rosa Regale, but I can’t muster enthusiasm for a $10 glass of artificially-sweet wine at 7% ABV.