We continue from Japan.
You’ll see the Funnel Cakes stand just past the American Adventure Pavilion on the Japan side. Hops and Barley is behind it with the draft beer outlet, Block & Hans, also just out of sight on our left. You would think that in ten years I would have a better picture of the thing, but at least we’ve placed it in context. If Florida is (hopefully) about to sink into the ocean, one wonders if the Funnel Cakes stand will slide further and further towards what is still the Morocco Pavilion. They could always switch to baklava as a base.
During the Food and Wine Festival, a $9.50 “Mini Candied Bacon S’mores Funnel Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream ” is added to the roster. Note that it is not eligible for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, should it be reinstated before the Festival ends in….November. Despite the lack of the Dining Plan being available, we’ve still seen Disney print its Festival menus over the last year with snack credit logos for eligible items, which seems to point to the company being just as clueless about anticipated demand and what it will be able to offer as anyone else.
The Mini Funnel Cake, seen here with Berry Compote from a couple of years ago, was a refreshing, delicious find. The Festival Funnel Cakes are perhaps a third of the size of the regular versions and cost a similar amount of money depending on your other topping choices. A Funnel Cake with Chocolate Sauce that would cover the entire plate is the same price, while the “Cookies n’ Cream Funnel Cake with Sugar, Vanilla Ice Cream, crushed Cookies, and Chocolate Sauce” comes in at $12. That’s probably most comparable to the Festival offering – just keep in mind you get about three times as much of it for $2.50 more money. And it’s available year-round.
While the website may not carry a decibel meter, we do have a member from the U.S. Division of Weights and Measures on staff to balance all of the food on a variety of surfaces now that the safer trashcan shot is passé. Or a lot of food topples over and I have to make up the review, since it wouldn’t make much sense to say that I lurved EVERY. THING. ABOUT. THIS. FUNNEL. CAKE!!! except the nettles and distant pinecone flavor.
Back to the task at hand, the S’mores Funnel Cake is delicious, fried up fresh to order, hot, and crispy while you wait and topped with a thick square of luscious, ice cold Vanilla Ice Cream, sweet and salty candied bacon, marshmallows, chocolate pieces, a piece of graham cracker, whipped cream, and a liberal squeeze of chocolate sauce. In the summer heat, I find the fruit-forward that we’ve seen in the past more unique and refreshing, but you may not have started your day at 11am with four different bowls of Pho from the Noodles booth and followed that up with a Fried Shrimp Hot Dog from Japan, so a sweet, savory Funnel Cake may just be what you’re after. On the other hand, it’s not that big of a departure from your standard offerings that are much larger, making it easier to pass over this year, I think. So I suppose my advice would be to consider this if you don’t mind paying a little bit more per bite, but less overall, for a fairly typical Funnel Cake.
If it’s busy, you might have someone wait in line to order one while others wait for items at Hops & Barley or Japan. The line can get backed up as they don’t fry it up until you order it up.