We continue on from Mele Kalikimaka.
Holiday Sweets & Treats takes up residence in what has not been Promenade Refreshments for some time on the walk into Canada. This year, Citrus Blossom is across from it and the Christmas equivalent of Hawaii that I can’t spell is behind it.
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 the first (or last) cookie. I don’t mean the latter as a threat, but if you’re starting on the Mexico side, this will approximately be your 342,984th opportunity to order something cookie-related. A number of drinks from past menus of other Holiday Kitchens make their way over here, including the various Hot Cocoas.
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. I don’t think it does anything to demand a purchase considering the number of unique options, “but it is what it is.” It’s also gluten/wheat friendly, which may be of interest to some.
Minnie Peppermint Cookie — $3
The various Cookie Stroll cookies are served pre-packaged and not particularly fresh. It’s certainly a cute addition, and a necessity for the sake of stroll completion, but it’s an easy skip on taste and value. I’d put your $3 towards the Haupia at Mele Kalikimaka or Maple Bûche de Noël from Yukon, both of which are within $1.50 or so on price.
Note that this is the location where you’ll pick up your complimentary cookie:
Signage hasn’t been updated with the December 31st end date. The Minnie Mouse cookie is also the “completer” should you purchase enough elsewhere.
Hot Cocoa – $3.50 or with Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur, or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky – $11
There may be few better ways to connect with Washington State University than Fireball, though I’m not sure they have much use for the cocoa. Otherwise, if you’ve had Nestle Instant Hot Cocoa, you’ve had this. It’s available in a number of locations.
Shipyard Eggnog White Porter— $4.50 or $8.50
The Shipyard Eggnog Porter is in the back right. You’ll come away with six or twelve ounces of really creamy beer with a murky, milky mouthfeel for the $4.50 ask or $8.50. The beer is pictured at The American Holiday Table, where it’s also offered and may pair better with the more savory items there.
For the Snobs? Worth a try.
M.I.A. Beer Company Coquito Beer– 6 oz. $4.50 / 12 oz. $8.50
The Coquito Beer, which isn’t the white color that that you might expect. Instead, the imperial cream ale lacks the coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla that you would ordinarily associate with coquito and replaces them with straightforward lager flavors. It’s worth trying at the Festival, but at least what we were served on the first day didn’t taste anything like what we were expecting.
For the Snobs? Worth a try.
Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka – $11
I’m partial to the previous Spiced Apple Shake, but this one isn’t too heavy-handed on the peppermint, leading to even more peppermint to go along with the peppermint sundae and peppermint cookie. It’s cold and refreshing, but doesn’t pack a whole lot of punch, even if it is Pinnacle Vodka.
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 from what you’d pick up at Safeway/Publix/Kroger.