2014 Food & Wine: Desserts & Champagne

Over the past several years, I’ve become fond of the Desserts & Champagne kiosk during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It’s not so much that I’m a fan of desserts, but each year you are pretty much guaranteed something new. I only started stopping here in 2012, and I was hooked, returning in 2013.

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2014 marks the first year that you are no longer able to order individual desserts. Instead, it’s the Dessert Trio or nothing.

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The Dessert Trio features, from left to right, Chocolate Espresso Opera Cake, Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle, and Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Roll mini-desserts. For $4, it’s a pretty strong value for the festival, with each dessert providing three or four bites.

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The Chocolate Espresso Opera Cake was my favorite of the three. The cake was very moist, with the sweetness balancing some of the bitterness of the coffee. While I don’t drink coffee, I like the flavor, and the chocolate covered coffee bean was a nice touch. Matt can’t stand coffee, but he tried a bite and didn’t care for it. It was a safe dessert, but delicious to me nonetheless.

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The Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle was sort of… odd. The passion fruit flavor was dominant, but it was a dessert that grew on both of us. There was a tartness that reminded me of the Grapefruit Cake at the Brown Derby. I’ve heard mixed reviews from others who have tried this, but I think it was an interesting dessert and fun to see something a bit different.

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Last us is the Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Roll. I can’t say I’ve had this combination of flavors before, but I really liked it. The blueberry flavor was prominent, and the lime was more in the background providing a subtle tartness. Texturally, the dessert was lacking. It was nothing spectacular, but good for the few bites that were there.

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Overall, I liked the selection used for the Dessert Trio this year. I wonder how only having the Trio as an option is affecting sales. Are people who normally would just order one dessert opting for the trio because it’s that or nothing? Are they skipping it because they don’t like the sound of one or two of the desserts, or don’t want such a large serving? While I personally never went back to buy an individual dessert after trying the Trio, it’s nice to have the option. Still, I think the Dessert Trio is worth the price with a good selection of desserts, and those who have enjoyed the kiosk in the past won’t be disappointed.

We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Desserts & Champagne as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?

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4 responses to “2014 Food & Wine: Desserts & Champagne

  1. I love desserts so I had to stop here. The only mistake I made was to order the trio immediately after I finished eating the flan from the Puerto Rico booth. That was a LOT of sugar back to back!

    I enjoyed all three desserts but my favorite was the Passion Fruit Coconut Creamsicle. I love that sweet and tart combination that passion fruit desserts normally have.

  2. I had some of those back to back dessert experiences, so I know exactly what you mean! 🙂

  3. My best friend and I would always stop at the champagne booth to officially “open” our Girls Weekend (well she’d open it with a glass, I’d take the picture). It was nice when they started doing desserts because then I could get something too to “toast” with for the start of the weekend. One thing I’ve learned though is to try all of them. I find the ones I thought I’d hate, I actually end up liking a lot and ones I thought I’d love, sometimes weren’t as good as the others.

  4. I would love the recipe for the passion fruit coconut creamsicle!!!