Yep — there’s a lot to learn from a walk through Epcot…
1. Ice Cream Can Look A Lot Like Butter.
So, I was wandering through Epcot when I caught sight of this.
Some guy (who turned out to be very nice) was holding this as he waited in line at the turkey leg stand in the America Pavilion. I thought it was a funnel cake with a huge slab of butter on it. No kidding. I was so intrigued that I walked up to him and asked, out of the blue, “what IS that?”
Clearly the funnel cake had been getting him some stares and questions, because he laughingly told me that it was, indeed, ice cream and not butter or cream cheese (speaking of, Disney, will you please start putting cream cheese frosting on your funnel cakes?).
I was shocked. Why would you put a slab of ice cream on a funnel cake that way? Why not a scoop? I had to head over to the funnel cake stand and find out…
2. Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cakes Smell Amazing.
As I was approaching the funnel cake stand to figure out what’s what, my head was quickly turned by the delicious pumpkin smell surrounding the place. I’m pretty sure this isn’t “fake smell” like the waffle cone scent pumped out of the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor or the cookie scent pumped out of the Main Street Bakery — this was real, live pumpkin spice (at least I think it was)!
I didn’t get the chance to try one (you’ll see why later), but this seasonal treat looks delicious — has anyone had one yet?
3. Fried Ice Cream Lives Again.
When I got up to the window, I asked the CM about the butter/ice cream. “Yep!” he said, “because the other stand scoops their hard ice cream, we have to cut it and put it on as a ‘topping.'” Must have something to do with the costs — maybe they’d have to charge more if it were scooped? Funnel cake die-hards, help me out here — have you ever ordered a funnel cake with ice cream and had that slab-o-vanilla happen to you?
Anyway, since I was at the funnel cake stand, I figured I’d take advantage and do something I’d been wanting to do for a very long time: buy the fried ice cream. I haven’t had fried ice cream since I was a teenager at Chi-Chi’s, so I was very excited about my spur-of-the-moment purchase.
Sure enough, the fried ice cream came out of the fryer all ooey-goey and melty, and when the CM poured the chocolate syrup on top, I was in heaven. Warm from the fryer, this tasted absolutely incredible. According to the CM, the coating is a mixture of honey and crushed cornflakes. The ice cream ball goes from the freezer to the fryer for just a few seconds, creating a satisfying hot/cold/sweet/crunchy treat.
Yes, fried ice cream lives again. And it’s become yet another must-have snack for me in Disney World.
UPDATE 1/12 — No more fried ice cream at the funnel cake stand You can find it at the funnel cake kiosk on the Boardwalk just a short walk from Epcot’s International Gateway!
Have you tried any of the snacks from the funnel cake stand? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!