We’re all about snacks lately on DFB, and we recently shared a list of our Top 12 Salty Snacks at Disney World! We came up with a couple of obvious choices (Popcorn!), but we also surprised some of you with other outside-the-box suggestions, like the Sleepy Hollow Waffle Sandwiches.
Out of that post, however, there came a fantastic suggestion from a DFB reader: we needed a list of sweet-meets-salty recommendations, too! I mean, you know how much I lurve some sea-salty sweets.
And so today, we answer that challenge! Presenting, the DFB Top 14 Disney Sweet-Salty Foods (and Drinks!).
And yep, this one spans BOTH coasts. You’re gonna love it…
A chocolate cupcake with banana pudding filling, peanut butter frosting, and candied bacon? Yes, pls.
So what’s up with this daring (for Disney) cupcake? I tried it…and I loved it!
The name is, of course, an homage to the King himself, Elvis Presley, and his love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But throw in the sweet-salty candied bacon, and you have the makings of a truly epic cupcake. You will be all shook up. (Ba ha ha ha!) I guarantee.
Chocolate-Covered Sea Salt Caramel
Ah, this is one of my favorites…and one of Disney’s truly hidden gems if you ask me. If you are seeking a few perfect bites of decadence, then look no further than the Chocolate-covered Sea Salt Caramel at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany.
(Seriously. This one could have a commercial made for it. One of those ads where the chick, like, shuts the door and locks it so that she’s all alone with her chocolate-covered caramel? You know what I mean.)
This is the quintessential sweet salty treat — super sweet caramel enrobed in chocolate (your choice of milk or dark), and sprinkled generously with crystals of sea salt. Each bite is the perfect combination of flavors and textures.
I’ve been known to walk around Epcot with one of these in my camera bag taking surreptitious bites throughout the day. Just sayin’.
If you’re looking for a sweet-salty treat that also packs a protein punch, then Cinnamon-glazed Almonds and Pecans are the indulgence for you.
Sweet, salty, and spicy, you smell these amazing pecans and almonds before you see them — and then you must have them!
And because they’re a snack that really stays with you (AND they don’t melt — a snack requirement in Orlando through most of the year), they’re perfect to tide you over until that next advanced dining reservation.
Monte Cristo Sandwich
No list of sweet salty favorites would be complete without paying tribute to what is quite possibly the best sandwich on the planet: the Monte Cristo Sandwich at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland. While not technically a “snack,” — it’s hard to finish this even as a meal — it’s still an awesome addition for any of you sweet-salty lovers out there.
Also available at Blue Bayou, this is probably the closest that a sandwich ever came to being a donut!
Thick, rich bread envelops a combination of ham, turkey, and swiss cheese. Once the whole thing is dipped in an egg batter, it’s fried to a beautiful golden brown, topped with powdered sugar, and served with berry puree for an ideal flavor combo.
House-Made Chips and Huckleberry Honey at Territory Lounge
The Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is home to some of my all-time favorite pub grub anywhere, ever. But when I’m craving a sweet salty fix, then I head straight for the House-Made Northwest Potato Chips with Trio of Dips.
The incredible thick-cut chips come with a trio of dipping sauces, and they are all out of this world. But when you’re ready for something sweet, reach for the Huckleberry Honey! The sweet, rich sauce is delicious — and really beautiful, too! And where else in Disney are you going to get huckleberries?
Of course, we could also add to this sweet-salty list the combo of Territory Lounge’s Sharp Cheddar Fondue served with Apples and Dried Fruit! Now that’s the menu item of my dreams…
Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
You’ll have to grant me some latitude on this one…but how could we write this post without discussing the Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel?
While this isn’t an overtly salty pretzel — the dusting is more sugary than savory — I’d still make an argument that the unsweet, ever-so-slightly salty pretzel dough is a good foil for the slightly sweetened cream cheese filling that you find inside.
These mammoth snacks make a fantastic alternative to a breakfast pastry if you want to have a bite on the go, or they’re big enough to share as a snack.
Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
Immediately, it was elevated to “must have treat” status. It’s that good.
Steaming, old-fashioned cocoa is topped with a generous crown of whipped cream, and then drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with crystals of sea salt. It’s almost too pretty to drink. Almost.
The perfect indulgence on a cool night (or anytime a/c is available!), it’s worth skipping the incredible ice cream sundaes (at least once) to check this out.
Griddled Greek Cheese at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival
One of our favorite booths year after year is the Greece Booth, and of all the fab food you can find here, the Griddled Greek Cheese is not-to-be missed. Salty cheese, griddled until golden, is topped with a generous drizzle of honey and sprinkled with pistachios.
And it’s JUST as good as it sounds. Actually, it’s better.
Simple and spectacular, if you can’t wait until this year’s festival to indulge in this one (we’re crossing our fingers it returns!), then check out this handy recipe!
Mango Chili Paleta
I’ll confess right here: when I tried the Mango Chili Paleta at Epcot’s La Cantina de San Angel, I wasn’t a big fan. There was a little too much salt and spice, and not enough sweet from the mango to balance the flavors for me. (I know! I was shocked too!)
BUT — we know that this is a very popular flavor combo for lots of you and wanted to included it in our list! I’d love to hear your opinion if you’ve had the chili mango paleta.
Caramel Popcorn at Big Top Treats
When salty, buttery popcorn meets warm, sweet caramel, magic happens. And that magic is Caramel Popcorn.
Sweet, crunchy, and fresh, you’ll love strolling around the new Storybook Circus area and munching on this generous portion, which is enough to share. If you want to.
And, of course, there’s a pretty spectacular version of fresh caramel corn over at Epcot’s Karamell-Küche, too; so you can get both and compare!
You knew I had to do it! I mean, how can you discuss sweet and salty and not mention Margaritas?!
And while there are no shortage of margaritas to be found at Disney (check out our Disney Margarita Gallery for some of the best!), our favorite spot for this salt-meets-sweet beverage is La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico.
One of the most awesome things about the specialty margaritas at La Cava is all the fresh ingredients that go into them.
But just when you think they couldn’t be any better, they also often feature incredible flavored salts, like Hibiscus Himalayan, or my favorite — Tagin Chili Powder Salt. It’s the perfect fusion of salt + kick!
Salted Hot Caramel at Prost Holiday Kiosk
For the third year in a row, guests were thrilled to see the Prost Kiosk materialize during the winter holidays at Epcot. But in 2012, they offered a more extensive menu that was so amazing I hope it becomes a permanent Christmastime fixture!
While everything at Prost looked delicious, the crave-worthy treat for me was the new Hot Salted Caramel. This rich, steaming cup tastes like straight up melted caramel in a cup!
Incredibly thick and rich, with just a hint of saltiness to balance the buttery caramel, I have since had dreams about this incredible drink. Here’s hoping that this one comes back in 2013. If it does, I will be the first one in line!
Spicy Peanut Caramel Apple
How does a caramel apple stand out above the crowd? When it’s got a kick of spice to balance the sweet flavor! Enter the Spicy Peanut Caramel Apple in Disneyland!
I’ve eaten plenty of Disney candied apples, and I’ve never tried anything quite like this one! It seems simple — a thick, sweet butter caramel-coated apple, rolled in chopped peanuts that have been generously dusted with a salty spice mixture! Genius!
I will say that this caramel apple may not be for the kids in the crew — unless yours have grown up with an affinity for cayenne! But I find the combination of sweet/salty/spicy to be the perfect indulgence, and it’s a great way to balance a treat that can be sweet overboard sometimes.
PB&J Burger at ESPN Club
What looks like a bacon burger has a whole lot more going on! Underneath that innocent looking bun, you’ll find bacon and beef — but also peanut butter, grape jelly, and jalepenos!
A fusion of comfort food and kid food, this new experiment also gets a little pop of spice from the jalepenos making for a truly unexpected combination. It’s at once familiar and like nothing you’ve ever tasted! Whether you love it or hate it, it’s worth a try just to say you did it!
Whew!! I’m stuffed…how about you?! Those are our top 14 Sweet-Salty eats in Disney parks and resorts, but we can’t wait to hear about YOUR additions to the list! What are we missing out on?
Are you a fan of this super-trendy flavor combination? Leave us a comment below and tell us your sweet-salty Disney favorites!