Welcome back DFB author Wendy Pugh-Hummel with another delicious review.
Today we’re going back to Epcot’s Germany Pavilion to visit Karamell-Küche!
Let’s stop in and taste what’s new!
It’s somewhat hard to believe that this little corner of the World is just over three years old, since a stop at Karamell-Küche has already become a tradition for caramel fans…
…and chocolate fans.
Did I mention popcorn fans?
Oh, and any guests who might like ridiculously yummy things in general ;).
Tucked into this small space are almost more golden caramel goodies than one can fathom. It’s no wonder the nearly ever-present queue line draws to a halt fairly often. After all, it’s difficult to make a lightning-fast decision when you come upon something like this:
How can they possibly fit one more piece of sweet, buttery caramel goodness inside that case?
Well, my friends, that’s a trick question… because they haven’t added one. They’ve added FIVE! And I am SO excited to share each one with you!
We’ll start with the Caramel Cheesecake with Chocolate… mainly because that’s where I actually started. I mean, what self-respecting cheesecake fanatic could wait to try this?
This little number is exactly what cheesecake lovers would expect and hope for: a rich, creamy vanilla cheesecake with a traditional graham cracker crust, altered only by the veritable pool of caramel in the center.
While the name obviously mentions chocolate, it is only present in the milk chocolate circle placed on top, featuring the signature Werther’s golden “W.”
I really wanted to get a cross-section picture for you, so you could see for yourself the depth of the caramel within the cheesecake. However, the minute I sliced the cheesecake, the caramel started to ooze in such a way that the best I could capture was this:
It is a sight to behold :). The only thing that trumped the sight was the taste: the cheesecake and caramel could have stood well enough on its own, but the chocolate was a delicious little accompaniment. I recommend eating it right along with the cheesecake, instead of snatching it off first thing and chomping it whole, no matter how tempted you may be!
Next, we’ll sample the Caramel Toffee Bark!
The first thing to greet the eye is the layer of dark chocolate on top, swirled with white chocolate.
Where, however, is the item’s namesake? Where is the toffee? It is hidden under a pile of caramel that is so generous and gooey that it literally spills over every side and corner of this little gem.
Caramel Toffee Bark is truly a thing of decadence. It reminded me of a really good truffle – it’s a small confectionery (not quite two square inches), but it is so rich and buttery that a little bit is all you need for a full experience.
The Caramel Toffee Bark, by the way, is eligible as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan, as are the Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie and the German Chocolate Chip Cookie. Wait, what are those? I’m glad you asked!
The Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie brings something to the table for those who want their caramel fix but might be craving something a little less sweet.
Yes, it is a brownie with ample drizzles of caramel on top, so certainly there is some sweetness here. But the sugar is balanced by the presence of the salt in the brownie batter (you won’t spy the salt on top, as you will with the Chocolate-Covered Sea Salt Caramel).
I found this one to be a bit dry and a little too dense for my preference, but I appreciated how the caramel really stood out here.
The name of the German Chocolate Chip Cookie brings to mind, of course, German Chocolate Cake.
As I bit into the cookie, I discovered why. Elements of German Chocolate Cake (specifically coconut and walnut) are interspersed throughout. And my cookie was wonderfully moist in the center.
The final new addition is the Caramel Apple Tart.
As she was ringing up my purchase, the Cast Member helping me said, “If you really wanted to try something German, this is it. It’s so good.”
I’ll admit: of all the new items, I was least excited to try the Apple Tart. After all, we don’t come to Karamell-Küche for fruit. We’re here for dessert! We’re here for decadence! We’re here because our Advanced Dining Reservation at Via Napoli isn’t for another hour and a half, which is plenty of time for a snack or five ;)!
You know what? I was so wrong. In fact, the Caramel Apple Tart may have been my favorite of the bunch… and that’s saying something.
Thin green apple slices are flavored with spice, bathed in caramel and scooped onto a warm, buttery pastry. I detected cinnamon and nutmeg – it tastes like autumn :). The pastry resembles more of a biscuit than a tart in a traditional sense, and the portion size is fantastic.
As I cut into it, the pastry appeared rather dense.
But when I grabbed a bite, it returned to its flaky goodness.
Even after I’d finished the pastry, there were plenty of apple slices left over. I used those to scoop up the little rivers of caramel in the container, and I ate Every. Last. Piece.
So, there you have it. Five new reasons to stop by Karamell-Küche on your next trip to Epcot… as if you needed another ;).
In the comments below, please let us know which new menu items you’d like to try!