Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration features holiday customs and flavors from across the globe. Each country’s Pavilion in World Showcase offers a treat reflecting a bit of traditional holiday cuisine in the represented culture.
Last week we took you around to see most of the yummy additions, but…we had to give these awesome holiday waffles their own post!
Let’s head to Promenade Refreshments!
Even if you are familiar with Epcot, you may be less so with Promenade Refreshments. Located at the entrance to World Showcase from Future World (it’s closer to Canada than Mexico), it may be best known as the Desserts & Champagne Booth during the Food and Wine Festival, or the spot that doled out Spiced Rum Dole Whips (see what I did there? ) during the Flower and Garden Festival.
Promenade Refreshments has received another festive menu makeover. Take a look!
Okay, so there are a few traditional treats on the menu… hot cocoa, apple cider, and mint tea, to name a few. Even with those, however, there is an option to add a twist. We’ll get back to that in a little bit.
For now, let’s focus on a couple of traditional holiday flavors presented in a very non-traditional way: the Savory Seasonal Waffle and the Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle! Then, we’ll head over to the bevvies!
Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle
Um…kudos to the chefs who think these things up! Let’s chat about — the Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle! YUM! Look at that thing!
The difference here lies in the batter: it’s made of sweet potato. The flavor combo of the batter along with the more-than-ample toppings of marshmallow, pecan, and caramel sauce was absolutely terrific.
And I thought it still looked great even after I “opened up” the waffle!
I’d anticipated something way more gooey (I think I was expecting more of a marshmallow “fluff” topping), but this was much easier to handle. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. While I liked both waffles, the Sweet Potato Casserole Waffle was the winner.
Just a note: be prepared to wait a few minutes (maybe four or five) for your waffle, because they are made per order. I didn’t mind the wait, because it meant each waffle came to me fresh and hot.
But if savory is more your thing…
Savory Seasonal Waffle
The Savory Seasonal Waffle brings together elements of a traditional American holiday feast: turkey, gravy, and cranberry, all together on a waffle made of…wait for it…stuffing batter!
Stuffing! Batter! This is not Thanksgiving ingredients on your standard waffle. The stuffing batter is what elevated this dish for me; I am not typically a fan of all of my holiday meal components smashed together, because it makes everything too mushy for my tastes.
But here, the stuffing crisped up nicely as a waffle, so it retained its flavor, yet had a pretty good crunch. The textures of the ingredients balanced each other well. My other favorite component was the cranberry relish.
And if you still have room in your belly for a holiday extra, let’s check out some of the drinks!
Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa and More Holiday Drinks
Clearly, you’re going to need something to wash these down ;).
If cider is what you crave, you can have a traditional cider or change it up a bit by adding toasted marshmallow, hazelnut, or (for a little kick) Frangelico. Chai is served regular or pumpkin spiced.
And you can add one of the following flavors to your hot cocoa: toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, or peanut butter.
Yep, I said it: Peanut Butter! The picture below is deceptively simple. It does little to convey the pure awesomeness that is Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa!
The cocoa smells like only peanut butter – it’s almost strange to wrap your head around it. I could smell it from several feet away while it was being poured!
But when it comes to drinking, it’s that perfect blend of salty-and-sweet that the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is famous for. It’s like drinking a Peanut Butter Cup… which I realize sounds kind of gross, but in actuality is Totally. Awesome.
I drank every single drop… and it was 85 degrees outside.
Huzzah to you, Promenade Refreshments! We’re glad you’re spreading your unique brand of holiday cheer with us this year!
Sweet or savory – what’s your choice? Please let us know with a comment!