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New!: Italian Spiced (and more!) Roasted Corn at Liberty Square Market

It’s funny: Liberty Square Market is smack dab in the middle of Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. And yet, somehow it remains something of a hidden gem. I’m referring to the structure itself, and also its food offerings. You never know what you might find at Liberty Square Market.

Liberty Square Market

Liberty Square Market

Well, that’s not entirely true. You do always know you’ll find lots of grab-n-go options, like bagged chips and whole fruit. And you’ll find them in a pretty cool setting! But there are always a few surprises here, too! Let’s check out a few of the details.

Atmosphere

There is a lot of charm packed in this not-so-huge space. And all of it perfectly complements its Liberty Square surroundings, from the open-air building…

View of Liberty Square Market

View of Liberty Square Market

…to the font used on the menu.

Liberty Square Market Menu

Liberty Square Market Menu

I like the barrels of Mead, Ale, Grog, and potatoes! (Please note: Liberty Square Market sells neither mead, nor ale, nor grog ;D) . It does, however, sell potatoes! More on that in a few…)

Barrels o' Mead and Grog!

Barrels o’ Mead and Grog!

My very favorite is the cart full of chips. I like to think this was how the Founding Fathers picked up their Doritos and Cheetos after a long morning of drafting Constitutions and what-not. You know.

Cart full of chips

Cart full of chips

You can take your goods to this seating area behind the Market. Tables are often full around lunch time, but since this is primarily a spot for grabbing a very quick bite before heading to the next attraction, turnaround is pretty quick and you can usually find a seat before too long.

Seating area

Seating area

Casual Seating

Casual Seating

Eats

You can find plenty of better-for-you fare in this spot, specifically an array of whole fruit and packaged veggies.

Fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies

Whole fruit options

Whole fruit options

While I mentioned the more popular chip brands, you can also find healthier choices like bagged rice crisps, baked chips, pretzels, and Craisins.

Bagged snacks and more fruit

Bagged snacks and more fruit

You’ll also find some snacks for special diets, like gluten- and allergen-free caramel corn and candy.

Bagged Snacks

Bagged Snacks

Need a cold drink? The Market is one of a few spots that features Honest Ade, along with an assortment of bottled juice.

Bottled beverages

Bottled beverages

There is a small variety of hot items available, too. But the trick here is to be sure to take a peek at the moveable signs, because they’re constantly changing. So, you really never know what you might find.

Additional menu items

Additional menu items

While the Baked Potato is on the permanent menu, the Sweet Potato is on a moveable sign (though I have seen it on nearly every visit, so I think your chances are good!). Hot sandwiches are also available fairly often, though they’re not the best option on the menu we don’t think.

Additional menu items

Additional menu items

Or you may find the snack we’re trying today: Roasted Corn on the Cob.

It’s such a simple thing, but if it’s available during your visit, the scent of the roasted corn and melted butter is a little hard to resist. AJ has tried the fried corn on the cob here as well as the regular corn on the cob. But this spiced version is N-E-W!

I ordered the Italian Spiced Roasted Corn as advertised on the sign, expecting… well, roasted corn with Italian Spice on it. However, when I received the corn, it came to me like this:

Roasted Corn

Roasted Corn

Plain corn, with just butter. As it turns out, if you want your corn “Italian Spiced,” you get to add it yourself, so you can put on as much or as little as you want.

I’ll admit… at first, I was a little less than impressed. But when I went over to the condiment area to grab the spice, it was nice to see a few options: the Italian Spice, of course, but also Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and Barbeque (you can also doctor it up with just a little salt and pepper, if you prefer).

Seasoning Assortment

Seasoning Assortment

So ultimately, it didn’t end up bothering me too much – especially since there is no additional charge for the spices. Basically, the sign is there to let you know that spices are available if you are interested.

Plus, it ended up being kind of fun giving each option a try!

Spiced up corn!

Spiced up corn!

The Italian Spice is pretty much the same mix that you’ll find in the spice section at the grocery store (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme), but with salt added. This offered a mild herb flavor, but still allowed me to taste the butter and corn (which, incidentally, had a satisfying crunch without being overly crisp. I also thought the charring was just right).

Italian Spice

Italian Spice

The Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, on the other hand, just about took over! It was yummy and had a good punch, but I couldn’t taste much of the corn or butter. I did pour it with a heavier hand, but even so, it’s just a really strong flavor.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

The Barbeque was your basic BBQ rub — when mixed with the corn, it tasted like a good ol’ summer cookout.

Barbeque

Barbeque

Of the three I liked the flavor of the Jamaican Jerk the best, but I have to give this round to the Italian Spice, since I could still enjoy the flavor of the corn. All truths told, though… I think my favorite is still just the regular corn with butter! I mean, really… what can possibly trump melted butter :) ?

Overall

Next time you’re strolling (or racing!) from Haunted Mansion to Big Thunder Mountain, you may want to stop by Liberty Square market to grab a snack and see what’s available for your visit. Not only are there some tasty and healthy options, but it gives you the chance to soak up a little more of the terrific atmosphere of Liberty Square (my favorite land!).

Would you take your corn plain or spiced? Please let us know with a comment!

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7 Comments

  1. Kristina says:

    That looks good…I stumbled there my last trip and had an early morning baked potato while waiting for the next Country Bears show.

    However, I wished I knew about the seasonings. They served regular potatoes and cheese/butter, if I was to throw on some Italian seasoning….I would have totally had a party in my mouth!

    There’s always next time.

  2. Jennifer Stewart says:

    Liberty Square Market is one of our favorite spots to grab an icy drink and a seat for a park break and some people watching. I will be adding the Italian spiced roasted corn to my must try list for this April!

  3. Matt says:

    We stopped there on the last trip. We were walking by and saw someone with the corn, and it looked so good, we had to stop. I didn’t see the shake on spices.. so mine was just plane. I would have liked a touch more butter, but it was very good as it was. If you are a fan of corn, I recommend it. It seems like a good snack option if you are on the DDP (we weren’t this last trip).

    We had to dig down deep in the ice to find a Coke Zero.. but it was there.. :)

  4. Ashley says:

    This is hands down my favorite snack spot in the Magic Kingdom. Nary a visit goes by that I don’t purchase a big pickle-in-a-bag (although I miss the ones they used to have floating in a big barrel). I also like the celery and carrots with ranch. I tried the corn a few weeks back, and it was a satisfying, warm snack- just enough. They only had the Italian seasoning out then, not the jerk or bbq.
    This really is a hidden gem. I personally like to take my goodies and sit in the rocking chairs on the little porch right next to the Hall of Presidents exit. It’s great people watching (look at all those people walking through the ‘river of poo!’)

  5. Sue says:

    We tried all the spices too and liked the Jamaican Jerk the best. It didn’t come out of the shaker, so I unscrewed it and put it on with a knife. It was delicious!

  6. Pam says:

    Thanks for posting this…I always thought these markets only sold fruit and drinks. Will definitely get the corn next time!

  7. Sara says:

    My daughter’s and I stopped by the Market for a quick snack and we all 3 fell in love with the corn on the cob. In fact, we went back later for more but they stop serving it at 7 pm.

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