We’ve had LOTS of people ask us why you can’t find beignets in Epcot’s France, but now we have reason to celebrate!
Yep! Beignets (Bugnes Lyonnaise) have arrived at Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in Epcot’s France Pavilion!
Head inside and you’ll notice a little something special on the menu — these are here as a Mardi Gras special only. That’s right… these babies are only around until Mardi Gras to honor tradition (though we’re hoping they decide to keep them longer!).
And among all of these beautiful treats…
… you’ll spot them in the case. Here they are!
So, if you’re visiting France (Epcot’s France, that is) through March 4th, then you’re in luck 🙂 . Let’s dig in!
They look great, don’t they? I love the way the shape of the beignets reminds me of a Mardi Gras party mask.
As far as the taste… they are just all sorts of yummy, sugary, fried goodness.
Speaking of sugar, they’re coated in a granulated sugar, as opposed to the powdered sugar I typically associate with a beignet. So, while slightly different than what I expected, they were DELISH just the same.
Consider yourself warned, though: three of these will only leave you wanting more. You may end up using another one of your snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan for more (yep, they’re covered on the plan!).
Of course, if you are in need of more Beignets, there is one place at Disney World where it’s Mardi Gras all year long 🙂 . We’re talking about Port Orleans – French Quarter, where you can always find Beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory! The Beignets at French Quarter have the powdered sugar I spoke about, with a more traditional “pillow” shape (okay, they’re squares… but they remind me of fluffy pillows!).
Until now, French Quarter was the only place you could find Beignets at Disney World (aside from a brief stint at Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland Terrace when they temporarily sold breakfast while Main Street Bakery was undergoing its renovation). But for a limited time, you don’t have to travel quite so far around property to get your fix 🙂 !
Chocolate Cinnamon Elephant Ear
I couldn’t help but notice that directly next to the Beignets in the case was an old Les Halles favorite: the Elephant Ear! How could I resist 😉 ?
Back with a little something extra (namely, chocolate and cinnamon!), the Elephant Ear did not disappoint. In fact, it held its own even next to the Beignets!
Super buttery, sweet, and flaky, this treat literally melts in your mouth. The cinnamon added just the right flavor, and the chocolate only enhanced it.
Simply put: it’s terrific. (Oh, and since it’s not listed on the menu, you may want to know that the price is $3.50, before tax).
A word, however, to the wise: if it’s hot outside — and odds are it is at Disney World — this is a treat best kept in the indoor seating area. The chocolate is rich and generously poured, but it melts quickly in the strength of the Florida sun.
Here’s some good news for everyone… the Elephant Ear may be making its way back to the regular menu, so even if you miss the Beignets, you may be in luck yet. So, Happy Mardi Gras… and let the good times roll 🙂 !
Would either of these treats sway you from your “must-have” at Les Halles? Please let us know with a comment!