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Review: The New Café Glacé at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion

The creative minds behind the dishes coming out of L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion are at it again!

L'Artisan des Glaces Sign

Home to Ice Cream Martinis, Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches, L’Artisans has introduced another cold treat that’s perfect for the rising temps: the Café Glacé, an Iced Cappuccino with ice cream and whipped cream!

Cafe Glace Sign

Cafe Glace Sign

With the exception of the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich (since there is no improving upon chocolate and chocolate ;) ), some of the fun behind the treats at L’Artisans is that they are customizable with your choice of 16 flavors of house-made ice cream and sorbet.

List of 16 Flavors

List of 16 Flavors

The same is true of the Café Glacé: pretty much the only dilemma here is picking your flavor. Even after I had placed my order and paid, I still wasn’t sure which scoop of ice cream to choose.

Ice Creams and Sorbets

Ice Creams and Sorbets

It was a tough call considering the options of White Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut, but ultimately I went with the Caramel fleur del sel (salted caramel).

Cafe Glace

Cafe Glace

Caramel ice cream layered between coffee and whipped cream

Caramel ice cream layered between coffee and whipped cream

While the base of this beverage makes it what it is, you can’t ignore the awesomely enormous pile of whipped cream on top. Basically, when the sign says, “with whipped cream,” it means it!

Whipped Cream starting to lose its balance

Whipped Cream starting to lose its balance

On to the base: the iced cappuccino is a true brew – as opposed to the milk and coffee concentrate found in the Iced Coffee Floats in other areas of Disney World. It is lightly sweetened, as is fitting for a sweet treat, but you can still taste the fuller flavor of the coffee coming through.

The Caramel ice cream was exactly what we’ve come to expect from L’Artisans des Glaces: exceptionally creamy and rich. The caramel flavor in particular, when paired with the coffee, worked really well.

I liked how the light hint of salt helps the caramel serve as a good counterpoint to the overall sweetness of the drink and whipped cream.

Dig into the ice cream!

Dig into the ice cream!

By the way, you may want to grab both a spoon and a straw for this one: a spoon to dig through some of the yummy whipped cream on it’s own, and also to enjoy several solid bites of the decadent ice cream.

But part of the fun here is when everything starts to melt together and you can enjoy each unique flavor altogether as one blend (and that’s where the straw comes in handy!).

The blending begins

The blending begins

This is when it becomes the perfect treat to continue your stroll around World Showcase — with a little something to beat the heat and let the caffeine bonus serve as an extra pick-me-up. Très bon!

Which flavor ice cream would you choose for your Café Glacé? Please let us know with a comment!

 

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13 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    Ohhh, I have to try this! I think I would go with the coconut white chocolate. That just sounds too good!

  2. I can not wait to try this! I love ice cream and coffee together

  3. Valerie says:

    Okay, I don’t even like coffee and I would try that. I would do the caramel or the hazelnut probably.

  4. Meredith says:

    Their ice cream is so good, it’s too bad the people that work there are actually FROM France and have the bad attitudes to match. Know exactly what you want BEFORE you go in, otherwise you’ll get rude answers from the cashiers along with rolled eyes and the classic french snub. If I go in there again, I’ll probably ask to speak with a manager before I even go inside.

  5. Nicole says:

    Can you get this with a shot of liquor? I loved the Ice Cream Martini!

  6. J0n says:

    We tried this deliciousness in a cup this past weekend and the cast member at the counter recommended a nice big scoop of hazelnut. It was ah-mayyy-zing!

  7. Mark says:

    I had the ice cream sandwich and thought it was excellent. My wife thought the Coffee ice cream was just OK and not worth the price. Not sure what Meredith is talking about, service is fine. Perhaps she has never been to France. No such thing as the classic French snub. J’ame le France.

  8. Keith says:

    Yeah…not sure to what Meredith is referring. I have never had anything but pleasant service from the French CM’s. And discourtesy is certainly not exclusive of the French…Americans are quickly becoming more obnoxious and coddled than anyone.

  9. Marci says:

    Wendy! You described this so perfectly I felt like I could taste it! I would choose the one you did, the salted caramel. This is the sort of treat that is right up my alley! You’re making life difficult for me because I know I won’t be in WDW anytime soon to try these amazing things! Maybe I could attempt to make it at home (though it won’t be the same as having it in Epcot and enjoying the surroundings!). Thanks!

  10. Stephanie says:

    This treat is now showing up in my dreams. I need to get back to WDW!!!!!

  11. Meredith says:

    As a former CM, I don’t consider myself coddled or obnoxious. I just know that when someone asks a question or doesn’t understand something, they’re usually given an explanation politely instead of rude one word responses and rolling their eyes at guests. Working at Epcot let us work with a lot of the international cast members and, you may not like to hear it, but many of them were extremely rude. We all had the same handbook on how to treat guests, the guy that was there the day I went obviously never read it.

  12. Allison says:

    Would this be a snack credit?!

  13. Scott says:

    The chocolate eclair with the frozen cappuccino is my favorite food coma inducer!

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