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