When you’re visiting Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the huge array of choices and just stick with what you know. (In the case of the frangipane, I forgive you.)
Now, maybe you’ve been tempted to step outside the box, but just haven’t known enough about the other options to trust that it would be a good use of your snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan or your dining dollars.
Well, that’s why you have us! Today we’re going to demystify one of those lesser-known items: the Café Liégeois!
You’ll spot the Café Liégeois among the soft desserts in the bakery case near items like Chocolate Mousse and Fruit Parfaits.
My understanding is that while a Café Liégeois is traditionally an ice cream treat, the Les Halles take is a coffee and cream mousse, which offers the full coffee-flavor experience in three layers.
Taking it from the top, the white layer is an airy sweet cream, and reminds me of the flavored coffee creamers that you can buy in the store (and thank goodness for those — they are what get me through the morning!).
The second, dark layer is an intense espresso flavor for the serious coffee connoisseur, and the most dense in texture of the three.
And the third and final mousse-layer is what we like to call “coffee light;” the taste brought to mind a coffee milkshake (a la a Frappuccino). The coffee flavor is still very much present, but tempered with plenty of creamy sweetness.
Basically what you have here is a layer for every kind of coffee lover. Obviously, you need to really enjoy the flavor of coffee to get on board with this one.
As for me – since Les Halles opens at 9:00 am, prior to the rest of World Showcase — I’m calling this coffee treat a nice little excuse to start the day with dessert 😉 .
What Disney World snack have you always wanted to try, but haven’t yet? Please let us know with a comment!