Review: Seven Layer Bar and Toffee Shortbread Bar at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors — the food court at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – developed a reputation early on for being a step above your average food court.

With options such as the Surf and Surf Burger, the World of Flavors Tandoori Station, and a Create-Your-Own Pasta bar, it’s been one to watch from the beginning for some fun and appetizing entrees.

It also introduced something unexpected to the realm of food court desserts: Landscape of Flavors has its own Gelato Bar — a feature that has since been added to the recently refurbished End Zone Food Court at All Star Sports Resort.

Today, though, our search for sweets is focused on a different area… Who’s up for raiding Landscape’s pastry case?!

Pastries and Desserts Case

Pastries and Desserts Case

Two recent additions here caught our attention: the Toffee Shortbread Bar and the Seven Layer Bar.

Toffee Shortbread Bar and Seven Layer Bar

Toffee Shortbread Bar and Seven Layer Bar

So, let’s grab a carton of Mickey Milk

Mickey Milk with the bars

Mickey Milk with the bars

Mickey Milk!

Mickey Milk!

…and start with the latter. You’ve likely had a Seven Layer Bar or maybe even have your own family recipe for this treat (though you may call them by a different name, like Magic Bars, or Magic Cookie Bars). Landscape’s take on this generous bundle of candy on top of a soft graham crust includes coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts.

Seven Layer Bar

Seven Layer Bar

I was also expecting butterscotch chips. Probably because I’m more accustomed to the Magic Cookie Bar — the version of this treat found at Roaring Fork and Riverside Mill Food Court. And while there was a hint, this version didn’t have the strong emphasis on butterscotch like its counterparts… all part of the “anything goes” aspect that comes along with Seven Layer Bars :)!

Seven Layer Bar cross-section

Seven Layer Bar cross-section

Basically, it was what you would expect: a rich, chewy blend of pantry baking staples. And it was good (I mean, you can’t really argue with those ingredients) ;).

But for me it paled a bit in comparison to what’s next… the Toffee Shortbread Bar. Toppings here include coconut (again – hooray!) and slivered almonds. You’ll find a bit of the coconut and almonds again in the chewy, toffee center, all sitting on a shortbread cookie crust.

Toffee Shortbread Bar

Toffee Shortbread Bar

Of the two, it might visually be the least intriguing, but the flavor is where this one really got my attention. The great thing that toffee and shortbread share is that awesome, buttery burst, and I loved the more subtle sweetness of the shortbread coupled with the sweeter toffee. The coconut was also a great compliment here.

Toffee Shortbread Bar cross-section

Toffee Shortbread Bar cross-section

And the texture was a nice surprise, since for some reason I was expecting it to be crumbly. But nope – everything stayed together really well, and hopefully you can gather a bit of the chewy, dense texture from this picture.

Toffee Shortbread Bar

Toffee Shortbread Bar

If you adore toffee like I do, you may already be familiar with the English Toffee Bar found at sweet spots all over Disney World like Seashore Sweets and Main Street Confectionery, which has a hard toffee center covered in chocolate and nuts. And shortbread lovers have likely tuned into the Chewy Caramel Shortbread Bar found at Karamell-Küche. But I can’t think of anywhere else on property you would find this precise combo of soft toffee and shortbread, and I sure hope Landscape of Flavors deems it a “keeper!”

The Seven Layer Bar is $2.59, and the Toffee Shortbread Bar is $3.69. Each counts as a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. No matter which you choose, it’s worth checking out the bakery case — as well as just about everything else ;) — at Landscape of Flavors!

Would you like to try the Seven Layer Bar or the Toffee Shortbread Bar? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Essie says

    They both look very good and I’ve had the magic cookie bars at home. The Caramel Shortbread bar from Karamell Kuche is Heavenly and I’ve made this at home thanks to DFB’s excellent recipe sharing!!!

  2. Lois H says

    Any hints on the recipe for the toffee bars? I’d love to try to make them at home. They look so good!!

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