Review: Parfait aux Fruits and Duo Mousse Cake at Epcot’s Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

It’s become one of my life goals to eat my way through the entire bakery case at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

And why not? This place rarely churns out a dud, even though the selection is HUGE.

Now, I do have to say, I’m quite partial to my favorites: for example, the Frangipane (puff pastry with an almond filling), which I’ve adored ever since I tried it at the Food and Wine Festival’s Parisian Breakfast last  year, and the Brix aux Pommes, which has become a more recent favorite of mine.

So sometimes it’s hard to switch gears and choose beyond those. But a goal is a goal and I aim to do my readers proud! To that end, I’d like to show you a few other staples in that bakery case that I haven’t previously showcased on the blog.

Welcome back to Les Halles!

Les Halles

Les Halles

Les Halles

Les Halles

While there are plenty of savory options at Les Halles (it’s a great spot to grab soup and a sandwich), today we’re focusing on the sweet stuff. Let’s check out a few more French goodies tucked inside!

Bakery Case at Les Halles

Bakery Case at Les Halles

In fact, the treats we’re checking out today are displayed side by side in there, even though they are quite different from each other. We’re trying the Parfaits aux Fruits and a little something by the name of “Duo.”

Duo

First up, the oddly titled “Duo.” Initial impression? It’s gorgeous. A smooth chocolate dome reflects the light in the bakery case and catches your eye immediately.

Duo

Duo

The small chocolate topper gives you a hint as to what’s inside, while the almonds circling the bottom add a bit of crunch… and basically just make the whole thing even prettier.

Duo

Duo

Duo earns its name by what’s in the center: both white and dark chocolate mousse, layered over a chocolate cake base.

Duo cross section

Duo cross section

The light mousse layers combine to offer both the sweetness of the white chocolate mixed with the depth of the dark. I like how the just-stiff-enough mousse maintains that dome shape, and the dark chocolate “soft shell” of the dome adds one more layer of decadence.

If you’re a chocoholic, this is the perfect three- or four- bite treat for you in the middle (or the beginning…or the end…) of your Epcot day.

Parfait aux Fruit

This isn’t the “fruit parfait” you get at Starbucks, my friends. The Parfait aux Fruit at Les Halles is yogurt mousse with berries, but it’s taken to another level.

Parfait Aux Fruits

Parfait Aux Fruits

Bright, fresh raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are accompanied by a sweet berry glaze in the middle to add color and flavor.

Parfait aux Fruits

Parfait aux Fruits

The mousse is substantial, and it won’t feel or taste like “regular yogurt.” Even with the yogurt base, the mousse is sweetened just enough to remove any bitterness of the yogurt while maintaining the tang.

Parfait aux Fruits

Parfait aux Fruits

It’s simple, but delicious, and with the fruit I’d even add “refreshing.”

Truth is, I rarely go for the soft desserts when I can have a more substantial pastry. But the parfait does a great job of providing a little something to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard. (You know, in case you’re the kind of person who doesn’t LIKE going overboard.)

Where the Parfait aux Fruits is a light and airy option, the Duo mousse cake is complete chocolate decadence. These two treats demonstrate just a small bit of the variety to be enjoyed, and do a pretty darn good job of supporting my “there’s something for everyone at Les Halles” theory. So, that’s two more crossed off the list, with (happily!) many more treats to come!

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What is your favorite dessert at Les Halles? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    I love the Duo! It reminds me of my favorite Zebra Domes, only without the coffee taste. It’s a good replacement when I can’t always make it over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. During my August trip, I may have had a Duo every day… ;)

  2. Ashley W says

    I’m starting to think during my trip in December I might nix my “day in Epcot” and just make it “a day at Les Halles.” I just want to graze….

  3. CJ says

    You made me really think about exploring the French Pavilion on my next visit much closer. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Megan says

    Just thought you might like to know: the reason the dairy in the parfait doesn’t taste like yogurt is that it’s actually creme fraiche.

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