Holiday Snack Series: Bûche de Noël from Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

It’s time for another stop of the season on our Holidays Around the World Tour of Epcot!

This is such an exciting time of the year to visit Walt Disney World. With the beautiful decorations and incredible gingerbread displays, there’s so much to take in! But be sure to carve out some time in your busy holiday schedule for a day at Epcot during your trip.

We recently enjoyed a few days in the midst of the magic, and today we’ve got a review of a classic holiday treat.

Bûche de Noël from Epcot’s Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

It’s hard to resist Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion on any given day. But there’s no way I’m passing up this delicious spot when holiday treats are on the menu!

Bûche de Noël at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie -- Part of Holidays Around the World

Bûche de Noël at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie — Part of Holidays Around the World

The bakery pays homage to French Christmas tradition with the inclusion of a Bûche de Noël for a limited time. And this year’s version is completely different than last year’s — a great reason to try it in 2014!

Bûche de Noël -- In the Case

Bûche de Noël — In the Case

If you’re familiar with the traditional dessert, then you know it’s usually a simple roulade, made with sponge cake spread with buttercream and frosted with more buttercream. The whole thing is decorated to look like a bûche de Noël, or Yule log.

But of course, Les Halles had to take it to the next level.

To begin, the Bûche de Noël you’ll find here is an individual portion — and I don’t mean a slab of cake. :-)

Individual Bûche de Noël

Individual Bûche de Noël

Each little log is crafted and garnished in perfect, petite fashion. You won’t have to fight with anyone over who gets the Meringue Mushroom!

The rich, Dark Chocolate Glaze makes for a stunning finish. And I like the combination of traditional trim (the mushroom) and the more modern flair of Chocolate Pearls and the simple White Chocolate Decoration.

Look at the Cute Little Meringue Mushroom!

Look at the Cute Little Meringue Mushroom!

Cut into it and you see that, rather than a combination of the rolled cake and frosting normally associated with this dessert, the Bûche de Noël is made up mostly of a light, airy Chocolate Mousse.

Bûche de Noël -- Cross Section

Bûche de Noël — Cross Section

And it’s built on a base of Cake and Crispy Chocolate. There’s a strong flavor of Orange; mixed with chocolate, it isn’t necessarily my favorite combo.

Bûche de Noël -- Close Up

Bûche de Noël — Close Up

Still, it’s a great dessert, and a fun take on a traditional confection. I’m definitely glad that I gave it a try.

Don’t Miss Our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays!

It really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — of course, we’re talking about the Holidays at Walt Disney World!


With lots of special events, gorgeous decorations, and so many seasonal treats, we don’t want you to miss out on a single moment of merrymaking this holiday season. And so, we’ve put together the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays!

Our full color guide offers detailed descriptions and photos of every holiday event and activity happening at the Parks and Resorts. You’ll enjoy a clickable 3-Month Schedule of Holiday Events, so you can see at-a-glance what looks interesting to you. And comprehensive listings — with color photos! — of Disney Resort holiday decor and gingerbread displays make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the magic before you ever step foot through the Purple Gates!

There’s also a full chapter dedicated to all “New for 2014″ events, dining options, and activities, including what’s new at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, The Celebrate the Magic Castle Show, and the Epcot Candlelight Processional.

And with its handy e-book format, your DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays is instantly downloadable to all of your electronic devices immediately!

Will you be stopping by Les Halles to try their Bûche de Noël? Tell us what you think of this one in comments below!


  1. Lori says

    I’m sorry but if it isn’t rolled, it isn’t a Bûche de Noël. That’s the entire point. I have been to several bakeries that sold individual servings, either as slices of whole rolled logs or tiny single serving rolled logs. This version is just lazy and looks like an elaborate, expensive Kit Kat bar. It might taste good but is isn’t a Bûche de Noël. An allegedly French bakery should really know better.

  2. says

    I’m in full agreement. This is no Bûche de Noël. Granny used to make one every Christmas and this would make her roll over in her grave. If she were dead. Fortunately, she’s not. But if she saw what Disney was trying to pass off as a Bûche de Noël, it just might kill her. Either sell a slice or roll a mini log.

  3. Essie says

    I’d try it because I love the combination of orange and chocolate. I love milk choc covered orange jelly candies and orange flavored milk chocolate oranges that you get at Christmas. Yum!

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