Remember oh those many years ago when I presented you with my Top Five Disney Brownies?
Well, times change… as do snacks and desserts in and around Disney World. And now here we are celebrating a still-new year, and the brownie landscape has changed. While a few of our favorites from Round One continue to grace our list of Best Brownies, some are no longer available. (We miss you, Paw Print Brownie and Brownie Fudge Sundae!)
But fret not… there’s still no shortage of classic brownie goodness in Disney World (and some not-so-classic, as you’ll notice many of these feature a twist on tradition).
Whaddya say we make a NEW Best Brownies list?
That’s right… a new list for a new year! Grab a fork and get ready to dig into some chocolatey brownie deliciousness with me!
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Peanut Butter Brownie with Warm Caramel Sauce
OK, this is probably the best thing you will put into your mouth all month. Let me say that I eat a lot — A LOT — of Disney food, and much of it is sweet deliciousness; but this thing took my breath away.
You can find the Peanut Butter Brownie with Warm Caramel Sauce at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot. And here’s the kicker…
You can find it…sometimes. Sigh. There’s always a catch isn’t there? Yep, this is considered a “seasonal dessert” at Sunshine Seasons, and while it was available for about a full year with no interruptions, we couldn’t find it for a while in late 2015. Now, however, it’s back as the Seasonal Dessert, which gives me hope that you might be able to find it on your visit!
And if you find it, you must MUST try it.
Fortunately, an old classic is still with us… albeit in a slightly different form these days. The Cheesecake Brownie found at the BoardWalk Bakery received a makeover of its own when the bakery reopened after a refurbishment in 2013.
It’s been spruced up with a bit of garnish and a sleeker look, but remains equal parts fudgy, moist brownie and rich, vanilla cheesecake, coming together for a decadent dessert explosion!
In my opinion, it actually came back even better than the original version… and that was pretty great, too!
Candy Bar Brownie and Peanut Butter Brownie
Is it cheating to give TWO “brownie points” (Bah-DUM-Pah!) to The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? Because I just can’t bring up one without the other when I’m discussing the Candy Bar Brownie or the Peanut Butter Brownie.
Both share the same, dense, circular brownie base. But from here, it’s your choice — do you want to go with the light-textured slightly salty peanut butter icing on top of the Peanut Butter Brownie (my personal favorite of the two)…
…or the sweet-on-top-of-sweet-on-top-of-sweet of the Candy Bar Brownie, featuring a rich chocolate ganache under all those candy toppings and icing drizzle (just LOOK at all those Butterfinger chunks amidst the M&Ms and chocolate chips!)?
Either way, do yourself a favor and grab some Mickey milk to go along with it!
White Chocolate Chip Brownie
Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has earned quite the rep for show-stopping cupcakes, so sometimes this gem of a brownie treat can be overlooked. The White Chocolate Chip Brownie, though, keeps its spot on the list of Best Brownies.
That’s due the extra sweet, generous amount of white chocolate chips balancing the fudgy, darker chocolate frosting topping the whole thing.
It’s a chocoholics dream dessert, so if you’ve missed this in previous trips to the Studios, you might want to remedy that in the new year.
Brownie Creme Sandwich
Because between two rather ordinary-looking brownie circles is a thick layer of vanilla buttercream frosting, making the whole thing resemble a Whoopie Pie, but with a dense brownie base instead of a soft cookie. Brilliant!
Now here is something very important to note: we’ve noticed this one comes on and off the menu over the years as well, and on our most recent visit it was there… but that’s not always the case. So if ol’ Earl has one for ya when you stop by Disney Springs, be sure to get it while the gettin’s good!
Brownie A La Mode
Ah, Beaches and Cream… any time I bring up this old fashioned diner and ice cream parlor located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, I typically mention a couple of their standout sundaes. You know, gems like the No Way Jose.
But the Brownie a la Mode is nothing to shake a stick at. In fact, when I was considering which brownies to include on this list, this one came to mind immediately: a rich brownie drenched in hot fudge sauce and topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. And what dessert at Beaches and Cream is complete without whipped cream AND a cherry on top? Add a few chocolate sprinkles for good measure and Voila!
Now, here’s my little secret that lands this one on the list: thanks to the wide variety of sundaes at Beaches and Cream, they carry pretty much every ice cream topping you can possibly imagine. So, when I order my Brownie a la Mode, I make a special request for Peanut Butter Sauce to be added as a topping every time. If you’re a PB lover like me, I highly suggest you do the same! Or perhaps you’d rather try it with Caramel Sauce? You’re in luck there, too. Just ask!
The key — as you can see from the photo above — is to ask for a LOT OF PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE. As in you’ll have to order about 10 extra cherry cokes to wash it all down. Ahhhh…nothing better.
And what the heck, while we’re at Beaches and Cream and all … though it’s not a brownie, per se, if you’re a brownie fan, you’ve simple gotta try the Chocolate Lovers’ Kitchen Sink.
Yep… there’s a chocolate-only version of the World Famous Beaches and Cream concoction, the Kitchen Sink. The original version features eight scoops of ice cream entirely covered with EVERY TOPPING in the house, including one an entire can of whipped cream. It’s the same gist with the Chocolate Lovers take, but the eight ice cream scoops consist of chocolate, cookies and cream, and vanilla, and of course each and every one of the toppings is CHOCOLATE.
And, yes, that includes those four full-size BROWNIES you may have spied with your little eye… so it super belongs on this list ;).
The “Grey Stuff”
Now, our final spot on the list is taken by an item that is only available during one meal at Be Our Guest Restaurant. If you dine in the Beast’s Castle for dinner, then you’ll notice The Grey Stuff on the menu for your dessert options. While it’s described as having a “Chocolate Shell,” that shell is a brownie-cake base. (During lunch, you’ll find The Grey Stuff topping the Master’s Cupcake.)
Now, honestly, it’s not the ultimate brownie base, as it doesn’t have the moist, gooey quality of a truly great brownie. But entirely covering the base is, naturally, The Grey Stuff: a cookies-and-cream whipped panna cotta that is, indeed, DELICIOUS. And since a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant remains a hot ticket (even with the recent Table Service addition of the Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen to Magic Kingdom), we’d be remiss if we didn’t include this one in our Brownie top picks.
Plus, we’d hate to disappoint Lumiere. He only lives to serve, after all!
So, there you have it! That’s my list of the Best Brownies in Walt Disney World! Which one is on yours?
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