There’s no shortage of new stuff popping up in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion these days!
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
The main additions, of course, are the Pavilion’s new ride — Frozen Ever After — and Anna and Elsa’s new meet and greet spot, Royal Sommerhus.
These new attractions have brought about another change to the Pavilion: it now opens at 9:00 am (the majority of Epcot’s World Showcase opens at 11:00 am daily). That means the Pavilion’s Counter Service option, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, is open for the earlier morning hours, too.
With more traffic in Norway (and we ain’t kiddin’ around — check out the lines from opening day for Frozen Ever After!), the bakery case in Kringla has seen some additions of its own. We thought we’d show you a few today.
Now, there are a few more breakfast-appropriate items that are available for the earlier morning hours, like the Jarlsberg and Onion Biscuit served with bacon, and an Egg and Leek Pastry. But since we had to tackle this…
… we missed ’em. No worries; we’ll be back one of these days 😉 . Plus, there is still plenty of new stuff to see! Among Kringla’s staples like Rice Cream, School Bread, and the Traditional Kjottkake (Norwegian meatballs), you’ll now find new items that include a few entrees such as a Norwegian Charcuterie plate, a Norwegian Chef Salad, and the Fisherman’s Tasting Box.
And there are even more sweet treats to enjoy at Kringla now, including a new Cinnamon Loaf, a quartet of Frozen Mini Cupcakes, and a little something called a Snow Globe.
I couldn’t resist tucking right in to the Cinnamon Loaf (which you can have topped with those candied pecans you see at no extra cost).
And thank goodness I did because this thing ROCKS.
The portion was huge and, as a bonus, it can be served warm.
Yep, that is actual cinnamon gooeyness dripping out of the center. I will happily pick up this one again.
The Fisherman’s Tasting Box consists of a bunch of goodies in convenient packaging: there are different seafoods (salmon, mackerel, and shrimp) served along with hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, and Melba toast along with a few other garnishes.
The mackerel was nicely seasoned without being overly salty, and the shrimp were flavorful and juicy.
But my favorite had to be the salmon.
I went ahead and paired the salmon with the dill cream sauce and the white melba toast which ended up being a really nice combo.
In all, I felt like I had a nice amount of food without feeling too weighed down afterwards. This is a great sampler for a hot day.
The Frozen Mini Cupcakes are sold in a set of four (you get all four for $7.49).
Starting at the top left coming from the box is a chocolate cupcake topped with strawberry icing.
Topping the strawberry icing are shimmery chocolate pearls.
Up next is a vanilla cupcake with blue and white buttercream icing.
Pretty basic, but I liked the cute snowflakes sprinkles on top to go along with the whole Frozen theme.
Upping the ante, though, is the Troll cupcake! It’s chocolate cake topped with cookies and cream icing.
And what Frozen cupcake quartet would be complete without an Olaf? Like the snowflake cupcake, it’s vanilla topped with buttercream.
Is it just me, though, or do the chocolate details on my Olaf make him look a little moody 😉 ?
Oh, well… I still love the guy, and I’m sure that was just my cupcake 🙂 . I definitely think this batch is a terrific idea for a group, offering everyone a chance to have a bite of something sweet without putting the whole group on sugar overload! A family or group traveling with a few Frozen fans can’t really go wrong with this one.
Finally, we had to check out the Snow Globe.
Sitting on top of a brownie-like chocolate cake is a vanilla flavored custard, which is then covered in cream. It’s served chilled, so it doesn’t melt too quickly and gives it a refreshing quality.
It may not seem so large from the picture but this is a LOT of dessert! The center custard is thick and suuuuuuper sweet.
The one in the display case really didn’t do this treat justice. What I received was much prettier and more artistic with its beautiful blue hard sugar-candy topper and light blue icing.
You’d almost think Elsa herself had a hand in it! Heck, she’s living right next door at Royal Sommerhus now, so you never do know…
Well, we were definitely anticipating some additions to Kringla Bakeri, and we got ’em! I have to say, while it makes total sense that some of the new items are cute, Frozen-themed things to celebrate the new arrivals in the Pavilion, it’s also nice to see that a majority of the additions are based on Norwegian dishes and flavors, staying true to the heart and purpose of the cuisine at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe.
Will you be stopping by Norway to try any of the new additions? Let us know in the comments below!