Review: New Items at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

There’s no shortage of new stuff popping up in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion these days!

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.

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

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

Wait Time for Frozen Ever After on Opening Day

Wait Time for Frozen Ever After on Opening Day

… 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.

Norwegian Charcuterie

Norwegian Charcuterie

Norwegian Chef Salad

Norwegian Chef Salad

Fisherman's Tasting Box

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.

Cinnamon Loaf

Cinnamon Loaf

Frozen Mini Cupcakes

Frozen Mini Cupcakes

Snow Globe

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).

Cinnamon Loaf

Cinnamon Loaf

And thank goodness I did because this thing ROCKS.

Cinnamon Loaf

Cinnamon Loaf

The portion was huge and, as a bonus, it can be served warm.

Candied Pecans!

Candied Pecans!

Yep, that is actual cinnamon gooeyness dripping out of the center. I will happily pick up this one again.

Cinnamon Loaf Cross Section

Cinnamon Loaf Cross Section

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.

Fisherman’s Tasting Box

Fisherman’s Tasting Box

The mackerel was nicely seasoned without being overly salty, and the shrimp were flavorful and juicy.

Mackerel

Mackerel

Shrimp, Pickels and Egg

Shrimp, Pickels and Egg

But my favorite had to be the salmon.

Salmon

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.

Dill Cream Sauce

Dill Cream Sauce

White Melba Toast

White Melba Toast

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).

Frozen Mini Cupcakes

Frozen Mini Cupcakes

Starting at the top left coming from the box is a chocolate cupcake topped with strawberry icing.

Strawberry Mini Cupcake

Strawberry Mini Cupcake

Strawberry Mini Cupcake Cross Section

Strawberry Mini Cupcake Cross Section

Topping the strawberry icing are shimmery chocolate pearls.

Strawberry Mini Cupcake Icing

Strawberry Mini Cupcake Icing

Up next is a vanilla cupcake with blue and white buttercream icing.

Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Vanilla Mini Cupcake Cross Section

Vanilla Mini Cupcake Cross Section

Pretty basic, but I liked the cute snowflakes sprinkles on top to go along with the whole Frozen theme.

Vanilla Mini Cupcake Icing

Vanilla Mini Cupcake Icing

Upping the ante, though, is the Troll cupcake! It’s chocolate cake topped with cookies and cream icing.

Cookies and Cream Mini Cupcake

Cookies and Cream Mini Cupcake

Cookies and Cream Mini Cupcake Cross Section

Cookies and Cream Mini Cupcake Cross Section

And what Frozen cupcake quartet would be complete without an Olaf? Like the snowflake cupcake, it’s vanilla topped with buttercream.

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake

Is it just me, though, or do the chocolate details on my Olaf make him look a little moody ;) ?

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake Icing

Olaf Vanilla Mini Cupcake Icing

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.

Snow Globe

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.

Snow Globe Closeup

Snow Globe Closeup

It may not seem so large from the picture but this is a LOT of dessert! The center custard is thick and suuuuuuper sweet.

Snow Globe Cross Section

Snow Globe Cross Section

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.

Blue Hard Candy Topper

Blue Hard Candy Topper

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!

Comments

  1. Tracy says

    For those eating high protein diets, some of these options are very nice, and a reasonable price. My girls will just want a snow globe!

  2. Essie says

    I LOVE this bakery/restaurant! The food is always good without being too exotic, and there is always a great selection. I’d def try the Fisherman’s Tray and the mini cupcakes. Plus, I’d gladly grab a cinnamon roll with pecans for the next morning!

  3. Diane says

    I love that bakery anyway, but, I will be going back there several times next visit, that Fisherman’s Dish looks so good and the Snowglobe too, yum!

  4. says

    Marina — Generally, you’ll see little Disney Dining Plan symbols on the menu for anything that’s DDP eligible. The best way to know for sure, though, is to ask one of the Cast Members. They’ll be able to tell you for sure before you make your selections.

  5. marina says

    Thanks! I know about the ddp símbol but I was asking if I could know in advance if some of them are included. Just to know if it worths to go and grab something! Thanks!!!!

  6. Tammi says

    The Cinnamon Loaf and the Snow Globe are both on the DDP. If you look carefully at the pictures above, you can see the symbol on the prices. It doesn’t look like anything else is DDP though.

  7. Patricia C says

    Oh wait, now I’m confused…I thought the little DDP symbols just identify what a “snack” is on the meal plans, not everything, right? What I mean is, can the charcuterie or the fisherman’s box be considered a “quick-service” meal?

  8. Sandra G says

    Patricia, that’s how it has worked in the past. A sandwich platter was a meal, with a dessert item and drink. So if you are exchanging a QSDP meal, you should be able to get the Fisherman’s Box and a cupcake plus coffee, for example. The symbol will indicate what items are available for a snack credit, but otherwise, it should work just like any other quick service . Kringla is listed in the dining plan brochure as a quick service location.

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