We are back at Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Canyon Cafe, and this time it’s just for dessert! It seems like we were just visiting this favorite fun spot of ours for dinner but after hearing rumors about a new GIGANTIC dessert we had to make our way back… .
Making its sort-of debut is the…drumroll please…10-Gallon Challenge!
Why sort-of? This item hasn’t made the official menu yet and will most likely be in a testing phase for the next few months. But don’t let that stop your party from ordering it for now. Just consider it to be a secret menu item!
I do recommend having some extra people at your table, though, because this thing is huge! Its current name is the 10-Gallon Challenge, but of course it isn’t actually 10 gallons. It gets its name from the ten-gallon cowboy hat, which happens to be what the dessert is served in. Or at least a plastic version.
So what all is in this? Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up!
In the sundae you’ll find:
- Scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and mint-chocolate chip ice cream
- Pineapple sauce, strawberry sauce, some caramel sauce
- A whole slice of apple pie
- Two cupcakes: one vanilla and one chocolate
- An entire layer of whipped cream
- Two huge chocolate brownies
- Two Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cookies with dipped chocolate ears
- One banana cut in half
- Two Oreos
- Four toasted marshmallows
- Two pieces of chocolate covered bacon (WUT?!?!)
So now that we know what all is in it, let’s go over my favorite parts. The brownies (which may seem like a safe choice since ice cream and brownies always go together) were super soft and really rich and delicious.
I also loved the skewer of marshmallows (and loved even more since they were actually toasted)!
And of course the pieces of chocolate covered bacon. These had a LOT of chocolate on them, but I could still taste the saltiness of the bacon.
I really wish I could say the slice of apple pie was my favorite, since that was the piece I was probably looking forward to the most. But sadly it was on the very bottom, so by the time I reached it the slice was so soggy that is just tasted more like apple ice cream.
But overall everything else surprisingly remained pretty well intact!
A couple of things I learned now that I’ve gotten to try this: as soon as your server puts this down on the table, I would start removing the easily accessible items and putting them on a separate plate. This includes the cookies, brownies, and bacon. That way everyone can have a little bit of everything on their own plates and they won’t get too soft and soggy from the whipped cream and ice cream.
Also, the mint chocolate chip ice cream was NOT the best mix with all of the other flavors. I would totally recommend requesting an extra scoop of one of the other flavors. Or maybe get the mint chocolate chip in a separate dish so that those who want it can take a spoonful and add it to their own bowl.
And I would recommend having — at the very least — four people enjoy this with you. (In terms of big dessert items, I thought this one offered something that everyone will enjoy!)
The other tables got a kick out of seeing this delivered to my table. And Whispering Canyon is such a fun and loud atmosphere that something crazy like this seems to fit right in! I loved the elements that made it unique to the Whispering Canyon motif including the apple pie, marshmallows, and bacon; and for the $27.00 price tag (comparable to the Beaches and Cream Kitchen Sink at $29.00) you are able to feed plenty of people while enjoying a one of a kind dessert.
But remember — this is in a testing phase right now so you won’t see it on the menu. Ask your server if it’s still available on your visit.
Would you be up to trying the 10-Gallon Challenge? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!