Lately there has been no shortage of incredible food at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.
Karamell-Küche has become a perennial favorite since its debut in 2010. And why not? It’s a charming stop in World Showcase’s Germany pavilion, and it serves some of the most crave-able sweets in the World. We love the Caramel Corn (and we love watching it be made), but who can resist their unassuming-but-oh-so-amazing Caramel Apple Cookie? We can’t!
And the Caramel Bacon Square is just crazy enough to work! Plus I can always rely on the Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Caramel to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth (it’s been my on my must-eat list for, like, seven years, y’all!). Just about anything in their shiny glass display cases is delicious. (Well…maybe not the Caramel-Topped Chocolate Brownie. Too dry. Too boring. Too much else to capture my taste buds and attention.)
The menu is pretty self-explanatory, and since the goodies are all on display, you can study your options before making a selection.
And there are so, so many things from which to choose! You will have trouble making a decision, we promise.
On this visit, I wanted to try an old favorite and some new treats!
Let’s start with my old favorite: the Chewy Caramel Bar. This gooey goody has a been my pick for a few years, and it’s pretty easy to see why. From top to bottom, this one satisfies my sweet tooth.
The base is a soft shortbread, and that’s topped with a generous layer of caramel. For a little textural contrast, the talented chefs at Karamell-Küche add walnuts and a touch of streusel to the top. This one is sort of sweet on sweet on sweet, and that’s why I love it so much!
BUT…I MIGHT have a new favorite here at the KK… .
For those who crave a caramel bar but maybe want some balance to all the sweetness, this one could be right up your alley! Honestly, I chose the Pecan Caramel Bar because I had never tried it. I did not expect to like as much as I did!
So the best thing about this bar is balance of all that caramel-y sweetness with subtle bits of salt. I found this in the crust, which is a little more dense than the shortbread of the Chewy Caramel Bar. I suspect there are bits of the lightly salted pecans in the crust itself.
Its darker color might mean there’s a bit of brown sugar in there too, although it wasn’t overly sweet. (Maybe our talented chef readers can figure this one out?)
At any rate, whatever they do to that crust is pretty freaking awesome! Besides the subtle saltiness of the crust, the caramel was topped with a generous smattering of pecans. If you look really closely, you can see they are lightly salted — and that makes all the difference with this one!
Love, love, love! I was so surprised by this one, folks! It’s my new favorite Karamell-Küche treat!
Now, I know I rave about Karamell-Küche — and with good reason! Almost everything is awesome. But I did find one unfortunate exception on this visit. The Stroopwafel was new to me, so I grabbed that to go along with my bars.
It looks great. Thin waffle cookies, strands of rich caramel over the top, a thick layer of caramel in between. I’ve had this type of treat elsewhere, and loved it. So I was super jazzed to try it here. How can this possibly go wrong?
Um…shards of stale waffle and stick-to-your-teeth caramel, that’s how. It was not the pleasantly chewy treat I expected. Actually, it was more like a battle in my mouth, and that’s never a good thing.
Maybe I got a bad (old?) batch, but I wouldn’t recommend this one based on this experience. (We’ll try it again in a bit and let you know if it’s improved.)
So not everything is epic at Karamell-Küche, but if you stick with our picks (and, honestly, just about everything is great as long as you avoid that dry brownie and the crazy-crunchy stroopwafel), you’re good to go! And it’s still one of my highly recommended stops in Epcot. You NEED to go to here.
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Do you crave the “Caramel Kitchen” like we do? Confess in the comments!