Review: Warm Apple Crisp from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Land Pavilion

Disney World’s fancy desserts are impressive with their layered fruits and house-made gelato and gaufrettes for texture.

And we love a creme brulee as much as the next guy with crisped, caramelized sugar on his upper lip. But, really, there is nothing like a good, soul-warming apple crisp.

We recently fell in love with the apple crisp they’re serving up at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs. And this typically-seasonal dessert finds a home on table service menus and in quick service dessert cases alike.

Today, we want to talk about the latter. And, not all that surprisingly, we found our most recent Warm Apple Crisp food hug at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Of course, we could have gone with an old favorite and ordered the Strawberry Shortcake (yum!) or a new favorite with the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake. But Warm Apple Crisp is the current seasonal dessert here, so we couldn’t pass it up.

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

After all, it’ll be replaced with something new when… well, the seasons change! Now, I don’t know about you, but I typically associate Apple Crisp with all things fall and autumnal. But since that’s also the same timeframe as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I’m certainly glad to have the chance to partake of this option now in the spring, since there will be far more food than even the usual to enjoy once the Festival rolls around.

But back to the Apple Crisp, which is presented in that ubiquitous-around-the-Parks black ramekin… which we have come to know is often deceptive in its size. It looks small — but a lot of really powerful treats come out of these babies.

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

Warm Apple Crisp at Sunshine Seasons

Inside, we found large slices of apple and lots of dried cranberries. The classic combo of sweet apple and tart cranberry boost this particular crisp with a fuller flavor experience.

Sunshine Seasons Apple Crisp

Sunshine Seasons Apple Crisp

Atop the fruits — which make this a healthy choice, yes? — is a layer of strudel crisp consisting of sweet and toasty oats. The texture was firm, and similar to granola.

Apple Crisp Oat Topping

Apple Crisp Oat Topping

I personally prefer more of a gooey topping with butter softening the oats and mushing it together with the fruit, but there is something worth noting about the toppings here that makes up for this a bit.

And that is this… the Apple Crisp is served warm and topped off with a scoop of vanilla bean cream.

Vanilla Bean Cream on Apple Crisp

Vanilla Bean Cream on Apple Crisp

It’s a terrific touch because, unlike ice cream, this didn’t melt like crazy, but still provided that creamy counterpart that should top off every crisp, IMHO.

What else could we do but mixed it all up into one heart-warming pile?

Apple Crisp Bite

Apple Crisp Bite

Nicely done, Sunshine Seasons. But how do you plan to top it when the next season comes around? We’ve got our eye on you, that’s for sure…

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Comments

  1. Megan says

    Super weird that they’re describing an apple dessert in May as “seasonal”. Does Disney not understand what the definition of seasonal is?? Maybe June will bring a nice, seasonal pumpkin cheesecake.

  2. Jim says

    For Megan: The Apple Crisp has an “Oat Topping”. It’s planting “season” for oats. Therefore, it’s a “seasonal dessert”. And for-what-ever-its-worth, I’ll be planting pumpkins next month, so you are spot-on with your June “seasonal” prediction.

  3. says

    Megan — “Seasonal” at Disney is often code for “not a regular menu item.” :-) You’ll also sometimes find apple options between seasons, too, since they’re pretty easy to get year ’round.

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