We’re not really sure how to tell you this, so we’re just gonna come out with it: Walt Disney World’s beloved Carrot Cake Cookie has been ‘updated.’ Changed. Reinvented. Altered unnecessarily. However you say it, the truth remains: the Carrot Cake Cookie as we knew it is no more.
Let’s get into this. You can still find the Carrot Cake Cookie at Trolley Car Treats — Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Starbucks location. (Since Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, Trolley Car is the only location where you can pick up this popular treat!) It costs $3.99 (or a DDP snack credit), so it’s a relatively reasonable price.
But will you want to? The old Carrot Cake Cookie celebrated both components of perfect carrot cake: the cake and the cream cheese frosting. The ratio was spot-on: thick frosting between thin, cake-like cookies. Basically a huge whoopie pie with all the right proportions.
Now, it looks like this:
If you’re thinking “Can we have some frosting with that cake?”, the answer is yes. Sort of.
See? Its in there, peeking out from between two seriously inflated carrot cake cookies. But to say we’re underwhelmed is an understatement.
There’s some good news, and it’s all about the cake (in case you couldn’t tell!). The flavor and the texture of the cake remains the same, so if you’re a bigger fan of the cake than the frosting, you will not be disappointed.
Moist and lightly seasoned, the carrot cake itself is yummy. And like the older version, which we always felt was more cake than cookie, this one is definitely cake.
But if you know us, we’re all about the cream cheese frosting. And, really, if we want to compare this to a whoopie pie, it needs a lot more frosting in that context, too.
Here it is, the biggest crime committed by the new Carrot Cake Cookie: less frosting than the original – even with the dramatic increase in cake!
We love the sweet and tangy frosting, we just need more of it. Like double. Easily.
The ratio of cake to frosting is better toward the middle of the sandwich, but it’s still not enough. The sweet frosting is necessary to balance out the carrot-y taste of the cake, so what you’re left with after you eat it is a strong carrot aftertaste.
Bottom line: if you’re into the cake and can take or leave the cream cheese frosting, the updated Carrot Cake Cookie is made for you. But if you’re like us — or really wanted to try the famed Carrot Cake Cookie of yore — you won’t get the experience you expected. And that’s a bummer.
Why?! Why must something so good be changed into something so mediocre?
Don’t get me wrong. I’ll totally still eat it. But if you need me, I’ll be in the corner whining for a while. And hatching a plan to get a cast member at Trolley Car to somehow sneak me some more frosting… .
What do you think of the new Carrot Cake Cookie? Commiserate or celebrate in the comments!