Review: NEW Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France

Being that it’s July – the month we celebrate America’s independence – it’s not surprising to find a little extra red, white, and blue around Disney World these days.

Fife and Drum Corps at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fife and Drum Corps at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fourth of July decorations at the American Adventure Pavilion

Fourth of July decorations at the American Adventure Pavilion

Red, White, and Blue flowers at the American Adventure Pavilion

Red, White, and Blue flowers at the American Adventure Pavilion

All-American Mickey!

All-American Mickey!

Of course, Americans aren’t the only ones who claim these colors in their flag. Among others, our friends in France do, too!

French flags

French flags

Still, you don’t really expect to see these colors incorporated together in your food, which is why I was so surprised to spot the new Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich at L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion, sporting the colors of the French flag!

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich sign

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich sign

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in case

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches in case

I have to applaud the creativity of the chefs who came up with this treat. Check out the incredibly vivid red and blue making up each side of the macaron!

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich red side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich blue side up

Of course, those colors may make you question the flavor of the macaron surrounding the ice cream – it’s vanilla. Essentially, this is the vanilla version of this treat’s counterpart, the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich. In fact, the vanilla version comes to you in that same French “newspaper” wrapping.

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich in French "newspaper"

Vanilla Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich in French “newspaper”

If you’ve enjoyed the housemade ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces, then you know how very creamy, dense, and decadent it is, and this is certainly true of the rich vanilla ice cream in the center of this sandwich.

Vanilla ice cream in center

Vanilla ice cream in center

The vanilla macaron surrounding the ice cream differs from the one surrounding the chocolate version in that [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Ice Cream Sandwiches!

It’s no secret — we are BIG fans of Disney Ice Cream Sammies around here! And judging from some of the supercalifragilistic — well, you get my drift — pics that YOU have posted on Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza, you are, too! There are so many kinds of ice cream sandwiches to choose from!

Today, we’re sharing some of your crave-inducing photos as a thank you! for all of our readers who continue to share your great Disney food experiences on our Flickr page, Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza. Let’s see what’s new!

Pistachio Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich

Photographer: KMFarmer

In short order, L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot’s France Pavilion has become one of our favorite snack spots. It’s only been open since last year, but we can’t make it around World Showcase Lagoon without some of their ice cream, churned from scratch right on the premises!

Their custom made Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches are some of our favorite hot-meets-cold treats!

Pistachio Pressed Brioche  Ice Cream Sandwich

Pistachio Pressed Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich

Photographer: JLovely

Fancy, new options are always awesome. But I love to throw in a classic item, too, while I’m snacking my way through the parks. And some days, you just can’t beat a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich!

One of my favorite things about these treats? You can find them almost anywhere at Disney. Whether you’re in the parks or resorts…Disney World or Disneyland…you can always find this deliciously simple treat.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Sandwich

Hand Made Ice Cream Sandwich

Photographer: ButRfly512

But then, how can you improve upon perfection? Because IMO, that’s what [Read more…]

Top 7 Must-Try Disneyland Frozen Treats

Summer is right around the corner!!

Top 7 Disney Frozen Treats

And when the mercury climbs, there’s no better way to cool off at Disney than with one of their top-notch frozen treats!

But how do you choose just one??? Well, let’s be honest. We don’t. We choose, you know, seven.

Today, we’re taking a look at a few of our favorites, all in the name of helping you decide! Aren’t we nice like that? I don’t know about you, but I’m already feeling refreshed!

Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bars at Clarabelle’s

One of my favorite frozen treat genres is the ice cream bar. After all, there are several foods with sticks on this list!

But one of the best, hands down, is the Make Your Own Ice Cream Bar at Clarabelle’s in Disney California Adventure.

Choose your Bar — Vanilla, Chocolate, or Mixed Berry Sorbet. And then choose your Dip from Milk or Dark Chocolate. After that, play with toppings by adding one, or all of them! And you walk out with the ice cream bar of your dreams.

Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bar -- You Create It!

Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bar — You Create It!

The only way they could improve on the concept is by offering [Read more…]

New! DFB Podcast Episode 19: The DISNEY ICE CREAM POLAR VORTEX!

Happy February, Disney foodies! We’ve got some fantastic news today for all you hungry commuters, walkers, runners, snow-shovelers, gym-goers, and other assorted podcast listeners!

dfb podcast

Just a note to let you know that our latest DFB Podcast episode is now available! The 19th episode of our DFB Podcast is now up and ready for downloading!

Hunker down! It’s time for the Disney ICE CREAM POLAR VORTEX!!!

Yep, it makes total sense that in this edition of the DFB Podcast, AJ and Brad discuss the must-have, must-try, most brain-freeze-inducing ice cream and other cold delicacies at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Dole Whip (is it reeeeally ice cream?!?)? Beaches ‘n Cream Sundaes? Jungle Juice Slush? They’re all discussed here.

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae in a Chocolate Waffle Bowl

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae in a Chocolate Waffle Bowl

We also answer two listener questions, give the answer to our Episode 18 trivia question, and reveal a new trivia question!

Here’s the Podcast page for Episode 19. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! The podcast has its own Twitter account — tweet us at @DFBPodcast!

Review: Chef-Created Ice Cream at Epcot’s New Juice Bar

So, let’s say you’ve just polished off an assortment of tapas and Mediterranean wine at Spice Road Table, the newest restaurant in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion. Perhaps you enjoyed the Lamb Slider or Salted Cod Croquettes, accompanied by Spice Road’s Signature Sangria, but maybe you still have a little room left for something sweet.

Or maybe it’s just a warm day in Florida, and you need a little something cool and refreshing as you stroll around World Showcase.

In either case, you’re in good hands, because Morocco’s new Juice Bar has an assortment of Chef-created ice cream available… and it’s worth a stop!

Spice Road Table and Shops in the Morocco Pavilion

Spice Road Table and Shops in the Morocco Pavilion

Atmosphere

The newest structure in the Pavilion serves several purposes: first, it is the home to Spice Road Table, and we invite you to take a look at our Photo Tour from opening day to get an idea of the entire space and some of the stunning detail (and don’t forget to check out our menu review, too!).

Spice Road Table

Spice Road Table

Inside Dining Area

Additionally, it houses a retail area, a station to receive a traditional Henna tattoo (“The Art of Henna”), and the space we are visiting today, the Juice Bar!

Facing the lagoon, you’ll find the Juice Bar on the far right – the first thing you approach coming from the Japan Pavilion. The entire space serves as a lovely extension of the Pavilion, and the various features only enhance its already festive marketplace feel.

The Juice Bar

The Juice Bar

Eats

Well, it’s called a “Juice Bar,” but upon closer inspection [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge Sundae at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland

Ah, Disneyland. Gorgeous weather, original park dreamed up by Walt himself, and home of some seriously fantastic ice cream treats. Today, we’re stopping by the recently-renovated Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street USA to check out one of their house specialities!

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor -- Outside View

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor has long been a fixture on Main Street USA, and guests can often expect to encounter long lines here as they await their turn to order their favorite cone, cup, shake, or sundae.

But with some extra added touches, you may soon find that it’s well worth the wait. Plus, we have a tip for minimizing line time… .

Atmosphere

It’s very likely that you’ll smell Gibson Girl Ice Cream before you spy it. There’s some serious freshly baked waffle cone-age happening inside, after all!!

Waffle Irons The Gibson Girl

Step inside, and you’re immediately greeted by a “sorbet” palette (get it?!? the hits keep on comin’). Pink, mauve, and pale green/blue combine to provide a pleasing Victorian feel.

The swirling dark wood pattern reminds me of filigree, in contrast to a backdrop of pastel, marbleized stained glass.

Decor

Turn-of-the-century, Victorian touches extend above and below as well. Ornate brass chandeliers hang from intricate ceiling medallions, and the ceiling design mimics tin tiles.

Ceiling Lighting Fixture

Striking wall sconces softly illuminate while adding a powerful decor punch.

Additional Lighting

And, if you peer out the painted window at just the right time, you may just spy a [Read more…]

Snack Series: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Time for another Disney World ice cream treat for National Ice Cream Month! While you can also get this one in  your local grocery store, most likely, it can be found at several locations in Disney as well.

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Bar

Today, we’re sampling the gorgeous Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar.

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar

I spied this treat on a recent trip through Animal Kingdom. You seem to find the Häagen-Dazs brand in this park more than the others. Since the brand is affiliated with Nestle (which owns Dreyer’s and Edy’s), it makes sense that their products are marketed here.

A glance at the nutritional information tells you just how decadent this treat is. But at least they don’t try and sell it as three servings! :-)

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bar Nutritional Information

Your premium ice cream bar comes [Read more…]

First Look! L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop in Epcot’s France is Open! See Full Menu and Photos Here!

SO exciting!! Epcot’s France has been undergoing a culinary transformation this year with the opening of Monsieur Paul Restaurant and Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles. And now the final puzzle piece is in place!

L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop is now open to the public!

L'Artisan des Glaces is open in Epcot's France!

Completed Epcot France Pavilion!

I love the classic exterior — with a new window!

New window at Epcot's L'Artisan des Glaces

This space, formerly occupied by the old Boulangerie Patisserie, is a perfect location for the new sweet stop. And featuring sixteen icy, delicious flavors (and an extra surprise I’ll mention in a moment), I know it’s going to be an instant hit — especially during the Orlando Summer! Let’s head in and check it out…

Entrance to L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot's France

The bright, airy shop features pastel colors and old-world structural touches.  I also like the milk jug themeing around the shop!

Inside L'Artisan des Glaces

Milk Bottles Abound!

Milk Jug Themeing at L'Artisan des Glaces

Cones are classic [Read more…]

Inside Story: Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When you find yourself in the middle of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in need of something cold and creamy and delicious, I’m going to give you some odd advice: look for the big, green dinosaur.

Gertie's Head as She Chomps on Leaves

There, among the jungle trees, you’ll see a gentle giant, chomping on vegetation. And you know you’re in for a treat. (If Gertie’s is open for business, that is.)

Gertie's, Open for Business!

If you’re lucky, Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction will be open, and serving up wonderful spirals of chocolate and vanilla (or swirled!) soft serve in cups and cones, both sugar and waffle. You’ll also find some of your favorite premium ice cream bars, as well as other snacks, like fresh fruit and trail mix.

Menu -- Click to Enlarge

But the best part about Gertie’s isn’t the ice cream. You can get that anywhere. What’s awesome about this place is the animation history you can encounter!!

Many of you probably wonder who in the world [Read more…]

Snack Series: Frozen Pineapple Bar at Disney Parks

Frozen eats are a favorite for many Disney guests, and we just reviewed the Triple Blast Ice Pops that replaced those twisty-turny Itzakadoozies last year!

But while I love my share of Mickey Ice Cream Bars and Sandwiches, I decided on a recent trip to go back to one of my favorites — the Nestle Delicias Pineapple Bar — since I’d never written about it for you guys before! (It’s no Dole Whip, but I still like it!)

Pineapple Pop -- Under Wraps

Out of the wrapper, it looks just like the picture on the sign, a frozen pop of pineapple juice and pineapple chunks. It’s actually somewhat similar to the paletas that I sampled at La Cantina de San Angel.

Pineapple Pop -- Up Close

Inside, you can see the [Read more…]