Food Challenge: The Disney Food Blog 2012 Cupcake Crawl

Last year we created a special kind of challenge… It was meant for only the truly brave — the true cake and frosting fans. Some of you took on the sweet mission with enthusiasm and…well…courage.

White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Animal Kingdom

Yes, we’re talking about the Disney Cupcake Crawl of 2011!

Now as we come upon the anniversary of this challenge, we’ve been inspired by all of you who have attempted — and even conquered — the Cupcake Crawl! And because Disney Cupcakes are one of our passions around here — Yep, we’ve created a sequel!!

The Disney Food Blog’s 2012 “Walt Disney World Cupcake Crawl” Strategy

Are you ready to take on yet another sugary challenge in the name of sweet snacks?!

Follow the 2012 crawl step by step, or opt to mix and match the 2011 and 2012 challenges. Cupcake success is accomplished when you’ve visited these six locations and sampled at least 7 different cupcakes.

Remember that many Disney World cupcakes are offered seasonally, so if you need to substitute out new options for the ones below, that’s A-OK with us!

Depending on your tolerance level, you may want to split this crawl up over a couple of days. We won’t judge!

Don’t forget, most of these can be purchased for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, so save up those snacks!

CONTEMPORARY RESORT: Cupcakes required = 2

Contemporary Resort’s Contempo Cafe is your starting point for wonderful (and seasonal) cupcakes.

Contempo Cafe
A modern quick service restaurant in the midst of the bustling Contemporary Resort makes a convenient cupcake stop on your way to or from the [Read more…]

Review: Chocolate Caramel Grapes at Karamell-Küche

Epcot's Karamel Kuche Caramel Shop

Time to take a look at another new treat available at one of my very favorite spots in Epcot, Karamell-Küche!

If you aren’t familiar with this little gem in the German Pavilion of World Showcase, you should get to know it. Soon. Seriously. All manner of buttery, caramelly, chocolate-dipped goodness here leaves me a happy, happy girl.

We recently told you about a new addition to the Karamell-Küche lineup: the Caramel Corn Cupcake. Today, we are trying a second new offering: Chocolate and Caramel Covered Grapes. Fruit! Healthy! Hallelujah!

Chocolate Caramel Grapes

I know. They’re a little…different. But I am all about telling you the latest and greatest, so try them I did.

The fresh, red grapes are skewered, then [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 6, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Cheers to the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (cheese) and updated Tutto Italia Ristorante (cheese) in Epcot’s Italy pavilion! We got the chance for a sneak peek at the Grand Opening, and it was (cheese) awesome!

Be sure to check out our photo tours and pics of the new menu items! (Did I mention there’s cheese?)

Disney Food News

We’ve got more food news (including Four Special Dining Options on Mother’s Day Sunday May 13 at Disneyland) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Facebook E-Book Sale Starts Tomorrow!

To thank you for following us over on Facebook, we’re throwing our first ever Facebook e-Book Sale this week!

Starting tomorrow — Monday, May 7th, 2012 — we’ll begin the new e-Book sale on the Disney Food Blog Facebook Page.

Follow us over there for details on the sale AND for a link to our brand new Disney Food Blog Store website!

On To The Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits the Tea Caddy in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

Little Lion Baked Goods makes Avengers Cake Pops.

AKLResort.com enjoys poolside dining at the Maji Bar while staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village.

Running at Disney shares a post-race meal at Epcot’s Rose & Crown.

Main Street Gazette suggests a child-size breakfast option at Sunshine Seasons.

Mouse on the Mind investigates bread service options at Disney restaurants.

AllEars.net’s Steve Barrett found a food-related Hidden Mickey.

a Mouse and a Dream dines at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn!

Snack Series: Caramel Corn Cupcake at Karamell-Küche

You know how much I adore the recently opened Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. From caramel corn to salted, chocolate-covered caramels, this place is one of my very favorites for a snack at any time!

And on a recent visit, I got to try the new Caramel Corn cupcake! A combo of two of the new caramel store’s best products: cupcakes and incredible caramel corn!

Caramel Corn Cupcake at Epcot's Germany Pavilion

This is an addition to the cupcake line-up at Karamell-Küche, which currently includes caramel vanilla, caramel chocolate, and combined vanilla chocolate (chocolate cake with vanilla frosting) with caramel versions. The caramel corn version is [Read more…]

The Battle of the Apple Pie Caramel Apples

So, while my eyes were bugging out at Pooh Corner in Disneyland last year over all of the incredible sweets, I happened upon this interesting caramel apple: The Apple Pie Apple. This is a granny smith apple covered in caramel, doused in white chocolate, then sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar and dipped in pie crust crumbs. Perfectly lovely!

Disneyland Apple Pie Apple

I didn’t buy one that day, but I couldn’t forget it! So on a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I bought two Apple Pie Apples — one at a standard Disney candy store, and one at the Werther’s Karamell Küche shop in Epcot’s World Showcase. I thought it might be fun to see which version was better…

Karamell Küche Apple Pie Apple

The apple pie apples at Karamell Küche in Epcot are slightly different than the one I found in Disneyland and the others in Disney World. These are granny smith apples covered in Werther’s caramel, encased in white chocolate, then dipped in brown sugar and pie crust crumbs. They are truly glorious to look at:

Werther's Apple Pie Apple

The kind cast members at the store [Read more…]

Snack Series: German Chocolate Caramel

We’re headed back to Epcot’s Karamell-Küche this afternoon for another bite of yummy, chocolate-y caramel goodness. This time, I find it imperative that I introduce you to the German Chocolate Caramel.

Karamell-Küche German Chocolate Caramel

This awesome snack consists of chewy Werther’s caramel infused with toasted coconut and covered in [Read more…]

Snack Series: Caramel Covered Shortbread in Epcot

Over at Epcot’s Karamell-Küche in the Germany pavilion, there are endless treats to try…as we all know.

The caramel smell hits you like a wave when you walk into the shop, and I sincerely suggest you eat before you stop in, because if you’re even the least big hungry, I promise that your eyes will be significantly bigger than your stomach…as mine were a couple of weeks ago!

Stopping in to get a bit of information about how the caramel corn is made (my Dad needed the details as he’s working very hard on duplicating the recipe! Yay!), I, of course, had to check out the display cases. And I saw this.

I know I’ve seen it before, but it never called out to me like it did on this visit. (You know how that is…when food calls out to you…right? No?) Sweet, gooey caramel layered onto a lovely piece of shortbread. Shortbread crumbles on top. Simple, yet pretty freaking [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Chocolate

Thanks for sharing your yummy photos with us in the Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza! We savor (and drool over ;-)) the photos!

The Disney Food Pics of the Week feature chocolate to soothe your cravings!

This candy is just one of the zillion(!!!) divine items that you can choose at Karamell Küche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion.
Photographer: ButRfly512 / Vannah

German Chocolate Caramel

California Grill’s Valrhona Chocolate Cake with toasted marshmallow and peanut butter gelato!
Photographer: Natasha Joyan

California Grill Chocolate Cake

Yet another reason to love the Wilderness Lodge! Sweet!
Photographer: FLOrangeBird

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To see more of our Disney Food Pics of the Week series, click this link!

Tips For Taking Snacks Home From Walt Disney World

Departing the Happiest Place on Earth is never easy. It’s a bummer having to return to reality. To lessen the pain, many guests like to stock up on favorite snacks before the journey home. I’m partial to the chocolate covered pretzels. ;-) These sweet treats make the wait at the airport, flight or car ride less agonizing.

Chocolate Caramel Fudge from Karamell-Küche

Tips and Tricks For Bringing Snacks Home

Some guests pack food for the plane or car trip home. These munchies are handy for long flights and/or layovers. Others bring them home as gifts for the pet-sitter, teacher, class and/or as a treat to savor just a few more minutes of Disney magic.

Suggestions for Portable Snacks
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan with leftover [Read more…]

Top 5 Disney Snacks to Take Home From the Parks

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just nice to bring a little bit of Disney home with you to help you get over that post-Disney depression! And I know that lots of folks end up with plenty of Disney Dining Plan snack credits left over at the end of a Disney World trip. Or maybe you have friends and family you’d like to bring a treat home for.

Here are my top five favorite snacks to bring home from the parks!

Top Five Disney Snacks to Take Home from the Parks

Caramel Corn from Epcot’s Karamell Küche

This delicious snack is downright heavenly. Ever since Karamell Küche opened in the Fall of 2010, it’s been a must-stop location for me every time I’m in Epcot — even if my only reason for being there is to smell the gorgeous smells coming from those candy kitchens!

Making The Caramel Popcorn

Karamell Kuche Caramel Corn

Read all about how the caramel corn is made in this post! A small bag is $2.95, or a snack credit. A large bag is [Read more…]