News! MORE FOOD BOOTHS (Menus Here!) Coming to Epcot’s Holidays Around the World!

Welp — it’s finally happened. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is pretty much happening year around now!

No — not really. But with this is exciting news, it kinda sorta seems like it!

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

I’ve loved the holiday eats, drinks, and treats that you can get during a cozy winter visit to Epcot during Holidays Around the World. In addition to enchanting stories of winter time celebrations from all over the globe, guests have also indulged in holiday specialties, like Buche de Noel in France and Sweet Tamales in Mexico. And it’s not Christmas without at least one serving of Glühwein in Germany! [Read more…]

#OnTheList: Caramel Kiss at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

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This post is part of the DFB #OnTheList series, where we feature eats you’ve GOT to have while you’re at Disney! Let us know what’s on YOUR Disney Food Bucket List @DisneyFoodBlog #OnTheList!

 

If the visions of sugarplums that dance in your head around this time of year are accompanied by any of the caramel treats served at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion, then you’ve gotta check out the Hot Salted Caramel — this year dubbed the Caramel Kiss — that we’re featuring on a special holiday edition of #OnTheList this week!

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As you stroll around World Showcase enjoying the music and stories by the Holiday Storytellers, you can also experience the holiday culinary traditions of the countries represented in the Showcase Pavilions.

Germany Holiday Show

Germany Holiday Show

Before or after you enjoy listening to Helga share her country’s traditions in the Germany Pavilion (with a little help from her favorite Nutcracker), you should really stop by the Prost! kiosk-stand-Christkindlmarkt-thingy to check out the festive beverages.

Prost! Holiday Drinks Stand

Prost! Holiday Drinks Stand

The traditional German drink of warm, spiced Glühwein can be found here. It’s often the star beverage. And while I’m certainly in favor of that, my recommendation is that you consider the other Specialty Beverages, like this year’s Caramel Kiss!

Prost Menu in Epcot's Germany

Prost Menu in Epcot’s Germany

Perhaps you’ve heard of Drinking Chocolate… but how about Drinking Caramel? Because THAT’S essentially what the Caramel Kiss is: warm, rich, buttery, melted caramel, custom made for sipping. And while that may sound a little off, I’m asking you to trust me on this one.

Caramel Kiss at Epcot's Germany Prost! Stand

Caramel Kiss at Epcot’s Germany Prost! Stand

I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Now, it’s BEYOND rare that I recommend passing by Karamell-Küche, but listen: like Christmas itself, Hot Salted Caramel only comes ‘round once a year at Epcot. Plus, it’s all in the name of celebrating Werther’s Caramel, so I think we’re in the clear ;) .

Caramel Kiss at Epcot's Germany

Caramel Kiss at Epcot’s Germany

As they say in Germany… Prost!

What’s On YOUR Disney Food Bucket List?

The Caramel Kiss is featured on the DFB Disney Food Bucket List — #OnTheList! Check out the list for more must-eats, and tweet, instagram, and Facebook your Disney Food Bucket List items @DisneyFoodBlog with #OnTheList!

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Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Holiday Fun!

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Order your holiday guide today!

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With 330 pages of detailed information and multiple bonus extras, it WILL save you time and money during the busiest season in Walt Disney World! And it’s here just in time!

And since we want you to save some cash right NOW, we have a special discount for DFB readers (as always!).

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The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2015 e-Book features 330 pages of all the info you need to know (and not JUST food!) before you head to Walt Disney World for the holiday season, including NEW events and holiday happenings, plus over 300 photos.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy for a 20% off using code PEPPERMINT at the check-out! Happy holidays from all of us here at DFB.

Which Disney holiday treat is on your Disney Food Bucket List? Please let us know with a comment!

Review: Caramel and Pecan Treats at Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany

What’s a walk around World Showcase these days without stopping in Germany’s Karamell-Küche?

After all, it’s the one place where every single item is built around the same awesome ingredient: caramel. Werther’s Caramel, to be specific.

In fact, you can even take a moment or two to check out the wall to your left upon entering the Caramel Kitchen (once you’re past the window, that is). It’s a mural depicting the timeline of the company, which had its start in the German village of Werther. It’s quite the history lesson.

Of course, you probably won’t.

Because if you’re anything like me, you’re going to be entirely distracted by all the choices held inside the bakery case (not to mention the buttery fragrance of caramel wafting through the air)!

Karamell-Kuche bakery case

Karamell-Kuche bakery case

That bakery case full of caramel goodness is one reason I don’t mind the typically long lines here. It gives me more time to peek over shoulders and heads in front of me to decide what I want. It takes some time! But having sampled just about everything in that case (and some more than a few times — I’m lookin’ at you, Chewy Caramel Shortbread Bar), I decided to go with something I hadn’t tried before.

Or two things, because… well, do you really need a reason why here ;)?

Anyway, one item I hadn’t chosen previously was the Caramel Cluster Milk Chocolate Pecan; which, I’m guessing, should probably be called the Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Cluster…but that’s just splitting hairs.

Caramel Cluster Milk Chocolate Pecans

Caramel Cluster Milk Chocolate Pecan

At first glance, you think you have it pretty much figured out: a dollop of hardened milk chocolate over a layer of caramel covering the pecans. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing…

Caramel Cluster Milk Chocolate Pecan

Caramel Cluster Milk Chocolate Pecan

And just so can have one more look at [Read more…]

Review: Caramel Bacon Square and Caramel S’more at Epcot’s Karamell-Küche

It’s always a good day when we get to try ANYTHING at Karamell-Küche… and, we’ve got some awesome new-to-us treats for you today!

I stopped by the Germany Pavilion recently with the sole intention of grabbing a Chewy Caramel Shortbread Bar, but simply had to take a peek first into that bakery case chock full of golden caramel goodness. And…we found new stuffs!!

So, what’s new at the Caramel Kitchen, you ask?

Among the items that have arrived since my most recent visit were Vanilla and Chocolate Cakeballs, Caramel Gingersnaps, Caramel Bacon Squares (what WHAT?), and Caramel S’mores.

Caramel Gingersnap and Caramel S'more in bakery case

Caramel Gingersnap and Caramel S’more in bakery case

Chocolate Cakeball in bakery case

Chocolate Cakeball in bakery case

Caramel Bacon Square next to Caramel and Milk Chocolate in bakery case

Caramel Bacon Square next to Caramel and Milk Chocolate in bakery case

Umm… did somebody say “BACON”? Clearly, I altered my order right away to grab a Caramel Bacon Square ;). I asked for a Caramel S’more, too, while I was at it!

Caramel S'more and Caramel Bacon Square

Caramel S’more and Caramel Bacon Square

Sweet stuff with a touch of good ol’ bacon isn’t a mixture that’s unique to Karamell-Küche. You can find it in things like Everything Pop’s King Cupcake and Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie at BoardWalk Bakery.

What’s the Karamell-Küche take on this combo? From the outside, the Caramel Bacon Square looks a lot like the other chocolate-covered caramels in the case, only with [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Werther’s Chewy Caramel Shortbread Bars from Epcot’s Karamell-Küche

Today we’re bringing you a recipe from the must-visit Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion. One of our favorite indulgences — the caramel shortbread bar – is often on our radar when we open the doors to this counter-service restaurant!! You can read my review here!

Caramel Shortbread

With a shortbread base, the sweetness of the gooey caramel, and the buttery shortbread crumbled on top, this treat is sure to please! And now you can make this creation in your own kitchen. Let’s get started…

Caramel Shortbread Bars Recipe

Time for preparation: 10 minutes
Time for cooking: 25 minutes
Number of portions: 24

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose fl our
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
½ pkg. (4.5 oz.) Werther’s Original Baking Caramels, unwrapped
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ tsp. vanilla extract

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Instructions:
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2. Beat butter in the [Read more…]

Snack Series: Caramel Apple Cookie from Epcot’s Germany

People have been telling me for months: “Ya gotta try the Caramel Apple Cookie from Karamell-Küche!” Seriously, I’ve been bombarded with suggestions to sample this one and get it on the blog!

But could it really be that fantastic? An oatmeal apple cookie with some caramel drizzled on top?

Caramel Apple Cookie at Karamell-Küche

Yes. Yes it is.

I can tell you that it was absolutely worth the effort and extra trip that I took to Epcot’s Germany Pavilion just to sample it.

The very moist, soft, and HUGE treat had that great, rich buttery flavor — the mark of a truly fantastic oatmeal cookie. While the apple chunks inside were obviously dried, they were plump and flavorful all the same.

Caramel Apple Cookie -- Up Close

The artful drizzle of Werther’s caramel isn’t over the top, but offers a good [Read more…]