Not so long ago, I took a trip to The Mara, the Quick Service location at Animal Kingdom Lodge to check out the Giraffe and Zebra Cupcakes. But when I posted my review, we also shared pics of a couple of delicious looking brownies that we’d seen at the bakery… .
I guess they grabbed the attention of a few DFB Readers as well :), because when I read over the comments on that article, several went something like this:
“Yep, the cupcakes look great. But, ummm… HELLO! What can you tell me about that Peanut Butter Brownie?!?” (And THIS is exactly why DFB Readers are So. Great. 🙂 )
So, with that… it’s back to The Mara we go!
Located on the ground floor of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Mara is one of the more interesting quick service locations in Disney World.
The Mara offers unique eats in a unique setting. From African Stew and a delicious variety of soups to something on the menu called an “African Chili Cheese Dog” (Note to self: find out what that’s all about), there is so much more here than your standard cheeseburger.
What I most appreciate about the atmosphere is that it has a more “grown-up” feel for a Quick Service location, with its nods to the majesty of nature. Yet it’s still completely comfortable and approachable, in large part due to the whimsical artwork on the walls.
For this visit, I took my goodies to the outdoor seating area.
It’s lovely and peaceful, and offers plenty of shade from the umbrellas and this beautiful tree.
I love how the tree outside almost serves as an extension of the “trees” inside The Mara.
But back to the reason we came… The Peanut Butter Brownie! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Peanut Butter Brownie
I couldn’t wait to sample this chocolatey-peanut-buttery goodness!
The brownie base is a traditional chocolate brownie. And it’s pretty darn great: fudgy, thick, and not at all dry. But this one is really all about the Peanut Butter frosting.
Oh, wow. WOW!
The frosting is so light and creamy that it is a perfect complement to the dense brownie, and the peanut butter flavor is absolutely spot-on. It’s also good to note that the brownie-to-frosting height ratio is nearly one-to-one. WOOT!!!
And those mini chocolate chips on the top? They bring just the right amount of crunch to the mix. I’m not even a die-hard PB person, and I’m pretty well smitten with this thing. I would love to hear the opinion of PB fans on this one if you’ve had the chance to try it!
By the way, might I recommend washing this down with some Mickey Milk? “Mickey Milk” being, of course, regular ol’ lowfat milk; but it just tastes better thanks to Mickey’s picture on the carton! (That isn’t just me, is it?)
Candy Bar Brownie
While I was at it, I simply could NOT resist trying the Candy Bar Brownie as well ;).
The Candy Bar Brownie has that same terrific brownie base, but the execution is completely different. As opposed to the light, airy frosting on the Peanut Butter Brownie, the frosting here is more akin to a ganache. It’s laid on thick, and topped, as you can see, with an assortment of candies.
In the yummy mass of toppings, I identified mini m&ms, Butterfinger candy bar crunch, chocolate chips, and a drizzle of vanilla icing. The candies seemed to add more to the texture and crunch of the dessert than the actual flavor – the primary taste was all heavenly chocolate, except for the few times I bit into an unusually large and yummy piece of Butterfinger.
So, which one is best? I suppose it depends on your tastes. But for me, while the Candy Bar Brownie totally rocks, I’m giving this round to the Peanut Butter Brownie, which earns major nods for its variety in flavor and texture.
I’d highly recommend a stop at The Mara the next time you’re in Disney World, especially if you’re looking for something outside the norm. We’d love to hear about the goodies you find!
What’s your choice: the Candy Bar or Peanut Butter Brownie? Please let us know with a comment!