REVIEW: “Decadent Delights” Food Studio – Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018

S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce - $6.50
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Welcome to a food studio review for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, taking place in the park all week long from January 12th to February 19th, 2018. This review will cover the “Decadent Delights” Food Studio

Decadent Delights

Food:

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut
  • Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce
  • S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Ferreira 10 Year Old Port
  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight
  • Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont

White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut – $6.50

White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Salted Caramel and Maple Meringue with Coconut - $6.50

It’s a strange dessert, but it works very well. They really changed the overall approach from last year, and the effort shines through. The sweet potato pie flavor is very apparent in the mousse and the coconut sprinklings and salted caramel combine to pull this dish through making for one great dessert. Recommended, even if it is a bit weird.

Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce – $6.75

My personal favorite from this booth was the Chocolate Mousse Bar, and not just because it looked like something from Tiffins. The mousse bar itself was perfect (rich, chocolate flavor), and the various accompaniments all paired well with a with of the bar.

S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce – $6.50

S’mores Tart: House-smoked Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, Graham Cracker Dust and Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce - $6.50

A rather large portion for the price tag, and that’s a good thing because this dessert is very rich in chocolate flavor without crossing the line. The presentation is very nice as well, giving the appearance of a campfire. It’s honestly one of the best desserts at the festival, regardless of how common s’mores items tend to be this day and age.

Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50

I was thoroughly surprised by how good this cookie was, but also the time that went into making it is impressive. When we got the cookie, the “paint puddles” were not all dripping down the cookie, but carefully placed by a chef at the booth upon ordering. Every item at this festival requires some time to prepare for perfect presentation, and even this jumbo chocolate chip cookie is no exception. If you are in the mood for a chocolate chip cookie, this will hit the spot.

Neapolitan Beer Flight (3 Daughters Strawberry Nitro, Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout) – $9.00

This is the same beer flight served last year at a different booth, but that doesn’t change how unique and interesting the flight is. You’re getting three beers poured with nitro instead of CO2, making for a unique and consistent flavor profile. The stout was a favorite of our group, vanilla up next with the strawberry blonde trailing due to an artificial taste to the flavoring. Recommended, it’s a unique and interesting way to try a few different beers.

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