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REVIEW: Halloween Chocolate Mousse and Caramel-Apple Tart Disappoint at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Even though it’s still August, Halloween is already in the air at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Two spooky sweet offerings have arisen at ABC Commissary to mark the spooky season.

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For chocolate fanatics, there’s a chocolate mousse. And if you’re looking for a more traditional fall flavor, there’s a caramel-apple tart.

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Chocolate Mousse – $5.49

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This raspberry-dark chocolate mousse comes on top of a chocolate-almond cake, with a layer of hazelnut crunch and a dollop of whipped chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake.

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It also comes with a Mickey Mouse-shaped chocolate piece to give it a Disney touch.

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And to make sure we all know it’s a Halloween item, it’s finished with black icing and orange, black, white, purple, and green sprinkles.

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Once you dig in, you can see there is a lot going on in this mousse. While it’s not listed anywhere, it comes on top of a brownie, which was very dry. The hazelnut crunch is a very small layer between the brownie and mousse. It has the consistency and texture of sugary peanut butter without any sweetness.

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The raspberry-chocolate mousse is light, with just a hint of raspberry. The chocolate-almond cookie on the bottom is the same as the pumpkin mousse from The Trolley Car Cafe, which we weren’t fans of. The cheesecake was a very small blob in the corner under the chocolate Mickey and tasted like a basic chocolate cheesecake.

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Altogether, there’s just way too much chocolate here, even for a chocolate lover. We wouldn’t get this again.

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Perhaps even more terrifyingly, the icing layer on top showed no signs of melting even as the chocolate started to “sweat” in the Florida heat. Have the Disney bakers created a new monster?

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Caramel Apple Tart – $5.49

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This picturesque dessert is made with spiced caramel cheesecake mousse served atop a cinnamon apple tart.

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The golden coloring is only applied to one side, leaving the other side a very bright red.

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The apple’s “stem” is made of a simple chocolate, similar to the Mickey head in the chocolate mousse.

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The tart’s crust was buttery and soft, with just a hint of crunch on the outside where it should be. Thankfully, the apples were also crunchy and not mushy with a hint of spice, but otherwise tasted like a generic apple pie filling.

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The spiced caramel cheesecake had a really interesting flavor. It tasted similar to chai tea with a little caramel.

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The red “dust” on top has an extremely artificial flavor. It may look nice but can be tough to eat.

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It’s not terrible, but its red dust and powdered chai flavor detracted from the quality. Overall, we’d pass on this one.

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