REVIEW: New Spiced Chocolate Cookie and Mexican Christmas Punch Bring Festive Flavors to Nochebuena Cocina for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Alicia

REVIEW: New Spiced Chocolate Cookie and Mexican Christmas Punch Bring Festive Flavors to Nochebuena Cocina for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

For fans of flavors of apple, pear, guava, orange, and more, we highly recommend stopping by Nochebuena Cocina during your visit to the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays and trying the Ponche Navideño. Along with this new non-alcoholic punch, there’s also a brand new cookie on the menu as well.

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Menu for Nochebuena Cocina at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Food:

  • Tamale with Plant-Based Chorizo, Plant-Based Cotija Cheese and Spicy Red Chile Sauce (Plant-Based) – $5.50
  • Pernil: Mojo Pork with Tostones and Ketchup-Mayonnaise – $5.50
  • 🆕 Spiced Chocolate Cookie – $3.00

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Ponche Navideño: Mexican Christmas Punch with Apples, Pears, Guava, Oranges, Dried Hibiscus, Brown Sugar, Tamarind, Cinnamon Sticks, and Clove (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.00
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Horchata Beer, Tampa, FL (5.7% ABV) – $5.75 for 6 oz., $9.75 for 12 oz.

Photos of Menu Items for Nochebuena Cocina at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Tamale with Plant-Based Chorizo, Plant-Based Cotija Cheese and Spicy Red Chile Sauce – $5.50

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Wow, this was spicy! The sauce packs a lot of heat. The cake-like texture of the tamale helps to bring down the spiciness. The plant-based “meat” is slightly dry, but the sauce brings moisture to it. It’s extremely flavorful, hearty, and shareable. This is one hot tamale we would definitely get again!

Pernil: Mojo Pork with Tostones and Ketchup-Mayonnaise – $5.50

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This is also top notch. The pork is a little bit dry, but the sauce and toppings help to put back moisture into the dish. The tostones have a crispy exterior, and the interior is doughy. For the money, you get a lot of pork on top. The portion size is great. This one’s another winner!

*NEW* Spiced Chocolate Cookie – $3.00

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This is a thick chocolate cookie, with nearly a brownie-like consistency. The cookie itself is dry. The entire flavor is just chocolate and there’s absolutely no spice.

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This is a disappointment as this is the only new cookie on the Holiday Cookie Stroll this year.

*NEW* Ponche Navideño: Mexican Christmas Punch with Apples, Pears, Guava, Oranges, Dried Hibiscus, Brown Sugar, Tamarind, Cinnamon Sticks, and Clove (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.00

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While the cookie lacked flavor, so did this punch. The ingredient list is huge, and we could see fruit and cinnamon floating in our cup, but this was still completely tasteless. We compared it to bathwater. Absolutely do not recommend it.

81Bay Brewing Co. Horchata Beer, Tampa, FL (5.7% ABV) – $5.75 for 6 oz., $9.75 for 12 oz.

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This is a light beer, not one for IPA fans. It’s refreshing, light, and simple, though it’s a bit watery. It tasted very similar to a Coors Light or Natty Light. It’s not the best option for the beer connoisseur, but it may please a broader audience.

Location of Nochebuena Cocina at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Nochebuena Cocina can be found in World Discovery.

The 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will be running from November 24 to December 30, 2023.

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Author

  • Alicia

    Growing up a native Floridian, I've been visiting the parks since I was three months old. I love all things Winnie the Pooh, Hidden Mickey hunting, and dole whips. Questions or comments? Email me at alicia@wdwnt.com or find me on Instagram @aliciaj_13