As good a holiday as any. These are SUPPOSED to last me all year. We shall see how my rationing pans out.
I just left Beaches and Cream with one of their new Chocolate Brownie shakes.
This shake is so good, definitely worth stopping by, AND despite what has been said elsewhere online, I was just told by four different employees there that they will absolutely make this for you at the To Go window. I had a reservation, I mentioned I just wanted the shake, and they brought me in the To Go door and made it for me there. Just be aware that you do not receive a passholder discount on the To Go side, and it does take a few minutes to make.
There were two items I wanted to try here: The Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart, and the S’mores French Toast Sandwich.
Both were very good, and I think the Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart was my favorite of the two tarts (the other one is Raspberry).
The French Toast was good, though like most things S’mores flavored, did not taste like S’mores…only this time it had the chocolate and lacked the marshmallow. A good marshmallow flavored whipped cream type topping would really have completed this one.
This won the Festival for me last year, and looks like it has again this year. Though the presentation is very different from last year, the cast members confirmed it was the same. The chocolate has a nice, back of the throat heat, and is simply delicious. I asked for the recipe, I hope they send it.
I am surprised I did not try this last year, it is a rich hot chocolate like drink, the flavor similar to the type of hot chocolate you might find in Italy, but no where near as dense. It was tasty, but non-chocolate lovers may not be able to finish the small cup.
I tried both of these last year, but I could not remember which I preferred. Now I know.
The first photo is the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tarte. This was not the favorite. This tarte was pretty dry and tasteless.
The second photo is the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle. The consistancy is somewhat pudding like, and it had a rich, pleasant flavor. This was the winner if the Chocolate Studio booth, but not the festival.
I have been meaning to try some of the Secret Menu items for a long time now, but I just finally created them on the app for easy future ordering. So far I have only tried two, one chocolate, one not. I just realized that I did not take pictures of either of these, but they did not look too different from the base drinks, so not a huge deal (just not as visually pretty).
Recipe as listed online:
–Java Chip Frappuccino (or double chocolate chip if preferred)
–1 pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup
–1 pump of Toffee Nut syrup
–Whipped cream blended in
–Top with whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles
I ordered this on my phone, so I was not able to have the whipped cream blended in, and I went with the Double Chocolatey Chip Frap (especially since I feel like S’mores flavored items never taste enough like chocolate).
I felt like the taste was more toffee almost a gingerbread flavor, much more so than s’mores, but very good. I might order this again during the holiday season once I move out West to a warmer climate.
So this is not chocolate in any way, shape, or form, but it is still a fun secret menu item.
Recipe as listed online:
–Optional: Line cup with caramel drizzle
–Ask for a Creme Frappuccino base. Don’t skimp on the fat by asking for skim or 2% milk as whole milk is required for the right consistency
–Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup
–Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
–Top with caramel drizzle
Again, this was ordered on the app, so I did not have them line the cup, and I did go with Soy Milk due to an allergy (I am allergic to rBGH, so not knowing what brand milk any particular Starbucks uses, I go for the safe option). Also, as I could not just ask for a creme base on the app, I created this with the Vanilla Bean Frapp, and modified the vanilla down to one scoop. I think the Vanilla may have helped balance this drink though. This was tasty, and definitely reminiscent of Butterbeer, but it has been over a year since I last had it at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so I am not sure how close. I might dial back the caramel a little next time, but otherwise, very tasty.