Top Five Places to Indulge in Disney World

When you’re on vacation, you might want to indulge in some sweet treats. I know I do!

Fortunately, Disney World has no shortage of satisfying desserts.  I think these five establishments are some of the best places to stop if you’ve got the hankering for a delectable delight.

5. Ice Cream Carts

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best. There is nothing more convenient than stopping by an ice cream cart between attractions. The best part is they’re almost everywhere! You’ll find them in every park and around every corner.

These carts have classic Disney treats like the Mickey Ice Cream Bar or Ice Cream Sandwich, an Edy’s Strawberry Fruit bar, or two flavors of Nestle’s ice pops. You can also get a lemonade or strawberry lemonade ice cup. My favorite is the frozen banana. It’s cold, covered in chocolate, and rolled in nuts. It’s healthy and satisfying all at the same time!

Ice cream bars - convenient and delicious!
Ice cream bars – convenient and delicious!

4. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

This traditional French bakery in Epcot’s World Showcase serves up soups and salads plus wine, beer, champagne, and gourmet coffees. It is a bakery too, and there are plenty of French desserts and pasties.

If a pastry is what you crave, try a crispy plain croissant or a chocolate one. Elephant Ears, Chocolate Mousse, Flan, and even a classic chocolate chip cookie can also satisfy your sweet tooth.

If a true dessert is on your mind, you’ve come to the right place! The Napoléon is a puff pastry with delicious cream, or try an Éclair. The Créme Brûlée, Mousse au Chocolat, or the Macaron is incredible as well. Have you ever had yogurt mousse? If not, you should try the Parfait aux Fruits, or yogurt mousse with berries. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

Amazing French pastries - wow!
Amazing French pastries – wow!

3. L’ Artisan des Glacés

This quaint little French ice cream shop conveniently located in Epcot’s World Showcase scoops up 16 different flavors of hand-crafted frozen treats including vanilla, mint-chocolate, hazelnut, caramel fleur de sel, coco-white, chocolate, pistachio, profiterole, cherry, and coffee ice cream and strawberry, melon, pomegranate, mango, lemon, and mixed berry sorbet.

If you want something a little more fancy, try a chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich, a café (ice cappuccino) or croque glacé (any flavor with brioche and chocolate or raspberry sauce), or a coupe du dimanche (2 scoops in a waffle bowl with whipped cream and sauce).

Ice cream, French style.
Ice cream, French style.

For the over-21 readers, check out the ice cream martini! That’s two scoops of any flavor or ice cream or sorbet with a shot of Grand Marnier and whipped cream vodka or rum. Now that’s a sweet treat!

2. Beaches & Cream

Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Boardwalk is a throwback table-service restaurant done up in 1950’s Soda Shop style. There are a variety of options for lunch or dinner including an Angus Beef Burger and a Beaches Hot Dog with your favorite fixin’s.

We’re here to talk sweets though. From shakes to sundaes, Beaches & Cream has a ton of sweet treat options. Sip on a classic Coke or Root Beer Float, enjoy a simple hand-scooped cone, or try the Frozen Sunshine made with rainbow sherbet, vanilla ice cream, and seltzer topped with whipped cream and a candied orange slice! Sundaes include the old-fashioned sundae, Milky Way sundae, mud slide, or a banana split. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out the grilled banana bread and peanut butter.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the dessert that makes Beaches & Cream famous. The Kitchen Sink serves about four (very hungry) people and includes every flavor of ice cream and every topping on the menu plus an entire can of whipped cream. This may not be on your diet plan, but it certainly should be on your touring plan!

Beaches & Cream offers amazing sweets.
Beaches & Cream offers amazing sweets.

1. The Confectionary

I have to imagine that The Confectionary is just as Walt had intended. It is a classic candy shop with plenty of nostalgia, and it’s right on Main Street USA. As soon as I walk in, I feel like I’m transported back in time!

The Confectionary has almost every variety of candy available on property including packaged and bulk candy. If you’re a foodie, you might be interested in watching the confectioners make Mickey Rice Krispy treats, fresh-made fudge, and even candy and caramel apples, all of which are available for purchase right in the store! They’ll even cut your apple for your making it a little easier to eat. I bet it won’t make it back to the hotel!

The Confectionary - it's a classic!
The Confectionary – it’s a classic!

For those of you on the Disney Dining Plan, most of the prepackaged treats are considered snack credits, and as an added bonus, most of them will also fit nicely and cleanly into your carry-on bag! It’s the perfect remedy for missing Disney World even if you’ve just left.

What’s your favorite spot for a sweet treat in Disney World?