Our Walt Disney World snack series continues with a snack list just for kids. What do we think are the best World Showcase snacks for kids?
Snacking around Epcot’s World Showcase was something that we enjoyed doing before we had kids. Now that the kids are a bit older, they’ve even gotten into the act too. They love snacking at Walt Disney World, but snacking around the world takes their love to a whole new level. It’s great to see their tastes become more and more adventurous the bigger they get. Do they still do enjoy a Mickey Bar and some popcorn? Sure. But it’s also fun to expose them to different cultures through food. World Showcase is the perfect place to do just that. Bella is the most willing to try something new and different out of the two. While she has her favorites, she sometimes steps out of her comfort zone. Jackson, on the other hand, knows what he likes and is sticking to it. His snack choices consist of twists on old familiar stand-bys. When it comes to snacking, it’s all about comfort for him.
Whether your kids are budding foodies, like Bella, or prefer comfort snacks, like Jackson, they’ll be able to find something to their liking while circling World Showcase. My suggestions for the 10 Best World Showcase Snacks for Kids puts both of those ideas together. On this list you’ll find re-imagined favorites, new cultural snacks and even some suggestions for the more adventurous kids.
10 Best World Showcase Snacks for Kids
Cronut (Refreshment Port)
If your kids love doughnuts, they will love Cronuts. This hybrid of doughnuts and croissants is a new twist on a familar treat. Kids will love the stick to your fingers cinnamon sugar coating. It can even come with a side of soft serve ice cream.
Ice Cream from L’Artisans de Glace (France)
Kids and ice cream go together like peanut butter and jelly. L’Artisans de Glace offers a wide selection of flavors that will satisfy any kid. They can get their ice cream served in a cone, cup or for the more adventurous, sandwiched in the middle of a brioche bun (Croque Glace).
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
Kids have a sweet tooth? This is the place. It’s hard to choose just one dessert from Les Halles as they are all amazing. My kids are especially fond of the Mousse au Chocolat, Creme Brulee and the Pain au Chocolat.
Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice, Japan)
If your kids like snow cones, they will love Kakigori or Japanese Shaved Ice. Finely shaved ice is topped with fruit flavors such as strawberry, melon, cherry and tangerine. They even have rainbow! This is a great snack for those hot Florida days.
Funnel Cake (American Adventure)
Funnel Cake is the perfect first “out of the box” snack. The dough is similar to a zeppole or even a waffle. It’s a decent size so the whole family can share. But the clincher, in my opinion, is that it’s heavily dusted in powdered sugar. Once you get them hooked they can kick it up a notch and try the specialty flavored funnel cakes such as the pumpkin spice.
Caramel Popcorn (Germany)
Basically anything from Karamel Kuche in the Germany Pavilion is worth trying because who doesn’t like things covered in caramel. But I think kids will most enjoy the Werther’s Caramel popcorn. It’s not like the Cracker Jack variety they’re used to, it’s so much better. You can tell that the caramel is homemade, it’s sweet and not too sticky.
Bubble Milk Tea and/or Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (China)
Here’s where kids can get a little crazy. The Joy of Tea offers two pretty good snack that kids will enjoy. First up is a Bubble Milk Tea. I became obsessed with bubble tea at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival a few years ago. Sweetened peach flavored black tea is infused with milk. Tapioca pearls are added and will come up through the straw as you’re drinking it. Fun! If that’s not enough they could try a pork and vegetable egg roll for something a bit more savory.
Berry Cream Puff (Norway)
I bet you thought I was going to say Schoolbread. While it is a favorite from Kringla Bakeri, I thing kids will like the Berry Cream Puff even more. What kid is going to say no to whipped cream and berries? The texture of the cream is what will make this dessert a hit with the kids.
Churro Bites (Mexico)
While you can find Churros at food kiosks in every park, these from La Cantina de San Angel are a little different. First of all, they are bit sized which is perfect sharing and for little hands. They also come with a side of caramel dipping sauce. It really takes churros to a whole new level.
Empanadas con Queso (Mexico)
While most of the list has focused on the sweet, I had to add in one more savory. If your kids love grilled cheese, try Empanadas con Queso. While it’s technically not a snack, the kids meal version is suitable for sharing (plus you get some grapes and carrots for later). Empanadas are basically fried dough filled with cheese. It will show kids that there are similarities between our cuisine and Mexico’s. If your kids are feeling really adventurous, I say go for the nachos.
Hopefully on your next trip around World Showcase with your kids, you’ll stop for a quick bite. You never know, maybe they’ll discover their new favorite snack.
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