The Fab Five of Snacking in World Showcase

When I decide to snack my way through Epcot I tend to skip Future World. Don't get me wrong - there is a lot of good stuff to snack on in Future World (red velvet whoopie pie at Sunshine Seasons!) but if I'm going to snack all day I'd rather do it in World Showcase.

What are your top 5 snacks in World Showcase?What are your top 5 snacks in World Showcase?

There are so many delicious choices when one is snacking their way through World Showcase but today we're going to check out my top five, must-have, can't-leave-the-park-without-eating-them favorite Epcot snacks.

5. Funnel Cake: One of my favorite spots to stop is halfway through World Showcase, in the American Adventure. Of course, I'm talking about the Funnel Cake kiosk. There's nothing quite so delicious and hot fried dough topped with powdered sugar. I'm a total purist when it comes to funnel cake and will only order it "plain" without ice cream or other toppings. However, the Funnel Cake kiosk is home to some unique creations including seasonal flavors (pumpkin spice and double chocolate are standards). Recently they started serving a cookies and cream version topped with a slab of ice cream, crushed Oreo cookies, and chocolate sauce. It looks good, but I'll stick with my regular, boring plain funnel cake. ;-)

Cookies and cream funnel cake in EpcotCookies and cream funnel cake in Epcot

4. Pretzel in Germany: Ah, pretzels. If you're going to grab a savory snack in Germany to enjoy while sipping on a glass of beer, I have to recommend the hand-twisted pretzels. These are not your standard Mickey-shaped soft pretzels. These are denser, bigger, and have a better flavor (at least in my humble opinion). Also, they're huge which means they're perfect for sharing or for enjoying as you walk through World Showcase to your next snacking destination. And if you're looking to recreate the pretzel from Germany at home? Our friends at the Disney Food Blog have the recipe!

3. School Bread: This is sometimes a love-it-or-hate-it snack and I think that's because school bread isn't as sweet as some folks are expecting, plus ... coconut. I wasn't sure about school bread the first time I tried it but now I love it and it is always on my must-eat list. The semi-sweet snack is filled with vanilla custard and topped with icing and toasted coconut. If you're a fan of cardamom and coconut this treat is for you. I love buying school bread at the Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe in Norway on my way out of Epcot at night and eating it for breakfast the next day. If you're missing Epcot and you want to recreate school bread at home, check out this recipe from our friends at the Disney Food Blog!

School bread is the best!School bread is the best!

2. Cheese Plate: No matter what, I'm always going to order the cheese plate and half a baguette from Les Halles in France. And when in France the motto is 'go big or go home' so it's always best to pair that cheese plate with a Grand Marnier Slush. If you're feeling really ambitious (or you just can't deal with the crowds anymore) I recommend the "super size" Grand Marnier Slush. Yes, Les Halles is home to a variety of delicious items but I save room for sweets from Germany and Norway.

1. Caramel Corn: I can never get enough caramel corn, especially when it is the homemade version at Karamelle Kuche. This caramel corn is made fresh several times a day at the caramel store in Germany and it is always ALWAYS worth waiting for. If there is a line inside Karamelle Kuche, wait in it to get the caramel corn. While the small bag is one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan, a bigger bag is enough to share (if you're willing to do so) and it makes a great snack to nosh on as you walk through World Showcase.

Time to make the caramel corn!Time to make the caramel corn!

All of these snacks, with the exception of the cheese plate, Grand Marnier Slush, and large bag of caramel corn, are one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. And if you're looking for more great snack ideas at Epcot check out the Disney Food Blog Guide to Epcot Snacks e-book!

What are your favorite snacks in World Showcase? Let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

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