Central Florida is flourishing with the most delicious bites around this time of year with savory and sweet treats to get you in the spirit. Check out our foodie must-try list of holiday favorites and new traditional delights below. Whether you prefer salty or sweet, it’s sure to put a smile on your face and warmth in your belly.
Throughout Central Florida, specialty holiday cookies can be found around every corner.
At the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you can skip along the Holiday Cookie Stroll and gather different types of delectable cookies including a Linzer Cookie and Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie. At the end of the stroll, you’ll receive a complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie and a glass of cold milk as a reward!
Enjoy the iconic gingerbread cookies while decorating your very own gingerbread house at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. This interactive tradition is the perfect opportunity to gather ‘round and show off your decorating skills. You can even choose from three different designs, and later get a heartwarming hug from the Gingerbread Man himself.
At the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, there may just be a special surprise visit from Santa’s very own elves! You’ll get a sweet Goodnight Elf Tuck-in where the resident elves bring fresh-baked cookies and milk to your room. Your special guest may also have in-hand a Christmas stocking filled with small treats and candies. There’s certainly no shortage on sugar in this luxury resort!
Holiday Sweet Tooth
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, stop by Toy Story Land for the Cinnamon-Apple Holiday Lunch Box Tart. This perfect combination of sweet and spice is just what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth with the warm, buttery crust filled with sweet cinnamon-apple flavoring.
Since Elsa has made her way to the big screen once again, her Magical Macarons are making their debut at the park as well! With an icy blast, these delicious blue and cream-colored treats have the sweet essence of white chocolate and gingerbread. Beautifully dusted with silver glitter, this will surely have you letting go of all your calorie worries.
Grinchmas is here and the Grinch has a special treat for you. Visit Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure for a chocolate cupcake that matches the green one himself along with a small Santa hat on top. Although the Grinch is mischievous, his crinkle cookie is quite sweet and even comes decorated with a small heart.
Duck the halls with Duck Donuts’ specialty assortment of holiday doughnuts! These beautiful doughnuts are just what you need to brighten up the season. Choose from a chocolate mistletoe with holiday sprinkles or a mint Oreo cookie iced with mint and sprinkled with Oreo crumbles and hot fudge drizzle. And that’s just to name a couple of these incredible treats.
Although these might not be the traditional treats you tend to enjoy during the holidays, you may find yourself making new traditions with these tasty, savory bites.
At Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are celebrating the holidays at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and you’ll find many of the savory favorites during this festive celebration. For a delicious beer cheese dip smothered in smoked bacon bits and served with breadstick antlers, Gaston’s Cheese Dip is here to please. If house-made tamales stuffed with shredded chicken is more your taste, then the Jolly Tamale Christmas at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe is a flavorful must-try.
Enjoy the Traditional Christmas Dinner Stack with roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce with Texas Toast at SeaWorld Orlando Christmas Celebration. This extremely tasty meal will leave you with the warm feeling of that after-holiday buffet.
Drinks All Around
Walt Disney World Resort is ready to serve up favorite festive concoctions…and there are so many to choose from! For a very fluffy and creamy drink, sip on the Christmas Cookie Milkshake topped with whipped cream and a Mickey marshmallow straw. Or, the classic eggnog is taken to a whole new level as this frozen sipper – Deck the Halls – swirls with confetti sprinkles.
Warm yourself up with a flight of hot cocoa from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It should be noted that this is no ordinary hot cocoa. Whether you enjoy the tingle of vanilla vodka, the rich taste of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream, or the burn of black cherry bourbon, this frothy, boozy, and bright flight will warm up your night.
At Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ has a seasonal treat just for you. It’s the family-favorite butterbeer with a toasty twist – it’s served warm! This delectable drink is the perfect way to experience the tasty sensation of butterscotch and cream while embracing the holiday craze for warm drinks.
To enjoy more cozy sips, visit Celebration Tea Room for specialty holiday drinks. Try the chai tea lattes – cold or hot – for a flavorful delight of chai and milk topped with whipped cream. Choose from Chai chocolate, green tea, raspberry, vanilla, sugar-free vanilla, or spice for that perfect afternoon beverage. A frozen option is available for those in the mood for a bit of snow…Tea Snow that is. In fact, you can make any of the shops’ teas into a beautiful cup of snow. With flavors like cranberry apple and Scottish caramel, you can’t go wrong in choosing a seasonal sip.