L’Artisan des Glaces is an ice cream & sorbet shop in Epcot at Walt Disney World, with hand-crafted desserts. This review features photos and tips for your visit, including our take on some of the specialty treats. Certain items qualify as snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan, but not everything. (Basically, the items on the menu that are under $5.)
Honestly, I don’t even know why I’m reviewing this place (slow day at the DTB world headquarters, I guess). It’s a dessert shop serving ice cream. Not only is there ice cream, but there are 16 flavors of house-made ice cream and sorbet available. Obviously ice cream is great, as is the case no matter where you go, but this place is next-level amazing.
No offense to other ice cream spots around Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the Dreyer’s/Edy’s (depending upon the coast) that comes out of a big tub and may or may not have freezer burn when it’s served to you. While ice cream is our go-to here, there are some interesting creations, such as ice cream macaroons, cappuccino, and martinis. These have put L’Artisan des Glaces on the radar of fans and given it a following.
Let’s take a look at what’s so great about L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot…
We’ve stopped at L’Artisan des Glaces several times, usually just opting for the standard scoops in a waffle cone. There are 16 different flavors, mostly ice cream with a few sorbet options. I think the distribution is usually 10 ice cream and 6 sorbet. I don’t think specific recommendations are especially useful since everyone’s preferences differ, but I’m going to do it anyway.
My 3 favorites are the Caramel Fleur de Sel Ice Cream (basically like salted caramel–mildly contrasting flavors), Profiterole Ice Cream (cream puff!), and Pistachio Ice Cream (ya know, like the nuts). None of these are unique to Walt Disney World, but they are relatively unique flavors in a world of vanillas and chocolates. The flavors change from time to time, so don’t get too hyped on these exact options.
On this particular visit to L’Artisan des Glaces, we decided we would try the Croque Glace. We heard that this was added to the menu a while back, but we always play it safe and stick to regular ice cream, since that is so good here. In a momentary lapse of reason, we decided to share one. It was large, and we wanted to snack around World Showcase, so why not? WHY NOT? BECAUSE YOU NEVER SHARE ICE CREAM. EVER.
I often lament the loss of the “edutainment” mission of EPCOT Center. Well, the Croque Glace here is a true return to form for Epcot–and then some. With this bad boy, you’ve got education: learning that everyone in France puts ice cream in their sandwiches. You’ve got entertainment: who doesn’t love watching the preparation of ice cream sandwiches?! Then you’ve got taste: this miraculous creation is a salute to all taste buds, but mostly France’s. The end result is a work of pure edutastement. Card Walker would be proud.
At the same price as 2 scoops of ice cream, I felt the Croque Glace offered solid value. The brioche was freshly made, and provided enough bread to make this a filling sized dessert for two people to share. Likewise, the scoop of ice cream was fairly generous, and the melt-age from that plus the sauce meant that it wasn’t overly bread-y. It was a good balance, and a unique dessert that I would definitely order again.
I did have one issue that I’ll share, as perhaps it’ll be helpful to a few others(?). I have sensitive teeth (what can I say, I’m a genetical weakling?), and normally, subconsciously “prepare” my mouth for the coldness of ice cream. Presumably because of the warmth of the brioche, I let my guard down and my teeth got stung a couple of times. Much like our cat, who burns his whiskers playing with candles, I kept going back for more, because it was so good. Just something worth mentioning for those with sensitive teeth, in case my little anecdote might dissuade you from ordering this (don’t let it–burn your proverbial whiskers, too).
While we were there, our friend Jenny ordered the Ice Cream Martini. This is 2 scoops of ice cream, with a shot of Grand Marnier, Whipped Cream Vodka, or Rum. Given the cost of two scoops of ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces, that puts the alcohol in this drink at right around $5.
Based upon other drinks around the World Showcase, I’ve calculated the street value of a shot of Grand Marnier in Epcot to be $6.37 (allowing for fluctuations based upon purity), and this seemed like a fairly generous shot, so I’d say it’s a solid deal relative to other drinks. Jenny noted that the taste of alcohol was pretty strong, and I’m not sure I’d want to impinge upon the divine flavors of ice cream by adding alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, booze is great, too, but maybe this is akin to bacon and chocolate milk: best enjoyed separately?
Overall, it should go without saying that I you should give L’Artisan des Glaces a try. After all, this is ice cream, so any of you with any sense at all didn’t need my recommendation here. In fairness, it can be difficult to stop here with the excellent Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie right next to it, even with the siren song of ice cream. The only solution? Stop by the patisserie for a nice dessert, then see Impressions de France, then grab some ice cream. Repeat as many times as necessary. (Warning: you might not make it past France in your tour of World Showcase.)
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