The Chocolate Studio booth at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of the most popular marketplaces at Walt Disney World’s annual event. In this review, we’ll share menu prices, food photos, and offer thoughts on what’s worth your money or Disney Dining Plan snack credits.
Per Walt Disney World, Chocolate Studio is the place to “sate confectionery cravings with a trip to our one-stop chocolate shop for delectably dark and milky sweet treats!” Calling it a one-stop chocolate shop is probably overselling this booth a bit, especially given the range of chocolate options elsewhere, and the limited selection at Chocolate Studio.
Unfortunately, the last couple of years, there have only been two desserts on the menu at Chocolate Studio. This year, the fan-favorite Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel returns, and the new Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream joins the lineup. While it could be argued that it’s better to do a couple of things really well rather than 4-5 of mediocre quality, I think a chocolate trio would have a nice ring to it…
Chocolate Studio is part of the Culinary Corridor, which is also home to the “Next Eats” area that debuted in Future World about 5 years ago with a small space devoted to the now-defunct ABC television series, The Chew.
In typical TV fashion, those booths inspired a series of spinoffs, and that has led us to the two groups of booths in Future World, those with “Eats” in the name and those with “Studio” in the name. The “Eats” booths are all located behind the former Innoventions West building.
Above is where you’ll find the various “Studio” booths, on the pathway heading between Journey into Imagination and World Showcase. In the past, we’ve criticized all of these booths for not being inspired by international cuisine, but the fact is, they serve up some of the best and most inventive items of the event.
With that said…here are our reviews of the decadent desserts at the Chocolate Studio Marketplace:
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel ($5.25) – This is the longest-running item on our “Best Of” Epcot Food & Wine Festival lists, always claiming the #1 or #2 spot for desserts at the event.
The name itself is a grab bag of awesomeness, with “liquid nitro,” “chocolate,” “truffle,” “whiskey,” and “caramel.” You know when “almond” is the weakest word in a name, it’s a damned good name.
The Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle isn’t just one of the best desserts in all of Walt Disney World (not just at Food & Wine Festival), it’s also one of the coolest. The presentation is fun, it’s an agglomeration of chocolatey stuff, and the various flavors all come together for an exceptional dessert with more ‘layers’ to it than meets the eye.
It’s also absolutely perfect as a refresher midday through a hot day at Epcot. Highly recommended whether you’re paying out of pocket or using Disney Dining Plan snack credits–do not share this, either!
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream ($4.25) – This is a rich and dense dessert, with the chocolate bar still being fairly soft. The bitter chocolate flavor contrasts nicely with the fruity raspberry, and the whipped cream also lightens the dish up a bit.
We’d recommend sharing this one, and we’d also recommend ordering and eating it together with the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle. Using the tart bar to “soak up” what remains on your plate after eating that dessert further enhances this one. Recommended when paying out of pocket; not the best use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake ($5) – We don’t normally buy or review the drinks at each Global Marketplace, as we’d go broke quickly if we did, but this one caught our eyes. Available in both a non-alcoholic version and in an alcoholic version with caramel vodka, this is basically all the flavors of fall.
It’s absolutely delicious, with the pumpkin spice and chocolate flavors coexisting perfectly. This shake is rich yet refreshing–the perfect way to cool down while trudging through the heat and humidity, or perk up after a long day at Epcot. The only disappointment is portion size, which is a bit small for the price. Nevertheless, we highly recommend it!
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at the Chocolate Studio Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:
Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Croft Fine Ruby Port, Portugal
Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka
Overall, the Chocolate Studio Marketplace at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival leaves us wanting more…which is probably better than the alternative of leaving us wanting less. Historically, the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle has been the #1 or #2 dessert at the event since it debuted, with the booth’s other items usually ranking fairly highly. Once again, Chocolate Studio does not disappoint–it’s also a great booth for those hot days early in the event, and a nice contrast to the heavy and hot dishes.
What do you think of the Chocolate Studio Marketplace? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? Any thoughts on these items? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!