America,  Florida,  Travel

Orlando’s Sweet Tooth

Disclaimer: This list is not for the banting brigade, the carb-conscious or the anti-chocolate mafia.

Look, I had all the best intentions of eating healthily in the States, but after 1 week, it went out the window. In saying that, it’s frankly impossible to avoid sugar there, even the air is laced with high fructose corn syrup. However, if you’re in Orlando, your saving grace is that you’re walking a lot (that Proclaimers song will become your mantra). On average, a visitor walks 10-15 miles each day at Disney and in just 3 days I clocked up 36 kilometres. Thank God, because I ate everything on this list (plus other stuff that didn’t even make this final list).

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, here are some of the best desserts to try in Orlando and where to find them.

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-Salted Caramel Cheesecake*-

I accidentally ended up at the Cheesecake Factory on National Cheesecake day. This meant that 1. you could get two slices for the price of one and 2. you had to wait 2 hours and 45 minutes for the privilege to do so. If you’re a cheesecake fan, this is where you meet your maker and with over 33 options, you’re going to struggle to choose. For me, the Salted Caramel Cheesecake was a bit of a no-brainer, because the combination is to die for. The taste is sensational with caramel cheesecake and caramel mousse on a blonde brownie all topped with salted caramel.

Where: The Cheesecake Factory at Millenia Mall

Price: $6.25

Make your own: Try this recipe

-Key Lime Pie-

The state dessert of Florida is simply a cheesecake with a little splash of key lime but tastes ten times better. I had my first taste at 27 and it was 27 years too late!  If you’re a fan of lemon cheesecake, you’ll most likely adore Key Lime Pies. The Boathouse is right on the shores of the Disney Springs lake and serves their Key Lime Pie in a glass jar with a bit of  vanilla. If you don’t make it to Disney Springs, don’t worry you’ll find one, they’re as ubiquitous as crème brûlées in Paris.

Where: The Boathouse at Disney Springs / Downtown Disney

Price: $9.00

Make your own: Try this recipe

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-The Great Wall of Chocolate-

This is a chocolate raspberry layer (6 if you please) cake and on seeing it, it’s easy to see how they came up with the name. The waiter warned us that it wouldn’t last long and it didn’t. It was inhaled off the table, I missed the chance to snap a picture and had to borrow one from FoodSpotting. It’s divine, but if do order it, make sure you take an army with you, as the slice is huge, even by American standards. You won’t be disappointed, the cake is melt-in-your-mouth, died-and-gone-to-heaven, oh-yay-heaven-is-made-of-chocolate delicious!

Where: PF Changs, Mall at Millenia

Price: $9.25

Make your own: Try the ButterLust recipe

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-Butterbeer Ice Cream-

Anyone who has been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios will tell you to have a butterbeer! I wasn’t a fan of the original and found the frozen butterbeer much tastier. But drinks aside, the real, undiscovered gem here is the butterbeer ice cream. This delicious dessert is an extremely dense and perfectly sweet soft serve. You’ll find it in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at the very busy Florean Fortescue Ice Cream Parlours, and at the much quieter Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley.

Where: The Hopping Pot, Diagon Alley, Universal Studios Orlando

Price: $4.99

Make your own: Watch the YouTube clip

-Birthday Cake Remix-

Half the fun of eating here is watching Cold Stone prepare your little cup of wonder. I kindly searched Youtube and you can click here to see the magic. There are a lot of mixes to try, but you can’t truly say you’ve visited America until you’ve tried their much-loved, Cake Batter ice cream. The mix comes with brownies, chocolate fudge and rainbow sprinkles. Honestly, the small (read gigantic) cup is more than big enough, so don’t be tempted to go another size up.

Where: Cold Stone Creamery, Universal Studios City Walk

Price: $5.00

Make your own: Try this recipe

-Mint Obsession Sundae-

You’ll know you’re near a Ghiradelli because you’ll smell it. Trust me, it’s as if they stand by the door with fans trained on giant vats of dark chocolate fudge sauce.  On my first visit, I naively ordered their speciality sundae, complete with a waffle boat (big enough to row to China in). Unless there are 10 people with you, and perhaps a dog, do not order this. In my defence I was still in the dark about American portion sizes. Their Mint Obsession is much smaller and far more manageable. It’s a scoop of mint chip ice cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, topped with dark chocolate hot fudge, whipped cream and a square of Mint Bliss Intense chocolate.

Where: Ghiradelli, Disney Springs/ Downtown Disney

Price: $9.95

Make your own: Try this recipe

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*Thanks to the Cheesecake Factory’s Media Team for their help.

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