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Holiday Treats from Around World Showcase

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Welcome to those of you joining us from My Dreams of Disney and those of you just hopping aboard. We are the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.


Not only is Epcot’s World Showcase a must do destination for magical holiday entertainment, but it is also a hot spot for delicious holiday treats from around the world. Each country boasts its own unique holiday themed goody that will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 
We’ve compiled a list of treats from all the World Showcase countries.  As you stop in each country to visit the various holiday storytellers from around the world, treat yourself to these homeland tastes. It will really help you experience what the holidays are like in other places. Check off Naughty or Nice to rate how much you liked it!

 

 

At Home Twist:

If you are like us and won’t be making it to Walt Disney World during the holidays, we’re including a recipe that you can easily recreate at home. Get a taste of a Canadian Christmas by making Maple “Bark” Brittle.

Maple “Bark” Brittle – Canada Pavilion (from A Taste of Epcot Cookbook)
Makes 15″ x 10″ Cookie Sheet

Ingredients

Maple Brittle:

  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
Chocolate and Pecans
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped semi-sweet chocolate, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, divided

Directions

For Maple Brittle:
1. Line 2 15″ x 10″ cookie sheets with parchment paper
2. Combine butter, sugars, water and maple extract in a 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is between 270-290 degrees F (soft crack stage)
3. Pour mixture onto one cookie sheet and quickly spread as close to the edges as possible before brittle sets. Cook until hard at room temperature.
For chocolate and pecans:
1. Place ice in the bottom of a large bowl and cover ice with a kitchen towel.
2. Bring water to a gentle simmer on the bottom of a double boiler over medium low heat. Add 3/4 cup semi -sweet chocolate chips to the top of the double boiler and place over heat, making sure the bottom of the pot is not touching the water. Stir continuously until about 3/4 of the chips are melted.
3. Remove from heat and place in towel in ice bowl and let sit for 20 seconds. Remove from ice and gradually add 1/4 of chocolate chips, stirring continuously, allowing the residual heat to melt the remaining chocolate.
4. Evenly spread chocolate onto cooled brittle. Immediately sprinkle 1/2 cup pecans and 1 teaspoon sea salt evenly over chocolate. Allow to harden either at room temperature or refrigerated. Once set, flip brittle chocolate sheet on to second cookie sheet, chocolate side down. Carefully remove parchment paper.
5. Repeat Steps 2, 3, 4 with remaining chocolate, pecans and salt on second side of brittle.
6. Allow to completely harden either at room temperature or in refrigerator; break into pieces and refrigerate in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Cooks Note: Maple sugar and maple extract can be found online or in specialty grocery stores.

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Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
3rd Stop ~ Adventures in Familyhood – Holiday Treats from Around World Showcase (you are here)
Final Stop ~ Mommy to All Girls – Candlelight Processional

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Frontierland Station

Monday 17th of November 2014

These treats all sounds so tasty! I would love to try the maple bark sometime!

Jodi Whisenhunt

Friday 14th of November 2014

I love those list graphics! Brilliant idea! I will definitely print & take those with when we take my sis & niece to Epcot in a couple weeks! Is that cookbook available at Epcot?

Melissa Knight

Friday 14th of November 2014

I love your lists! I am going to take them with us in December for my family since it's their first visit during the holidays. I can tell you that the Buche de Noel is definitely on the nice list. :)

Mike Ellis

Thursday 13th of November 2014

James and Lisa, the Maple Bark Brittle sounds really good! Have you made it before, and what did you think of it? Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

teacherlady117

Friday 14th of November 2014

I just bought the Taste of Epcot cookbook on Wine and Dine weekend and that recipe immediately stood out. I'm going to add it to the list of sweets I'm making for Christmas. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Casey K

Thursday 13th of November 2014

Is the recipe you shared your favorite treat from the ones listed? Thank you for sharing the recipe I'm going to make these this year, they sound so yummy!

teacherlady117

Friday 14th of November 2014

Of the treats listed, the bark and the buche de noel are on the top of my list. I hope I get to try both of them someday!

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