Epcot is well known for having the largest variety of options for dining at Walt Disney World, especially around the World Showcase. However. we are focusing on the snacking options in each of the countries. So let’s head back to Epcot and see what we can find!
We started in Japan, and tried rice crackers and red bean paste buns. After really enjoying the rice crackers, I am looking forward to trying something else. Next, let’s try to see what we can find to try in Canada, home of the really popular cheddar cheese soup.
Before we head to to Canada, let’s review:
- No snacks over $10; preferably less than $5
- As unusual as possible
- Something I personally would eat
Approaching the Canada Pavilion
Canada has a narrow front entrance that opens to an expansive view of different styles of architecture. It goes back quite a far distance, and has restaurants, O Canada! attraction, plus sweeping views of mountains and flowers. It’s visually striking, and mostly hidden unless you climb the stairs.
But let’s head to the shops to check out the snack situation!
The Northwest Mercantile is the first shop you come to as you climb the stairs. Outside the door is a bunch of frontier supplies, like lanterns and snowshoes, and is styled like a log cabin. Like many of the pavilions in the World Showcase, this shop flows into the next shop.
The Snacks from Canada
Once you go inside the Northwest Mercantile, your eyes will need to take a minute to adjust to the darkened interior. When they do, you will see a small table to your right that has a small collection of snacks. Compared to Japan, the selection is quite small and limited, featuring a maple theme.
On the snack table they have maple creme sandwich cookies, maple flavored toffee, maple flavored hard candy (which has no actual maple, strangely enough), maple mints, and maple crumbles, that they suggest sprinkling in your coffee or on top of ice cream. So many maple options! The maple snacks range in price from $2.95 to $13.95 for one of the larger boxes of cookies.
Heading through the store to the Trading Post portion, there’s a small display of chips and gummy candies. The chips are apparently traditional Canadian flavors, which include Ketchup and Montreal Steak Spice, and the chips cost $2.95 each.
The gummies are mostly recognizable, but the fun thing about them are they are on the Disney Dining plan as a snack option! Sometimes you may find you have leftover snack credits, and you could easily spend them all at once on snacks that you can take home with you. If you’re purchasing them without a snack credit, they cost $3.95 each.
After carefully weighing all of my options, I decided that I had to try something maple, and so I picked out a maple leaf lollipop.
I really like maple flavor, so I expected to enjoy this, plus it was only $2.95, so it made it a great choice.
The maple lollipop was very detailed and quite tasty. It had an unusual texture for hard candy, which seemed particularly sticky. It lasted for a long time, and had an intense maple flavor (perhaps obviously!) I recommend trying it if you enjoy maple flavoring, since it was reasonably priced and was a satisfying sweet treat.
So what do you think of the options of Canada? Are you enjoying snacking around the world? Did you prefer the snacks from Japan? Let me know!