It started off as a typical afternoon at Epcot. I was there with some friends, scoping out this year’s Festival of the Arts food booths.
I was getting pretty hungry but, as a vegan, I found myself reading menu signs that ultimately disappointed me. So, as my friends waited in line at The Deconstructed Dish, I wandered off in the hopes of finding a delicious snack that satisfied both my cravings and my dietary restrictions.
It’s safe to say that I know my Disney snacks pretty well. Because I’m plant-based, I’m always researching food items and what I can and cannot eat in the parks. Thankfully, Walt Disney World has added many plant-based items in recent years. So, I thought I knew what all my options were. That was, until the popcorn stand in the Canada Pavilion caught my eye.
Food from the Canada Pavilion is usually a no go for me, so I was happy to see a popcorn cart. Regular popcorn from Disney is, in fact, vegan.
However, upon closer inspection, I realized that it wasn’t just normal popcorn—it was Maple Popcorn! And, to my pleasant surprise, there was a green leaf symbol next to it on the menu board. That symbol signifies that the food item is free of animal products.
I was intrigued and hungry so I got myself a regular-sized Maple Popcorn with a frozen coke to wash it down with. The popcorn was warm and similar in color and texture to caramel corn. It smelled absolutely delicious!
The Maple Popcorn Taste Test
I am a huge fan of sweet and salty combinations, so this treat was right up my alley. If you’re a fan of both popcorn and maple syrup, there’s no doubt you’ll love them together.
It was the perfect balance of flavor. The popcorn was crunchy and salty, but the maple flavor completely balanced it out and wasn’t too sweet.
I shared the popcorn with my friends who also really enjoyed it. As simple as this snack was, it was unique and something I hadn’t seen before.
I looked it up later and was surprised to learn that it was originally sold at the Magic Kingdom back in 2017. However, they’ve since moved it to the Canada Pavilion where it seems like it’s there to stay. I couldn’t have picked a better place for it!
The Bottom Line
I would definitely recommend this popcorn. It’s easy to pass on smaller snacks like popcorn during festivals where you can’t walk six feet without seeing a food booth. However, it was a great snack and the line was short.
The popcorn costs $6.25 and is big enough to share with at least a few people (there’s also a refillable popcorn bucket option).
If you’re looking for something quick and delicious to snack on while traveling the world, you can’t go wrong with this twist on the classic Disney snack you already love. After all, when in doubt at Walt Disney World, the answer is always to treat yourself!
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