Universal Orlando presented an excellent culinary gift to vegan diners this year for Mardi Gras. The plant-based” food tent near Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck in Universal Studios Florida offers four vegan designed food items not to mention vegan beverages. In previous articles, I reviewed the best savory option, an okay rice bowl option, and a below average rice bowl option (based on my experience). The final food option here deserves some publicity. Normally, I would not use valuable typing time to write about a small dessert at a huge Mardi Gras event.
However, the Vegan Golden Chai Chocolate Blondie earns time in the sun. This light dessert offers more than meets the eye. The menu description reads “chai spiced vegan dessert bar with dark and white vegan chocolates.” This treat costs $4.99 before discounts. Based on appearance alone, this dessert looks underwhelming. The decorative leaves and frosting on top of it work as a nice touch.
So why am I making a big deal out of this tiny treat? Well, this tastes pretty good. In my opinion, a non-vegan eater might be surprised to learn this blondie meets vegan standards. This blondie possesses a soft texture. The blondie cuts easily if you desire to share. However, I think the portion size is too small to be shared but that serves as your call.
In addition, this dessert will not overpower you with sugar unlike many other Mardi Gras desserts. The balance of flavor of the chai and chocolates provide a surprisingly good flavor. I am not a fan of rating food by numbers. Still, based on value and flavor, I would rate this at least 8.5 out of 10.
I have another final suggestion. Like the Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie, the quality of this dessert is higher at the year-round bakery cases serving this. The temperature control system seems to not work as well at the food tents compared to the permanent bakery cases. Of my trusted sources that enjoyed this treat from The Today Café, they enjoyed it. If you select to enjoy this, I suggest getting it at Today Café instead of the “plant-based” food tent. As a vegan dining, let the good times roll this Mardi Gras season.
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