When: April 9, 2017, 6 PM
Verdict? Not recommended
Richard and I are at the Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland. I’ve just finished (and rather enjoyed) my Jedi Order Chicken Sandwich. He’s finished his meal, as well, and we’re looking for a solid dessert.
Galactic Grill specializes in silly, Star Wars-themed names. (The people who named “Moons Over My Hammy” at Denny’s have disciples at Disney.) So after considering my choices (and swallowing my pride), I step up to the counter and ask the friendly Cast Member for “Darth by Chocolate.”
(Yeah, this project sometimes requires sacrifices.)
Darth arrives in a small, clear plastic cup. It’s a layered dessert, featuring discrete strata of fudge, red velvet cake, chunks of Oreo, and other goodies. The top layer is chocolate fudge, and sitting atop the whole thing is a Darth Vader head, made of solid milk chocolate.
I fetch a couple of spoons. Richard and I get to work.
The good news: this is fairly decadent. My fears about cheap or fake-tasting ingredients were unfounded. The fudge is very fudge-y. The red velvet cake is a lighter flavor, but fine. Oreos are Oreos (they’re also hard to screw up, but there you go). And so on. There’s a lot of richness going on in each spoonful.
The bad news: it’s not that much fun to eat. The textures don’t combine as much as collide. The fudge flavor is really overpowering. The cool temperature of the dish makes it challenging to dig under certain layers of chocolate (bring your backhoe). All told, I found myself spending way too much time hot-sticking the spoon, just trying to get a bite, and much less time just savoring a dessert. Takes the fun out of it.
Despite the silly name, I credit Disney for trying to infuse some quality, here. However, the end product just isn’t that compelling. Skip it.
UPDATE: As of July 2017, Galactic Grill no longer has a Star Wars theme. This dish is now called “Chocolate Parfait.”