Sunday, August 19, 2018

Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC - Disney Springs

During our trip to Disney World in July, we stopped at Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC in Disney Springs twice.

We had not been to Erin McKenna's since we moved to California, even though we visit Disney World twice a year. There are so many great gluten free desserts at Disney restaurants, I don't feel much of a need to visit a bakery, and we have found some of Erin McKenna's baked goods to be very inconsistent in the past. Plus, I am a pretty good baker myself, and I usually prefer baked goods with dairy and eggs.

All that being said, we did enjoy the baked goods we purchased from Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC in July, and would probably stop in on future visits.

All baked goods at Erin McKenna's are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, vegan, and certified kosher, but they cannot say they are nut free, because they use Bob's Red Mill flours, which are made in a shared facility with hazelnut and almond flour. Erin McKenna's also uses coconut oil, which the FDA categorizes as a tree nut, but none of their vendors use shared equipment with peanuts.

Both times we visited Erin McKenna's, we stopped in at night, and bought two cinnamon rolls, a cinnamon sugar donut, and a mocha brownie cupcake.

The mocha brownie cupcakes have long been a favorite of ours. They are a little dense, because they are brownie cupcakes, but we love chocolate, and we love the taste of the frosting. They are kept in a refrigerated case, so I suggest you let them warm up to room temperature before eating them.

We also like Erin McKenna's mini brownie cupcakes, which can only be purchased at select Disney Resort restaurants, like The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the BoardWalk Bakery. According to Erin McKenna's website, they are also available at the food courts at Pop Century and Art of Animation, and the Beach Club Marketplace.

Erin McKenna's cinnamon rolls keep very well overnight at room temperature. We ate them the morning we took advantage of the Extra Magic Hour at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the morning we flew back to California. The cinnamon sugar donut was good on day two also, but it is best enjoyed fresh.

In the past, we have had issues with the cinnamon rolls being overcooked, but they were cooked perfectly both times we visited Erin McKenna's in July.

One of my favorite baked goods ever from Erin McKenna's are their Mardi Gras donuts, which I special ordered the day after Fat Tuesday our last year in Orlando. We all loved the crunch of the sprinkles, so if you place a special order for donuts, ask if they can add sprinkles.

I have not tried Erin McKenna's pineapple upside down cake yet, but several blog readers have told me it is amazing.

We did save 10% percent on our baked goods, because we are annual passholders, but I think Erin McKenna's also gives the same discount to Disney Vacation Club members.

You can view nutritional information for Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC baked goods here. I noticed that they use oats in some of their products, which concerns me, because Bob's Red Mill is no longer using all purity protocol oats, the safest oats for people with celiac disease.

You can read more about Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, and view their hours on Disney's website.

What are your favorite gluten free options at Erin McKenna's?