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Review: The Donut Box at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is a Disappointment

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Review: The Donut Box at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival is a Disappointment
Credit: Monica

One of the sweeter booths at the Food & Wine Festival is The Donut Box. Our team tried several of the donuts, but we found them to be disappointing. Check out our full review below.

The Donut Box

As a self-identified donut lover, I (Monica) was really excited to try The Donut Box booth this year. These donuts are fairly large and reasonably priced at only $5. You can also grab a 4 pack for $16. Most of the menu remains the same throughout the festival’s run, but there is a new Chef’s Donut of the Day that periodically changes.

Here is a look at the menu:

The stand is located near Test Track – just make sure you eat AFTER you ride!

We tried 3 of the donuts: Candy Jar Donut, Sriracha-glazed Donut, and the Chef’s Donut of the Day (Lemon-Blueberry). Here are our thoughts on all three.

Candy Jar Donut

The Candy Jar Donut was a regular glazed donut with chocolate frosting. M&Ms, Snickers, and Twix were placed on top.

I love chocolate, candy, and donuts so I really thought this would be a great donut. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The actual donut is unremarkable, so the chocolate was very overpowering. The presentation of the donut was adorable, however, and would probably be a great choice for families with young children.

The candy pieces began to melt almost immediately so I recommend grabbing this one if you will be there during “cooler” months. Since Food & Wine runs until November, you may be able to get away with this one towards the end of the festival’s run. Or, be prepared to get this down in just a few minutes!

Marisol and I both had a few bites of this donut and then moved on to the better donut: Lemon-Blueberry.

Taste: 2/5

Presentation: 4/5

Overall: 2/5

Lemon-Blueberry Donut

The Lemon-Blueberry Donut was one of two Chef’s Donuts of the Day when we visited on opening day of the festival. The other was a Black Forest Donut with chocolate and cherries, which we did not sample.

This donut was glazed with a lemon custard inside (but not enough, in my opinion). The icing on top had a hint of lemon, and the blueberries on top were the best part of the donut.

It was undoubtedly the best option we tried at The Donut Box, but it still wasn’t terrific. There was not enough custard inside the donut or glaze on top. Additionally, the donut itself was quite dry.

Taste: 3/5

Presentation: 3/5

Overall: 3/5

Sriracha-Glazed Donut

The Donut Box offers two types of Sriracha-glazed Donuts: one that is plain and one that has crispy chicken on it.

The Crispy Chicken Donut is a fried breast served in between two halves of the Sriracha-glazed Donuts with slaw. This is the only donut that costs more, coming in at $8.50.

KtP Writer Jamie tried the plain Sriracha-glazed Donut, and she did not care for it at all. It tasted like orange cream and Sriracha. The sweet and savory flavors did not mix well at all on the donut. Speaking of the donut, she had similar thoughts Marisol and I did about the donut being dry and unremarkable.

If you can handle spicy dishes, the Crispy Chicken Donut is probably the better of the two donuts since you are getting more savory flavor with it.

Taste: 1/5

Presentation: 1/5

Overall: 1/5

Final Thoughts

Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival serves so many great dishes from all over the world. That’s why it’s really hard for me to recommend The Donut Box when there are so many other amazing dishes to try.

However, I could see my kids loving these donuts so this may be the perfect booth to get some treats for the kids while the adults sample more of the adventurous options elsewhere.

There is also a shaded tent area with standing tables nearby, which makes this a great spot to relax for a few moments as you eat.

Will you be trying The Donut Box during your visit to the Food & Wine Festival or will you be skipping it? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.




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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll be skipping it. I’m gluten free, and just like many or most of the offerings, there is no gluten free option

    • I agree. The candy donut was quickly melting in the hot summer sun. I am glad we were standing at the tables because it would have been a disaster eating and walking.

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