It’s hard to imagine a non-Disney opening that has garnered more excitement than Gideon’s Bakehouse, which recently began serving guests in Disney Springs. A local Orlando favorite, Gideon’s has gotten a cult-like following for its amazing baked creations, such as nearly-half-pound cookies and cakes with a huge frosting-to-cake ratio. Owner Steve Lewis has handcrafted and refined his recipes over the past 15 years, and you can see the pride he has in both the baked goods and the local business he has built up. So is anything vegan at Gideon’s Bakehouse?
Gideon’s has been asked about vegan items many times. Their answer as to why they don’t offer them is because another local business, Valhalla bakery, does it so well. That said, the new Disney Springs location does feature some vegan choices – coffee!
When Gideon’s first opened, they featured a Peanut Butter Cold Brew made with oat milk. However, local Florida honey was added to the oat milk. Recently, Gideon’s changed up the recipe, and we have confirmed with Steve that the sweetener used is now maple syrup instead of honey. Meaning the cold brews are now completely vegan! All the coffees are made with Lineage Craft Roasted Coffee, another local Orlando business.
Gideon’s menu changes monthly, with a different limited edition specialty cookie each month. So that means the coffee flavors could change as well, but for December and January, the options have been the same.
What’s Vegan at Gideon’s Bakehouse?
- The Original Peanut Butter Cold Brew – $6
Smooth oat milk Cold Brew with a unique dark roasted peanut blend from our favorite Georgia Peanut Farm. Then we add a little bit of maple syrup for a fun Coffee and Peanut Butter drink. For a Limited Time, this flavor will be available as a Nitro Cold Brew!
- Ginger Snap Cold Brew $6
Oat milk Cold Brew sweetened with maple syrup and ginger snap flavoring.
- Classic White Cold Brew $6
A perfect treat every day of the year, our extra creamy Nitro Cold Brew keeps things dairy-free with our favorite Oat milk and is sweetened to the right amount with maple syrup.
Wait Times at Gideon’s Bakehouse:
Something to note, the wait times for Gideon’s Bakehouse have been pretty intense. Anywhere from 30 mins to 3 hours or more depending on the time of day and day of the week. The good news is they do offer a virtual queue.
Head over to the virtual queue sign up, near the entrance to Morimoto Asia, and leave your phone number. You will be texted to let you know to return to the much shorter Virtual Queue Return area. There you’ll wait briefly to get inside. What’s great about this system is you can explore the rest of Disney Springs while you wait. There are definitely worse places to be passing the time.
Now I will say, personally, I think it’s worth the Gideon’s experience just to see the very unique interior and see how they handle the transaction inside the shop. It’s truly unique to Disney Springs and takes Gideon’s backstory to the next level. I have personally always been a fan of gargoyles, macabre art like Edward Gorey and Tim Burton’s original artwork, so this place is somewhere I’d feel right at home inside. The artwork inside is done by local artist Michael Reyes and merchandise is available in store and online.
I do hope that someday Gideon’s Bakehouse will feature a vegan cookie or two, but until then, I’ll definitely be back for the coffee and the ambiance.
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