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Universal Orlando Unveils Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium

Toothsome Treats Chocolate Factory

A new restaurant in Orlando is a common occurrence.  I don’t typically devote a post to such an announcement.  But the new Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium coming later this year to Universal’s City Walk is sure to capture the imagination of anyone out there with a serious sweet tooth.  Regular readers know, I take my desserts seriously, so let’s dig in!

The concept art looks like Willie Wonka by way of Jules Verne.  The design of the restaurant promises to be straight-up steam punk.

Toothsome Treats Chocolate Factory Interior 2

Toothsome Treats Chocolate Factory Interior

Looks pretty cool.  But that’s not what prompted me to cover this announcement.  As much as I dig the idea of a steam punk chocolate factory, what excites me the most is the bonkers food offerings.  The announcement promises “a menu that features unique twists on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, incredible salads, all-day brunch and so much more.”

Okay.  All-day brunch sounds different.  But check out what’s for dessert.  Universal provided a detailed sneak peek at some of the milkshake flavors that will be offered:

  • Chocolate x5: An explosion of chocolate with chocolate spirals, chunks, ice-cream and whipped cream.
  • Bacon Brittle: A fun twist on a breakfast favorite with bacon ice cream, bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon caramel.
  • Espresso Buzzzz: A coffee lover’s dream with coffee ice-cream and chocolate covered beans.
  • Red Velvet: A milkshake topped with a Red Velvet cupcake… enough said.
  • Key Lime Pie: We’ve taken this classic Florida dessert and turned it into a delicious shake. You’ll even get a slice of pie on top!

They also mentioned unusual sundae flavors like Salted Caramel Flan, Chocolate Brownie Bark and S’mores.

The announcement promises that guests will be able to watch these crazy desserts being made.  The restaurant will also include a gift shop where you can buy treats to take home.

The bulk of Universal’s press release was insanely sweet food porn.  You may want to bookmark this until after lunch.

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Posted on March 15, 2016, in theme parks, travel, Universal Studios and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Oh my goodness…And only 3 hours away!

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    • If I lived three hours away, do you have any idea how much more Disney and Universal coverage there would be here?

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      • I haven’t been to either in years. It’s too damn expensive. Plus, I’d have to go by myself.

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        • I’d only go for blogging purposes. 😉 If I had easy access and I could go by myself, I’d be down there all the time taking pictures, writing reviews, updates, etc. It’s probably for the best that I don’t live nearby.

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    • Three hours away would be about perfect…otherwise I’d want to live more like 20 minutes away. My Brother’s family lives about an hour and fifteen minutes away and it’s too far to be convenient but too close not to be constantly tempting.

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      • My thoughts exactly. At three hours, I could go down once a month with the kids and squeeze in a couple of solo excursions during which I could do some “research” for the blog. I know people who are locals who either get burned out on it or just sadly obsessed. Three hours is a good middle ground.

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        • If my vision was better, the 3 hours would be no issue. I could drive down, spend the day, and drive back. With my crappy vision, if I were to go down solo, I would have to stay the night. More expense. As long as I’m down there, I may as well hang out for part of day two as well. More money.

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  2. Eegads!!
    I sure wish this was going to be up and running when I’m there with my family 10 days from now! It almost feels like a tease on the level of the Skull Island attraction.
    I’m trying to focus on what will actually be there. Diagon Alley, the updated Spider-Man ride, the expanded Simpsons area, etc.
    I’m starting to get amped up for the trip!

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    • Things like Skull Island and the Chocolate Factory will just give you a reason to go back. Along with Nintendo land, the new Jimmy Fallon ride, Fast & Furious and the Marvel Island redo including the new Hulk coaster… Best to focus on the cool stuff that you’ll be seeing and doing in less than two weeks. I’m jealous, for sure. What are you looking forward to the most?

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      • We’re planning our Saturday as an “All Harry Potter All the Time” experience, with the first half of our day in Diagon Alley and lunch at the Leaky Cauldron and the second half in Hogsmeade with Butterbeer and Dinner at the Three Broomsticks. That will be our prime day. Even my Mom read the first three HP books so she would be prepared to appreciate the experience.

        This is my nephew’s first visit to Universal so I’m looking forward to doing the Spider-Man ride and the various coasters with him. Staying at Cabana Bay will also be a highlight.

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        • Josie is reading the books now. She’s almost done with Prisoner of Azkaban. By the next time we go, she should be able to appreciate the details. I am of course a Muggle, but even knowing next to nothing about Harry Potter, I thought it was cool. If you are fans, I’m sure you will enjoy your HP day. I’m also positive you’ll like Cabana Bay. I keep forgetting that Spider-man has been updated since you last saw it. The new version is a noticeable improvement. Josie and I rode it as our last experience of the day and we were both beat. But we enjoyed it tremendously. It’s just a great ride. Hard to compare it to something like the Haunted Mansion, but Spider-man is among my favorite experiences in Orlando. Disney World still doesn’t have anything comparable.

          I can’t wait to read your trip report. I plan to live vicariously.

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        • The one thing I can see that has opened up since your trip is the Hot Dog Hall of Fame restaurant on CityWalk which opened on July 2nd. Not sure that’s reason enough to eat there, but I’ll consider it, you know, for blogging purposes.

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        • Hot Dog Hall of Fame? I want to go to there!

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        • The Kansas City sounds like a winner!

          Chicago
          Vienna All-Beef Hotdog, Poppy-Seed Bun, Neon Relish, Sport Peppers, Diced Onions and Tomatoes, Pickle, Celery Salt. Served with Fries

          Colorado
          Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog, Grilled Peppers & Onions, Saurkraut. Served with Fries

          Kansas City
          Vienna All-Beef Hotdog, Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Pickles, Barbecue Sauce. Served with Fries

          Boston
          Kayem All-Beef Hotdog, Toasted New England-Style Bun, Spicy Brown Mustard, Diced Onions, Relish. Served with Fries

          Los Angeles
          Farmer’s John’s Foot Long Hotdog, Mustard, Relish. Served with Fries

          New York

          Arizona
          Vienna All-Beef Hotdog, Smoked Bacon, Pinto Beans, Grilled Onions & Peppers, Cheese. Served with Fries

          Milwaukee
          Bratwurst Sausage, Hoagie Roll, Grilled Onions, Spicy Brown Mustard. Served with Fries

          Detroit
          Koegel Hotdog, Abbott’s Coney Chili, Diced Onions. Served with Fries.

          Foot Long Dog
          Vienna All Beef Hotdog, Foot Long Bun, Choice of Two Toppings. Served with Fries

          Two Foot Dog
          Vienna All-Beef Hotdog, Baguette, Choice of Two Toppings

          Italian Sausage
          Provolone Cheese, Grilled Onions, and Peppers. Served with Fries

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        • I’m simple when it comes to hot dogs. Some of those just have way too much going on. It’s like those boutique burger places who add a bunch of frou frou stuff to burgers. You’re trying too hard if you’re putting foie gras on a burger.

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        • I can see that point of view. But when I am out, I like trying something new. Preferably something I can’t get out home. I’ll take the frou frou and foie gras when I’m on vacation. And then a bacon milkshake to go.

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        • I would DEFINIELY try one of those bacon milkshakes though!

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        • I showed these pics to the kids last night and they were quite excited to go sometime. I was surprised how open my picky eaters were to the bacon milkshake. I suspect I would have to order it and they would sample mine.

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        • You’re a trooper. Way to take one for the team!

          We didn’t get to do the deep dive I would have liked since we were only there for two nights. Basically one full day. We didn’t eat at any table service restaurants which is something we definitely want to remedy next time. Towards the end of that day, we were just dead on our feet. So we want to schedule time to take it all in at a more luxurious pace next time we go.

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        • I’ll certainly have a lot more time in the parks and resort, but it will all be a lot busier than what you experienced. The lowest crowd rating for the weekend I’m seeing on Touringplans is a 7 on our first day at Islands of Adventure, with some other ratings being 9s and 10s. Did you guys do the evening “cinematic spectacular” show? I’m definitely planning on seeing that. I’ll be sure to put emphasis on dining coverage since you feel like you didn’t really get to experience that (and since it’s one of my personal priorities anyway) 😉

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        • No, we crapped out pretty early. That’s not uncommon. As you know, we tend to skip nighttime shows at Disney in order to avoid the crowds after the parks close. Although when we were there, the parks seemed to be emptying out anyway. I had heard mixed reviews of the Cinematic Spectacular and didn’t figure the kids would like it, so that was never really on our list of things to do anyway. But I will be interested in your take.

          I have two picky eaters in the family (only one of which is a child) which limits my dining options. The food at the Harry Potter restaurants was a bit too authentic for certain members of our party last time. So this is another way in which I am looking forward to vicarious living through trip reports.

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        • My nephew is an extraordinarily picky eater to the point where we sometimes just decide to not worry about him. I’m guessing the folks at Universal included macaroni and cheese in the Harry Potter restaurants for picky kids, and I’m sure that’s a legitimate choice. But my nephew doesn’t like that either. This trip his Mom will be carrying Uncrustables around for him to eat while we enjoy actual food.

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        • You must be psychic (or have eaten in an Orlando theme park more than once). They do indeed have the ubiquitous mac and cheese. The kids menu at 3 Broomsticks consists of three entrees:

          Chicken Legs
          served with grapes and applesauce
          $6.99
          Chicken Fingers
          served with grapes and applesauce
          $6.99
          Macaroni and Cheese
          served with grapes and applesauce
          $6.99

          Uncrustables is a smart call for picky kids. Less helpful for a picky adult.

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  3. Nice pics, Lebeau! First I had to Google “Steampunk” before taking in the pictures. If that’s open in June we will be checking out this place for sure. I think this trip might actually come together, but the lack of advance planning on my part will probably give both Lebeau and Daffy hives. The hotel will be booked once the dates are fixed, and the park tickets don’t have to be purchased ahead of time as far as I can tell. It will be most excellent to have the benefit of a Daffy TR before going, though.

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    • How cool is it that I got to introduce you to the concept of steam punk? Pretty cool I think.

      Universal requires a lot less advance planning than WDW. So, no hives. There are a couple of strategies I would try to employ. The big one is to hit Minion Mayhem first thing if you plan to ride it. That is a popular, low capacity ride near the front of the park and lines are always insane.

      I will have to look into the price difference for buying tickets at the gate. I would argue that it is always a bad idea. One, it will always be the most expensive place to buy your tickets. Always. They never offer discounts at the gate. Two, even if the price is the same, you will eat into your park time purchasing your tickets. There’s always a line full of people who failed to take care of this in advance.

      Edit: According to Universal’s website, you save $20/ticket when you buy your tickets online. This is what we did and it was very convenient. You can pick them up at a kiosk at the park and not worry about shipping, getting lost, etc.

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      • Yikes, that is significant, I will DEFINITELY buy the tickets ahead of time!!
        Thank you for that tip. If time permits this week I have to do a bit more preplanning than normal for a trip (in other words, a bit more than zero)

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        • Time permitting, I’m planning to post some helpful tips and suggestions about Universal later this year. But like I said before, it doesn’t require the same level of preplanning that Disney does. I know youe primary objective is to experience HPland. That’s mostly about exploring. You don’t need a plan of attack.

          I probably mentioned this before, but the Forbidden Journeys ride is very intense. Ride Gringott’s first. See how you do on that. Forbidden Journeys may be too much. It did Mindy in for the day.

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  4. It’s… beautiful. Just came back from there, had no idea this is on the horizon! Great site, btw

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  5. Ohhhhh my word!!!! This is unreal!! I don’t even think I could have imagined this in my wildest dreams. I have a bit of a sweet tooth but not as serious as this restaurant requires! I would love to visit though!

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    • It looks like a neat place to explore. Orlando is full of restaurants with fun atmosphere and the Toothsome Chocolate Factory promises to be one of more unusual ones. From the sound of things, the menu will include savory fare. So you can enjoy a regular meal and split a dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. I have a tendency not to order dessert myself. The girls will all pick what they want and I end up finishing off what they can’t.

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