Sure, vacationing frogs hop to the theme parks mainly to go on rides and see their favorite characters. But the food is another significant part of the overall experience, right?
Many of the best snacks at the Universal Orlando Resort are based on movies or TV shows. Others are super photogenic, so be sure to whip out your phone's camera! (No shame, frogs! Everyone takes food pics these days.)
Using our expert taste buds, we hunted down the best snacks at Universal Orlando Resort. Here's a list of some of our favorites and where to find them!
The Best Snacks at Universal Orlando
Butterbeer (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Is it really a trip to Universal Orlando if you don’t have a Butterbeer? Kudos to Universal for creating an iconic drink that’s perfect for any occasion — celebrating a birthday, cooling down on a hot day or just pretending you’re a wizard. Best of all, you can try Butterbeer in six different versions. Chug it down while it’s cold or frozen (and if you’re visiting during the holidays, don’t miss the hot Butterbeer!). If you want it as a sweet treat, try the fudge, potted cream or ice cream!
We’ve tried all six, and every member of the Frog Fam has a different favorite. You can find all of the Butterbeer treats at different spots inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
The Big Pink (Universal Studios)
If you’ve ever wanted a doughnut as large as your face, look no further than The Big Pink. The Big Pink is a massive doughnut with pink frosting and sprinkles that has appeared on The Simpsons. If you have a strong love for glazed rings of dough like Homer, you’ll definitely want to hop over to Lard Lad Donuts in The Simpsons land. We wouldn’t blame you if you enlist some extra help with The Big Pink. Tad and Lily usually can’t finish one, so Leap and I end up with leftovers.
Specialty Milkshakes at Toothsome (Universal CityWalk)
Say “The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen” three times fast. With a name like this, you know it must be home to some of the best snacks at Universal Orlando. And indeed, it is — specifically the specialty milkshakes. Take your pick from over 10 different milkshake creations. Chocolate lover? You need the Chocolate X5 in your life. Want a coffee buzz too? Espresso Buzzzz is calling your name.
Cauldron Cakes (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure)
You know that song our favorite Frog Choir sings: “Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble?" What if my cauldron is bubbling with chocolate cake? This delicious dessert is one of the treats that Harry Potter buys from the food trolley on his first trip aboard the Hogwarts Express.
The cauldron cakes at Universal actually underwent a magical transformation several years ago. The rich chocolate cake is topped with orange and yellow flame-shaped buttercream icing, served in a reusable silicone black cauldron. It comes in a bright Qizilbash Quality Confectionary box, which includes instructions on how to make your own at home! Find a cauldron cake at Sugarplum's Sweet Shop in Diagon Alley or at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.
Large Warm Soft Pretzel (Universal CityWalk)
Stop by NBC Sports Grill and Brew for a soft pretzel as large as a car steering wheel! Yes, you read that right. This massive appetizer can easily feed an army of hungry frogs in need of a snack. It even comes served with jalapeño queso sauce and Bertman Original Ball Park mustard to dip it in. If you’re a sports fan, this is a great place to take a snack break and watch a game for a bit.
Honk Honkers Cotton Candy (Islands of Adventure)
Go bonkers for Honk Honkers and its gourmet cotton candy! This candy store in Seuss Landing offers a customizable cloud of cotton candy. You choose what flavor you want, including blue raspberry, pink vanilla, jolly berry, apple, grape and birthday cake. If you’d like to sweeten it up a bit more, top off your cotton candy with rock candy, sprinkles, animal crackers, marshmallow bits, chocolate bites, chocolate cookies or chocolate sprinkles. Lily loves watching the team members make it by hand!
Waturi Fusion (Volcano Bay)
Over at the Koka Poroka ice cream stand in Universal's Volcano Bay, indulge in a tropical treat called Waturi Fusion, which has four distinct swirls of banana, blue raspberry, orange and strawberry soft-serve ice cream. This colorful cone is a perfect prop for your Instagram-worthy vacation photos. Cool down on a sunny Florida day by the pool with this snack in hand.
Brookie (Islands of Adventure)
If you ever find yourself having a hard time choosing between a cookie or a brownie, that’s not a problem with Universal's brookie. It's a chocolate chip cookie baked inside of a chocolate brownie, so you get the best of both worlds! It's a great pick-me-up if you're craving something sweet. You can find it at most quick-service locations, including Blondie's, Pizza Predattoria and the Burger Digs.
Which one of these best snacks at Universal Orlando are you looking most forward to trying? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!