Hello there! Lily, here. I'm the littlest frog in the family but the one with the biggest sweet tooth. One of my favorite things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood is finding all of the tastiest treats that are almost too cute to eat. Almost. That’s right. I've tried them all (over multiple visits of course — Mommy Frog does limit my sweets each visit, and she makes me share with my brother, Tad). I enjoyed every finger-licking bite!
The Tastiest Universal Studios Hollywood Treats
Many of the fun Universal Studios Hollywood treats are based on movie and television characters. You'll find many fun things to try that are inspired by the Minions, the Simpsons and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Some are even inspired by places where a movie takes place. And then some are just yummy treats that are there because they taste good. You'd better eat your vegetables so that your parents will let you have a treat! Hop along so you can find out what kinds of fun treats are in store for you. The hard part will be making a decision!
Minion Treats in Super Silly Fun Land
If you're taking your tadpoles, your first stop for Universal Studios Hollywood treats should be Super Silly Fun Land. There, you will find the new Minion Café, where the minions are cooking up some fun Universal treats (and other creative food concoctions). As for me, I'll take one Minion cookie, please, and some Nutella banana pudding! There are even more fun treats (such as Felonious Floats) and you can find flavored Minion cotton candy nearby. This location has some fun food, so if you want more of a meal, then hop over to Mommy Frog's post on the yummiest foods at Universal Studios Hollywood, since I'm covering just desserts today!
You can work off all that sugary energy from your treats by winning prizes, splashing around in the water play area, and going on the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride. Mommy Frog has even more tips for entertaining small children at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Cool off with Frozen Treats
Nothing refreshes you more on a hot day than a frozen treat. In the heat of the day, enjoy ice cream, shakes and even frozen Butterbeer.
We love the crazy shakes and sundaes at Studio Scoop in the Lower Lot and swirled soft-serve ice cream at Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor in Springfield U.S.A. You can even try some Butterbeer ice cream in the Wizarding World.
Sip on a Kwik-E-Mart frozen Squishee to cool off. You can find Squishees at several spots around Springfield U.S.A.
Eat a Giant Doughnut Like Homer Simpson
Tad is a Simpson’s fan so he toadally (get it?) dug into one of the giant “d’oh nuts” (can’t stop myself) from Lard Lad’s Donuts. Homer would be so proud. You can also find giant boxed Lard Lad Donuts in some other locations, restaurants and even as part of an ice cream sundae at Phineas Q. Butterfat’s. At Krusty Burger, Tad got a laugh that the milkshakes are made with 100 percent mammal milk. Mmmm … mammal milk. If you plan to buy a shake in the park, bring your own straw or grab a spoon. The new paper straws just didn't work for us when it came to shakes.
Tad may not be old enough to order a Duff beer, but he got a kick out of the Flaming Moe in Moe's Tavern. This nonalcoholic fizzing orange drink has dry ice at the bottom and appears to be smoking!
Dig into Funnel Cake
We kids can’t have all the fun, so be sure to help your parents find yummy Universal treats, too. Your parents will probably enjoy a funnel cake with the topping of their choice at the Hollywood & Dine or Mel's Diner. We tried strawberry and whipped cream. I bet you might have to offer to help your parents finish it.
Get Crepes at City Snack Shop
Now that Cinnabon moved to CityWalk, the City Snack Shop filled that space with yummy goodness. You can get crepes (strawberry and chocolate or banana and Nutella), beignets, giant Bavarian pretzels, spice cashew brittle, cookies, Trix cereal treats and more.
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Churros are a mainstay at SoCal theme parks. You can find a variety of flavored churros around the park, as well as popcorn or cotton candy that's Minion-themed or shaped like Marge Simpson's hair.
Tasty Treats in Universal CityWalk
The fun desserts don’t stop when you leave the park. There are also some very delectable Universal City Walk treats, too. Popcornopolis is exploding with more than just popcorn. The chocolate-covered pretzels are rolled in nuts and caramel. You can have caramel apples, animal-themed candy apples and chocolate-covered strawberries, too. See … fruit can be a treat! You can’t eat all of that yourself, so offer to get some for the family to share. The frog apple was too cute for our family to pass up.
If you have a sweet tooth, hop into IT'SUGAR candy store for vintage and novelty treats. At the other end of CityWalk (near Curious George and the E.T. parking structures), spring for some creative doughnuts at Voodoo Donut.
Treat Yourself to Wizarding World Sweets
You may be a muggle (non-magical person), but you can enjoy special wizard candies from Honeydukes sweet shop. That's where you can stock up on your Chocolate Frogs, Fizzing Whizzbeees, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Peppermint Toads, Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans and more. You can also choose from handmade treats such as Butterbeer fudge, pumpkin pasties and no-melt ice cream.
Some of our favorite desserts (and meals!) in the park can be found at The Three Broomsticks. Dig into gooey Butterbeer potted cream or English delights such as warm sticky toffee pudding with ice cream.
Of course, one of the most popular treats in Hogsmeade is Butterbeer. You can find this sweet drink in restaurants and at carts. Butterbeer comes frozen or cold most of the year. You can also try hot Butterbeer during the holidays and colder months of the year. Now you can get a drink that was previously only found in the Wizarding World in Orlando — Fishy Green Ale! This minty (with hints of cinnamon) drink has blueberry "fish eggs."
If you would like to get a look at some of these snacks and other quick bites in action, check out Tad's YouTube video of the Top 10 Snacks at Universal Studios Hollywood. Warning! This could make you really hungry!
Universal Studios Hollywood Treats During the Holidays
If you hoppen to be visiting during Grinchmas in December or holiday time from late November through early January, then you might want to wear your stretchy pants for all the fun holiday treats such as Grinch cupcakes, holiday cookies, holiday doughnuts, peppermint hot chocolate, hot Butterbeer and more. Hop over to our guide about Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood to learn more.
There are so many fun and unique Universal Studios Hollywood treats that it's hard to decide which ones to get. I think it's best to get several different ones and share with your family and friends. Mommy Frog always says to share with my brother, Tad, so we did a good job of sharing our Universal Studios Hollywood treats. This way, we got to sample a couple of different ones without getting a bellyache. Hope you'll do the same next time you're at Universal. Hoppy eating!
Which Universal Studios Hollywood treats are you adding to your must-try list? If you're planning a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood or any of the Southern California theme parks, be sure to check out our discount Universal Studios tickets, touring plans plus our top tips to maximize your time in the park!