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6 Iconic Treats at Universal Orlando Resort You Can’t Miss

6 Iconic Treats at Universal Orlando Resort You Can’t Miss

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You know that feeling when you’re watching a movie and you start to crave the food the characters are eating…but then you realize it doesn’t actually exist? We’ve all been there. Luckily, at Universal Orlando Resort, some of those foods and drinks DO exist. From snacks and meals to drinks and desserts, here are six iconic treats at Universal Orlando Resort that you just can’t miss!

Spoiler alert: they taste just as good as they look.

Iconic Treats at Universal Studios Florida

Springfield Dining – Universal Studios Florida

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Springfield U.S.A.’s dining area brings to life all of the Simpsons eateries you’ve always wanted to try! Personally, my two favorites to visit are Lard Lad Donuts and Moe’s Tavern. A Big Pink donut is a must-have, with a size so large it’s perfect for sharing with a few friends. When it comes to quenching your thirst, I recommend the Flaming Moe. It bubbles and smokes — plus, it’s nonalcoholic so it can be enjoyed by everyone! Also, don’t miss out on the fully-themed Krusty Burger or Duff Brewery.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure

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One word: Butterbeer. Arguably the most iconic treat from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Butterbeer will make you feel like you’re actually a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can enjoy this iconic flavor in several different types of treats and the only way to find out your favorite is to try them all…so get to tasting!

There are also plenty of other sweets from the Harry Potter film series to try, including Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Peppermint Toads, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Chocolate Frogs (complete with a famous Witch or Wizard Card, of course).

Iconic Treats at Islands of Adventure

Blondie’s – Islands of Adventure

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If your appetite is as insatiable as Dagwood’s, you’ll love the iconic sandwich named after him! You can find the Dagwood at Blondie’s in Toon Lagoon — and trust me, it’s as mouthwatering in person as it looks in the comics. Made with fresh-baked onion and poppy seed bread, piled high with baked ham, turkey, roast beef, American and Swiss cheese, and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, and mustard, one bite is all it takes to see why Dagwood makes so many of these sandwiches. 

Green Eggs and Ham Cafe – Islands of Adventure

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Have you been haunted by the question of how green eggs and ham actually taste ever since reading the book? Well, you can finally find out at Green Eggs and Ham Cafe…but with a tot-tastic twist! This Seuss Landing eatery offers green eggs and ham tots, along with a number of other delicious tot varieties. You can even try a can of Who Hash! Just look for the building shaped like a big green ham with a giant fork on top — it’s pretty hard to miss.

Iconic Treats at Universal CityWalk

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Universal CityWalk

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Any Forrest Gump fan will want to run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. right when they enter Universal CityWalk. As Bubba himself puts it, “shrimp is the fruit of the sea,” and there’s plenty of “fruit” to be found here. You can try Cajun shrimp, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp salad, shrimp scampi, shrimp gumbo… and that’s not all. True fans of the film can even test their knowledge of Forrest Gump factoids right at the table!

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Universal CityWalk

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Jimmy Buffett’s island vibes are in full force at Margaritaville. Even better, the menu is filled with food and drinks referenced in his songs! Instead of singing “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” why not actually eat one? Or you could grab a Who’s To Blame Margarita to really get in the mood for some tropical relaxation. After all, it’s not “wasting away” if you’re actively consuming calories. That’s just science.

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Is your mouth watering just looking at these photos, too? That means there’s only one thing to do now…book a trip to Universal Orlando Resort right now to satisfy the cravings! Did we leave any iconic treats at Universal out? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. You can even tag us in your best Universal foodie pics!

What are your favorite iconic treats at Universal Orlando Resort?

Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Six Ways to Enjoy Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

When people think of Butterbeer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the popular cold frothy beverage. However, there are a few other ways to enjoy this Harry Potter treat.

First, let’s start with the classic cold, frozen and hot beverages.

Cold Butterbeer

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For those of you who haven’t tried cold Butterbeer yet, your taste buds are missing out. This refreshing beverage has a nice fizzy feeling combined with a sweet taste reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread.

One of my favorite things about cold Butterbeer is the awesome foam mustache you get while drinking this. Next time you’re visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with your friends and family, see who in the group has the best Butterbeer mustache!

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Frozen Butterbeer

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This is the smooth, cold beverage you’ve always wanted – especially during those hot summer months. This drink has a flavor that tastes like shortbread and butterscotch served with a whipped topping.

This fan-favorite is the only Butterbeer beverage served with a straw because of its icy cool texture, which is perfect for savoring every last sip. Although it felt like an impossible decision to make, I’m on team frozen Butterbeer.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot and The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head pub and Butterbeer street carts

Don’t forget your souvenir mug. You can get cold and frozen Butterbeer served in a special themed Butterbeer mug exclusive to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Hot Butterbeer

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Hot Butterbeer is a dream come true. When the weather gets chilly, a cup of this warms you right up. The seasonal drink has the same flavor reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch you know and love.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks

*Hot Butterbeer is a seasonal beverage available during the winter season

Now, on to a few other delicious Butterbeer specialties!

Butterbeer Potted Cream

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This sweet treat is a traditional British fair with a Harry Potter inspired twist. This potted cream has a smooth, creamy texture which makes it the perfect dessert.

Available in:

  • Diagon Alley: Leaky Cauldron
  • Hogsmeade: Three Broomsticks

Butterbeer Fudge

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This treat has two layers that taste like shortbread and butterscotch, which combined make Butterbeer fudgy goodness. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness that you will enjoy until the very last bite.

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Butterbeer Soft Serve Ice-Cream

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As if ice-cream isn’t already wonderful enough, add Butterbeer to the mix and you’ve got yourself an addicting new favorite. This soft-serve tastes like vanilla and butterscotch swirled to perfection.

I recently learned this treat is served in multiple locations around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so whether you’re in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade you can indulge in this delicious ice-cream throughout the day.

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy Butterbeer? Let us know in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

10 Unique Treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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10 Unique Treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By now, you’re probably familiar with the creamy, butterscotch concoction called Butterbeer. You may have even tossed back a glass or 10, and we don’t blame you – it’s life changing! But the next time you visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, keep your wits about you… There are so many other magical things to consume. Here are some of the greatest treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Pumpkin Juice – The Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head pub and Honeydukes

Pumpkin. Spice. Everything. Straight from the stories and perfect for winter (and really any season), this drink is also available exclusively at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Let the sweet, sweet pumpkin flavor wash over you as you stare happily at the collectible bottle you’ll be taking home.

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Hog’s Head Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – Hog’s Head Pub, The Three Broomsticks

PSA: There are three different beers created especially for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and they’re bloody brilliant! Kick back at the Hog’s Head Pub with Hog’s Head Brew, an Irish red. Or if you’d like an amber lager, try Dragon Scale. And collect them all when you hop the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley and take in a Wizard’s Brew.

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Something Sweet – Honeydukes

All of the glorious delicacies you fell in love with on paper now exist at Honeydukes for your taste buds’ pleasure!

  • Chocolate Frogs – Encounter the enchanting chocolates from Harry’s first trip to the trolley cart here at Hogsmeade, and start your own card collection. Dibs on Gilderoy Lockhart!
  • Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans – For the most adventurous of us, these candies ranging from delicious to disgusting provide quite the thrill. You may get lucky with tutti-frutti or marshmallow, you may experience the oddity of grass, or you could end up with – Alas! Earwax.
  • Exploding Bonbons – Next, devour some Exploding Bonbons: white chocolates with crunchy orange and pineapple-flavored centers.
  • Fizzing Whizzbees – Fizzing Whizzbees are milk chocolates with carbonated centers that erupt into a chorus of popping in your mouth.
  • Sherbet Lemons – Dumbledore’s favorite is also here for you to sample. These lemons are covered in sugar that dissolves to leave a tart, sour candy.
  • Cauldron Cakes – A scrumptious combination of cupcake, chocolate mousse and white chocolate, Cauldron Cakes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Pepper Imps – For cinnamon lovers, these small and spicy red candies pack a punch!
  • Jelly Slugs – You might balk at the name, but these fruity, chewy gummies are the perfect addition to your growing armful of goodies.

There you have it! In the comments below, tell us which non-Butterbeer treats you recommend at Hogsmeade.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

15 Unique Treats in Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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15 Unique Treats in Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

No trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can feel complete without a belly full of Butterbeer. But what if you want to branch out and try something new? Here are some other delectable treats in Diagon Alley that you’ll still be craving when you’re back in the Muggle world.

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Pick Your Flavor – Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Straight from the books and movies, Florean’s yummy creations live on in Diagon Alley! With so many curious and wonderful flavors, you can’t go wrong.

  • Chocolate Chili Ice Cream – Both sweet and spicy for those who crave the extraordinary.
  • Strawberry and Peanut-Butter Ice-Cream – This flavor will help you relive your school lunch days.
  • Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream – Put your pinkies up because now we’re getting sophisticated. Tea lovers can experience their favorite drink in frozen form.
  • Salted Caramel Blondie Ice Cream – Salted caramel mingles with super creamy goodness and Blondie brownie bits to leave you smiling after every bite.
  • Butterbeer Ice Cream – Okay, okay… This isn’t exactly “beyond Butterbeer.”  But who could resist a mouthwatering bite of the Butterbeer flavor in soft-serve form? (No one can resist. The answer is no one.)

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Fishy Green Ale – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Looking for a drink on another Ordinary Wizarding Level? Fishy Green Ale comes with an oversized straw and a bed of blueberry “fish eggs” at the bottom. The consistency is creamy and the aroma is mint with a hint of cinnamon.

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Gillywater – Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment

This water is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Diagon Alley day. And for those curious about the art of potion-making, our witches and wizards can add such tonics as Fire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace and Elixir to Induce Euphoria.

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Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

This isn’t your Muggle’s lemonade. Tart and tangy with a hint of vanilla, your lips will pucker at the mere thought of Tongue Tied Lemon Squash. And your taste buds will thank you after the first sip.

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Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

A carbonated cup of deliciousness with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and sugar on the rim. Need we say more?

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Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Fresh off its appearance in your favorite Harry Potter films, this concoction has a fizzing volume of a whopping 87%. Peach and a hint of ginger bubble up to the glee of all who thirst for something special and effervescent in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – The Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Beer is good. Beer made exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is even better! For those who like something dark, Wizard’s Brew is a sweet stout with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dragon Scale is an amber lager – also sure to please. Take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade to find Hog’s Head Brew and complete the trifecta.

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Fire Whisky – The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

If you’re wanting the strong stuff, Fire Whisky is the way to go. Cinnamon in flavor, you can order this one in single or double-shot form or get it as a mixed drink. No matter what, it goes down smooth and gives you the liquid courage you’ll need to brave Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

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Skiving Snackbox – Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Next time you’re looking to get out of a meeting or class, Fred and George have you covered. The set includes:

  • Fainting Fancies: sugary citrus gummies
  • Nosebleed Nougat: milk chocolate-covered marshmallow with pistachios
  • Fever Fudge: vanilla fudge with spicy, hot jelly beans
  • Puking Pastilles: sticky green and purple sweets

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Sugar Quills – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

Sugary, lollipop-like quills that actually write, these come in a variety of flavors. Practice the art of sucking on them thoughtfully while pondering your next revelation of a sentence.

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Pumpkin Pasties – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

You know you’ve been wanting to try Pumpkin Pasties, one of Harry’s first wizarding treats. Baked pastries filled with saccharine goodness, these are essential for any fan of pumpkin flavored anything.

As you can see, you will have no trouble finding a feast of fun food and drinks to try at Diagon Alley. Boy are your Muggle friends going to be jealous.

In the comments below, tell us which wizarding world treats you recommend at Diagon Alley.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.