Guide to The Best Holiday Treats at Universal Studios Hollywood
The holidays are happening at Universal’s theme parks and we’ve got the guide to the best holiday treats at Universal Studios Hollywood! If you will be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood this holiday season, you won’t want to miss out on these tasty eats and treats.
Rising out of a festively decorated Universal Plaza, is the iconic Grinchmas tree and the entrance of Who-ville and the epicenter of Who—licious treats. Within Who-ville and meet and greet opportunities with The Grinch, Max and the Whos, are several delicious food stands, each with unique offerings and beverages to match.
Kicking off with a trio of SUPER cute, decorated cookies:
Snow Globe Cookie
Executive Chef Julia Thrash shared that each of these adorable desserts are frosted and decorated by hand — astounding that each snow globe is truly a unique snowflake of a sugar cookie!!
Gingerbread Who-Ville Tree Cookie
The Who-ville Tree is a perfectly spiced gingerbread cookie, delicately balanced between being soft and chewy and a gingersnap, bedecked with holiday decorations. It is as crooked as the Grinch’s finger and as adorable as Max’s uni-antler.
Rounding out the treat trifecta is your own holiday Minion in cookie form. Clad in his tiny Santa hat, we aren’t quite sure if he is dressed for festive frivolity or holiday hijinks.
In keeping with Universal Studios’ world-renowned jumbo donuts, this year they have not one but two huge holiday offerings. It’s not hard to miss the massive Grinch Face or Chocolate Wreath Donuts dominating the dessert case. Each measures an incredible 7 inches in diameter and weighs an astounding one pound. In the spirit of the holidays — and because there is a LOT more deliciousness in the park — please share with friends and family!
Moving from the biggest items to the most portable: the Black Forest Cake and Butterscotch Pudding Jars. These super cute desserts are great examples of the overall theme for this year’s holiday foods; Chef Julia shared that her overarching goal is to celebrate the classic holiday favorites. And, while the adorable jars come with lids to take them home, I highly doubt there will be any left once you have dug in!
The Black Forest Cake Jar is a delicious affair with spongy and moist cake layered below light and fluffy whipping cream. Punching through those decadent flavors is a blast of tart cherry offsetting the sweetness and ensuring that you will crave just-one-more-bite until the delightful end.
The Butterscotch Pudding Jar is a creamy sweet dream. It is the favorite dessert of both Chef Julia and Chef Eddy Kim as it indulges your sweet tooth with rich and silky butterscotch pudding, light and fluffy whipped cream, and graham cracker crumble. It is a master class in layering as each bite fills your mouth with all three flavors and textures.
Limited-Time Grinch Popcorn Bucket
Nothing says holidays more than a smiling (smirking?) Grinch filled to the brim with delicious popcorn. This adorable, limited-edition bucket comes complete with a festive red and green shoulder strap for easy carrying and convenient snacking. Did you even celebrate Grinchmas if you didn’t take home a Grinch??
Three Hot Chocolates, Piping
Pairing well with all of the aforementioned desserts are three flavors of piping hot chocolate. For those classically inclined, the Original Hot Chocolate comes with a jumbo marshmallow luxuriously floating in his hot tub of molten chocolate goodness.
Th S’mores Hot Chocolate adds an extra sweetness to the beverage and also comes with a chocolate dipped marshmallow.
Finally, the Peppermint Hot Chocolate rings in the season. The light notes of peppermint are delicious, and it is paired with an adorable floating peppermint marshmallow.
Let it be known that while I love desserts, I love love desserts with surprises inside.
The Pumpkin Spice Cupcake is one of those aforementioned love love desserts. It is a sizable pumpkin spiced cake base with delicious frosted cream, complete with an adorable gingerbread man on top. SPOILER ALERT: Nestled inside of this cozy treat is a gooey caramel center that oozes out with every bite. The stickiness of the caramel keeps the moist cake together and the frosted cream adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the overall bite.
Chocolate lovers fear not — for you we have the S’mores Cupcake. Equally as moist with rich chocolate cake, topped with a light cream frosting and crunchy cookie crumbles.
And inside of this cocoa delight lies a center of marshmallow filling – thick and sticky enough to warrant a fork and knife.
The Grinch’s Heart
The Grinch’s Heart is THE show-stopping, eye-catching, social-posting toast of the season!
Available for both old and young Whos and featured prominently across Grinchmas, it is a limited-edition libation magnificent enough for even Mayor Augustus MayWho! Mature Whos can enjoy an awfully wicked blend of vodka and melon liqueur, mixed with lemon and pineapple juice. A snickering splash of Sprite adds a dash of carbonation to the beverage and the resulting garishly green goblet is finished with a red sugar rim and a skewer of three candy hearts.
For younger Whos, the Grinch’s Heart Mocktail is a tantalizingly tart green apple lemonade served with jellies and three candy hearts — one for each size the Grinch’s formerly small heart grew… aw.
What holiday treats at Universal Studios Hollywood made it onto your must-try list?
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