I don’t like desserts… I love desserts! And chocolate ones are my favorite. Good thingUniversal Orlando Resortis a chocoholics’ paradise. Cake. Pie. Cookies. Pastries. Doughnuts. Ice cream. Candy. Shakes. Even bread pudding and crème brûlée! Universal has got it all.
I’ve enjoyed some of these desserts many times. Others I just tasted for the first time, purely for research purposes, of course (who says your research can’t taste good?). And I had a great excuse: February is National Chocolate-Lover’s Month (also my birthday month — coincidence? I think not)! So here’s a guide to all the ways to indulge all month long.
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The puff stands for puff pastry, flaky folds of buttered dough, similar to a croissant. In the center is a rich chocolate hazelnut filling. Deliciously crispy! And if you want to feel virtuous after all that chocolate, swing by for lunch and try the wonderful kale salad with oven-roasted chicken, apples, and goat cheese.
SWEET SUGGESTION:Ask to have the pastry heated up for you, so the middle will be delightfully melty.
Chocolate and Chocolate Chili Hard-Packed Ice-Cream
Location:Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream ParlourinThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley
The chocolate ice-cream here is exceptionally good, especially in a waffle cone. For the more adventurous chocolate fans, I recommend trying the chocolate chili — aka chocolate with a kick. And since you get to choose two flavors when you order the hard-packed ice cream, you can try both!
SWEET SUGGESTION:You can watch the dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank breathing fire right outside the ice-cream parlor. Don’t worry, it won’t melt your frozen dessert!
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Crème Brûlée
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as plunging your spoon through a layer of crystallized sugar and chocolate cookie crumble, especially with chocolate hazelnut custard inside. With award-winning food and a central location betweenSeuss LandingandThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade, Mythos is one of my top lunch/dessert spots. So, if you feel like having something to eat before this much-awaited dessert, I recommend the spinach and ricotta ravioli or the pad Thai.
Sundae on a Stick
Location:Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shopat Seuss Landing
An ice-cream bar hand-dipped in chocolate with a vanilla-ice-cream center is a hallmark of childhood. Here, you can get it with toppings like nuts, rainbow, or chocolate sprinkles. As a chocolate lover, my favorite is chocolate on chocolate. And the shop is just a hop, skip, and a jump fromOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fishfor all you kids and kids-at-heart.
Chocolate Frogs and Peppermint Toads
Location:HoneydukesinThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade
Chocolate Frogs are a quintessential wizarding treat, a large milk chocolate candy in individual boxes, each with a wizarding trading card inside. I also love Peppermint Toads, bite-sized dark chocolate sweet (apparently, amphibian-shaped chocolate is my thing.) Both treats are a great way to cap off a ride onHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journeyin Hogsmeade.
SWEET SUGGESTION:You can also find Chocolate Frogs and Peppermint Toads inSugarplum’s Sweet Shopin The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios — a delicious treat for after the magical experience ofHarry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Swirled Ice Cream
Location:Chill Ice Creamat Marvel Super Hero Island
If you’re a defender of ice cream, then this is a must-try in Marvel Super Hero Island. The dessert is a perfect blend of creamy chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream. Ask to have your swirl on a freshly-made crisp wafer cone for the best experience. It’ll sure cool you down after your thrilling ride onThe Incredible Hulk CoasterandThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Oh, and don’t forget to snap a selfie with Iceman right outside this cool walk-up counter.
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Chocolate Lava Cake
Location:Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club
你知道什么比巨大的火山更好吗?一个巨大的火山由巧克力蛋糕制成，中间是融化的巧克力!You’ll work up quite an appetite between riding the waves atWaturi Beach, rafting throughTeAwa the Fearless Riverand laughing at people screaming downKo’okiri Body Plunge.
Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding
Location:The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
This is the first stop for any self-respecting chocoholic. I may have actually cried tears of joy when this place opened. This dessert answers the age-old question of whether dark, milk or white chocolate is the best. Answer: all three! It one-ups your average bread pudding since it’s made with dark, milk, and white chocolate cake. And it’s served with white chocolate ice cream. Yum!
Coffee and Chocolate Stout Chicken Wings
Location: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
I bet you were thinking I’d only cover chocolate desserts — surprise! This place is worth another mention (and multiple visits) for all the wonderful savory options, too. I’m a fan of wings any day, but cover them with glistening chocolate stout glaze and sprinkle them with sesame seeds, and I’m in heaven! If you’re like me and not a coffee-drinker, don’t worry, you’ll still love ‘em. And if you still feel like there’s room for more chocolate, top your meal with a Brownie Bark Sundae.
SWEET SUGGESTION:If you’re just coming for a Chocolate X5 milkshake, head to the ice cream parlor to the left when you walk through the door (oh, in case you’re wondering why it’s called Chocolate X5, it’s literally because you get your chocolate fix in five different ways: chocolate ice cream, chocolate chunks, chocolate sauce, whipped chocolate topping, and chocolate spirals). Or if you’re over 21, head to the bar upstairs for a Too Chocolate Stout, one of many choc-tails. No need to ask for a table in the restaurant.
Old Chocolate Fashioned
Location: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Ok, this is not technically adessert. But it had to make the list, as it’s a delicious and lush chocolate treat. It’s no surprise that chocolate and bourbon go great together, but when you add cherry liqueur and orange bitters it’s just a match made in chocolate heaven.
Chocolate Jamaican Sensation
Location:Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom
I’d never had guava in a dessert before moving to Orlando (DC transplant here). The thin layer of guava between the layers of chocolate cake and frosting adds a subtle sweetness, accentuated by the dulce de leche sauce. Savoring it under an open sky to the sound of live reggae music makes it taste even sweeter.
Skillet Baked Chocolate Cake
The tableside s’mores get all the attention, and with good reason, but my favorite dessert here is this rich flourless chocolate cake with bourbon ice cream. I like coming for dinner (love the BBQ shrimp with cornbread) and dessert after a weekend matinee atUniversal Cinemark.
Chocolate Old-Fashioned and Diablos Rex Doughnuts
Location:Voodoo Doughnut Orlando
I’m a sucker for a classic cake doughnut with chocolate frosting. And if you want something devilishly decadent, go for the Diablos Rex: a chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting, red sprinkles, and a pentagram-shaped vanilla drizzle with chocolate chips in the middle.
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The Kitchen Sink Cake
Location:The KitchenatHard Rock Hotel
It’s what other desserts want to be when they grow up. This rock star cake has seven layers: brownie, peanut butter, chocolate chunk cookie, pecan pie, vanilla cheesecake, devil’s food chocolate cake, vanilla chiffon, plus chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. This could easily feed a family of four #FoodComa.
Chocolate and Stracciatella Gelato
Location:GelateriaatLoews Portofino Bay Hotel
Picture this: you’re lounging on an Italian piazza overlooking a sparkling bay, listening to live opera as you enjoy a cup of rich artisanal gelato. It’s chocolate, of course, or maybe Stracciatella, a creamy flavor infused with shreds of dark chocolate.
Mexican Chocolate Mousse
Location:Strong Water TavernatLoews Sapphire Falls Resort
Peanut Butter S’Mores Pie
Location:Jake’s American BaratLoews Royal Pacific Resort
If my inner child invented a dessert, it would taste like this. It’s got a graham cracker crust with a layer of creamy chocolate and a good half-inch-thick layer of peanut butter mousse (I measured it) infused with mini marshmallows, topped with a swirl of toasted marshmallow.
That gives you a taste of some of the chocolatey deliciousness at Universal Orlando Resort. Share some of your own favorite chocolate treats in the comments below.
The Chocolate Banana Gooey cake from Mythos is to die for- and it’s gluten free!