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Ice cream is a beloved treat no matter how you enjoy it. You can have it in a cone. You can have it all alone. You can eat it with a spoon. You can eat it under the moon. You can have in a cup. You can share with your pup. Since this tour of ice cream will be at Universal Orlando, the home of Seuss Landing, there needs to be some understanding. We love ice cream no matter the form, but what we do not like is our ice cream warm!
I am done trying to rhyme. Yet, I can assure you these suggestions for ice cream will not be served warm. However, Florida weather might be so beware. The ice cream options at Universal Orlando have changed noticeably in 2021. In past years, you could find Ben & Jerry’s to enjoy “The Tonight Dough” after the Jimmy Fallon attraction. You could also find some ice cream of the future known as “Dippin Dots.” Both of those options are gone now and have been replaced by Häagen-Dazs. If you like traditional and reliable ice cream, then no fear because Cold Stone Creamery is still in CityWalk area, too.
There is nothing wrong with those ice cream options, but today we are looking at the top 5 ice cream options currently at Universal Orlando Resort. After consulting with many veteran Universal visitors who feel ice cream is a valid part of your daily diet, these are the top 5, starting with . . .
#5 Lard Lad’s Donuts in Springfield Area
Now in fairness, the ice cream is good here, but not to the level of the higher-up options. What makes this ice cream option a fan favorite is you can get a “Brain Freezin’ D-Oh-nut Sundae”. This menu item is not for faint of heart. This is chocolate or vanilla soft serve, on a sprinkled pink frosted donut, with your choice of one topping. The combination of texture and flavor are surprisingly good and surely Homer Simpson would approve.
#4 Waturi Fusion Ice Cream Cone at Volcano Bay
If you find yourself at Volcano Bay and craving ice cream, this is the choice for you. The Waturi Fusion is a rainbow mix of banana, blue raspberry, orange, and strawberry. Now if this sounds odd to you, I can understand. However, this treat can only be found in Volcano Bay. The refreshing tropical or island themed taste fits well with theming of this water park. The fabled Waturi people would be proud of this treat. Just to show how desired this ice cream is by some Universal veterans, there have been half joke/half serious discussions among guests not able to enter Volcano Bay paying people to get this ice cream for them and bringing it out of the park for them to enjoy. That sounds like a good treat to me.
#3 Peanut Butter & Chocolate Belgian Liege Waffle Sundae from Hollywood or Bust Food Kiosk in Kid Zone Area
This food kiosk has gone from being a “Dippin Dots” location rarely open to converting to a nacho food kiosk for a few months in 2021 to this very new menu concept. This seems to be a logical expansion of the Belgium Mardi Gras food tent with Belgian Liege Waffles. The early standout on this sweet treat menu is the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Belgian Liege Waffle Sundae. This sundae consists of peanut butter ice cream, chocolate ganache, whipped cream, chopped peanuts, and Reese’s Pieces covering the liege waffle. The marketing team at UOR did not miss the chance to use ET’s favorite treat since this kiosk is located close to that attraction. One guest review described finishing it and having to restrain themselves from getting another because they enjoyed it so much.
#2 Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor
The inclusion of this Diagon Alley landmark should surprise no one. This ice cream place will commonly have a queue all day long. You can get soft serve or hard pack ice cream. Even though I am a Muggle (or No-Mag if you prefer since I live in the USA), this ice cream tastes magical. TouringPlans readers give this a 98% thumbs up rating. Orlando area theme park veterans declare this ice cream to be worth the trip to Universal by itself. Of course, you can get butterbeer ice cream, but the variety of flavors do not stop there. There are flavors like chocolate chili, which one guest called “spicecream” because she felt it needed a special name since it was so good. You can get more unique flavors like apple crumble, salted caramel blonde, clotted cream, earl grey & lavender, sticky toffee pudding, and of course strawberry & peanut butter to name a few. These can be served in cones or cups. You can pretend like you are Harry Potter in the third book enjoying these treats.
#1 Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
Just like selection number two, this should be no surprise. This restaurant is dedicated to chocolate with those signature shakes and sundaes. This restaurant has been compared to Cheesecake Factory in many ways. One is due to vast variety on the menu. Second, the food is good, but the dessert is why you dine here. The signature shakes are renowned with flavors like Red Velvet with an entire cupcake on top of the shake, Key Lime Pie with yes… a slice of pie on top of milkshake, and Espresso Buzzz for the coffee lover. You may prefer a sundae since they are more sharable like the “May Contain Nuts Sundae” (featured here).
As the chant says: “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream”. No need to scream — just enjoy these treats the next time you are at Universal.
Which of these is your favorite option for ice cream? Have one that you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments.
Jon Self is an avid theme park fan who has the high privilege to serve as a pastor at an American Baptist Church (fbcmacomb.com) while also trying to find the proper life path with his loving spouse, a bigger theme park fan than Jon. You can follow him at @pastorjonself on Twitter and read more of his writings at faithelement.net.