As a kid, there was nothing greater than the Chocolate Room scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Oh, to be unleashed in a room filled to the brim with lollipop flowers, gummi bear trees, and edible buttercups. And that chocolate river!
As it happens, Mr. Wonka’s world of pure imagination is about to become a reality at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla., with the opening of the Wonka-inspired Toothsome Chocolate Factory.
According to Universal Orlando’s official blog, Toothsome Chocolate Factory is set to open later this year and will “transport you into a 19th century-inspired Steampunk chocolate factory.” Which means smokestacks, “funky gadgetry,” and staff clothed in Steampunk-inspired attire. So, okay. No Oompa Loompas running around, and no gum that turns greedy kids into giant blueberries (sadly).
That said, the renderings of the place look pretty fantastic (aside from those weirdo staff members…maybe they’re Universal’s answer to the Oompa Loompa question).
The blog also dished on some of the surprises the factory will contain, including a whole bunch of crazy indulgent sweet treats:
Here’s a sneak peek of some of the milkshakes to get your mouth watering:
- Chocolate x5: An explosion of chocolate with chocolate spirals, chunks, ice-cream and whipped cream.
- Bacon Brittle: A fun twist on a breakfast favorite with bacon ice cream, bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon caramel.
- Espresso Buzzzz: A coffee lover’s dream with coffee ice-cream and chocolate covered beans.
- Red Velvet: A milkshake topped with a Red Velvet cupcake… enough said.
- Key Lime Pie: We’ve taken this classic Florida dessert and turned it into a delicious shake. You’ll even get a slice of pie on top!
The photos of the treats are no less mouthwatering:
On the less saccharine side of things, the factory will also serve savory fare, offering “unique twists on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, incredible salads, all-day brunch and so much more.”
While Toothsome looks like it’s going to be a dining facility more than an actual Roald Dahl-esque chocolate factory, visitors will be able to watch chocolate treats being made for purchase from the attached retail store. Sweet deal.