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Chocolate-Covered Vacation

Universal Studios will open a chocolate factory and restaurant this year
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Your childhood dreams of hanging out in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory are coming to life: Universal Studios is planning to open something called the Toothsome Chocolate Factory later this year. It will essentially be a restaurant dedicated to all things chocolate or, as its blog puts it, "The Toothsome Chocolate Factory will transport you into a 19th century-inspired Steampunk chocolate factory."

Adding, "You'll indulge your appetite amidst towering smoke stacks, funky gadgetry, and staff wearing unique Steampunk fashion." (So it sounds a bit like Willy Wonka circa 1880, but that's OK.) There will be a chocolate-production facility on-site where visitors can watch bars and other sweets being made—which, of course, can be purchased in the gift shop.

The menu seems to focus on Black Tap-esque milkshakes, in flavors like:

      • 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.

      • 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!

To balance out all of that chocolate, there will be steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, salads and all-day brunch—but, really, isn't all that stuff beside the point?

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