Universal Studios shakes up its ice cream treats

January 28, 2018, 1:36 PM · UNIVERSAL CITY — Universal Studios Hollywood has brought the extreme milkshake craze to Southern California's theme parks.

The new Studio Scoops on the Lower Lot is offering three milkshakes with outlandish toppings, for $9.99 each:

S'mores and More: a vanilla and chocolate layered shake, topped with banana chips, graham cracker crumbs, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a toasted marshmallow stick.

Strawberry Indulgence: strawberry shake, topped with Trix cereal (or its generic equivalent — I didn't see the box), whipped cream, strawberry jam, and a chocolate covered strawberry.

S'mores and strawberry shakes

Chocolate X6: chocolate shake topped with brownies, chocolate shavings, chocolate whipped cream, and chocolate syrup.

Studio Scoops replaces the Ben & Jerry's ice cream window on the Lower Lot. Orlando visitors report that Cathy's ice cream in Islands of Adventure's Toon Lagoon is no longer serving Ben & Jerry's, either, so it appears that Universal's theme park deal with Ben & Jerry's may have ended, though a Ben & Jerry's scoop shop remains open in Hollywood's CityWalk.

Cathy's at IOA is just serving up soft-serve, so it looks like Hollywood got the better end here, though Toothsome pretty much has the Universal Orlando crazy shake slot covered already.

I tried the S'mores and Strawberry shakes, and the Strawberry was my clear favorite... for the better shake flavor and the huge, juicy, dark chocolate-covered strawberry "garnish" that's probably worth a couple bucks on its own, given what those sell for in chocolate shops these days. The very sturdy paper striped straws are a nice touch, as well.

Studio Scoops also serves four soft-serve swirls in cones or cups ($6.49):

Rounding out the menu are a pair of sundaes ($7.99): a Chocolate Carmel Delight, which has malted milk balls, caramel corn, chocolate shavings and whipped cream over a vanilla ice cream base, and a Strawberry Serendipity, which puts fruit poppers, cotton candy, a mini doughnut and lollipop atop strawberry jam, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

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January 28, 2018 at 3:49 PM · Reader and Twitter follower Luke checks in with a photo of the Chocolate shake:

January 29, 2018 at 9:07 AM · I don’t get extreme milkshakes. I would prefer extreme waffle cones. I always order a waffle cone to my preferences. One time at Disneyland, people were Wow’d by my amazingly tall triple scoop heavily sprinkled and whipped cream and cherry on top in a chocolate covered waffle cone. Another time at California Adventure, I asked for the Mickey shaped sprinkles be on the chocolate covered waffle cone.
January 29, 2018 at 3:15 PM · Ben and Jerry's is overrated anyways. Just look at all the unneeded additives in the ingredients list. Be much more appealing if they teamed with haagendaz, or made their own, REAL ice cream.

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