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.
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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