Well it’s official, NBA City is now becoming Toothsome Chocolate Emporium in 2016.
**UPDATE (May 2016): Universal has announced that Toothsome Chocolate Factory will actually be called Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. All titles have been adjusted to reflect this change.
According to the official Universal Orlando Blog, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
[W]ill transport you into a 19th century-inspired Steampunk chocolate factory. You’ll indulge your appetite amidst towering smoke stacks, funky gadgetry, and staff wearing unique Steampunk fashion.
…[t]he food will take your imagination to new heights with a menu that features unique twists on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, incredible salads, all-day brunch and so much more. And the desserts will be simply…stunning.
Alright then. First, Toothsome Chocolate Emporium is here and now dubbed Toothy’s; because I can, and because it’s more convenient to type.
So it’s a restaurant, but a chocolate factory/store, but more a restaurant? The press release currently seems a bit of a jumble of descriptions, buzzwords, and promotional images that don’t serve to fully paint a picture of just what Toothy’s is going to end up being. The promotional art shows a restaurant, right where the “court” was in NBA city, as well as the lobby and reception desk. We do know that there will be a gift shop to buy chocolate and sweets, as well as an area to watch the delights being made which should be fun (and expensive).
Most important to me, and probably everyone else, are the pieces of the menu that Universal has released thus far. So far, milkshakes and ice cream sundaes have been talked about, and honestly if that’s all they have I will die in a happy, sugar-induced coma. The milkshakes include:
- 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 sundaes consist of totally rad and “anything but ordinary” flavors like Salted Carmel Flan (that’s fairly ordinary), Chocolate Brownie Bark (okay…?), and S’mores; the most hardcore and unique flavor on the menu!
Really, though, this seems like a fun way to update what was a horrible restaurant into something people may actually enjoy. I’m curious to see what actual food the place will serve, and whether or not they will introduce an element of the Willy Wonka story they are so obviously ‘borrowing’ from that sees Universal guests culled based on just how terrible they are on any given day. Obviously, most would go the route of Veruka or Augustus.
Toothy’s opens later this year, so, until then, feast your eyes on these diabetes-inducing desserts below.