Not Pure Imagination: Willy Wonka-Inspired Chocolate Factory Opening At Universal Studios
Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is something that kids and adults everywhere had always one day hoped would be real - and now it actually is.
The Toothsome Chocolate Factory - inspired by Mr Wonka’s sweet wonderland - is set to open at Universal Studios in Orlando sometime this year.
And just in case the name wasn’t a big giveaway, there will be chocolate - lots and lots of chocolate.
There won’t be any Oompa Loompas here, but staff will be dressed up in Steampunk gear as you walk around towering smoke stacks and what “funky gadgetry”.
Milkshakes: Chocolate, ice cream and cupcakes are the order of the day (Universal)
Dreamy dessert: Creations will be made right in front of you (Universal)
That’s all well and good, but what about the stuff you can eat? As it happens, it sounds AMAZING.
You can get burgers, salads and steaks, but it’s all about the desserts here - more importantly, the milkshakes.
Some of the choices on offer will be the Red Velvet, which is basically a milkshake topped with a Red Velvet cupcake (brilliant, obvs) and the gloriously-named Chocolate x5, which is described as “an explosion of chocolate with chocolate spirals, chunks, ice-cream and whipped cream”.
Be still our pumping arteries.
Steampunk: The factory and staff costumes are inspired by the 19th century (Universal)
Savoury fans can also indulge in the Bacon Brittle - which alarmingly consists of bacon ice cream, bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon caramel.
Everything is made right in front of you, so you will get to marvel at the sheer volume of chocolate and ice cream that will soon be safely stored in your belly.
Follow Your Heart has recreated some of our favorite classics: vegan ranch, bleu cheese, and Caesar!
7. Earth Balance Mac and Cheese
A lot like Kraft, only kinder. This product includes a powder cheese packet in two flavors: cheddar and white cheddar. Kids will love this one!
8. Daiya Cheezecake
Daiya’s newest product may be its best. This cheesecake is creamy, rich, and available in a slew of flavors: New York-style, strawberry, key lime, and chocolate. Read our review.
9. Kite Hill’s Artisan Almond Milk Yogurt
This almond-based vegan yogurt rocks! Check out our review here.
10. Follow Your Heart’s Cheese
Oh, so good! These savory slices come in American, mozzarella, and garden herb-style.
11. Tofutti Cuties Ice Cream Sandwiches
An oldie but goodie, these tasty little treats are perfect for a hot summer day!
12. Treeline Cheese
This aged nut cheese is available in herb-garlic soft French-style, scallion soft French-style, chipotle-serrano pepper French-style, and other fantastic flavors. Read our interview with Michael Schwarz, founder of Treeline Cheese, here.
2. Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to make milk. Like
human mothers, they carry their babies for nine months, then begin to
lactate for the sole purpose of nourishing their young.
3. Due to extensive genetic manipulation, today’s dairy cows produce
up to 12 times more milk than they would naturally produce to feed a
Even so, virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers
within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 97% of newborn dairy
calves are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 12
hours. The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called humane
dairy farms, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as
separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they
have not been allowed to bond.
Some female calves will join the milking herd. They typically spend the
first 2 to 3 months of life confined in lonely hutches, fed a diet of
milk replacer while humans drink the milk intended for them.
9. Trapped in a cycle of forced impregnation,
perpetual lactation and near constant confinement, dairy cows’
overworked bodies begin producing less milk at 4 to 5 years of age, at
which point they are slaughtered. In natural conditions, cows can
live 20 to 25 years.
10. Of the 9 million dairy cows in the U.S., 3 million are
slaughtered each year at only a fraction of their natural lifespan.
Their worn out bodies become ground beef and restaurant hamburgers.
I decided to post a complete list of my personal works for the Kristelsa pairing since, you know, not many people ship them.
The Snow Queen: Basically this is my interpretation of what Frozen could have been like. Based on various elements from the 70-year production span of this amazing movie and outtake songs, this is a darker AU featuring a bloodthirsty Queen Elsa, Anna the loyal servant girl, Kristoff Bjorgman the unwillingly helpful ice harvester, and, of course, Olaf.
Ice: A collection of one-shots between Elsa and Kristoff. Their degree of relationship ranges from chapter to chapter. Some notable ones are chapters 14-16 (which detail Kristoff’s proposal to their marriage), chapter 22 (which is the perfect story for you if you feel like having some depressing Kristelsa with death), and chapter 20 (featuring the beginning of their relationship when Elsa is still beyond awkward and Kristoff still treats her like a proper queen).
Lute Strings: This is just a quick little one-shot where Elsa decides to try making a lute out of ice and wants Kristoff to try it out. Why are both of them singing in the library at 10 o'clock at night? Apparently I thought that was a good idea at the time, that’s why.
The Statue: The second ever Frozen fanfic I published, this one is an alternate ending to the movie if Anna never thawed out. To be honest I’m not quite sure why or how this one ended up in the Kristelsa community on FF.Net, but it did. They do marry each other, but beyond that quick mention there isn’t any fluff. Mostly it’s depressing. So angst. Very depress. Much sad.
So yeah, that’s all the Kristelsa I have going on right now. I actually have ideas for yet another full-length story I want to do, but it won’t be happening anytime soon since I have three different stories going on right now. I’m having a hard enough time keeping those updated somewhat regularly as it is.
Tomorrow, Luke writes in to complain that the last Labour government’s open-door immigration policy has put the swings and the climbing frame under intolerable pressure, while foreign toddlers get free snacks on the NHS and taxpayer-funded nap times.