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.

Just admit it, you’re going to try all of it.

Top pic: Universal

17 Vegan Products That'll Make You Forget All About Dairy

1. Field Roast’s Chao Cheese Slices

With flavors like tomato cayenne and coconut herb, this vegan coconut-based cheese is a game changer. Read our review here.

2. Kite Hill Cream Cheese

Available nationwide at Whole Foods, this stuff is seriously divine.

3. So Delicious Cashew Ice Cream

This comes in a bunch of flavors, including salted caramel cluster, cappuccino, snickerdoodle, and dark chocolate truffle. Check out our review!

4. Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Earth Balance buttery spread is perfect any way you’d use dairy butter!

5. Miyoko’s Creamery

These artisan nut cheeses are available in a variety of flavors, including double cream chive, Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf, French-style winter truffle, andaged English sharp farmhouse. See our review here.

6. Follow Your Heart’s Dressing

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.

13. So Delicious CocoWhip Coconut Whipped Topping

This dairy-free whipped cream is so delicious!

14. Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Almond milk contains 50 percent more calcium than cow’s milk and is readily available at most grocery stores!

15. Daiya Cheese Shreds and Slices

These shreds are great on pizza or in your favorite mac and cheese recipe! Daiya also offers a line of its own delicious vegan pizzas using its signature cheese.

16. Califia Almond Milk Creamers

In flavors like pecan caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla, this delicious nondairy creamer is sure to please!

17. Coconut Bliss Bars

These mouthwatering bars are as delectable as they are compassionate.

Want more? Click here for 13 vegan recipes that cheese addicts will love!

Last week I had the opportunity to meet Momo and his Dad, @andrewknapp.

And today is @andrewknapp BIRTHDAY!!! Although I can’t be with him on his birthday to celebrate, I hope all of you can help me by sending some birthday greetings to @andrewknapp.

📷@andrewknapp (at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory)

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Ten Dairy Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

1. 21,000,000 dairy calves are slaughtered for veal or cheap beef every year globally. (1)

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 calf.

4. 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.

5. To keep them lactating at maximum yields, cows are artificially and forcibly inseminated year after year. The constant cycle of forced pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves.

6. 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.

7. Male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef. The veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry.

8. Over 90% of U.S. dairy cows are confined in primarily indoor operations, with more than 60% tethered by the neck inside barren stalls, unable to perform the most basic behaviors essential to their wellbeing.

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.

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Time to ditch the dairy. Choose non-dairy milk products instead! Always feel free to message me if you are looking for help. <3

The day is finally here! Introducing Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream: not one, but four incredible flavors made with creamy almond milk!

• Chunky Monkey

Banana non-dairy frozen dessert made with fudge chunks and walnuts.

• Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Chocolate non-dairy frozen dessert made with fudge brownies.

• Coffee Caramel Fudge

Coffee non-dairy frozen dessert with fudge chunks and caramel swirl.

• P.B. & Cookies

Vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls.

Kristelsa Fanfiction List

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.