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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

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We no longer have to wait until we get stuck on the frozen wastes of Hoth to call on a tauntaun for life-saving (yet stinky) help. Thanks to geektastic food writer Jenn Fujikawa (previously featured here) we can instead enjoy the sweet-smelling outside and even sweeter-tasting insides of a tauntaun in the form of these awesome Tauntaun Cookies. You don’t even need a lightsaber to prepare them.

These toothsome tauntauns are made of sugar cookies with a drop of black food coloring added to the dough to make them grey. And they have delicious gummy worms and mini candy entrails instead of horribly smelly innards. What a pity that wasn’t the case in The Empire Strikes Back.

Click here for the complete recipe and instructions.

For more of her fun and fantastically geeky recipes check out Jenn Fujikawa’s website or follow her on Instagram.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

Gugs: Lovecraft’s Sideways Smile

I always liked these guys. Picture above and below are Wayne Barlowe, from his Guide to Fantasy.

The gugs, hairy and gigantic, once reared stone circles in that wood and made strange sacrifices to the Other Gods and the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep, until one night an abomination of theirs reached the ears of earth’s gods and they were banished to caverns below. Only a great trap-door of stone with an iron ring connects the abyss of the earth-ghouls with the enchanted wood, and this the gugs are afraid to open because of a curse.

-H.P. Lovecraft, The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath

That a mortal dreamer could traverse their cavern realm and leave by that door is inconceivable; for mortal dreamers were their former food, and they have legends of the toothsomeness of such dreamers even though banishment has restricted their diet to the ghasts, those repulsive beings which die in the light, and which live in the vaults of Zin and leap on long hind legs like kangaroos. 

-H.P. Lovecraft, The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath

I usually see them portrayed as unthinking brutes, but they’re seriously scary. A physically powerful elder race of sadistic cultists.

Although they can be adorable, even if my friends call my plush gug “The Vagina Monster.”

One of my Christmas presents from a friend this year was a complete set of Pathfinder Lovecraft beasties, and I like the gug they made.

My Cthulhu Wars gug occupies a proud place on my bookshelf, sitting on his little collector base.

And, as always, Yog-Blogsoth has a great image of one.

As did S. Petersen’s Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands.

When I get a publishing gap in my current monster mystery series, I have a gug book in me that’s been kicking around for a bit.

I like these guys.

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THROWBACK POST! :)

My mom and I started decorating rolled out cookies (sugar cookies, butter cookies, and gingerbread cookies) in 2013. In my previous throwback post, I shared some photos of our first decorated cookies. We tried out different cookie recipes & icing proportions. We were both able to learn techniques and tips from a lot of books different blogs & tutorial videos.

Before I left home for medical school last year, I decided to try out the new cookie cutters & fondant moulds and make some cookies for my family and friends. :)

First off, I rolled out and baked some gingerbread and butter cookies:

(Above: I used circle, oval and plaque shaped cutters for this batch of gingerbread cookies)

With my mom’s assistance, I made different colored icing to decorate the cookies with. When icing these cookies, we’d need icing with different consistencies. First, there should be a separate batch of icing for outlining the cookies. Another batch would need lesser sugar in proportion to liquids to give an icing consistency for flooding (filling) the cookie top. The last batch is optional: icing with the consistency for decorating (flowers and such).

(Above: We completely flooded the tops of some cookies)

(Above: I made turquoise colored icing and I didn’t flood the sides to give an effect to these cookies)

We let the icing dry up so we can decorate them further. I used some fondant and tried out the new moulds my mom bought. This made the cookies look like vintage cameo pendants and I really REALLY adored them! 

These were the first 2 I made and they came out kinda rough, but, hey it was a first… Practice makes perfect! ;)

-Kat