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This week’s list is the Top Five snack items available during Universal Studio Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
#5 – Twisted Taters
Among the many food/drink stations brought out for Halloween Horror Nights is one for “Twisted Taters.” A freshly cut potato is spiraled out, put on a skewer, deep fried, and then seasoned. There are several options to get, and we ordered a “sea salt” version as well as a “salt and vinegar” one. While both were definitely tasty, we were lucky to have a draft beer on hand as both had an extraordinary amount of salt. If you’re a fan of thick cut potato chips, this will be right up your alley, although there was so much salt that at certain points my lips felt as if they were burning. Also look for “garlic butter” and “sour cream and chives” options.
#4 – Fried Oreos
A staple food item of state fairs across the country is available at the Gramercy Park Funnel Cakes cart. As a big fan of Oreos, and an even bigger fan of deep frying things in general, I figured this would be a “chocolate meets peanut butter” situation for me. I expected a moment straight out of the movie Ratatouille, with fireworks bursting in my mouth. Unfortunately that’s not what happened. My heart broke as eating the fried Oreos wasn’t that good at all. The frying process apparently takes the crunch out of the Oreo cookie and its becomes eating a warm, gooey, Oreo cookie. Some may like this, which is why Fried Oreos makes the list, but it isn’t something I’ll try again.
#3 – Blood bags
Throughout the park, Universal has nurses that are covered in blood selling “blood bags” hanging off an IV pole. The bags contain a mixture of vodka, peach schnapps, and jello. The end result is a very cool looking jello shot that you have to suck out of a tube. I actually found this quite tasty.
As a side note, the new store on CityWalk, PYQ, also sells a cool looking “blood bag” that is actually full of body soap and you can hang in the shower. Very macabre and perfect for the Halloween season.
#2 – Zombie bait
We have written about the giant gummy bear being one of Universal’s top five Extreme Eats, and here is another take on the gummy snack with a pouch full of body parts. Edible fingers, eyeballs, brains, bones, and teeth are included. At only $4.95, the Zombie Bait is also one of the cheaper pieces of HHN branded merchandise!
#1 – Fried Peanut Butter & Jelly with Bananas
Also sold at the Gramercy Park Funnel Cakes station, this sandwich was everything I was hoping for in the fried Oreos and so much more. This possibly fits into my all-time top five favorite foods. It was that good, although I’m sure if I got a look at the nutritional content it would provide a bigger scare than at any of the haunted houses. A peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich, deep fried, and then covered in powder sugar… who would have thought this seemingly simple creation would join Mount Rushmore, the printing press, and landing on the moon as one of mankind’s greatest achievements?
Both the Fried Oreos and the Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich with Bananas should be available during the day at the same food & beverage cart in the New York backlot. However, connoisseurs of Universal’s PB&JwBS will note that, for some unknown reason, this item was removed from the cart’s menu right before Mardi Gras this spring, then brought back before Halloween Horror Nights. It is a mystery indeed.
Bonus – HHN Taco Truck!
I’m not able to confirm that this truck is available all nights, or that it is always in the same location, but during my visit to Halloween Horror Nights I was delighted to find this vehicle stationed right outside of The Simpson’s Ride.
I’m actually surprised it was in a location with somewhat lower visibility, as the majority of the food stands are on the other side of the park. In fact, when I wandered up it looked like there hadn’t been a customer in a while. Nevertheless, I was extremely pleased with my order of Korean BBQ tacos, and I thought this option was a nice change from the pizza and turkey legs offered everywhere else.
That’s it for this edition of the BIG 5! We’ll see you again real soon.
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