4 holiday treat recipes from Common Orlando Resort

The vacations are merry and dazzling at Universal Orlando Resort, where park goers can walk amongst daily life-sized Macy’s balloons, look for the theme parks for character-themed vacation Xmas trees and feast on deliciously festive treats like chocolate peppermint ornaments and gingerbread milkshakes.

On a recent pay a visit to to Universal Orlando (which is section of NBC Universal, the father or mother firm of NBC Information), I experienced the opportunity to meet with Jason Glus, an government chef at Common, who led me via Universal Studios’ Holiday Tribute Keep to Earl the Squirrel’s Xmas Tree Farm, a bakery filled with holiday getaway delights that pays homage to Earl the Squirrel, a real-existence critter from Universal’s early times who who was known for wreaking havoc in the parks’ holiday gentle displays.

Although the true Earl no more time lives inside Universal’s gates, his silly spirit life on by the bakery, where Glus confirmed me the wide range of vacation treats Common Orlando Vacation resort is serving up this yr.

For these who are not traveling to Common this vacation season, Glus also shared recipes for four of the most well-known treats within the bakery, from loaded vegan brownies to a warm chocolate “bomb” that bursts open up to fill your very hot cocoa with very small marshmallows.

1. Vegan Chocolate Reindeer Brownies

Glus said 1 of the most preferred desserts this holiday period is Universal’s Vegan Chocolate Brownie. And I’m not surprised: Universal does an excellent job delivering vegan possibilities for their friends, and they’re delicious. In truth, when I frequented the concept park in October for its Halloween situations, I fell in enjoy with its Vegan Mac and Cheese.

“Our bakery researches all the things to make guaranteed it’s real to authenticity but is produced from vegan elements,” mentioned Glus. “If you failed to know it was vegan, you would have no concept, and it can be unquestionably just one of our prime 3 very best sellers.”

Vegan Chocolate Reindeer Brownies

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This brownie is dense and chocolaty, and the festive colours added by the candy canes and the crimson sweet “nose,” gives the dessert a getaway spin that would make Rudolph happy.

2. Edible Cookie Dough Christmas Trees

“Our No. 1 vendor is our Edible Cookie Dough Christmas Trees,” said Glus of this sweet take care of, accessible in white, milk or dark chocolate flavors. “We’ve by no means had cookie dough in the park prior to, but we ran it a minimal little bit at Halloween Horror Evenings and it marketed like outrageous so we introduced it back for Xmas.”

Edible Cookie Dough Christmas Trees

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The tree-formed deal with is built from an ice cream cone that’s piped with edible cookie dough then dipped in chocolate and adorned with Xmas sprinkles.

“At residence, you could put whatever you would want on it and make it actually entertaining,” Glus additional.

3. Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

“It is that time of calendar year,” claimed Glus of the gingerbread flavors in these festive whoopie pies. “We try to operate some kind of whoopie pie each individual calendar year, and this 12 months we wanted to go with gingerbread although making an attempt to make almost everything kid pleasant and interesting to appear at.”

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

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The whoopie pies, which style like a soft gingerbread cookie, are crammed with marshmallow product and topped with sprinkles and powdered sugar.

4. Very hot Chocolate ‘Bombs’

Like many home chefs this yr, Glus and his group acquired the strategy for their holiday getaway warm chocolate bomb from TikTok.

“We have been researching them and a single of my chefs confirmed me the TikTok,” said Glus. “When I viewed it, I preferred to do a thing just like it.”

Hot Chocolate 'Bombs'

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Glus stated the chocolate spheres are simpler to make than you’d imagine.

“We have molds that we fill and you get two 50 percent shells from them,” he explained. “Then you fill the chocolate shells with marshmallows and glue them jointly with more chocolate.”

So, what tips does Glus have for dwelling bakers who want to make their possess holiday break masterpieces this yr, but come to feel intimidated by all the icing and decorating concerned?

“A lot of this stuff I Google,” mentioned Glus, who also encourages aspiring pastry decorators to embrace the retail outlet-bought selections out there. “When you go into the outlets, they have all these little decorations and piping baggage and the total nine yards. You can find a lot of handy stuff out there pre-built.”