22 May 2013

Choose Your Side

The Force may be strong, but sometimes the growl in our stomachs can be stronger. Guests attending Star Wars Weekends are in luck, as both your needs to satisfy your hunger and your inner Jedi are never far, far away. Aside from the kid friendly Power-Packs found throughout the park’s quick service locations, which come encased in an R2-D2 carrying case, there are a couple of treats that require your attention.

For starters there is the Darth Vader Cupcake. A chocolate Vader sits atop a peanut butter and chocolate concoction that may be the darkest thing to join the Empire since Anakin went rogue. Underneath the dark chocolate Dark Lord of the Sith and shavings are a chocolate cupcake and a mountainous dollop of peanut butter and chocolate buttercream. The frosting, coated in chocolate and sprinkles, is almost a mousse of peanut butter and chocolate flakes. Meanwhile the chocolate cupcake, which is the foundation of the dessert, is spongy and filled with chocolate flavor. It may not be a secret recipe that you need to send back to the Rebel Alliance, but it certainly gets the job done!

Of course, you need something to wash the cupcake down with, right? As the Force would have, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has got you covered there as well.

Star Wars Weekends serves up two adult beverages, The Force and Dark Side. The Force is a Wildberry Lemonade concoction with Grey Goose and Chambord. It is extremely sweet, but carries enough alcohol in it to make imbibers tingle with the Force. The Dark Side, on the other hand, is a Pomegranate Lemonade that will make you pucker even before the beverage reaches your lips! It comes with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and Cointreau, and while you can taste the spirits, the true kick to this drink is in the tart pomegranate lemonade.

Wait, you’re telling me that once your child sees the cool blue or red beverage you’re chugging down they’re going to want one too? No worries, both The Force and Dark Side are available as their base models of Wildberry Lemonade or Pomegranate Lemonade, just without the alcohol. Making them the perfect way to placate your padawan, or to get them ramp up on sugar just before the Hyperspace Hoopla!

Okay, so maybe cupcakes and sugary beverages aren’t exactly the way to a slimmer, healthier you. They certainly aren’t going to make you one with the Force. However, Star Wars Weekends is a time to revel in a fictional world that we all found so intoxicating as children. Let loose, have a drink or two and munch on a cupcake, it won’t be the end of the world! Well, unless you’re dining on Alderaan, but that’s a whole other problem…

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