REVIEW: Fantastic Bubble Waffles and Creative Carrot Cake Concoction Amaze at Universal Studios 2022 Mardi Gras Fusion: Machine Planet Booth

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Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida steps off today, and we’re here to soak it all in. In addition to the best parade at Universal Orlando, a fantastical float factory Tribute Store, and returning menu favorites, a few new offerings have popped up. We stopped by the new Fusion: Machine Planet booth to sample the new dishes.

Menu for the Fusion: Machine Planet Booth at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Food:

  • 🆕 Creole Crab Beignets: Cajun brown sugar dusted beignets, stuffed with creamy crab dip and scallions – $9.99
  • 🆕 Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle: Purple sweet potato ice cream in a matcha green tea bubble waffle, topped with marshmallows, toasted coconut, strawberry pocky sticks, and popping candies – $8.99
  • 🆕 Mardi Gras Bubble Waffle: Ube and matcha swirl soft serve ice cream in a Belgian bubble waffle, topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles and sweet corn pocky sticks – $8.99

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Carrot Cake Concoction (non-alcoholic): Frozen carrot cake slush topped with purple ube ice cream – $5.50
  • 🆕 Junk Barge Fuel: Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Kahlúa, Monin caramel, Mexican Chocolate Bitters, agave nectar, iced coffee – $8.00 for 9 oz., $13.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup
  • 🆕 Duclaw Sweet Baby Java: Espresso bean infused chocolate peanut butter Porter (6.2% ABV) – $6.00 for 9 oz., $11.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

Photos of Menu Items from the Fusion: Machine Planet Booth at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

*NEW* Creole Crab Beignets – $9.99

Cajun brown sugar dusted beignets, stuffed with creamy crab dip and scallions

Our crab beignets were served cold, but they were still pretty tasty.

The beignets are crispy, and the dish is reminiscent of crab rangoon with Cajun spices.

The crab filling has a great, less “fishy” crab taste, while the spice adds a nice Cajun tang.

Our group had mixed feelings on this, but agreed that serving this dish warm would be an improvement.

*NEW* Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle – $8.99

Purple sweet potato ice cream in a matcha green tea bubble waffle, topped with marshmallows, toasted coconut, strawberry pocky sticks, and popping candies

Ube ice cream is topped with freeze-dried marshmallows, toasted coconut, popping candy, and strawberry pocky, all served in a matcha waffle.

The matcha flavor on the waffle is light and works great with the ube ice cream.

The toppings really make this treat, adding both flavor and texture.

Both waffles are great, but matcha is the winner by a nose.

*NEW* Mardi Gras Bubble Waffle – $8.99

Ube and matcha swirl soft serve ice cream in a Belgian bubble waffle, topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles and sweet corn pocky sticks

Matcha and ube ice cream are swirled together over a Belgian bubble waffle with pocky sticks, and Mardi Gras sprinkles.

The ice cream is delicious. The light matcha flavor complements the sweet ube nicely.

This is a perfect combination. The ice cream goes so well with the waffle. This is a definite winner in our book!

*NEW* Carrot Cake Concoction (non-alcoholic) – $5.50

Frozen carrot cake slush topped with purple ube ice cream

The Carrot Cake Slush is a standout option! It has the consistency of frozen butter beer with carrot cake flavors.

The ube ice cream adds sweet flavor and creamy texture to the drink.

*NEW* Junk Barge Fuel – $8.00 for 9 oz., $13.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Kahlúa, Monin caramel, Mexican Chocolate Bitters, agave nectar, iced coffee

This unique coffee beverage has a slightly syrupy consistency, but it’s still tasty.

The individual ingredients fail to individually stand out, making coffee the dominant taste. You hardly taste either the peanut butter or the Kahlúa. If you like coffee drinks, this is worth a try! It’s certainly better than last year’s coffee drink.

*NEW* Duclaw Sweet Baby Java: Espresso bean infused chocolate peanut butter Porter (6.2% ABV) – $6.00 for 9 oz., $11.00 for 12 oz. souvenir cup

From Duclaw: “Our single bestselling beer of all time, Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Hop Gunned with cold-steeped, whole bean espresso to infuse its iconic, lightly sweet chocolate and peanut butter flavor and aroma with warm notes of coffee… without any additional bitterness! One sip of Sweet Baby Java and you’ll wonder, ‘Where has this bean all my life?’”

Location of the Fusion: Machine Planet Booth at Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

The Fusion booth is located on the London side of the bridge to Springfield, USA, as indicated by the letter “E” on the map below.

Universal is bringing the Mardi Gras party from February 5 through April 24 this year. Don’t miss out on some excellent celebrations!

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