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    Updated on Oct 8, 2019. Posted on Oct 8, 2019

    The Food At Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Is Wild This Year So Obviously I Tried It All

    You haven't lived until you've had a hot dog covered in green "slime."

    One of the best things about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios — aside from trying to survive the mazes, of course — is all the wild and creative treats they release.

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    So, I put on my stretchy pants and taste-tested all the new Horror Nights menu items this year and let's just say I never knew I loved green nacho cheese...

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    Keeping with the themes of the Horror Nights mazes, first up was the Ghostbusters-inspired Zuul's Egg Sandwich.

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    My thoughts: First of all, whoever came up with the idea of a breakfast sandwich for a nighttime event is a genius. Also, it took me a second, but when I realized the "egg" was a nod to the infamous egg-frying-on-the-counter scene in Ghostbusters I was like, "OK, that's awesome." And this sandwich was no joke, I've never seen a more perfectly fried egg and the caramelized onion was *Italian Chef Kiss*.

    What's in it: This beauty features a fried egg, turkey sausage, and cheddar cheese served on a brioche bun. The kicker? It's topped with chipotle aioli and caramelized onions.

    Next up was Slimer's Dog. And, YES, it's covered in green nacho sauce.

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    My thoughts: At first glance, I figured this was more for show than for flavor. But I was wrong! The green slime was truly the star of this one and maybe this says more about me than the food itself, but this was the best nacho sauce I've ever had?! (Note: that is very much indeed green nacho sauce on my face on the right.) 10/10 would eat again.

    What's in it: A quarter-pound hot dog dripping in green slime and topped with roasted peppers.

    I tried out the Firehouse Hot Chicken Bites next and was pleasantly surprised.

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    My thoughts: I was told these were basically fried pieces of chicken skin and thigh meat, which made me a little nervous. But, turns out fried chicken skin and thigh meat is really freakin' good. It was a little messy eating the chicken on top of slaw and Texas toast, but the combination was perfect.

    What's in it: Crispy chicken bites with Nashville sauce, coleslaw, and picked piled on crispy Texas toast.

    A Monster Chili Cheese Dog that you almost certainly have to eat with someone else unless you want to injure yourself.

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    My thoughts: This ginormous hot dog is truly a monster. The name is correct. A Terror Dog might be able to eat this in one bite, but I couldn't handle more than a few myself. It was larger and juicier than Slimer's Dog, but pretty ~normal~ as far as toppings go.

    What's in it: A 23-inch hot dog served topped with chili, cheese, and onions.

    Rounding out the Ghostbusters-themed eats was, drumroll please, a Cola Battered Corn Dog...topped with POP ROCKS.

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    My thoughts: I'm a fan of corn dogs, so figured this would be right up my alley, BUT...I was super apprehensive about all the sugary elements worked into this one, particularly the cherry ketchup!?! Turns out, the combination is actually pretty good, especially if you like sweet things because it was more sweet than salty IMO. I'm not sure this is ~really~ Ghostbusters-themed but the Pop Rocks and cherry cola flavor is VERY '80s, so that's cool.

    What's in it: A quarter-pound corn dog with cola batter, cherry ketchup, and cherry Pop Rocks.

    For the Stranger Things fans there are a few new dessert additions to this year's offerings like this Mind Flayer's Milkshake.

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    My thoughts: This thing was as intimidating as heck to look at — like the REAL Mind Flayer I guess! I opted to suck out as much of the chocolate from the bottom as possible...but it was thicker than my love Chief Hopper. After a couple attempts I finally got a taste of chocolatey goodness and some surprise strawberry sauce bits too! This is a lot for one person, so it's probably best to share with friends.

    What's in it: A black chocolate milkshake topped with strawberry sauce, chocolate whipped cream, crushed Oreos, a black waffle cone, and black licorice tentacles.

    And, as if a milkshake wasn't enough sweet goodness for one night (HA!), I tried out the Eleven's Waffle Sundae.

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    My thoughts: Full disclosure, I'm not a HUGE dessert person, so this was A LOT of dessert for my personal taste. Having said that I looooved the mini waffles in this — they tasted just like churros!

    What's in it: An ice cream sundae version of Eleven’s favorite breakfast made with vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce, mini waffles, jelly beans, chocolate chips and Reese’s Pieces.

    There are also some returning Stranger Things favorites like the Demo-Dog, Benny's Burger, The Upside Down Burger, and my personal fav the Demogorgon's Totchos.

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    My thoughts: You kinda can't go wrong with any of these buger joint staples, but if you have to pick one definitely go for the Totchos — tater tots topped with chili and FLAMIN' HOT CHEETOS?! YES. PLEASE.

    What's in them:

    Demo-Dog: A quarter-pound hot dog topped with beef chili, cheddar cheese sauce, crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream, and scallions. Served with a side of tater tots.

    Benny’s Burger: A juicy beef burger and cheddar cheese served on a brioche bun with ketchup, mustard, and pickles. Served with a side of tater tots.

    The Upside Down Burger: This burger is literally served “upside down,” and features cheddar cheese sauce and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomatoes and a side of tater tots.

    Demogorgon’s Totchos: Tater tots doused in spicy queso, chili, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream, and scallions.

    Continuing the '80s themed desserts was the Kotton Kandy Cocoon Donut inspired by the Killer Klowns from Outer Space maze, which was quite a site to behold.

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    My thoughts: First of all, this thing was the size of my head, which...WOW. The cotton candy on top was a fun touch, but I would've been happy just eating the massive jelly donut. I also attempted to suck out the jelly with the fun curly straw, luck.

    What's in it: Yeast raised raspberry filled doughnut with pink vanilla frosting encased in pink cotton candy and garnished with a swirly straw.

    And finally, I washed down all of this goodness with some very pretty cocktails that came in fun, light-up, skull-shaped glasses!

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    My thoughts: All of these cocktails were really good, but I think my favorite was the Ecto Slime Cocktail (the green one). The Frankenstein's Skull Cocktail (the purple and yellow one) reminded me of a Mai Tai because of the pineapple flavor, and the Zombie Butterfly Cocktail (the purple one) was very citrusy and yummy!

    What's in them:

    Ecto Slime Cocktail: Crystal Head vodka, blue curacao, citrus sour, passionfruit, and orange juice.

    Frankenstein’s Skull Cocktail: Three Olives Vodka, Butterfly Pea Tea, Apple Syrup, Pineapple, apple, and lemon juice.

    Zombie Butterfly Cocktail: Three Olives Vodka, Butterfly Pea Tea, Citrus Sour, Blueberry Syrup, and lemon juice.

    If you want to check out all this amazing food yourself visit (Los Angeles) or (Orlando) to purchase tickets!

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    Happy chowing!