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Fried, Frozen, and Frosted: Must-Have Treats from around the World

A rollercoaster and other attractions at a theme park.

From rollercoasters to scenic views to entirely recreated tiny towns, theme parks have got it all, and the largest ones attract millions of visitors each year.

Dating back to the 1800s, theme parks are characterized by larger-than-life attractions, rides, and treats. Now if you’re like me, food is one of the best parts of traveling. What better place to try popular foods that push the boundaries of the extreme than at a theme park?

I've done the research and I’m here to let you in on which foods you will not want to miss from popular theme parks around the world.

1. Poffertjes at Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands)

Poffertjes are a popular staple throughout the Netherlands. Small, fluffy pancakes topped with icing sugar and served sweet with chocolate sauce and ice cream, or savory with bacon and cheese, these tiny treats are worth the hype.

2. Cotton Candy at Lotte World (Seoul, South Korea)

Not only is this treat wonderfully light and fluffy, it comes with an interesting twist. At one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world you can get your cotton candy in the shape of an adorable bunny or bear head!

3. Jaws Cream Soda Swiss Roll at Universal Studios Japan (Osaka, Japan)

This dessert is bright blue and that's not even the most exciting thing about it. This shark-themed treat reportedly tastes impressively like cream soda and is topped with a blue shark fin candy. Not only does it chew through the competition, but it is shore to be jaw-dropping. (I’m sorry, I just had to.)

4. Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort (Florida, United States)

You knew this one was coming. Famed for its refreshing mix of cold, sweet, and tart, this dessert is one you simply cannot miss when you visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom. If you want to try something less traditional, you can find orange, strawberry, and raspberry-swirled varieties as well. Most park guests agree, however, that traditional Dole Whip cannot be beat.