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Cotton Candy Fizz

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Cotton Candy flavored soda in fun create-your-own colors!  Your kids will love this pretty summer treat!

Confession:  I’m on vacation.  We are headed to the beach (where there may or may not be a tropical storm….sigh.)  I needed a quick and easy treat to share with all of you this week and a friend of mine said – Oh you HAVE to share our cotton candy soda recipe!  Is this a recipe?  Mmmmm…probably not.  It’s an idea. A really, really fun idea. Check out those colors….undeniably fun.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Sprite
  • Cotton candy (I got a bag in the dollar section at Target)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Pour Sprite into a clear glass or cup (about 2/3 full)
  • Drop a piece of cotton candy into the Sprite and smile as it fizzes and turned your Sprite colors.
  • Combine colors to make your soda unique!

My thoughts:  Easy and fun.  This would be a great birthday party or pool party idea.  Enjoy!

Leche de Chocolate (Mexican Chocolate Milk!)

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Cold, creamy and sweet- this is chocolate milk like you’ve never had it before.  Say hello to one of my favorite treats from the beautiful country of Mexico!

For several years I’ve led mission trips from our church down to a tiny town in Sinaloa, Mexico.  We spend 10 days or so doing Bible school with the kids of the town, helping to build a church and training facility and just helping out around the town- painting, cleaning etc.  We have met the most wonderful people and made friendships I will never forget.  The food—authentic Mexican–is literally the best I’ve had in ANY country I’ve visited.  I, of course, had my nose in the kitchen often- asking questions, watching them make tortillas from scratch and pluck feathers from chickens.  I do hope to feature some of the recipes they shared with me here someday, but tonight I was craving chocolate milk, and the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had was in a tiny restaurant in Mazatlan, MX.  It was a hot day of touring and we’d just climbed a HUGE hill up to the lighthouse in Mazatlan.  We stumbled on this restaurant and stayed because it had air conditioning.  For some reason, chocolate milk sounded good– and the rest is history!

My friend Jennifer and I enjoying chocolate milk in Mexico

I knew the ingredients because I asked our waiter, but the proportions were up to me.  I will give you the amounts I use- but feel free to adjust them to your liking. Add more or less of anything to adjust the sweetness or the flavor.  This is how I like it:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 c. milk
  • 1c. ice cubes
  • 1/3 c. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 1/2 of a (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1t. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into fun glasses (mine were a gift, but I found more like them here: Tall Irish Coffee Glass)
  • Serve cold and frothy!
  • ENJOY!!!!

My thoughts:  My 1st sip of this made me smile and I had to just close my eyes and remember all the wonderful people I met on these trips to Mexico.  Isn’t it fun when a taste brings back happy memories?  I hope that this easy recipe becomes a favorite in your family!  Enjoy! -r

Hot Chocolate Pops!

You’ve heard of cake pops, cookie pops, brownie pops, doughnut pops and even pie pops— but have you ever tried a Hot Chocolate Pop?  Creamy chocolate surrounding a marshmallow surprise center- pop it into a cup of hot milk and YUM- a perfect yummy creamy cup of cocoa.  Wrap them up and they make the PERFECT winter gift!

Ingredients:

  • Wilton White Candy Melts and Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts.  You will need about one 12 oz. bag per 8 pops.
  • Marshmallows (one for every pop you intend to make!)
  • Stir sticks (I found these cute dowels at Michaels)
  • Small plastic cups (I used 3 oz. clear plastic cups by Solo)
  • Clear plastic bags I used Wilton Lollipop Bags -they are so easy- perfect size and come with a bow!
  • Cute tags– use mine if you want or make your own!! 🙂

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Mint

Hot Chocolate Pop Labels- Instructions for use.

Instructions:

  • Melt candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Spoon melted candy into a zip-top bag and seal.
  • Clip a corner off and squeeze about a teaspoon of chocolate into the bottom of each cup.  Tap cup against counter to spread chocolate and remove bubbles.
  • Place cups in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes until chocolate is hard.
  • Press dowels or stir sticks into marshmallows
  • Squeeze about 2 teaspoons of chocolate (I used a contrasting color) into cup and while it is still melted, press marshmallow into cup (this will squeeze the chocolate up along the sides of the cup.) Tap to remove bubbles.
  • Top with chocolate until marshmallow is completely covered -or—
  • (If you are using contrasting chocolates) Refrigerate about 10 minutes until second layer is hard and then add contrasting chocolate over the top, completely covering marshmallow.
  • Place cups in fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Clip top of cup with scissors and tear it down the side which will release the pop.
  • Serve or gift wrap!  Enjoy!!!
  • To eat pop: Use a BIG mug (20 oz.) and heat up about 10oz. of milk in it.  Place pop in hot milk and stir until smooth and creamy!

My thoughts:  I love these so much…I love to come up with fun and creative edible gifts each year for giving in bulk (Bible studies, family get-togethers, hair stylist etc…) and these are just FUN!!!  I am wholeheartedly a blonde and my 1st use of these involved a full cup of hot milk plus a pop -resulting in  a huge lake of hot milk on the counter…so learn from me and use a big cup with room in it for the pop- lol!  

Also– I found MINT Wiltons candy melts and that is how I got the mint cocoa flavor.  I just added a little layer of green candy melt before I put lots of white melts and a marshmallow– I like how it turned out!  I wish I’d thought to take pictures as I went for you- I just forgot!  (NOTE: see below!!) Experiment with colors and flavors- these are pretty forgiving projects!

Enjoy– and a very Merry Christmas to you!!!!  -R

Ok– I had to make a second batch because I ran out.  Since I was making them again I took the time to take some pictures for you of the process:

A little bit of chocolate in the bottom of a 3 oz. cup.

White chocolate added over dark and marshmallow pressed into center.

Dark chocolate added over white and marshmallow– don’t forget to tap the bubbles out!

Everything is so pretty set up for pictures….this is what my counter ACTUALLY looked like at the end!

Pops ready to go in the fridge to harden!

Clip the top of the cup and tear down the side to release. (I used paper cups too this second time and they worked great– you just have to peel them off a little more.)

I hope these help– have fun!!  r-

Spiced Mocha Mix (and how to do a TimTam SLAM!)

This spiced mocha mix is a perfect gift or party treat.  Its also the perfect hot beverage for Tim Tam SLAMS!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup dry non-dairy creamer
  • 1c. hot cocoa mix
  • 2/3 c. instant coffee
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine all ingredients together in a big bowl.
  • Add 3-4 heaping tsp. of mix to 8 oz. of hot water to serve.
  • Or…put mix in a fun jar or tin to give as a homemade gift!

You can use Splenda for the sugar, decaffeinated instant coffee and low-fat hot cocoa mix for a guilt-free treat!

 

How to do a Tim Tam Slam.

What are Tim Tams?   They are a chocolate cookie that (I’m told) originated in Australia.  In America they are made by Pepperidge Farm and they are a wafer/mousse cookie covered in chocolate.

To do a Slam:  Bite off the corners on two opposite sides (diagonal from each other).  Place one bitten off corner in a hot chocolate or mocha and drink up some of the hot beverage through the other bitten off corner– pulling the hot beverage up through the cookie like a straw.  Pop the WHOLE cookie in your mouth and it EXPLODES in warm gooey chocolate happiness! 🙂  (If you don’t pop the whole thing in your mouth you will have chocolate running all over you…just FYI).  In our area, Tim Tams are only available near Christmas, so Tim Tam Slams have become a fun Christmas tradition!

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My thoughts:  Thanks to my cousin-in-law Eden for the yummy mocha recipe and to my friend Andreya for showing us all how to do Tim Tam Slams….I am forever indebted for the hours of fun and laughter!!!

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