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Unicorn Bark

I always bring a sweet treat to my girls’ night dinners and try to make it myself. I was inspired to make candy instead of bake…mostly because I have been short on time lately. So I decided to make white chocolate unicorn bark. It was so easy to make and turned out so pretty. I know the bright colors will bring a smile to my friends’ faces.

To make this simple bark, you will need a microwave, a freezer, a toothpick, a rubber spatula, two spoons, glass bowl (or any microwave safe bowl) and two smaller bowls, cookie sheet, parchment paper, white chocolate candy melts (I used Ghiradelli), pastel food coloring (I used Wilton gel food coloring), sprinkles of your choice, and your favorite candies and toppings. I used Lucky Charms cereal, sprinkles, and edible glitter. The total time this treat will take to make is about an hour.

First you will line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour the white chocolate candy melts into the glass bowl (tip: I used two bags of candy melts) and microwave the candy in 30 second increments, taking the bowl out of the microwave to stir until the candy is melted. It took me about 1 minute and 15 seconds…so the last time I just did 15 seconds. Make sure to stir the chocolate together until smooth and glossy. Next you will pour a small amount of the melted chocolate into the two other bowls and color with food coloring. I decided on pink and purple, so I made those colors in the small bowls by dropping a few drops of coloring into each bowl and stirring with a spoon until I got the color I wanted. Now spread the uncolored melted white chocolate on the parchment paper in an even thickness with the spatula. Then take one of the bowls of colored chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle on top of the uncolored white chocolate layer. Repeat this process with the other color of melted white chocolate. You can use as many colors as you want. Take a toothpick and swirl these colors together to make a pretty design.

Now just have fun topping the melted chocolate with the sprinkles, glitter, cereal, candy or whatever you have chosen until you feel you have covered the chocolate enough. Use your hands to lightly press the toppings into the chocolate so they will stay put.  Place the pan in the freezer (make sure it lays evenly) for 30 mins to an hour. Mine was ready and set after 30 mins. Then take out of the freezer and use your clean hands to break apart the hardened bark into whatever size pieces you desire, the more uneven the better it looks. I then packaged mine up in cute little treat bags and tied them with pink ribbons. I am sure my girlfriends will love this whimsical treat and if you have children, the topping possibilities and colors are endless and will provide a fun rainy day edible project that they will love to do and eat!

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Unicorn Hot Chocolate

Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved everything pretty, pink, and magical. So it was only natural that after reading about a little cafe in Anaheim that served Unicorn Hot Chocolate, I try it for myself.

I had just celebrated my birthday and I celebrate the entire week, so I decided to end the week of festivities by driving from LA to Anaheim and try the drink that has taken Instagram by storm. I waited 2 hours in line at the Creme & Sugar cafe and purchased the secret menu items, the Unicorn Hot Chocolate, Unicorn Bark, and Unicorn Cake. I was so excited when I finally had them in my hot little hands because the colors were so vibrant and fun. The pink colored white hot chocolate was piled high with whipped cream, sprinkles, and multicolored marshmallows. The beautiful bark was covered with Lucky Charms, rainbows,sprinkles, and marshmallows, and the pretty pastel layered cake looked so fluffy and moist.

Now this is the hard part…..

I was severely disappointed. The flavor of the white hot chocolate was barely there and the cake was flavorless as well. The only redeeming item was the bark as it was super sweet and the cereal added a nice texture with each bite. That being said, I would not drive an hour and wait another two to partake in these secret menu items again for myself. I would however, bring my friends children to indulge in these treats as I think they would absolutely go bonkers over them and truly appreciate the whimsical nature of all three items. I was completely impressed with the presentation and the anticipation of trying the treats conjured up magical feelings and excitement that brought me back to my childhood, so for that I am delighted.

http://www.cremensugar.com

 

 

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Satisfying Little Snack

I love chips!! There, I said it. My name is Trisha, I live in Los Angeles and I eat carbs. Lol.

Many of my friends here in LA eat clean and I love them for it and sometimes wish I could be more like them. I on the other hand, eat plenty of things that usually garner a bit of teasing when I eat them. One example is sometimes I eat ice cream for dinner or I run to the store and get a small bag of Doritos as a snack. Well, I am always on the hunt for better options of the foods I love and I have found it in Late July Nacho Chipotle chips.

The flavor is all natural and the chips are gluten and GMO free. They are also lacto vegetarian and Kosher. I am always skeptical to try these alternate versions of my guilty pleasure, go-to favorites, but in this case, I was pleasantly surprised. The Nacho Chipotle flavor is super good and just a touch spicy. I am not one for spicy foods, so I am telling you, it is just the slightest spicy kick at the end of each bite that keeps this chip interesting. The flavor combo will definitely snap you out of your boring work day and put a little pep in your step.

The Late July brand is so great that they donate 10% of their profits to causes that benefit children and the planet. So take that all you LA carb haters! I am actually doing good for humanity while snacking on my chips.

I purchased mine at Pavillions for $3.79.

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Banana Creme Protein Dream

My dear friend Jen had jaw surgery recently and her mouth is currently wired shut. I wanted to support her in her recovery, so I put together a care package for her with particle free beverages that were in appealing flavors for her to try.

I was at Whole Foods and didn’t know which protein shakes I wanted to purchase, so I started with the flavors that sounded the most delicious and of foods my friend may miss eating. Well, Jen is from the South and loves Southern Banana Pudding, and actually makes a wonderful one herself! So when I saw there was a banana creme flavored protein shake I knew that was the one I wanted to get her.

The brand is Svelte and it is an organic, plant based protein shake. This appealed to me because often times pre made protein shakes can taste a little like chemicals or really fake flavor wise. I picked up one for myself too because I am always on the hunt for a great snack or breakfast on the go. This shake is gluten-free and packed with 11 grams of protein and 20 percent of your daily recommended fiber and only 180 calories!

I chilled mine in the fridge because I prefer my shakes cold. I tried it today and OH-MY-GOODNESS (and I do mean goodness) this shake  is amazing. The banana flavor is mild and oh so very creamy. The shake is the perfect consistency and really was so satisfying. I felt like I was indulging in a healthy version of Southern Banana Pudding! I am obsessed and know Jen will be too. It is so gratifying to finally find a pre made shake that honestly tastes like the description!

I purchased mine at Whole Foods for $2.79 per shake, but they do come in 4 packs which will save a bit of money. They come in other flavors, Chocolate, French Vanilla, Cappuccino, and Spiced Chai.

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Strawberry Buttermilk Baked Donuts

I haven’t posted in a while, but recently was at the grocery store and strawberries were on sale. I racked my brain for what to bake and I remembered I had just purchased a donut pan, so I decided to take a stab at Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts.

I was so surprised by how easy making baked donuts is and how incredibly delicious this flavor was! It was fresh tasting, sweet, moist and so satisfying. Please give it a try and let me know how yours turned out!

Strawberry Buttermilk Baked Donuts

Ingredients
14 cups all-purpose flour
34 cup sugar
12 tsp. baking soda
12 tsp. kosher salt
23 cup canola oil
12 cup buttermilk
1 egg
12 tsp. vanilla extract
12 cup finely chopped strawberries
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Heat oven to 350°. Combine flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a bowl; make a well in the center and set aside. Whisk oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a bowl; add to well, and mix into a smooth batter. Stir in half the strawberries; set aside. Lightly grease a nonstick donut pan; spoon 2 tbsp. batter into each mold. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean, 13-15 minutes. Invert donuts onto a baking sheet, set donuts on a wire rack; let cool completely.
Whisk remaining strawberries, confectioners’ sugar, and 2 tbsp. water until smooth. Dip tops of donuts into glaze and return to wire rack until glaze is set.
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Avocado Toast

Avocado toast has been popping up at every restaurant around town. It is so vibrant in color, fresh and filling. I decided to test out a recipe and found it to be absolutely delicious and a snap to make. Please try the recipe below and let me know how you put your spin on it.

I heated up my panini press, but you could just use a toaster. I pressed one slice of seven grain bread in my panini press to get those great grill marks on the bread and a lovely crunch. I sliced one ripe avocado and placed that in a small bowl. I squeezed half a lime’s juice over the avocado, added two dashes of black pepper, one dash of sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic paste. I mashed all the ingredients together with a fork and spread it over the toast. I cut the topped toast on a diagonal for a prettier presentation and took a bite. The crisp, crunch of the toast paired with the soft, fresh avocado mixture was very satisfying. It is a healthy bite that can be served for breakfast, lunch, snack, or cut smaller for an appetizer. You can add a fried egg, prosciutto, or tomatoes on top for even more flavor. The possibilities are endless and are sure to please all.

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Coconut Milk Worth Talking About

I am always in search of non-dairy milk options and am so often disappointed. Whole Foods had a lot of sample stations yesterday during the lunch hour and anyone that knows me knows I love samples, so I couldn’t resist trying everything.

I saw the set up of three different varieties of coconut milk by Pacific. I tried all three with low hopes and was pleasantly surprised with the blend that was sweetened with coconut water. To be honest, the other two tasted exactly how I thought they would taste, good but plain. The subtle, fresh sweetness of coconut water was the perfect amount of sweet without altering the flavor of coconut and also providing great hydration and a rich texture to the milk. I actually enjoyed a glass of this milk this morning by itself because it was so satisfying. I will definitely be using this milk in smoothies and as a creamer in coffee and tea. The added benefits of this coconut milk are that it is Carrageenan, dairy, soy, and gluten free! It also is a natural source of medium chain fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and is a mere 60 calories per serving. I have finally found a coconut milk luscious enough to share with you. I would love to hear how you are all loving it, so please try it and report back.

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