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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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Get Your Fixx

I recently went to Scottsdale, Arizona to visit some dear friends of mine. As I was in AJ’s specialty store picking up some flowers for a friend that has been ill, they were sampling Fixx Chocolate Bars. I admit, I was skeptical and just thought, okay, I will have a little bite of sugar while they wrap my flowers.

I was so very pleasantly surprised when I tossed the first bite of the Chelle’s bar in my mouth. It is a handmade chocolate bar that is comprised of creamy cashew nougat, caramel, and roasted cashews. Um….move over Snicker’s bar… Sheriff Chelle is in town. This dream of a chocolate bar was so beautifully presented in two smaller bars in a white box. They are fancy little chocolate bars that are full of the most expertly mixed flavors and textures that delight the tiny little taste buds and make your eyes light up with joy. The Fixx bars are the best chocolate bars I have tasted in a long time. And anyone that knows me, knows that I will never pick chocolate as my favored treat, but in this case, I have been won over and in fact, I now crave it. I will start lobbying to all the local markets to start stocking my new favorite candy bar so I can get my weekly Fixx. Yes, fellow skinny girl Angelenos, I will openly admit that I am going to eat sweets every week!

If you are lucky enough to live in Scottsdale, venture out to AJ’s and grab as many bars as you can because when I went back for more, they were sold out! Make sure you are going straight home though, because although the pretty box it comes in will protect it from getting crushed, that Arizona heat is sure to melt it in mere seconds. I mean I almost melted in that heat too!

You can also order Fixx Chocolate bars on their website at http://www.fixxchocolates.com

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Scrumptious Strawberry Muffins and Bread

I bought some beautifully ripe strawberries this morning and was inspired to make strawberry muffins.

You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of All-Purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking  powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 1/4 cup milk, 2 large eggs lightly beaten, 1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted butter, 2 cups diced fresh strawberries, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except sugar. Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix until combined. Add sugar and strawberries and mix until combined. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. The batter made 12 muffins and I also used a medium sized bread pan to make bread as well.

The muffins and bread were so delicious and the strawberries were juicy and so full of flavor. The hints of cinnamon provided a warm comfort throughout every bite. I delivered them to a few friends today as a nice surprise on this warm California day.

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Darling Donuts

I was driving downtown this morning and was stuck in a bit of traffic. I started to get annoyed until I realized I would be passing by California Donuts. My frown flipped upside down to this silver lining to LA traffic.

California Donuts is this small donut shop in a strip mall on 3rd street in Los Angeles. They specialize in fresh donuts that have fun toppings. The bakery offers maple glazed bacon, frosted fruit loop, lucky charms, and the cutest little Panda face donuts to name a few. The confections are so fun, fluffy, and delicious and are sure to brighten anyone’s day. The parking is tricky, but it is worth it to circle around.

The shop is located at 3540 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA and is open 24 hours so you can get your sugar fix.

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Lady M

I was super skeptical about the cakes at Lady M. They only offer a few varieties of cakes and coffee, yet there is always a crazy long line that wraps around the block. Several people I know have raved about it, but being a baker, I was not sold.

The premise of the bakery is Japanese French fusion and the result is light, delightfully not overly sweet cakes. Their signature Mille Crepes feature twenty paper thin crepes layered with the lightest pastry cream with the top of the cake bruleed. You will feel like you are biting into a creamy cloud. I also tried their Gateau Fromage, which is this lovely light cheesecake with a shortbread crust. The shortbread crust is such a nice, buttery change to the graham cracker crust we are all used to.

I walked in with total disbelief that waiting in the long line for these cakes would be worth it, but after the first bite, I was completely sold and have since been back. That is two visits in one week and braving that line, but I would absolutely do it again. The bakery is worth the hype and the sweet treats are different than any other desserts for sale in Los Angeles. I like that they are not super sweet because it offers that perfect little bite of sweetness that I crave after a meal. I do not feel overly full after having this post dinner.

Lady M is a must try, and even though the selection may look underwhelming, trust me and take a slice. You will experience bliss in a bite.

The boutique in LA is located at 8718 W 3rd St right by Robertson Blvd. 424-279-9495

Visit their website for full information http://www.ladym.com

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Raw Twix Bars

I admit, I normally bake using full fat ingredients, cutting no corners. I make sweets like grandma used to make, but every once in a while I try a new, healthier version of an old favorite and am pleasantly surprised. I stumbled upon this recipe for Raw Twix Bars and had to share.

They take a bit of elbow grease and patience, but once they are complete, they are totally worth it. And….you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them! I taste tested them out on my friends and they agree, this is one to keep. Recipe is pasted below.

Get to blending and let me know how yours turned out!

Raw Twix

Fudge Base:

½ c raw walnuts, ½ c raw pecans, ¼ c raw cacao powder, 2 T agave, ½ tsp vanilla, pinch salt

Cookie:

1 c raw almonds, 1 T melted coconut oil, 1 and ½ T agave, ½ tsp vanilla

Caramel filling:

25 medjool dates (from trader joes) should be soft, if not soak in water until they soften up

2 T melted coconut oil, 1 T almond butter, 1 T almond milk

Chocolate coating:

Agave, raw cacao powder, and melted coconut oil in ration of 1:2:1

Directions:

-Put all base ingredients into a food processor. Blend until a dough is formed.

Line the bottom of an 8×8 pan w the dough, place in freezer

-Place cookie ingredients into food processor until dough is formed, layer cookie on top and place in freezer

-same with caramel filling, let harden

-top with raw chocolate and let freeze for 2-4 hours.

-cut and enjoy

Store in fridge or freezer

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