Root Beer Float Pie

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!I am someone who has to have dessert after dinner every night.

I don’t know how it started, but it’s impossible to stop. Plus, it’s a little scoop of ice cream or a couple of cookies. It’s not like I’m clearing out the dessert section at Home Town Buffet.

…though don’t put it past me.

But trying to eat dessert when I’m trying to eat healthier is hard. Berries aren’t dessert for me. Fruit just is so not dessert. It’s fruit, it’s sweet, but dessert it is not. And drinking hot cocoa to “fix my chocolate cravings” doesn’t do it. Plus, hot cocoa in this heat? I’d sooner wear a bikini to the mall… and trust me, no one wants that. NO ONE.

But then I remember things like root beer floats and I’m like, I can get down on this. Root beer plus ice cream equals deliciousness; it’s simple math. And then I saw that I could make this into pie and I thought it was just genius.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes exactly like a root beer float. Like, to the T. And you can make it lower-cal, which rocks my dessert-loving socks, so it’s perfect. Creamy, sasparilla-y, ultra deliciousness.

Take that, dessert.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!*adapted from Taste of Home

Root Beer Float Pie
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Recipe type: Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This Root Beer Float Pie is creamy, dreamy, and ultra delicious! You'll be shocked at how close to a root beer float it tastes!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup good quality root beer
  • ½ cup milk (I used 1%, but skim may be used)
  • 1 (4-serving size) box instant vanilla pudding mix (sugar free may be used)
  • 2 Tbsp root beer concentrate
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Cherries and whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the root beer, milk, root beer concentrate and pudding mix for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is uniform and combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and freeze for approx. 8 hours or overnight. Once frozen, cut into slices and garnish with whipped cream and cherries, if desired. Store pie in freezer.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes phenomenal straight from the freezer: it’s creamy, dreamy, icy and just totally fab. The root beer flavor is so strong in this pie which makes me nostalgic for my childhood days in the summertime sippin’ on some A&W. If you prefer a more subtle flavor of root beer, omit the concentrate – it’s what gives this pie that true, old-fashioned root beer flavor we all know and love!

I hope you enjoy!

xo, Hayley

The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!The temperature is so hot in California right now, that my new idea of a good time is curling up in my shortest shorts under the nearest AC vent while reading a magazine.

Doesn’t that just sound divine?

Forget poolside. Poolside still means you’re outside, of which I want absolutely nothing to do with. It’s over one-hundred degrees out there – staring at a glistening pool is not my idea of a good time. And frankly, neither does swimming (hello, bikini – no thanks) but that’s a different story.

Not to mention, we don’t have a pool or know anyone with a pool besides my grandma, who lives about 15 minutes away. We could go over there to swim, but that requires bearing the heat and travel time which doesn’t bode well when the temperature gauge is over a hundred.

So basically, if you need anything done from me at any given time during June-September, it’s a requirement that it’s done in the house, that the AC is blasting, and that I’ve had adequate time to bring my body to temperature. It’s the worst when I come home from my 8am walk with Mannie, enter the home dripping with sweat, and am asked to do something. Leave me alone and let me stop cooking.

Anywho. Despite burning up 24/7, I’m still getting the urge to bake which I’m trying to curb with plenty of no-bake treats. One of the things we crave in the summertime is ice cream and tons of it, but I get kinda tired of it every night all the time between sundaes and milkshakes. So I set out to create a summertime treat that was kinda like ice cream, kinda not, but 100% delicious. And it serves as inspiration for my favorite wintertime drink… *drumroll please*… Frozen Hot Chocolate! 

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!If you’ve never had Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re missing out. This frosty, freezy-cool drink is icy and utterly delicious, creamy and chocolaty, and tastes just like rich milk chocolate cocoa but frozen. It’s so scrumptious! And topped with whipped cream and a generous drizzle of glossy chocolate syrup, it’s our new favorite way to cool down and beat the heat.

For this Best-Ever Frozen Hot Chocolate, I’m using Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract. This stuff is seriously divine and really elevates the rich, warm chocolate flavor in these drinks. I love using Nielsen-Massey extracts in my baking because it’s a family-owned company that really cares about the quality of its products. Their vanilla bean paste continues to be a favorite of mine, and I cannot function without their Madagascar Vanilla Extract. It’s so velvety and delicious. If you haven’t already, you should check them out!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!And whatever you do, you oughta make one of these drinks for yourself! They’re worth it!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 2-4
 
These freezy-cool, ultra chocolaty Frozen Hot Chocolates are to-die for! Rich and creamy, you'll love the cocoa flavor and frosty texture.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 cups ice
  • 3 (.75-1 oz) pkgs hot cocoa packets (depending on the brand, they vary in ounces. Look for this range, which is typical for powdered hot cocoa packets)
  • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract or Tahitian Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend together the milk, ice, hot cocoa packets, chocolate and vanilla extracts on high speed until blended and smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into two tall Mason jars or glasses and garnish with fresh whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Likewise, you can also drizzle your glasses with chocolate syrup before pouring the hot chocolate into the glass for extra pizzazz and flavor.
  3. Drink up!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!I mean… talk about heaven in a glass! I love the icy texture of this sweet cocoa drink. The hot chocolate flavor really comes through as it’s enhanced by the Chocolate Extract and rounded out with the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, both of which add tremendous richness and flavor. These hot chocolates totally taste like the ones at the famed Serendipity in New York City and Miami!

Be sure to connect with Nielsen-Massey on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for more inspiration and recipes!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, Nielsen-Massey has compensated me for this recipe. However, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Now this is the ultimate Friday treat.

I’m alllll about finding ways to indulge. This is probably the number one reason why none of my diets work.

I find reasons to indulge for everything. It’s Monday, let me eat the fries. I surpassed X amount of page views, so I’ll have an ice cream sundae. I survived today; bring on the chips.

This is also probably the number one reason why I’ve gained weight… but I digress. We need not talk about weight in the summertime. It’s sacrilegious, like wearing double denim or dressing up dogs in tutus.

But sometimes, it’s just SO DAMN HOT outside and the only thing you can do is cry and hope your tears offer some kind of chill to your burning-up face… like how it’s been here in Sacramento the past few days. A couple days ago, it was 100 degrees. ONE FREAKIN’ HUNDRED. Not cool, Mother Nature. You’re kind of a B.

And I think my family and I were so heat-confused that we didn’t turn on our AC for awhile because of it. We were so unbearably hot and sweaty, but we couldn’t turn on the AC because that’d be admitting defeat that summer is officially here in Northern California. *cries* But eventually, we caved and turned it on because you can only threaten wearing only a bikini for so long, and no one – I mean nobody – wants to see that.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!But there’s something good about summertime, and that’s frosty treats. My family and I stock-pile the freezer with popsicles, ice cream bars, lots of ice and frozen fruit and fruit juices to make slushies and smoothies on a whim. That’s precisely how I came up with these Copycat Frozen Lemonades after trying it at Chick-Fil-A. They’re creamy, dreamy, sweet, tart and totally refreshing.

Admit it. You totally want one.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!*adapted from my Orange Julius recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade
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Just like from the fast food chain, this Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonade is to-die for! Refreshing, freezy-cool and creamy, it's the perfect summertime drink.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups lemonade, homemade or prepared
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large blender.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute, stopping to stir the Cool Whip around if needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve! Garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Can you hear the angels singing? This recipe is totally the bees knees! I love how creamy it is and the tartness from the lemonade concentrate gives it a frosty-vibe. It’s amazing!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Copycat S’mores Frappuccino

These Copycat S'mores Frappuccinos taste just like the coffee chain's but BETTER. Complete with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream and a creamy, s'mores flavored shake topped with Biscoff cookies.I have been on such a frappuccino kick lately. Like, it’s getting ridiculous (and expensive).

But I am such a marketer’s dream come true and will buy any new flavored frappe available. Birthday cake? Had to try… and recreated it HERE. Java Chip? An old favorite. Caramel Coconut – remember that one? Deliciousness. And s’mores? Done for. I live for s’mores flavored anything.

Which reminds me that a couple days ago, I tried the s’mores frappuccino and then later went to froyo with my sister, whereupon I purchased a s’mores froyo. It was totally a s’mores day and we ate it outside where they had a fire pit and where obnoxious teenagers who just swiped their first pack of cigarettes were playing cornhole and being annoying.

I thought back to those days where I’d be mock-offended at whatever a cute boy said, so I’d playfully hit him and act humorously sensitive so he’d swoop me into a hug and (hopefully) kiss me in front of an audience of poor, innocent, unsuspecting people eating frozen yogurt. I’d talk a little louder, gesticulate a little bigger, and keep my eyes peeled for people watching me and my super cute boyfriend be annoying teenagers. Aren’t we so cute? Everyone wishes their boyfriend was as cute as my boyfriend, I’d think to myself, even though in retrospect all of my boyfriends were kind of ugly. Sorry not sorry.

So as I hoovered froyo into my face while watching these teenagers smoke their first-ever cigarettes while playing corn hole and talking loudly, I fondly realized that you couldn’t pay me enough money to be a gawky, awkward teenager ever again. People say, “ah, to be 16 again” and I say been there, done that, and 0/10 would recommend.

Mostly because I was annoying (sorry, Mom) and because I ate chicken caesar salads and chocolate donuts daily and that’s disgusting. Also, see the note about ugly boyfriends. UGH.

ANYWHO. Back to s’mores stuff.

These Copycat S'mores Frappuccinos taste just like the coffee chain's but BETTER. Complete with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream and a creamy, s'mores flavored shake topped with Biscoff cookies.This frappuccino is amazing, people. It’s creamy, icy, and packed with s’moresy goodness thanks to all of the components which make it special: marshmallow whipped cream (!!), crushed Biscoff cookies on top, an ample amount of fudge sauce, and that s’mores base which rocks your face off.

10/10 would recommend.

These Copycat S'mores Frappuccinos taste just like the coffee chain's but BETTER. Complete with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream and a creamy, s'mores flavored shake topped with Biscoff cookies.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Copycat S'mores Frappuccino
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This Copycat S'mores Frappuccino tastes just like the real thing but BETTER because of the homemade marshmallow whipped cream and the creamy, icy s'mores-flavored base. You'll love this coffeehouse copycat!
Ingredients
  • 6 oz milk (I used skim, but any kind works)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered vanilla coffee creamer dissolved in 1 oz warm water
  • 1 oz Torani S'mores flavored syrup
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • ½ pkg (about 1 cup) Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup marshmallow creme
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Crushed Biscoff Cookies or graham crackers
Instructions
  1. First, make your whipped cream. In the bowl of a stand mixer attached with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed until soft peaks form. Add in the marshmallow creme and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In a large blender, add the milk, coffee creamer in water, s'mores syrup, Cool Whip, two (2) Tablespoons of chocolate syrup and ice and blend on HIGH for about 1 minute.
  3. Spoon a heaping Tablespoon or two of the marshmallow whipped cream into the bottoms of two glasses; add about a Tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Pour the drinks among the two glasses and garnish with the remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle with crushed Biscoff cookies (what I used) or crushed graham crackers. Serve!

These Copycat S'mores Frappuccinos taste just like the coffee chain's but BETTER. Complete with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream and a creamy, s'mores flavored shake topped with Biscoff cookies.This S’mores Frappuccino is so amazing, you guys! It tastes just like the coffee shop’s but BETTER since it’s homemade. And that marshmallow whipped cream? INCREDIBLE. You won’t be able to resist this campfire treat!

These Copycat S'mores Frappuccinos taste just like the coffee chain's but BETTER. Complete with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream and a creamy, s'mores flavored shake topped with Biscoff cookies.Want more s’mores? Check out my other s’moresy recipes!

Biscoff Smores Seven Layer BarsBiscoff S’mores Seven Layer Bars

Funfetti S'mores BarsFunfetti S’mores Bars

Pop Tart Cookie Dough S'mores - delightful campfire treats with a twist! Pop Tart Cookie Dough S’mores

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream {No Machine Needed!}

This rich and creamy four-ingredient Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream is packed with flavor and is made without an ice cream machine.You guys – this ice cream is off the chain! So rich and incredibly delicious.

And it has Little Debbie Red Velvet Cakes swirled throughout it, giving that cute freckled look and that creamy, chocolaty red velvet taste.

Dude. It’s cake and ice cream in one. There’s really not much better than this.

I used to work at this cupcake shop and red velvet was the most popular flavor. I don’t know how or why people loved it so much; it just tasted like cupcake. You know how things sometimes just taste like… it? Like that’s it? No other notes, no other flavors, just kind of one-note? That was this red velvet cupcake. It kind of just tasted like glorified red bread, which is weird since I’ve never tried red bread before then.

Then said red bread was topped with a mound of cream cheese frosting which was way too sweet. So in other words, it wasn’t that great, but everyone freaked for it. When we were sold out, you’d think it was the start of World War III. People were nutso for their red bread.

So from that stemmed a general dislike for red velvet. I didn’t understand the overwhelming appeal of this mysterious is-it-chocolate-or-not Southern staple. But then I partnered up with Little Debbie – you know, the QUEEN of snack cakes – and she sent me a box of their Red Velvet Cakes. Chiiiiiiiild, you can color me a red velvet fan through and through if they all taste that good. It was chocolaty without being overpowering, richly sweet without being cloying, and had that marshmallow-y creamy center that was absolutely heaven on earth.

This rich and creamy four-ingredient Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream is packed with flavor and is made without an ice cream machine.And naturally, I knew it had to be made into an ice cream. But of course.

This ice cream is PACKED with rich, tangy and creamy cheesecake flavor – the base is cheesecake, after all – and it’s studded with chunks of Little Debbie Red Velvet Cakes swirled throughout. This would be the BEST served up in a waffle bowl or cone, and I happen to think it’d be mighty tasty with hot fudge drizzled on top. But that’s just me, obvi.

This rich and creamy four-ingredient Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream is packed with flavor and is made without an ice cream machine.[PSSST – want to win a case of your favorite Little Debbie snacks? Be sure to enter on my Facebook post today! Hop on over and answer a simple question for your chance to win.]

Now let’s get ice creamin’.

This rich and creamy four-ingredient Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream is packed with flavor and is made without an ice cream machine.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream {No Machine Needed!}
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Serves: 12
 
This no-machine-needed ice cream is so impossibly rich and creamy, with a strong, tangy cheesecake base studded with Little Debbie Red Velvet Cakes swirled throughout. It's a red velvet lover's dream!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 small box sugar-free/fat-free instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 box Little Debbie Red Velvet Cakes, roughly chopped into bite-sized bits
Instructions
  1. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a bowl and stir in the cheesecake instant pudding mix just barely to combine. Place the Cool Whip in a large bowl and drizzle the sweetened condensed milk mixture over top; gently fold the milk mixture into the Cool Whip until combined.
  2. Barely stir in the chopped Red Velvet Cakes until incorporated. Place the mixture into a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze for up to 6 hours before serving.

This rich and creamy four-ingredient Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream is packed with flavor and is made without an ice cream machine.Mmmm. An easy, four-ingredient ice cream is hard to beat, and this ice cream has it all – tangy, sweet, creamy and cakey, all wrapped in one. You won’t be able to resist this simple ice cream recipe!

Have a super sweet day – and be sure to check out FACEBOOK for your chance to win Little Debbie products!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino

Sweet and creamy, this Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino tastes like Starbucks but better! Tastes like liquified cake batter, swirled with rainbow sprinkles and topped with a homemade raspberry whipped cream.So did you guys get the chance to try Starbucks’ Birthday Cake Frappuccino a couple weekends ago? The Frappuccino was turning 20 years old (whoa) and to celebrate, launched a limited-edition cake-flavored frappe. Everyone and their mother began fuhreaking out on Instagram and Twitter, talking about this fabulous invention.

Some people were repulsed by its sweetness, but you’re ordering a birthday freakin’ CAKE flavored milkshake, essentially. What in the world were you expecting? Pulled pork flavor? Steak and potatoes? It’s birthday cake. It’s sweet. Please – if I had a dollar for every “it’s too sweet” comment I heard about this damn drink, I’d be owning Starbucks.

But I digress.

Most people liked it, I think, including myself. It was sweet, but I liked it and I liked that I could kind of taste the nuttiness that birthday cake sometimes has – Starbucks used hazelnut syrup, but in this frappuccino recipe, I use almond extract to bring in that richness we know and love from birthday cake. And personally? I was more enamored with the raspberry whipped cream, which is also present on my frappe.

The only thing it was missing was sprinkles, and thankfully, mine has plenty of that taken care of.

This Frappuccino couldn’t be simpler to whip up – just a quick whir in your blender and you’re good to go, saving a ton of money compared to the coffee-shop version. Plus, this has real, authentic cake mix in it, lending that wonderfully sweet cake batter flavor and creaminess. Honestly? I think you’ll like my version better. I’m betting I’ll even have a Hayleybucks coffee shop here soon. But maybe with a catchier name.

I hope you enjoy!!

Sweet and creamy, this Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino tastes like Starbucks but better! Tastes like liquified cake batter, swirled with rainbow sprinkles and topped with a homemade raspberry whipped cream.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino
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Recipe type: Frozen Desserts, Ice Cream
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This Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino tastes just like Starbucks but BETTER. Bursting with real creamy birthday cake flavor, it tastes like liquid cake batter with a decadent raspberry whipped cream on top.
Ingredients
  • 6 oz milk (I used non-fat, but any kind works)
  • 3 Tbsp white or Funfetti cake mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 Tbsp powdered vanilla coffee creamer
  • 1-2 Tbsp vanilla or cake batter flavored syrup
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • FOR RASPBERRY WHIPPED CREAM:
  • ¼ cup Cool Whip
  • 1 tsp raspberry extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a blender base, add the milk, cake mix, powdered creamer, almond extract, syrup and ice cubes and blend on HIGH for about 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth. Pour into a large glass.
  2. In a small bowl, fold the raspberry extract and a couple drops of red food coloring into the Cool Whip until combined. Spoon on top of the frappuccino and garnish with rainbow sprinkles. This recipe very easily doubles, and if you're making a larger batch, consider making your whipped cream from scratch by whipping 1 cup of heavy whipping cream on high until stiff, then adding in the extract and food coloring.
  3. This recipe would also be great with soy milk, almond milk, or regular cow's milk.

Sweet and creamy, this Copycat Birthday Cake Frappuccino tastes like Starbucks but better! Tastes like liquified cake batter, swirled with rainbow sprinkles and topped with a homemade raspberry whipped cream.Rich, icy, creamy deliciousness, bursting with authentic cake batter flavor. And that whipped cream frosting? Dynamite. The combination of the fruity raspberry with the sweet cake batter flavor is just out of control. I think you’ll agree.

Plus, sprinkles make everything better, automatically making this frappuccino better than the name brand, don’t ya think?

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Orange Julius

Thick and supremely creamy, these Copycat Orange Julius drinks taste like the real deal: bursting with juicy orange flavor and a creamy vanilla base, they taste like a liquid creamsicle!When I was a teenager, I loved hanging out at the mall.

I believe that makes me a mall rat? If so, rat I am.

I thought it was so cool when my mom would drop me off at the mall so I could walk around with friends, scoping out cute boys in Anchor Blue (DUDE. I never thought I’d say those words again) or Zumiez and suck down Orange Julius like it was my job.

…that was, when my mom gave me money for an Orange Julius. They were never super cheap and she intended for what cash she did dole out to be used for actual sustenance, not a glorified orange milkshake. But I would find it impossible to resist buying an Orange Julius because walking by their stand, with the aroma of freshly-squeezed orange juice wafting through the air and resisting a purchase was basically impossible. Plus, they always had the cutest guys working at Orange Julius. It was like getting a smoothie for $4 but getting bonus eye candy for free.

(FYI, I was super boy crazy and a total psychopath who watched the cute boys work).

Thick and supremely creamy, these Copycat Orange Julius drinks taste like the real deal: bursting with juicy orange flavor and a creamy vanilla base, they taste like a liquid creamsicle!But there’s something so alluring and delicious about an Orange Julius. It’s thickness, for one, makes it almost milkshake-esque, combined with its unabashed creaminess which no doubt comes from some kind of cream or soft serve. And that bright orange flavor which offers such a wonderful freshness – so delicious. It’s icy, cool, refreshing, creamy, and mysteriously delicious – what is the secret ingredient? But I think I’ve finally cracked the code on this OJ business.

I’ve adapted this recipe from my Copycat Wendy’s Frosties which are eerily similar in texture to these Orange Julius copycats. The base is the same as the Wendy’s Frosty: Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk (for creaminess), but with swaps for an Orange Julius – orange juice for starters, and orange juice concentrate, which ramps up the flavor and adds that icy texture we crave.

Overall? Save your $4. This is alllllllll you need, mall rat. Unless, of course, you’re only going to scope out potential BFs at Anchor Blue. Just don’t buy the puca shell necklace.

Thick and supremely creamy, these Copycat Orange Julius drinks taste like the real deal: bursting with juicy orange flavor and a creamy vanilla base, they taste like a liquid creamsicle!*adapted from my Frosties recipe

5.0 from 3 reviews
Copycat Orange Julius
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This summery Copycat Orange Julius tastes eerily similar to the original and is a cinch to make. It comes together in minutes and offers a creamy texture with a bright orange flavor everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups orange juice
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 5-7 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, add the orange juice, the frozen concentrate, the condensed milk, ice cubes, and chopped chunks of the Cool Whip (I just cut it in quarters with a rubber spatula and add the quarters to the blender cavity).
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 2 minutes or until creamy, thick and blended completely. Pour among two glasses (I used Mason jars) and garnish with spare orange segments, if desired. Top with whipped cream if you'd like; I like mine plain.

Thick and supremely creamy, these Copycat Orange Julius drinks taste like the real deal: bursting with juicy orange flavor and a creamy vanilla base, they taste like a liquid creamsicle!The. BEST. The creamiest. The most delicious copycat recipe ever. You guys need to try this bad boy! I think you’ll agree, it’s creamsicle quality, thick creaminess and icy texture make it one of the best drinks you’ll have this spring & summer!

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Homemade Dole Whips {No Ice Cream Machine Needed!}

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!You guys. These whips. I die.

So last month, I attended the Food Blog Forum in Orlando, FL. It was an awesome and intimate conference that took place at Walt Disney World Resort where we could learn the tricks of the trade, network and mingle with our bloggy friends and awesome brands, and explore Disney World!

And as a Disneyland fan, I was a little skeptical about Disney World. Would it really be that big of a deal? Would it be better than Disneyland? But I quickly realized there is zero comparison. They’re both like, completely different planets but with the same mouse creatures. And they both have Dole Whips.

If you don’t know, a Dole Whip is a pineapple-y vanilla soft-serve cone that Disneyland and World serve up in their Adventureland. You can get ’em standard (that’s a Dole Whip) or get them over pineapple or orange juice (that’s a Dole Float). I had the float, and it was miiiiiighty tasty. But the whip itself? Heaven.

It’s so soft and creamy, bursting with tropical, juicy pineapple and sweet whipped vanilla in every bite. It definitely lives up to the hype – and there’s a huge one – because it’s so freakin’ good. But when I came home to investigate how to make these creamy concoctions at home, I was so bummed that every recipe required an ice cream machine – something my life is severely lacking. But since I’m poor (see: Disney World) yet I wanted to satisfy this burning need for Dole Whips at home in California, I figured I ought to create something pretty darn identical to the original.

And you guys – this is it.Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Is it as stiff as the original? No, but that’s because it isn’t made from a prepared mix or churned out in a Taylor fro-yo machine. However, it is plenty creamy, freezy, and bursting with pineapple-y vanilla goodness that tastes pretty darn similar to the original Disney creation. Almost like if Dole Whips and the Wendy’s Frosty had a love child, it would be these. A delicious, outrageous love child.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Now if you need me, I’ll be knee-deep in Dole Whips (which is exactly where I want to be!)

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!*slightly adapted from HERE

4.8 from 4 reviews
Homemade Dole Whips {No Machine Needed!}
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These guilt-free, homemade Dole Whips are the perfect refreshing treat any time of year! They taste pretty darn identical to the Disney classic and are made without a ticket to Disneyland and without an ice cream machine!
Ingredients
  • 2 cans (20 oz each) Dole Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender, pour in the cans of crushed pineapple (pineapple and their juice), the sugar, juices of both the lemon and lime, and the vanilla. Blend for about 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  2. Cut the frozen Cool Whip in quarters and place it in the blender. Blend on high until combined and smooth. Mixture will be thick but still pourable.
  3. Pour the mixture into two Mason jars with the lids off. Place the Mason jars into the freezer and freeze for about 3 hours, or until the mixture is soft and thick, like soft serve. Serve immediately. I find that in my freezer, 3 hours is the perfect amount of time for thick and creamy soft serve-style Dole Whips, but check yours after 2 and experiment with times from the 2-hour mark.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Yep. Paradise in a glass, all without the cost of admission to Disney World. Can’t complain about that!

Want to trash this up? Add coconut rum to the mixture and proceed. HELL YEAH.

Want to lighten this up? Use Stevia instead of the sugar and use Cool Whip Free or Sugar-Free Cool Whip for a lighter treat.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes {And Celebrating Baskin-Robbins New Flavor of the Month!}

Snacknado Ice Cream CupcakesYou heard me: Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes, people!

So let’s back it up here for a sec. Snacknado is Baskin-Robbins’ newest Flavor of the Month, and I am Baskin-Robbins’ newest Pink Spoon Ambassador! Can we clink our waffle cones in celebration? I’m just a tad (okay, hugely!) excited.

Snacknado Ice Cream features a salty-caramel flavored ice cream base studded with chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels, swirled together with candy chocolate pieces and ribbons of fudge and salted caramel. Phew. In other words, it’s the best, most dreamy ice cream for sweet-and-salty lovers like myself! It’s like a whirlwind of all of your favorite snack foods in one amazing cupcake.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!I mean… chocolate covered potato chips? In ice cream? I’m dead.

And if you thought this couldn’t possibly be any crazier, you thought wrong, because you’re currently reading a crazy-person’s blog, and this crazy person happened to bake the Snacknado Ice Cream inside of these here cupcakes. I know. These cupcakes are baked with melted Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream inside of the batter, lending a fabulous creaminess to the batter and flavors these cupcakes in rich caramel-y notes with bits of pretzels and candy pieces in every bite. They’re luscious, sweet, salty, buttery and oh-so-divine, and when topped with a salted caramel and chocolate swirled buttercream and more chocolate-covered potato chips, pretzels and a drizzle of caramel? Honnnney. You’re in for a whirlwind of flavor that’s about to crash land into your mouth.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!‘Nuff said.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 20
 
These sweet-and-salty cupcakes are based off of Baskin-Robbins' newest flavor, Snacknado. Caramel ice cream cupcakes are filled with a hot fudge ganache center, topped with a luscious chocolate-and-caramel swirled buttercream, then garnished with chocolate covered potato chips, pretzels, and caramel. Heaven!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 pint (2 cups) Baskin-Robbins Snacknado Ice Cream, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup water or milk
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • FOR CARAMEL BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup caramel sauce (the thicker, the better!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 1 & ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  • ½ cup hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • FOR GARNISH:
  • Chocolate-covered potato chips (either homemade or store-bought)
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Caramel sauce, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and softened Snacknado Ice Cream with a handheld electric mixer on low speed, just to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy and blended. Portion batter evenly among muffin cups, filling about ¾ of the way full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cupcakes are cooled, use a sharp, small paring knife to cut the cores out of the cupcakes. Be careful not to cut completely through the cupcake; you just want to go about halfway deep. Fill the wells of the cupcake with about a teaspoon of hot fudge sauce - the room temperature sauce, when it's thickest. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, caramel sauce, and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy. Transfer the mixture into a separate bowl and wipe the mixer bowl and blade clean. Then, beat together the butter, hot fudge sauce and vanilla with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar and milk and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Using a large disposable piping bag (I fixed mine with a large open star tip) spoon the caramel buttercream into ONE side of the bag, and spoon the chocolate buttercream into the opposite side of the bag, lining them up. It's okay if they're a little uneven; try to get them as evenly lined up as possible.
  6. Pipe high swirls of buttercream onto each cupcake, careful to cover the hot fudge center. Immediately garnish with the chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels and drizzle with salted caramel. Serve immediately! These cupcakes are best eaten the same day they are made.

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!Oh my heavens, people! These cupcakes are positively scrumptious. The creaminess of the cupcake from the melted ice cream, the swirls of divine chocolate and salted caramel buttercream frostings, and the garnish of the sweet and salty pretzels and potato chips makes these cupcakes out of this world. I also love the surprise hot fudge center, the ‘eye’ of this flavor tornado :)

Snacknado Ice Cream Cupcakes are rich caramel cupcakes made with melted ice cream, filled with hot fudge ganache, and topped with a swirl of caramel and chocolate buttercream, then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips. A sweet-and-salty lover's dream!

Be sure to check out Baskin-Robbins to find a location nearest you so YOU can try out their latest Snacknado Flavor of the Month! You can also connect with Baskin-Robbins on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest for recipes, ideas, new flavors and more!

Hope you have a super SWEET day!!

xo, Hayley

I am the newest Pink Spoon Ambassador for Baskin-Robbins! All opinions are 100% my own, as always. 

 

Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas with Canada Dry!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AddSparkle #CollectiveBias #Shop 

sparklingsodasWhen I was a little girl, my family would occasionally take me out to dinner at this local spaghetti restaurant.  The food was your standard Ragu-type fare — in other words, nothing remotely “Italian.”  But they did have the best Italian Creme Sodas that I looked forward to ordering every time we dined there.  There was something about the combination of the sparkling water combined with that sweet cherry syrup, the smooth cream and the tower of whipped cream that had Lil Hayley hook, line & sinker.  It was probably because it was sweet, a drink topped with whipped cream, and tasted like I was drinking something glittery and sparkly — as a kid, you want to imagine everything you consume is magical.  And with the carbonation, it felt like I was having some mystical fairy drink.

But unlike Lil Hayley, Big Hayley doesn’t have the same metabolism, so drinking typical Italian Creme Sodas on the regular isn’t necessarily diet-friendly *cries.*  But thankfully, I figured out an ingenious way to make my own homemade and lightened-up Italian Creme Sodas at home using new Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water.

Canada Dry’s new Sparkling Seltzer Water has zero calories, zero sodium and zero caffeine.  The Lemon Lime and Triple Berry waters are unsweetened and flavored naturally, and they taste awesome.  They’re such a refreshing, bubbly beverage that is so much more nutritious than your standard carbonated soda.  It’s water… only better.

DSC_0095aAnd this Sparkling Seltzer Water is the base of these lightened-up Italian Creme Sodas.  Simply combine the Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water, a couple Tablespoons of sugar-free flavored syrup, a splash of creme, and ice!  Top with fat-free whipped cream and a cherry or lime wedge if you’d like, and voila!  You’ll be sipping pretty and adding some serious sparkle to your meal in no time :)

Ready to drink like a sparkly fairy princess?!

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas with Canada Dry!
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Refreshing, nearly fat-free and super low-cal, these Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas will add some delicious sparkle to your life!
Ingredients
  • FOR BERRY ITALIAN SODAS:
  • 2 bottles (16.9 fl oz each) Canada Dry Triple Berry Sparkling Seltzer Water
  • 6 Tbsp sugar-free raspberry syrup
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free half & half
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Fat-Free whipped cream
  • Cherries or chopped berries
  • FOR LEMON LIME ITALIAN SODAS:
  • 2 bottles (16.9 fl oz each) Canada Dry Lemon Lime Sparkling Seltzer Water
  • 6 Tbsp lemon juice or low-calorie lemonade
  • 2 Tbsp fat-free half & half
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Fat-Free whipped cream
  • Lime or lemon wedges, optional
Instructions
  1. Distribute 5 ice cubes among two mason jars or cups. Pour 8 ounces of Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water into each glass. Top each glass with THREE (3) Tablespoons of flavored syrup or juice and ONE (1) Tablespoon of fat-free half & half. Do not stir the mixture!
  2. Top each glass with a heavy helping of fat-free whipped cream and garnish with a cherry, chopped berries or lemon/lime wedges. Serve immediately!

DSC_0107AThese Sparkling Italian Creme Sodas could not be simpler to make!  They’re light, super refreshing on a hot day, and such a great pick-me-up treat for kids and adults alike!  The Sparkling Seltzer Water tastes phenomenal and those fruity flavors definitely shine in these drinks.  They aren’t cloyingly sweet; just the right amount hits you with a nice, fruity punch and lots of sparkle.  These will surely become a new family favorite!!

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I found my Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water’s in the Soda/Flavored Water aisle at my local Walmart.  It was super easy to find and sectioned on an endcap.  Right now, you can save 75 cents off any Canada Dry Sparkling Seltzer Water at Walmart stores — just click HERE!.  Or, if you share the page, you can save $1.75… which is worth it so you can stock up on all four flavors: Original, Lemon Lime, Triple Berry & Pomegranate Cherry!!  Just click the picture below to get your coupon!! :)

Canada-Dry-Sparkling-Seltzer-WaterHave a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

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