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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Recipe type: Ice Cream, No Bake
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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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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 2 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

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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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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!

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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

 

 

 

Homemade Its-Its

homemadeitsitssOne of my favorite childhood pasttimes was swimming.

I refused to leave the water, only to be bribed out with the promise of an ice cream bar or a Happy Meal.

My grandma had a diving board and my brother, sister and I (along with our friends, who were always over) would spend hours swimming, diving, belly-flopping and splashing, often having diving and flipping contests.  After my grandma’s stories were over, she would bring out tall cookie dough ice cream cones and greet us poolside after our grueling competition of who had the best backflip.

However, one of my favorite treats was more rare to be presented to us poolside, and those were Its-Its.  Its-Its are a local treat made in San Francisco that I would always beg for, but that we’d never get since there are only 3 to a pack and they were usually more expensive.  (Also, grandma was known for buying the cheaper versions of ice cream bars; the kinds that snap off and break before your tongue even touches it, so a $5 3-pack of sandwiches was equal to a trillion sub-par popsicles and in her mind, popsicles won).  But when my begging was successful — oh boy.  I was in ice cream heaven.

DSC_0429AIts-Its are a messy, glorified ice cream sandwich made with chewy oatmeal cookies, a thick layer of vanilla ice cream, and coated entirely in chocolate.  They also have mint versions, but nothing beats the original, irresistible combination of cold, vanilla ice cream smooshed between those hearty, cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookies.  We’d all eat them with our feet dangling in the water, ice cream dripping down our hands and chocolate on our fingertips, but every bite was so good that no one cared about making a drippy mess.  We’d all swim it off anyway.

I’d made Its-Its before, but the pictures in the post were terrible and frankly, I wanted to redo it for ya since the post didn’t do them justice.  I also tweaked the cookie recipe — this one is on the thinner side which is more like the actual Its-Its, and has a very similar texture and flavor.  If you’ve never had an Its-It before, you’re in for a real treat!  And if you have, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how similar these sammies taste to the real deal!

DSC_0418A*cookie recipe from my Oatmeal Creme Pies 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Homemade Its-Its
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Recipe type: Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 18
 
Its-Its are a popular treat here in Northern California. They combine chewy, spiced oatmeal cookies sandwiched around a thick hunk of vanilla ice cream, then coated in chocolate. Drippy, messy but super irresistible, these treats will become your family's new favorite ice cream sandwich!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ¼ cup [2 & ½ sticks] butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 9 cups vanilla ice cream (homemade, or your favorite store-bought is fine)
  • 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking pans with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar with the paddle attachment until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves until combined. Lastly, stir in the oats.
  3. Drop cookie dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure they're evenly baked. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes before very carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Once cookies are cool, take a cookie and place a huge ½ cup-sized dollop of vanilla ice cream onto one half of the cookie; sandwich with another cookie. Allow the sandwiched cookies to freeze for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  5. Prepare Candiquik according to package directions. Dip half of each sandwich into the Candiquik and return to the prepared sheet to allow the chocolate to set. Store leftovers in the freezer, wrapped up.

DSC_0425AWhat I love about Its-Its are their flavor (obviously) but how simple they are, too — not only to whip up, but simple in that they’re just three components that work SO well together!  Feel free to experiment using mint chip ice cream (as they’re known for their mint flavor, too!) or even Dulce de Leche ice cream, cookies ‘n cream, chocolate, or cookie dough!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy’s Frosties

copycatfrostiesFriends, it’s time you answered the age-old question for me.  Do YOU dip your fries in Frosties?

Personally, I find it to be a requirement every time I visit Wendy’s.  Nothing beats that sweet and salty combination of crispy, salted French fries dipped into that smooth, chocolate-y, cold Frosty.  Anytime sweet and salty is involved together, I’m game, and this happens to be one of my favorite combinations!  So. Stinkin’. Good.

As a kid, my siblings and I spent our summers at my grandma’s house just down the street.  We spent hours and hours swimming in her pool, watching Scooby Doo while we ate our (usually fast food) lunch, and then relaxed in the AC while we played Legos when it got too hot outside.

My parents were both quite strict and never let us ride our bikes around the block unsupervised, much less walk anywhere without an adult.  So of course, being the brats we were, we would convince our grandma to pleeeeease let us walk up to Wendy’s (a good mile away on a busy road) so we could buy chicken nuggets, fries, and Frosties.  And being a grandma who is incapable of saying no to our adorable faces, she said yes, handed us a $10 bill, and sent us on our way with pool-water hair and flip-flops to walk up to Wendy’s.  I remember thinking I was so cool as I flopped along the road with my younger brother and best friend, eager to get our Frosty fixes.

DSC_0410ASo understandably, Frosties have quite a special place in my heart.  I grew up slurping them, dunking my fries in ‘em, and rebelling while drinking them down a busy road without my parents knowing.  What a badass.

And now, it’s time for another age-old question: Chocolate, or Vanilla?

I’m normally a vanilla girl all the way, but there are some chocolate things I can’t get enough of, those being: chocolate frosting, chocolate milk, and chocolate milkshakes/Frosties.  There’s something so delicious and satisfying about a frosty chocolate shake or creamy chocolate icing on a vanilla cake.  In fact, whenever I’m making something with chocolate frosting, it takes all of my willpower not to eat the entire bowl.  But buttercream?  I pass it up no problem.

DSC_0407AHowever, I get it — not all of us are chocolate people, my family especially.  While we all love our beloved original Frosties, my mom and sister have a serous preference for the vanilla flavored one.  So when I saw that making Homemade Chocolate Frosties was just a matter of a few simple ingredients, I knew making Homemade Vanilla Frosties would be just as simple, too.  So I made ‘em both and… wow.  If you’re stuck between chocolate and vanilla, I’m afraid this won’t help since both are AMAZING.  The texture and taste is IDENTICAL to Wendy’s version, but with three simple ingredients, made in minutes in the comfort of your own home, and significantly lower-cal than the classic fast food version.

Since making these last week, my family and I have powered through several batches, and one is freezing as we speak right now.  I guarantee this foolproof recipe will quickly become a family favorite for its ease and deliciousness!  So… chocolate, vanilla, or never-answering-that-question-again-because-you-can-have-both?  I’ll take the latter :)

DSC_0406A*adapted from here 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Copycat Chocolate & Vanilla Wendy's Frosties
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Recipe type: Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts
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Serves: 2
 
Wendy's Frosties are one of my favorite treats, but driving to the nearest Wendy's is often a chore in the high heat of summertime. These Frosties are made in minutes and taste identical to the real deal, AND are only four ingredients! They're sure to become a new family favorite!
Ingredients
  • FOR ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) chocolate milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Chocolate powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • FOR VANILLA FROSTIES:
  • 1 cup fat-free (or 1%) milk
  • ¼ cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp Coffee-Mate Sugar-Free Vanilla powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender (I LOVE using my Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender for this!), combine the milk, sweetened condensed milk, powdered coffee creamer and Cool Whip Free (I like to chop the frozen Cool Whip in half with a spoon to make it easier to fit in the blender. Also, make sure your Cool Whip is still frozen!) Process the Frosty in the blender for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the Frosties evenly among two tall glasses (I used pint-sized mason jars) and place in the freezer to chill, about 30-60 minutes. I prefer mine at the 60 minute mark as they're thicker and more of a genuine Frosty consistency.
  3. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the freezer. Just thaw in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes, or until your preferred consistency, before consuming. This is very easily doubled!

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DSC_0415AI can guarantee you probably have these simple, everyday ingredients on hand right now — and why you aren’t making these Homemade Frosties is beyond me!  I love how identical the texture and flavor of these Homemade Frosties are to the original fast-food version — I seriously could NOT believe how tasty they were!  Most Frosty recipes require you to blend ice into the mixture to get that frosty texture — but freezing the mixture is what gives it that thickness and consistency without adding all of that extra chunk from the ice.  If you don’t have the powdered coffee creamers on hand, no worries — cocoa powder works in a pinch, but I like the delicious, creamy flavor and texture that the powdered creamers offer, especially the vanilla one.  It gives it that extra little bump that make these frozen treats so irresistible :)

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Sherbet Lemonade Fizz {And A Cascade Ice Giveaway!!}

sherbetfizzI interrupt your normal daily activities to ask you a burning question: When speaking of a fruit-based dairy product sold in the frozen section, do you pronounce it ‘sherbET’, or ‘sherBERT’?

I have always called it ‘sherbET’ because, well, it’s just how I always called it.  No rhyme or reason as to why I never gave it a proper ‘Bert’ name.  But I know people who use the Bert term, and while I respect it, all I hear is, “Sure, Bert!” like you’re agreeing to something that someone named Bert said.

It just reminds me of that classic Airplane quote:

“Can you fly this plane, and land it?”
“Surely you can’t be serious.”
“I am serious.. and don’t call me Shirley.”

Just like when people pronounce ‘both’ like ‘bolth’, ‘draw’ like ‘drawr’ and ‘wash’ like ‘warsh.’  I get what you’re saying, I just have trouble concentrating with the extra letter present.  Then again, this is coming from someone who regularly creates new words and is used to no one ever understanding me. *sigh*

Anyway, no matter how you pronounce it, I have an awesome recipe and GIVEAWAY for you today!  Have you guys heard of Cascade Ice?  Cascade Ice is a zero-calorie, sugar-free flavored sparkling water that eliminates the unhealthy, unnecessary extras like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten.  In addition to zero-calorie, Cascade Ice also has a Sparkling Organic, Sparkling Essence and a Sparkling Mixer line.  And Cascade Ice comes in 21 fantastic flavors, like Orange Mango, Acai Blueberry Pomegranate, Blueberry Watermelon, and Pink Grapefruit, to name a few.

DSC_0383AI fell in love with Cascade Ice when I finally vowed to give up soda, and I haven’t looked back since!  My absolute favorite is the Coconut, with Blueberry Watermelon following closely behind :) Cascade Ice is an awesome soda replacement since it offers that same fizz you love with an amazing flavor, just zero-calorie and sugar-free, making it a great alternative that’s every bit as refreshing — just much healthier.  And it’s caffeine-free, so it makes a great option for those avoiding caffeine, or something to give to kids even before bedtime.

DSC_0378ASo if you’d like to win your own prize pack of Cascade Ice, just use the Rafflecopter below to enter! :) I’ll randomly select a winner on Saturday, June 14 :)

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In the meantime, can I interest you guys in a super refreshing and delicious drink?  This Sherbet Lemonade Fizz is a combination between a drink, a punch, and a freezy treat that will definitely please a crowd.  It only has a couple of easy ingredients and comes together in seconds, so you’ll be sipping pretty in no time.

Bottoms up, friends!!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Sherbet Lemonade Fizz {And A Cascade Ice Giveaway!!}
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 2
 
This frosty, chilly drink will please kids and adults alike! Comes together in minutes and is super tasty and refreshing on a hot day!
Ingredients
  • About ½ cup rainbow sherbet (or more to suit your preferences)
  • 1 bottle Cascade Ice Lemonade
  • 1 cup 10-calorie fruit punch
Instructions
  1. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop miniature rounds of sherbet equally among both cups. I used about 4-5 scoops per cup.
  2. Pour ½ cup of the fruit punch among both cups. Top with Cascade Ice Lemonade and serve!
  3. If you want this extra freezy, consider briefly freezing the glasses before serving. You could also blend this mixture together with a couple ice cubes for a frosty treat!

DSC_0387AThese Sherbet Lemonade Fizzes are DELICIOUS and SO refreshing!  I love freezing my glasses before hand to make them extra chilly, especially after a hot day outside.  They’re great to serve with dinner or on their own as a fantastic dessert for kids and adults alike.  And if you’re feeling naughty, I wouldn’t be opposed to spiking these scrumptious drinks with some rum or vodka — think how tasty a lemon vodka would be here! :)

Be sure to connect with Cascade Ice for news, events, product info and more!  You can connect with them on their blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.  Thanks for entering, and good luck!!

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Cosmic Cupcake Ice Cream {And a Little Debbie Giveaway!!}

cosmiccupcakeI am a self-proclaimed Little Debbie fiend.

loveeeeee me some Little Debbie snacks!  Nutty Bars, Cloud Cakes, Star Crunch… you name it, I’ve eaten it.  And grew up eating it!  My childhood fondly included snacking on Nutty Bars during the summertime, getting my fingers melty with chocolate and peanut butter.  Or picking off all of the rainbow bits on my Cosmic Brownies before savoring each fudgy bite.

Little Debbie recently emailed me and asked me if I would so kindly sample their new Cosmic Cupcakes, I jumped at the chance!  Sample a brand spankin’ new Little Debbie product?  Twist my arm :)

DSC_0299AThese Cosmic Cupcakes are the cupcake (duh) form of their classic Cosmic Brownies.  Moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a fudgy chocolate ganache and rainbow bits with a sweet and fluffy cream center in the middle.

AY’all.  They are on point.  Forreal, I was shoveling them in as if they were going outta style.  Even my normal chocolate-neutral family was eating cupcake after cupcake.  They’re SO GOOD.  We even like them cold!  And they’re practically required with a tall glass of milk!

Plus, to help launch the Cosmic Cupcakes and to prepare for summertime (read: tons of camping!), Little Debbie is throwing a fun Spring Into The Great Outdoors contest where they’re giving away The Ultimate Family Campsite, valued at over $1,750!  The more chances you enter, the more chances there are to win!  Little Debbie is also giving away weekly prizes, too, so be sure to enter for one of the First or Runner-Up prizes!  Be sure to visit HERE to enter to win!!

DSC_0294ANow.. onto these Cosmic Cupcakes.  While they’re scrumptious on their own, I concocted an evil-genius plan to use ‘em up involving ice cream.  This homemade ice cream is FOUR ingredients (including the Cosmic Cupcakes!!) and is made in just a few hours.  Better yet, make it first thing in the morning and you’ll be having cake cones piled high with this creamy, dreamy ice cream by dinnertime.

Pardon me while I drool everywhere.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Cosmic Cupcake Ice Cream {And a Little Debbie Giveaway!!}
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Recipe type: Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts
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This four-ingredient ice cream doesn't require fancy rock salts or even an ice cream machine! Made in minutes, creamy and dreamy and stuffed with Little Debbie's Cosmic Cupcakes!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup chocolate sundae sauce
  • 1 box (6 cupcakes) Little Debbie Cosmic Cupcakes, roughly chopped
  • Sprinkles, optional
Instructions
  1. First, place the roughly chopped pieces of the Cosmic Cupcakes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Briefly freeze the cupcake pieces for about 10 minutes or until firm, and freeze the stand mixer bowl as well (stainless steel) or pop in the fridge (glass) so it's chilled.
  2. Once the bowl is chilled, attach it back to your stand mixer and add the heavy cream. Using a wire whisk attachment, whip the cream on high speed until fluffy and stiff peaks have formed, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and the chocolate syrup. Gently fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture, about 5 good turns or until combined. You don't want to stir too much or it will deflate your whipped cream, so try to combine it as best and gently as possible. Lightly stir in the frozen chunks of the Cosmic Cupcakes.
  4. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe plastic container and freeze for 6 hours or overnight (overnight recommended) until ice cream is firm. Top the ice cream with sprinkles, if you'd like. Serve!

DSC_0310AI love this super creamy ice cream!  Not only is it light and airy, but it’s filled with those delectable chunks of Cosmic Cupcakes!  I love taking a bite of a soft chunk of chocolate cake and getting that surprise pocket of fluffy marshmallow filling swirled inside of the ice cream.  I also love that the ice cream base isn’t necessarily chocolate — the chocolate syrup helps give it a chocolate undertone but almost makes it taste like chocolate whipped cream!  This is seriously my new favorite ice cream and a great way to use the new Little Debbie Cosmic Cupcakes… if you don’t eat them plain first :)

Have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

I was generously provided with Little Debbie’s new Cosmic Cupcakes to review.  I was not monetarily compensated for this post and my opinions are 100% my own.  

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