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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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

 

Funfetti Cream Pie

If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!I’m a big believer in celebrating pretty much everything.

I celebrate when a bad day ends. I celebrate everyone’s birthdays. I celebrate holidays. I just love celebrating. (Or really, I just love a good excuse to pig out and drink).

Don’t read ‘celebrating’ to be the slightly-nutty person who paints their face green, wears head-to-toe green and wears a giant emerald boa for St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t do monochromatic colors except black, and I don’t wear boas. And I certainly won’t be blowing kazoos after a rough day of work. BUT, I will take the time to appreciate the small feats – a person’s living to a certain age, for example, or nailing an interview, perhaps. And by celebrating, I mean drinking. Seriously – copious amounts of alcohol will be consumed.

That, and food. I want all the food.

If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!Cake is always good celebrating food. But sometimes the idea of baking a cake seems a feat in itself. There’s the whole cooling period, and don’t even get me started on frosting it. I am the worst cake froster in the history of the land. Like, they’re comically terrible. I once took a cake decorating class at Michael’s and dropped out because I felt so defeated that I couldn’t make an icing rose. The icing rose did me in. I’ll forever be branded a Michael’s dropout.

So anyway. Cake, but not cake. This pie is technically a cake-but-not-cake since it tastes like cake but is the opposite: it’s a fabulous, luscious, creamy pie. And you totally need it in your pie-hole like yesterday.

If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!I came up with this idea after seeing my friend Julianne’s post about Funfetti Cream Pie Cookie Cups. She seriously put Funfetti Cream Pie inside of a cookie cup. Genius much? Then I figured, if she can make Funfetti Cream Pie, so can I. And here we are. Sans cookie – you can check out Julianne’s recipe for that! – but every bit as delicious. And oh so creeeeeeeamy.

Yesssss.

If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!*inspired by Julianne’s recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Funfetti Cream Pie
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This Funfetti Cream Pie tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter but in a light and luscious pie! You won't be able to resist this sweet and sprinkly treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix (just the dry mix)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Rainbow sprinkles or jimmies
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your whipped cream. Place your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to starting. This will ensure they're extra cold for your homemade cake batter whipped cream.
  2. Once thoroughly chilled, place the 2 cups of the heavy cream into the mixer bowl and begin whipping on HIGH speed for about 4-5 minutes or until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the cup of dry, powdered cake mix and continue beating on HIGH for an additional 2 minutes or until stiff peaks have been achieved. Sprinkle in some rainbow jimmies to combine. Set mixture aside in fridge.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the two boxes of pudding mix, the almond extract and the 2 cups of cold milk. Mixture will be thick. Stir in a handful of rainbow sprinkles. Fold HALF of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until combined; spread evenly and carefully into the prepared pie crust. Top with remaining whipped cream.
  4. Refrigerate the pie for at LEAST 2 hours or until set, before cutting into slices. Store leftovers in the fridge covered for up to 2 days.

If you're a cake batter lover, you'll love this Funfetti Cream Pie! Light, thick and fluffy, it tastes just like rich and creamy cake batter!This pie is INCREDIBLE! It’s so rich, creamy and thick, just like Funfetti cake batter. You won’t believe how light and fluffy it is, thanks to the homemade cake batter whipped cream. Smothered in sprinkles and ultra sweet, this is the perfect treat for a cake batter lover!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.It’s obvious I love lemon. But I don’t really specify where I like that lemon.

Much like how people dislike fruits in their dessert, I dislike lemon in my dinner. I don’t do savory lemon. Savory lemon is dead to me.

Lemon has zero place near my chicken. It should not be near pepper. In my eyes, shrimp and lemon had a falling out forever ago and are no longer on speaking terms. Likewise, it shouldn’t be zested on green beans or mixed with rice. It should stay among its friends in the desserts world, like cakes and pies and tarts and cookies where it belongs. All you people with your lemon chicken and rice make me shudder.

Sweet lemon is where it’s at! You can’t turn down sweet lemon; it’s your BFF, your confidant, your — perhaps I spend too much time alone with food. But seriously, sweet lemon is awesome and I love it best when it’s mixed with butter, sugar, cream, or white chocolate… among anything else in which it’s transformed into a heavenly dessert.

Sweet lemon doesn’t betray my taste-buds like lemon pepper chicken does. Seriously? Lemon and pepper and garlic? Nooooooo. It hurts my heart. But lemon and butter and white chocolate? Doable. Totally doable.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.And this cheesecake pie? So insanely doable, it may as well make itself and just about does. It’s so simple, you guys. It’s a mere 5 ingredients – 6 if you count freshly grated lime – and it comes together in seconds, albeit needing time to chill. And chill we can — because I am obsessed with this luscious, lemony dessert and have been eating pretty much straight from the middle with a spoon after I took these pictures. You all should be so glad you don’t have behind-the-scenes footage of me after photo shoots. Dear lawwwwdddd help me and the food I shovel into my pie-hole so I don’t have to put it away.

(And is it just me, or is putting things away always THE WORST? Putting away your clean laundry, putting away the clean dishes, putting away the groceries, unpacking your suitcase… it is TERRIBLE. I would rather sacrifice my growing thighs than throw some pie back in the freezer. True story).

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.Anywhooooo, this pie is fab and you should make it. It’d make a great Easter dessert! So dooooo it. Be Team Lemon with me!

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie
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This sweet and easy Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie comes together in just a few simple steps and tastes fabulous! Sweet, creamy, tart and light, it's the perfect refreshing dessert for any occasion.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz (half of can) pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 prepared or homemade graham cracker pie shell
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, condensed milk, and pink lemonade concentrate with a handheld electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Turn up the speed to medium and cream for about 1-2 minutes or until combined and smooth.
  2. Add in the Cool Whip and lime zest and continue beating the mixture until it's completely smooth, light and fluffy, or about 2-3 minutes. The mixture will thicken up as it mixes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and place in the freezer to set, about 3 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer and cut into slices just before serving; store leftovers in the freezer. Pies taste perfect after about 5 minutes at room temperature.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.This pie is everything. Sweet, tart, light and luscious, it has everything you could want in a creamy, refreshing dessert: ease of preparation, fantastic flavor, no-bake(!!) and it looks pretty. What more do you want?

*Tip: You could easily make this pie lower-calorie, lower-sugar, and/or lower-fat by using Cool Whip Free or Cool Whip Sugar Free, Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk, Fat-Free Cream Cheese, and Low-Sugar Pink Lemonade Concentrate. 
This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

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

 

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!So. Easter’s coming up — it’s hard to believe it’s so soon with an early April 5th this year! So if ya don’t mind me, I’m going to be posting Easter recipes up the wazoo, mmkay?

First up: Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia. But first, a story! *collective sighs*

As a kid, my family and I would go to my grandma’s house for Easter breakfast every year. And every year, she’d hide plastic Easter eggs full of candy and quarters around her yard for me and my brother & sister. She would color code the eggs so I would be purple, Chloe would be green, and Alex would be blue, or whatever.

But the thing was, she put all three colors together in any given spot. So if I saw Alex bend down behind the garden hose and extract an egg, I knew my egg would be back there, too. If Chloe saw me elbow-deep in the rose bush reaching for my egg, she would race over to collect hers. I can see why my grandma did this when we were all younger, perhaps so it could be fair to Chloe (who’s the youngest), but as we got older and I was seventeen and hunting for eggs, it became a little ridiculous. (One, because of the obviousness of it all, and two, because I was seventeen and being forced — yes, forced — to hunt Easter eggs).

And the candy was never really good candy. And yes, there’s definitely a distinction between ‘good’ candy and ‘bad’ candy. I’m not talking ‘I prefer Snickers over Reese’s Cups’ or anything. I mean the CANDYCANDY (Snickers, Jelly Bellies, Whoppers, M&M’s) and the …candy? that she would inevitably buy.

You know – the “candy” that doctors offices have. The unmarked lollipops that taste like plastic with a vague hint of fruit (the yellow ones were always the most vile; the red were decent enough to be passable as cherry, depending on your level of hunger). The chewy candies that were probably made with leftover SuperGlue. Those — shudder — strawberry candies, which are by far the foulest things to have graced this planet, right before those toe shoes and Vienna sausages. Or those butterscotch candies, which were always really sticky and hard, like they’d been melted in the bottom of a purse since 1967.

So basically we’d collect for the quarters which essentially paid us to hunt for them, and then we’d toss the candy since it came from an undisclosed location and an even vaguer brand. I mean, do these candy companies know that no one likes their stuff? Are they aware that their lack of branding looks majorly suspicious and that only desperate doctors and banks purchase their lollipops? What’s their name, anyway? “Bank Candy”? “Doctor Lolly”? All’s I know is, I had this terrible doctor once — and I mean terrible — who had this super thick accent and just said to ice or rest everything, no matter what the ailment was, and she’d hand out those unmarked lollies and they always tasted like they were made of candied cough syrup. Mm, Robitussin Raspberry – my favorite! I never liked that, Dr. Lee. AND RESTING MY LEG DIDN’T HELP EITHER.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!Anywho. This all comes together because that very color-coding-egg-grandma makes ambrosia every year for Easter dinner. And for the longest time I’d eat it because hello, it’s Cool Whip and marshmallows with fruit… duh. But then I got kinda tired of it, and I figured for this Easter, it’s about dang time I change it up. So I revamped grandma’s classic ambrosia with a tropical twist. My new version happens to be my new favorite… and I guarantee it’ll be yours too! This fruit salad is so easy, light, and delicious!

So. Who’s ready to go hunting for awesome ambrosia? (Game over. It’s right here).

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad
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Serves: 12
 
This light, fruity and DELICIOUS Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia has the flavors of the tropics built right in and is perfect any time of year.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) cherry fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 oz) can Dole Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mangoes, drained and chopped if in large pieces
  • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 container Pina Colada yogurt
  • About 2 cups JET-PUFFED Fruity Fun Mallows
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip Free and the Pina Colada Yogurt. Add in the canned fruits, marshmallows, and one (1) cup of the shredded coconut. Gently fold and toss to combine until coated.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for at LEAST 2 hours or until flavors have set together.
  3. Optional, but recommended: if you'd like, toast the remaining ½ cup coconut. In a 300 degree F oven, line a baking sheet with parchment and lay out coconut in an even layer. Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring after each round, until golden. Sprinkle over the top of the ambrosia right before serving. Garnish with a cherry if you'd like.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!You guys – this is so fruity and fabulous! I love the sweet softness of the JET-PUFFED Fruit Mallows — they have such fun flavors and add a great pop of rainbow color! And the fruit itself is a great, tropical combination that transports you right to the beach. Ripe pineapple chunks, juicy mango and mandarins, bright cherries, all coated in a luscious and light whipped cream and pina colada yogurt dressing. This salad is totally awesome!!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Lucky Rainbow Bark

Lucky Rainbow BarkYeah, I am totally guilty of trashing the living daylights outta that white chocolate. Sue me.

As a kid, I had this neighbor – we’ll call her Meow, since I remember her meowing on occasion, and I slept over at her house pretty frequently. She had anything a girl could ask for – her own pony, a really fluffy dog, a HUGE Barbie mansion, and the works. I remember being infinitely jealous of her Barbie collection since I was super obsessed with all things Barbie.

ANYWHO. On one particular evening sleepover, Meow and I were tucked in our sleeping bags and watching cartoons. The show ended and Leprechaun came on. Meow was kinda scared, but I begged her to keep it on since I was a morbid child who was admittedly frightened of this scary movie concept but also could not look away. This is similar to when I was freaking terrified of Forensic Files and would involuntarily shudder every time I heard Peter Thomas begin a sordid tale of murder, yet I would hide in the hallway and watch it without my parents knowing.

So we began watching Leprechaun and it proceeded to give me terrors over miniature mythical men wearing green suits and hiding in a box of Lucky Charms. Thankfully we didn’t regularly buy Lucky Charms and I never had to encounter any frightening creatures.

Fast forward a good fifteen or so years, and I’m now an adult and working a terrible job. I spotted a coworker snacking on Lucky Charms and it instantly made me crave fistfuls of that magical cereal. The next day, I went out and bought a box of it – and it soon became my go-to snack on the job. I never did find any leprechauns, FYI.

DSC_0407AWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up (it’s still awhile away, I know, but I’m a dork and get overly excited about holidays) I was brainstorming fun ideas with Lucky Charms and this bark came to mind. It’s not even a recipe – it’s just kind of a conglomerate of random, rainbow, sprinkly things held together by a huge plane of white chocolate. Yet all of those components create a totally delicious, outrageously SWEET bark that everyone is sure to love.

DSC_0419ANo meowing friends, terrified children, or Forensic Files-watching required.

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Lucky Rainbow Bark
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Recipe type: Bark, Candy
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Serves: 16
 
Filled with a ton of rainbow, sprinkly goodies, this fun bark is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other time you're craving something super sweet and festive.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. vanilla CandiQuik, or another white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 pkg Circus Animal Cookies (my favorite!)
  • About 2-3 cups Lucky Charms Cereal (depending on as much as you'd like)
  • About 1 cup M&M's candies
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt the vanilla CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Spread the vanilla CandiQuik in an even layer onto the foil. You don't want it to be super thick, but don't make it super thin, either.
  3. Immediately top evenly with broken up Circus cookies, Lucky Charms, M&M's and sprinkles. Likewise, you could add dried fruits, nuts, or other candies if you'd like.
  4. Allow the bark to set up before breaking into pieces.

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DSC_0430AThis bark is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth since it’s packed with the delightful crunch of Circus Animal Cookies, a bite from the chocolate M&M’s, and the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness from the Lucky Charms! Don’t like an ingredient? Feel free to swap out the Circus Animal Cookies for another favorite, or try using Chocolate CandiQuik for a different flavor.

Lucky Rainbow BarkHope you have a sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

Creamy Cannoli Dip

CannoliDipToday’s post is about combining two of my absolute favorite things: New York cannolis, and California Dairy. What could be a better mash-up?! By creating a phenomenal, creamy dip out of rich, California Dairy products from my home state, inspired by my future-home (I hope!) in New York City, the Land of Cannolis (unofficially, but it’s true), I have managed to combine both of my favorite things into one AWESOME treat for you!

So first things first: cannolis. I love them. After visiting NYC for the first time a couple years ago, I was forced by my dad to try one… and I was hooked. There’s something so enticing and fabulous about a crispy fried cannoli shell stuffed to the gills with outrageously rich cannoli cream. Heaven on earth? You bet your sweet face it is.

But the best part about those cannolis? The CREAM, obvi. I’ve been a fan of all things deliciously creamy since I can remember (and excuse your innuendos, weirdos). Cream cheese on bagels, whipped cream icing (!!), ice cream… you name it, I love it. So that tangy, slightly sweetened cannoli cream was basically the best thing to happen to my face in NYC. Besides macarons, but that’s a different story (and addiction).

Of course, that cannoli cream wouldn’t be possible without dairy. Tangy ricotta cheese, rich mascarpone, heavy cream, butter… just some of the components that make up that fabulous filling for these delicious confections.

And even though these fantastical cannolis are being cooked up across the country in New York City, it’s a pretty large chance that New York bakers are using California Dairy products to make them. Since California has been the leading milk producer in the country since 1993 (and also the leading butter, ice cream, whey concentrate and nonfat dry milk producer!) and the second largest cheese producer, the possibility that  bakeries and restaurants across the United States are using California Dairy is incredibly high. Eating cannolis made with cheese and dairy from California’s famous Happy Cows? A highly delicious possibility.

DSC_0299AToday’s recipe is centered around Real California Dairy. As a proud brand ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board (and a proud consumer of Real California Milk!) I only shop for brands that feature the Real California Milk seal which ensures the milk and dairy products used in those items was made with California milk produced by one of the 1,500 dairy farms in our Golden State.

DSC_0964AFrom the tangy ricotta to the silky cream cheese to the rich heavy cream, every product used in today’s Cannoli Dip was made with Real California Milk, providing exemplary quality and taste to this outrageously scrumptious dessert dip!

But enough about that. Let’s talk this dip, y’all. Not only would it be AWESOME for a Super Bowl party (yes!), but it’d make a sweet treat for your Valentine. Just serve it up alongside some chocolate graham crackers, waffle cone pieces, butter crisp cookies, Nilla Wafers or even fruit, and you have yourself a seriously tasty, irresistible spread. #winning

Now eat up!

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Creamy Cannoli Dip
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Recipe type: No Bake, Treats
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Serves: 5 cups
 
Silky smooth and bursting with rich flavor, this Creamy Cannoli Dip will be the star of your next get-together! Comes together in minutes and features creamy California Dairy for the ultimate party dip!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) container Real California Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Real California Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup Real California Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • About ⅔ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Waffle cookes, waffle cone pieces, chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafers, fresh fruit, or any other assorted dipping items, for dipping/garnish
Instructions
  1. First, drain your ricotta cheese by placing it in cheesecloth and squeezing out any excess liquid or moisture. You can also pat it dry with a paper towel if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the drained ricotta, the cream cheese, heavy cream and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until just combined and creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until mixture is thickened. You may only need one cup of powdered sugar, but add more if necessary.
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge to set and chill for about 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge once chilled and garnish with chocolate chips. *I recommend spooning the dip into a separate bowl and layering the chocolate chips and dip together, like so: ½ cup dip, then a sprinkling of chocolate chips, repeating until chocolate chips are finished. That way you get chocolate chips in every bite!
  4. Serve with assorted dipping items like cookies, crackers, pretzels, or fruit. Store leftovers airtight in the fridge.

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DSC_0963ASilky-smooth and crazy creamy, this sweet and tangy dip will soon become your new favorite! I loved eating it with waffle cookies to complete the authentic cannoli experience, but it was equally delicious with fruit (or let’s be real, on a spoon) :)

For more information about California Dairy or the California Milk Advisory Board, be sure to check them out ONLINE! You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest for news, info, recipes & more! And be sure to look for Real California Dairy products featuring the Real or Real California Milk Seal! 

DSC_0300AHave a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

I am a proud brand ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was compensated as part of my ambassadorship to write this post. 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs

PB Cookie Dough FootballsOkay, let’s get real. I don’t watch football.

I know, I know. Shocker of the Year. But it just doesn’t interest me, ya know? It isn’t necessarily because football doesn’t interest me; it’s mostly because A) I have other things I could be doing than watching grown men tackle one another; and B) the commentators.

You know, the men who have to narrate every. single. play, every single breath a player takes, every itch they scratch, every thought they think… it’s just so distracting and annoying and completely unnecessary? I dunno, but it totally grinds my gears.

I think it’s because I have a deep-rooted psychological issue with watching TV with others. It all started when I was in elementary school and invited some classmates over to play. Inevitably Barbies got boring, so we turned on cartoons while we ate animal cookies and wasted our childhood brains away. But one classmate in particular — let’s call her Annoying Girl — had a habit of talking during the show. She had to repeat whatever the character just said. She had to narrate whatever the character just did. And she had to ask questions upon questions upon questions of inane subject matter so she could attempt to follow along with the mind-blowing plot of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?. Like, it’s Scooby effing Doo. The monster is always some senile old person. Get the net, homegirl.

But no. Annoying Girl continued her narration of every single grueling play-by-play as if we were deaf and blind and completely, woefully uninformed as to what we were watching.

In later years, I would date a boy whose mom did the same thing. Also, she had this really high-pitched laugh that I swore made the walls shake. Watching America’s Funniest Home Videos was like a death sentence since you never knew what toddler-falling-over video would send the house to crumbles.

And after that, I had a friend who would occasionally watch movies with me… or as much of a movie as you could watch from behind a cell phone screen. Every so often she’d glance up from her Facebook feed to check out the movie, then ask some obvious question that would be answered had she not been playing Farmville. Look, if Farmville is preferable company, then by all means, there’s the door, dude. I can watch my movie solo without fielding questions with someone who contracts a rash if they aren’t touching their phone 24/7.

So anyway, when it comes to narrating shows, answering and asking questions during shows, and generally watching shows with people other than my immediate family (who knows to shut their traps until commercial breaks), I’m not a fan. Unless you’re bringing enough spinach and artichoke dip that I can adequately bury my face in until half-time, I’m not interested in a TV party.

DSC_0803AHowever, I am interested in TV party-related foods, which are always delicious. Dips, fruit and veggie trays, cheese and meat, foot-long sandwiches, and lots of desserts, SuperBowl food is the bomb. And after building mini salami and cheddar cracker sammies all day long, everyone’s bound to crave something sweet to offset all the buffalo wing sauce and melty cheese. Enter these Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs! Not only are they a cinch to make, they taste great — because who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate!? And they have that irresistible sweet-and-salty element everyone loves.

The best part? Everyone will be too busy stuffing their faces with them, which means uninterrupted TV for me :)

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Footballs
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Recipe type: Treats
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Serves: 64
 
Filled with smooth and delicious egg-free peanut butter cookie dough, these Cookie Dough Footballs are sure to be a winner at any football party!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 sleeves (about 64 crackers) butter-flavored crackers (I used Townhouse)
  • 1 pkg. Chocolate CandiQuik
  • 2 squares Vanilla CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. First, prepare your cookie dough filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar & white sugar with the paddle attachment until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla and milk and beat to combine. Lastly, add in the flour until a soft dough has formed.
  2. Line two baking sheets with foil and spread the crackers in an even layer among both sheets. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, spoon the cookie dough in a log-shape onto one of the crackers; gently top with another cracker, creating a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough and crackers until all crackers are made into sandwiches.
  3. Briefly allow the sandwiches to set in the freezer, for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the Chocolate CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Dip each sandwich into the Chocolate CandiQuik, allowing the excess to drip off of the fork. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining sandwiches. Once the chocolate has set, melt the Vanilla CandiQuik. Place the Vanilla CQ in a baggy, seal out the air and snip off a corner. Pipe stitching onto each football, then allow the stitching to set.
  4. Store leftovers airtight in the freezer and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

DSC_0815AButtery, crunchy, sweet and salty, these football sandwiches are perfect for the Big Game! The cookie dough is so sweet and creamy and tastes almost like the filling of a Reese’s PB cup! Combined with the milky-sweet chocolate and the crunchy crackers, these treats are a real winner. Don’t like peanut butter cookie dough? No problem! Feel free to use chocolate chip cookie dough (just use miniature chips to help make the sandwiches), sugar cookie dough, oatmeal cookie dough, or even chocolate cookie dough.

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

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