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DIY HOT COCOA BOMBS

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If you’ve been on TikTok or even Facebook lately, you’ve seen virtual videos of exploding hot chocolate bombs. These delicious drinks were a huge hit with holiday presents – but really are a great gift for any season.

While you can buy these pre-made bombs in stores or on Etsy, they can cost a pretty penny. What better way to money and create a beautiful memory than be creating them yourself?

What Is A Hot Chocolate Bomb?

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A hot chocolate bomb is a thin chocolate shell filled with cocoa powder, mini marshmallows, or even candy! Once you pour hot milk over this hot cocoa bomb, the heat melts the thin shell and the mini marshmallows and candy magically appears! The shell also melts and becomes part of the beverage. 

This super rich and creamy drink is perfect for all ages!

Ingredients – Makes 3 Cocoa Bombs

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips 
  • 3 tablespoon hot chocolate mix 
  • 3 tablespoon mini marshmallows 
  • Chocolate mold 
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips – OPTIONAL

LET’S GET STARTED!!!

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1. First things first – we need our chocolate shell. Melt the milk chocolate chips in a bowl for 30 seconds. Continue to microwave in 15 second intervals until the chips are completely melted and smooth.

2. Next grab your chocolate mold! Add a spoonful of the chocolate into your molds, spreading it up the sides of each mold with a spoon. Make sure each area is covered and evenly coated with chocolate.    Make sure to save the extra chocolate in the bowl. It will be used to patch up the cocoa bombs and seal them shut once the chocolate hardens. 

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3. Now we wait! Refrigerate the chocolate until it completely hardens. This may take 30 minutes to an hour. Once they are set, gently remove the chocolate shell from the mold. 

4. Time to add our fillings! Evenly fill the 3 halves with 1 tablespoon of cocoa mix and 1 tablespoon of mini marshmallows.

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5. Once you finish that, grab a hot bowl or plate. Use one of the empty chocolate cups and gently press it against the hot plate. This will slightly melt the rim so we can seal the chocolate bomb together!

6. Quickly place the warm empty chocolate cup over one of the filled ones. Try not to handle the chocolate too much because this will just leave fingerprints on the chocolate. If you see this happening, pop the chocolate back in the refrigerator for a few minutes to cool down.

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7. Using a hot spoon, run it along the seam where the two chocolate halves meet to seal the seam. If you have any holes, now is the time to use the extra melted chocolate from before and use it to seal the bomb shut tightly. Repeat the same steps for the other two bombs.

8. If you want to add some drizzle onto your chocolate bombs, melt white chocolate chips and place them in a plastic baggie. Cut a corner of the baggie and lightly drizzle the white chocolate over the hot chocolate bombs. Refrigerate the chocolate bombs for 30 minutes.

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9. To enjoy this delicious drink, heat 1 cup of milk or plant milk to about 140 degrees. Place a hot chocolate bomb in the bottom of a 12 oz or larger mug. Carefully pour the hot milk over the bomb, and stir thoroughly.

Enjoy!

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St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Drinks

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There’s no better excuse to pour up a drink than a holiday, right? Luckily St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner (March 17, mark your calendars!). Though this year’s Paddy’s Day celebrations may be a little different due to COVID, we will still be celebrating from the comfort of our own home with some corned beef, potatoes, and of course some St. Patrick’s Day inspired drinks. Any who knows, maybe we’ll ever get lucky (wink)!

Here are some dangerously good St. Paddy’s Day drinks to make this holiday!

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Lucky Charms Shots

DIY Ways

Just like Lucky Charm’s slogan says., “they’re magically delicious!” These are the perfect dessert drink because they are oh so sweet and go down oh so easy. We feel a sugar rush in your future!

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of milk…cold!
  • 1 cup of Lucky Charms Cereal
  • 1 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/3 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1 tsp of green food coloring (optional)

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Start by pouring half a cup of the Lucky Charms in a bowl with the milk and let sit for 10 minutes. This will allow the milk to absorb the sugary goodness of the ceral. Strain, and pour the sweetened milk into a separate large cup.
  2. Add 1 cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream and stir well.
  3. In a bowl, mix up the vanilla frosting and several drops of green food coloring. Mix and combine with the remaining half cup of cereal (crushed up), and sprinkles.
  4. Dip shot glasses in the green frosting, and pour in the Bailey’s infused milk.

4 Leaf Clover

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In true St. Patrick’s Day spirit, we had to name this Irish take on the classic margarita, the 4 Leaf Clover- it’s just as green! This is a must-try! As the saying goes… “one margarita, two margarita, three margarita floor!”

What You Will Need

For the Margarita

  • 4 oz tequila (reposado, AKA the gold kind)
  • 2 oz blue curacao
  • 2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz Jameson’s
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 10 oz pineapple juice

For the Rim

  • 2 slices of lime
  • Green sugar crystals (like these from Michael’s)
  • Corn syrup

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Dip the rims of your glasses (2) of choice in corn syrup, and coat with green sprinkles for a festive rim.
  2. Add ice to the margarita glasses.
  3. In a shaker filled with ice, add tequila, blue curacao, peach schnapps, Jameson, Aperol, lime juice, and pineapple juice.
  4. Shake well and pour into glasses.
  5. Garnish with lime slices

Green Mudslide

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This is like the adult version of McDonald’s classic Shamrock Shake, and we are here for it! 10/10 recommend this drink, and as a matter of fact, we give it 5 stars too!

What You Will Need

  • 2 oz Jameson
  • 2 oz Bailey’s
  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 3 oz of half and half
  • 1 cup ice
  • Green food coloring

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Pour all ingredients into a blender, with just a few drops of food coloring. Blend until smooth, and pour into a glass.
  2. Top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a cherry!

Cheers!

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The Latest Caffeine Craze: Matcha

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Over the past year or so, we’ve notice so many guys and gals carrying around these myserious green drinks, and we couldn’t help but wonder…WTF is that?! After doing some research, we found out that it’s the latest caffeine craze…matcha!

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Some of your favorite coffee spots like Dunkin and Starbucks have been attracting matcha fanatics with shots, lattes, and even Matcha donuts. It’s no wonder that this drink has become so hip as of late…there are so many amazing health benefits associated with drinking (or eating matcha)! Allow us to share.

Matcha is antioxidant-rich! Matcha has been found to contain catechins, natural antioxidants which are only found in this strain of green tea. Antioxidants are super powerful because they are known to prevent aging and fight off diseases. Just one cup of matcha has as many antioxidants as ten cups of your basic green tea. WOW.

Matcha improves brain function. Of course, matcha is caffeinated. The caffeine concentration in matcha is about 35mg per 1/2 tsp. Caffeine (as we know), is linked to improved attention span, reaction time, and memory. It also contains L-theanine, which is known to have calming effects. Sounds like we will be placing an Amazon Prime order for this stuff ASAP.

Matcha can be linked to cancer prevention. You heard that right! Studies on animals have shown that compounds in matcha such as ECCG inhibit the growth of certain cancer.

Matcha is heart healthy. Studies have found that when supplemented with a healthy diet, matcha can have heart disease preventing powers. Green tea has been shown to reduce levels of “LDL’s” or bad cholesterol.

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Now that we’ve covered the basics, you’re probably wondering: “how the heck do I get my hands on this magical, caffeinated beverage?” Not to worry, we’ve got some matcha inspired recipes and helpful hints for ordering on the go!

Skinny Iced Matcha Latte

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What you will need

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk…we use non-fat milk or oat milk when we don’t want dairy…it’s so creamy!
  • 2 tsp of matcha powder…you can find it pretty much anywhere nowadays, but of course, we love that Amazon Prime 2-day delivery
  • 2 pumps of vanilla syrup…when we’re trying to keep it light, we like this one.

What you’ll need to do

  1. In a tall glass, add in the milk, matcha powder and vanilla syrup.
  2. Mix it all together! To ensure there are no chunks of powder (ew!), and that the blend is smooth, we like to use a coffee blender like this one.
  3. Pour in about a cup of ice and enjoy!

Matcha Cupcakes

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What you will need

For the cupcake

  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp of matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup

For the frosting

  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of matcha powder

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, oil, egg and maple syrup.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients: flour, matcha powder, and baking soda/powder. Then add the salt and sugar. Whisk it all up!
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and stir until it becomes a smooth batter.
  5. Distribute even parts into the cupcake liners and bake for about 16 minutes.
  6. For the frosting, beat together the ingredients until it forms whipped cream. Transfer into a piping bag, and frost once the cupcakes have cooled

On the Go Ordering

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Starbucks was one of the first major coffee chains to introduce their very own matcha drinks! There are so many fun ways to modify your drink order to make it even more delicious!

We recommend ordering a grande iced matcha latte with two pumps of sugar-free vanilla, and two pumps of chai for a perfectly spiced drink!

For a super unique experience, order the iced matcha latte with salted cream cold foam on top.

Cheers!

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Sweet and Simple Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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Valentine’s Day is only a few short days away. Celebrations should be in order whether you’ll be spending a romantic evening with your significant other, with your gal pals, or alone with Netflix. No matter what, it’s the perfect excuse to pour up a pink drink and shower your loved ones or yourself with love.

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Maybe you’re with us on this one, but it gets boring drinking the same bottle of cabernet or the same 5 flavors of White Claw every night (totally kidding…maybe). Why not spice things up this Valentine’s Day with these adorable love inspired cocktails?! These are so good, they’ll definitely have you feeling love drunk this V-day!

Let’s get into it!

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Cotton Candy Kisses

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Okay, HOW CUTE is this cotton candy champagne cocktail? This drink is the perfect way to kick off your Galentine’s Day celebration (February 13, mark your calendars)!

Here’s what you’ll need

  • One bottle of sparkling rosé champagne, like this one by Barefoot. It’s so sweet, it tastes like juice…dangerous!
  • A bag of Charm’s “Fluffy Stuff” cotton candy, the pink one of course!
  • If you really want to be extra, a can of edible glitter spray! Wilton makes one that can be found at your local craft or party store.

What you’ll need to do

  1. Coat your glass with the edible glitter. Don’t be shy!
  2. Pour it up! The more champagne the merrier – literally!
  3. Top with your cotton candy.
  4. Optional: snag a pic! This drink was made for your Instagram story!

Sexy Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temples were great as a youngster, but this reimagined adult spin on the drink is a must try! Plus, legend has it that if you can tie a knot with a cherry stem using your tongue, you are a great kisser!

What you will need

  • 3 oz of cranberry juice
  • 2 oz of Sprite
  • 1 oz of Vodka
  • 1 oz of grenadine
  • Cherries to garnish

What you’ll need to do

  1. In a glass filled with ice, add the cranberry juice, Sprite, vodka and grenadine.
  2. Mix well and garnish with a cherry on top!

Cupid’s Claw

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If you’re anything like us, you always have an emergency White Claw laying around. Here’s a fun twist on the spiked seltzer drink, that serves two so it’s perfect for you and your Valentine!

What you will need

  • Raspberry flavored White Claw
  • Maraschino cherries (and their juice)
  • Fresh or frozen berries
  • One can of Sprite

What you’ll need to do

  1. Get two glasses and split the White Claw between the two glasses to make two drinks.
  2. Then, split the can of Sprite between the two glasses.
  3. Pour about 1 oz of maraschino cherry juice into each glass
  4. Garnish with the berries, cherries and enjoy!

The Love Potion

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There is something that’s just SO SEXY about drinking a Martini. Even sexier? A pink one!

What you will need

  • 2 oz of gin
  • .75 oz of applejack
  • .25 oz of lemon juice
  • .25 oz of grenadine
  • 1 eggwhite

What you’ll need to do

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in each ingredient.
  2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass!
  3. Enjoy!

Which one will you be sippin’ on this Valentine’s Day?

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