Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

We live in a town in north Orange County where there’s a cute little coffee shop called Creme & Sugar. It’s fairly new and has been popular locally but never very crowded. A few months ago they introduced some new “secret” items. One of them is Unicorn Hot Chocolate.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

It’s pink hot chocolate overflowing in a huge mug, topped with whipped cream, colorful candies and sprinkles, and pastel colored marshmallows. It looks like my daughter’s wildest hot chocolate fantasy come true! They carry several other unicorn-themed items including Unicorn Bark…

Unicorn Bark at Creme & Sugar

…and Unicorn Cake.

Unicorn Cake at Creme & Sugar

Videos about the Unicorn Hot Chocolate have gone viral and this quiet coffee shop in our small suburb town has turned into a popular hot spot for people near and far. Lines, that used to be short or non-existent, can be very long if one’s visit isn’t timed right. I’ve heard of people waiting over an hour to place an order, and up to 45 minutes to receive their order. Locals aren’t thrilled about the lines at their favorite formerly quiet coffee shop, but we’re happy for Creme & Sugar’s success! I saw this sign inside the store.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate Wait Time

Nolan and I were on our way home from an errand one weekday morning and, since we hadn’t had the Unicorn Hot Chocolate experience yet, I decided to swing by to see if there was a line. We got lucky! No line! Woot woot! So we headed inside to see what the excitement was about.

Outside Creme & Sugar

We ordered our Unicorn Hot Chocolate at the counter.

Creme & Sugar Counter

Then we waited for a bit. We didn’t wait that long. Mr. Personality was just anxious to get his hot chocolate.

Waiting for Unicorn Hot Chocolate

When it was finally ready, we were presented with a frothy, overflowing mug of pink and white fluffy sprinkle-covered yummies! I had to hold Nolan back so I could take a photo.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

My boy dove right in.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

He loved the marshmallows and ate every one of them. Then he decided was done and it was my turn. I won’t comment on the taste of the hot chocolate, but I will say that I told my pregnant neighbor that she should drink a Unicorn Hot Chocolate if she wants a preview of how she’ll feel after her glucose test in a few weeks.

It’s very pink. And very sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate at Creme & Sugar

Creme & Sugar serves many other drinks. They also have ice cream and an assortment of baked goods.

Creme & Sugar Menus

Ice Cream at Creme & Sugar

Creme & Sugar Lounge Area

If you want to give your kids a cute, fun, colorful hot chocolate experience, you need to get them a Unicorn Hot Chocolate. I loved seeing Nolan’s face light up when the big mug of overflowing fluffy yummies was served to us. Considering he only ate the marshmallows and my taste buds and stomach could only handle a few sips, I felt like the $6.75 price tag was a bit steep. But it was one of those things that we had to experience once so we could say we did it. And I’m glad we did.

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes by Life As A Mama

I got some awesome Betty Crocker ice cream cone cupcake baking racks for Christmas and my daughter has been begging to use them!

Who doesn’t love an ice cream cone cupcake?! She wanted vanilla cupcakes with blue frosting and pink sprinkles. So that’s what she got!

My little bakers!

The baking racks were easy to use. We got regular ice cream cones and set each one in one of the little holes and set the racks on a baking sheet. (Please excuse the condition of my well-loved baking pan. It gets a lot of use.)

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes by Life As A Mama

I wish I could share the recipe we used, but it’s the recipe that an Orange County cupcake business, Fairy Cakes Bakery, uses, and we’ve been sworn to secrecy. I’m sure any boxed mix would work and a quick search on Pinterest should provide an awesome frosting recipe.

My favorite dyes are the AmeriColor gels. For this frosting I added a squirt of sky blue. I used a piping bag fitted with a big round tip to apply the frosting.

We filled the ice cream cones a little too full with batter. I think next time I would leave around 3/4″ of space at the top. Several of the cupcakes overflowed. But they for us so we didn’t care! We had fun and the cupcakes were delicious!

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Oatmeal Awesomeness

Baby Girl and I met with our playgroup a few weeks ago and one of the moms brought these yummy bars for us that she called Oatmeal Carmelita bars. I asked her for the recipe because they pretty much rocked my world and I HAD to make them again myself. I revised the recipe a tiny bit by adding a little more salt and by using the chunky sea salt instead of table salt (I like salt), and they were even more awesome. I also changed the name to Whoa Nellie These Things Are Amazing Bars because when I tried them, that’s the first thing I thought, but the name has been shortened to Whoa Nellies. If your taste buds want to experience some super deliciousness, you need to make these things. I don’t have a picture to post here, but if I make some sometime soon I’ll take one and update this blog. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Whoa Nellies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon chunky salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9×9 inch square pan.
2. Combine the 1 cup flour, baking soda, oats, brown sugar, salt and melted butter. Mix to combine, mixture will be very crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes.
4. Let cool slightly then sprinkle over the crust the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Mix the caramel ice cream topping with the 3 tablespoons of flour and drizzle over the chocolate chips. Top with the remaining oatmeal mixture. You will need to break it into small pieces to cover.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Let bars cool before cutting.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

A few days ago I found this picture online.

YUMMY! I had to make them! So I did some Googling and found the recipe and went to work in my kitchen. Delicious and quite easy to make! But very rich. My husband loves peanut butter, but decided that he preferred the rice krispie squares without the fudge layers on top. Since I couldn’t have these little squares of high calorie yummyness in my house, I took them to work the next day, thinking they probably wouldn’t all get eaten. Nope! Within 2 hours they were all gone! And I got rave reviews. Here’s the recipe.

Oh, one more thing. Since I should give credit where credit is due, HERE is where I found the recipe.

Rice Krispies Treats

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (or any puffed rice cereal)

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper or wet hands, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. (You may want to line your pan with parchment paper or waxed paper large enough to have flaps hanging over the sides. This will make it easy to pull the giant block of goodness out of the pan when it’s done. If you do this, be sure to also butter the paper so the treats will not stick.) Cool. Make Peanut Butter Fudge.

Peanut Butter Fudge
recipe from Alton Brown

1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound powdered sugar

Microwave butter and peanut butter for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar to peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Pour over the Rice Krispy treats in the pan and spread evenly. Let cool in the fridge while you make the Chocolate Fudge.

Easy Chocolate Fudge

2 Tbsp butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Combine butter, milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, chocolate, and vanilla. Beat for about 1 minute, or until marshmallows melt and mixture is thoroughly combined. Pour over peanut butter fudge, spread evenly and place in the fridge to harden and cool. Cut into 1-inch pieces or smaller and serve.

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