Sweet Finds: 3 Mail Home-Ice Cream Shops That Caught My Heart ♥

I can live without cake, I can live without doughnuts, I can live without candy but one thing that I must have is Ice Cream. Ice cream here, ice cream there, Ice cream everywhere because I care. No really, though; I think Ice cream is my favorite dessert of all times! So, the idea of buying ice cream online was quite exciting and when I found these three stores online, it became a goal to be able to purchase from each of these stores at least once in my life.

First, we have a popular ice cream brand known as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

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Price per pint: 12.00 ( Minimum of three for delivery)

Jeni’s was founded in 2002 and is devoted to creating quality & delicious ice cream without the artificial flavors and additives that can be found in some ice cream products out there. Jeni’s has everything from a Cream Puff flavor to a Brambleberry Sorbet to a Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean. I think if I had to choose ( and it would be hard to), I would go with the Ndali estate Vanilla bean because I am crazy about Vanilla, the Cookies & Cream Pint and the Lemon Buttermilk Frozen Yogurt. I just…can’t…wait!

Next, we have Graeter’s Ice Cream:

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Price per pack (6): 79.95 = about 13-14 dollars per pint

Graeter’s was actually an ice cream shop that was quite the treat when I lived in Ohio. I always used to stick with my one and only flavor: the Cookies & Cream ( oh my golly). Graeters was founded in 1870 in Ohio and they use a french pot method to make their ice cream ( and clearly, all these years later the methods works for them). The great thing about Graeter’s is that they can be found in select stores; for instance I have seen their brand in Fry’s/Krogers but only a few select flavors. As for me, if I could grab up a pint or a few from Graeter’s, it would have to be the Cookies & Cream and their Madagascar Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Last but certainly not least, there’s Salt & Straw, based out of Portland, LA & San Francisco.

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Price per pack (5): 65.00 ( about 13.00 per pint)

What I could immediately appreciate about Salt & Straw was it’s use of fresh ingredients to create such intriguing flavors such as their Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons or Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate. Founded in 2011 by the Malek cousins, the ice cream shop produces flavor combinations that are unique & fresh. While there are a few flavors that I can not see myself trying personally, I know that I would not mind trying the “Salted, Malted and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough”, the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, the Double Fold Vanilla and the Roasted Strawberry Tres Leches. This would be quite the place for a unique ice cream experience….Perhaps, a Sweetploration trip in the future ? I tell you, goals…GOALS!

♥ Bree♥

 

 

 

Sweet Haultime: Birthday Time!

Hello Hello!

At las! I can share with you guys a haul; even though it is only a really small one…but we all have to start somewhere, right ? So, my little sister’s birthday is coming up and for the first time ever, my Mother insisted that I would make cupcakes for her birthday. Now, in the past I have expressed baking inspirations but since she does not know that those aspirations have dimmed and subsequently subsided, she wanted to see what I would do for my sister’s birthday. Before I go any further, I do want to say Happy Birthday to all of the July babies out there!

To make the cupcakes, I went to Wal-Mart & picked up some supplies. I had asked my little sister if she wanted to go with candy theme or a black/gold theme and she chose the candy theme. Here’s what I got:

It was just obvious, for me, to go with Funfetti Cake Mix but after all, it is the most fun cake mix for all ages, right…no ?…yes ?

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Admittedly, I did not realize just how much things add up when baking; I mean I guess I never really had to think about it but comparatively to just buying a cake, it truly is a gift in itself! Not that I am complaining...just saying! On another note, I also just picked up some Canola Oil and some Greek Yogurt in substitute for the eggs 🙂

For the birthday girl, I picked up two books from Barnes & Nobles and also this chic yet mature wallet from Target ( that is not shown here):

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Me and my mother saw this ” Keep Calm & Pray” book long time ago and upon seeing it recently, I knew that I had to get it because every season is a time to keep calm and pray!

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I also got her this Paris journal since my little sister is a little Paris bumblebee…at least I think she is).

Last but not least, the birthday bag itself is from either my 13th or 14th birthday from my Grandmaw and since I loved the bag so much, I kept it in a folder all of these years -ahem- and decided to finally let go of it so my little sister could have it for her birthday. While the bag itself is not the cutest, I think the straps are just the snazziest, fun things I’ve ever seen on a birthday bag:

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Thank you for joining me for today’s small haul and hopefully many more to come. If you’d like to see the results of the Candy-Yum cupcakes, come back on Monday for a segment of G.B.W.M ( Get.Baking.With.Me).

Until next time,

♥ Bree

 

 

Sweet Reads: Momofuku Milk Bar

Good Morning Sweetplorers ~

Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite cookbooks ( Dessert-books, I should say) so far called Milk: MomoFuku Milk Bar. Now, I had first come across this book at work in my boss ( who was a Chef) office. It had quite the impression on me and my supervisor ( she is seriously, the sweetest) must have noticed because she ended up giving me this beautiful book as a present. The book is authored by Christina Tosi who is chef and owner of Milk, and the foreword is done by David Chang.

 

The book is clearly divided into various chapters ranging from their famous Cereal Milk to Liquid Cheesecakes to “Mother Dough”. Each chapter is headed with a stunning photograph by either Gabriele Stabile or Mark Ibold.

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I think easily one of my favorite chapters is the crumb chapter…though I am pretty sure this is simply because of the confetti appeal:

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As mentioned, one of Milk’s standout products is their cereal milk; which apparently is a people pleaser. She starts the recipe sharing with a recipe on how to create this and dedicates the rest of the chapter to cereal milk-based desserts. There’s everything from a Cereal Milk Panna Cotta to a Fruity Cereal Milk Ice Cream…I know, it sounds pretty awesome, right ?

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Another really popular treat that they share in the book is the Candy Bar Pie. Caramel, Chocolate..Peanut Butter AND PRETZELS, some one pinch me now. Not to mention that it looks fantastic. I feel that this book is sharing top-secret recipes here:

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What I love about this book is it’s uniqueness in it’s recipes but also the clarity in how it was written, not to mention the beautiful accompanying photographs that temporarily make you feel that you simply must have it in your life! Honestly, while I have yet to make a recipe thus far in this book, there is something about it that gives me inspiration & happiness just looking at this book. Have you ever heard of it ?

♥ Bree ( as for the back of the book, one of my favorite desserts to look at in the book: the Red Velvet Ice Cream:

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Sweet Finds: Calling All Cinnamon Roll Lovers!

Good Monday To You 🙂

Today, I wanted to share with you guys the sweet Cinnamon Roll goodies that I have noticed over the weeks that I have been to the store. As much as I would have loved to make this a “haul”, financially I am not able to get but one treat, which I will do a first impression of at a later time. Help me decide, which treat should I get ? But as for now, let’s get into today’s post, shall we ?

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Admittedly, I really enjoyed the Limited Edition Birthday Cake Fudge Striped Cookies that Keebler released a few months ago (?); but they did have a artificial aftertaste to them…if that makes any sense. But I saw these at Wal-Mart for only 2.98 and thought that they would make more plentiful addition than getting actual cinnamon rolls.

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Okay, I have never met a person who does not enjoy Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls; they are warm and ooey gooey goodness in roll form. So, when I saw these when I visited the refrigerated baked goods section, I really wanted to get them then and there but with the price tag of 3.78, I knew I could not. That being said, I am certainly curious to see if the taste of the buttercream and cinnamon is more pronounced since it says “extra rich buttercream” and that they added more cinnamon. I will get back with you guys on this as I will do a First Impression of these hopefully not too far down the line.

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Nabisco released the Cinnamon Roll Oreo cookies, which is a Oreo favorite of mine but the other day, I noticed a newer edition to the Cinnamon roll inspired cookie: the Cinnabon bakery cookies by Pillsbury. Now, the only thing that is getting in my way of accepting these cookies is the fact that the chips in the cookie are a cream cheese based and I prefer the buttercream icing over the cream cheese frosting.

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As usual, I was prowling through the Ice Cream Aisle and this Cinnamon Roll Gelato by Breyers caught my eyes and I just knew I had to try it….someday. I will say that I feel that the ice cream mixture itself looked better than the little ball-pebbles on the top that remind me of some kind of cereal or even dry dog food. HEY, I am just saying!  Interestingly, they also have a cinnamon swirl regular Ice Cream; it’s great to see businesses hopping on the cinnamon roll bandwagon because after all, they are so gooood!

 

Thank You for joining me for this segment of Sweet Finds, I hope that you guys enjoyed it and let me know which treat you would try in the comment section below.

Until next time,

Bree