Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Comes to Life

A real life Chocolate Factory is in the works at Universal Orlando. In 1971, every child’s dream came true when Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory hit theaters and created a candy and sweets heaven for each imagination to view the movie.

Now, the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory will be turned into a restaurant called Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium and will be located on the Universal CityWalk in Florida.

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Although the restaurant will only include decorations that recreate the feel of the movie such as the tubes that are featured on the outside of the factory in the movie.

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Paste Magazine says that the restaurant will feature a large menu such “burgers, pastas, salads, crepes, and quiches,” but will specialize in milkshakes and ice cream sundaes. Customers will also be able to take some sweets home.

Universal gave www.slashfilm.com a preview of the desserts that will be on the menu and here are some photos:

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Will you make a trip to Orlando, Florida just to receive the Willy Wonka experience?

Breakfast of Champions

Rise and shine people! You know what time it is… breakfast time. We’re dreaming of a tall stack of heaven with lots of color…so Cake Batter Pancakes it is!

Talk about decadent, colorful and not to mention, completely satisfying. Perfect for you and all your friends after a sleepover party, this recipe combines the joys of baking a cake with the best Saturday morning activity, pancake making. Grab all your friends and get to work!Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 5.07.13 PM.png

Ingredients:

-1 cup of Buttermilk Pancake Mix from Arrowhead Mills (or any other pancake mix you prefer)

-1 cup of Confetti Cake Mix (we used Duncan Hines)

-1 cup of milk

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

-2 eggs

-1 tablespoon of canola oil

-Rainbow sprinkles

Note: makes about seven 3 1/2-4 inch pancakes

To assemble:

– Grease griddle and set at about 375ºF

-Pour cake powder mix AND pancake powder mix into medium bowl

-Add 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 eggs, and 1 tablespoon of canola oil to cake mix

-Stir until consistent throughout (avoid chunks)

-Pour an endless amount of rainbow sprinkles 🙂

– Stir

-After griddle is heated, pour pancake mix to fulfill desired pancake size onto griddle. (We made our pancakes about 3 1/2 – 4 inches in size)

-Cook like normal pancakes! (Until pancake is golden brown)

-Stack and serve (with whipped cream, syrup, icing, or any topping!)

Have FUN(fetti)!

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Amp Up Your Ice Cream Experience

With Spring finally in session, and the temperature is slowly rising, ice cream season is coming. Are you looking for a new way to experience the way you order ice cream? Introducing the 10-week old ice cream shop: CoolMess, where you can make your own ice cream. That is right…make…your own…ice cream.IMG_2404.PNG

CoolMess offers customers the choice to either eat pre-made ice cream, or to create ice cream yourself while also ordering from the shop’s full meal menu.

Creating ice cream takes 3 steps:

  1. Choose a base: Vanilla or Chocolate
  2. Choose 3 mix-ins from the 33 options
  3. Enjoy!

You can be creative and create your own combination, or go for one of CoolMess’ recommended combinations. Each table comes with one mixer, and serves up to four people. The entire process takes about 10 minutes but with the music that blasts in the room, and a group of friends to chat with, time passes by quickly. IMG_2407.PNG

I created two of my own ice cream batches. One had a base of vanilla and the other had a base of chocolate. The vanilla was mixed-in with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Oreos, and Chocolate Pretzels. The chocolate was mixed in with Hot Fudge, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, and Chocolate Chips.

The best part of creating your own ice cream other than a new experience was that you can really taste the freshness in each batch!

IMG_2214I also created my own sundae with the pre-made flavors CoolMess offers and tried the Red Velvet Birthday Cake flavor with a scoop of the S’mores flavor. I topped my sundae with chunks of Edible Cookie Dough from Cookie Dō , Rainbow Sprinkles, Whipped Cream, and Hot Fudge served in a Funfetti Waffle Bowl!

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A Taste of Madelaine Chocolate

A few days before Easter and Easter baskets are already being prepared by man companies such as Madelaine Chocolate. The time of Easter is not only being surrounded by family, but also by eating much more candy than anticipated.

I was lucky enough to be reached out to by those at Madelaine Chocolate to promote their seasonal Easter basket. After receiving my basket on last Wednesday, I opened the package to discover a basket filled with some of my favorite goodies.

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I was in chocoholic heaven with what was provided in my basket:

Milk Chocolate Egg Crate: 

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Three Chocolate Sitting Bunnies (Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate):

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Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate Eggs:

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Caramel Filled Milk Chocolate Eggs:

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Easter Egg Pops:

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Milk Chocolate Easter Egg Gift Bag: 

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Dark Chocolate Easter Egg Gift Bag: 

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4 oz. Chocolate Bunny:

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2 oz. Chocolate Rabbit:

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Started in 1949, Madelaine Chocolate has been dedicated to “Sharing every chocolate moment” with all who are enjoy chocolate. Located in NY, Madelaine Chocolate ships chocolates for any occasion nationwide and new customers receive 10% off their first order if you click here.

 

Seasonal Fatty Sundays On Sunday

Easter is exactly a week away and there are so many options other than my past posts about Easter chocolates. Fatty Sundays is known for their homemade chocolate covered pretzels.

Fatty Sundays was created by two sisters who wanted to combine their favorite sweet and salty treats: chocolate and pretzels. A combination that I personally think goes just like peanut butter and jelly. Most of the pretzels are rod-shaped and are covered in white, dark, or milk chocolate, and topped with sprinkles, nuts or any other topping you could think of.

Fatty Sundays sent me their Easter Pretzels just in time for the holiday to promote on @feedyoursoull. After just one bite, I automatically gave the company a 10/10 for their sweet and salty creation:

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Ways to eat Fatty Sundays:

  1. As is
  2. Break into small pieces and top on ice cream
  3. Break into small pieces and stuff in cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc…
  4. Break into small pieces and top on cookies, brownies, cupcakes
  5. BE CREATIVE!

The company offers many seasonal holiday treats such as Halloween color themed pretzels, Christmas color themed pretzels, Hanukkah color themed pretzels, Valentine’s Day color themed pretzels and more.

The pretzels also come in different flavors such as S’mores, Coffee, Red Velvet, and more. They are available to order for delivery nationwide.

The company has was recently featured on the Today Show.

Milkshake Show Down

2016 has been the year for Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer. Their creative milkshakes has brought them hundreds of thousands of customers from all over the world just to experience the shakes. Even celebrities such as Zendaya, and Jonathan Cheban have hit up the popular restaurant to see what the fuss was about.

For every occasion, Black Tap creates themed milkshakes that sometimes are not available to the public. There are two Black Tap locations: Soho and Meatpacking both in NYC. Due to popularity, there have been 3-hour long lines just to dine at one of the locations.

Meanwhile, at Boston Burger Company has three locations: Cambridge, Boylston Street, and Davis Square all in Massachusetts and was started in 2009. The company has been using the art of the milkshake to compliment their known burgers.

Is there a chance that Black Tap may have some competition in the future? 

Take a look at some of Black Tap’s milkshake creations…

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Massachusetts’ Boston Burger Company has been creating milkshake art as well. It may not be as insane as Black Tap’s famous milkshakes, but I have hope for the restaurant! If you are not THAT into sweets as I am but still enjoy milkshakes, then Boston Burger Company’s milkshakes may be for you. Their shakes have potential, but are not at Black Tap’s level quite yet.

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Which kind of milkshake are you?

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I’m a Black Tap Milkshake!

 

Pretty Little Relationships

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016 the 6th season finale of Pretty Little Liars  premiered on Freeform and this calls for a trip down memory lane.

The girls have gone through so much ever since the first season. From believing A was almost every guess character possible, to finally finding out A was Charlotte, Alison’s transgender sister to now out of college and believing there is another A out in the world. The show is coming to yet another close before its final season ever.

What is a series without a little love? Throughout the seasons, some of the girls had gone through relationships after relationships, and the others have found their special someone, or so they thought.

(No spoilers of the season finale in this article!)

Let’s go through a quick run through of who dated who out of the main four girls, shall we?

Emily Fields:

The only one out of the girls who is a lesbian has had her girl on girl heartbreak. She had originally hid her true sexuality from everyone until one day she finally accepted it. Emily has had three big relationships and a couple brief ones.

1. Alison and Emily

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It all began with Alison DiLaurentis, her first secret girlfriend and first girl kiss. Alison and Emily’s relationship ends when Alison lies to Emily and they have a falling out until later in following seasons they reconcile.

2. Maya and Emily

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Her next girlfriend was Maya St. Germain who unfortunately died after being murdered by her fake cousin ‘Nate’ who really was named Lyndon James. Maya was Emily’s second love after Alison.

3. Paige and Emily

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Paige McCullers was one of Emily’s longest relationships she ever had. They both met through swimming and at first Paige was embarrassed to be in love with another girl, but their love becomes public and their relationship ends when Paige moves to California.

Hanna Marin:

Known as the fashionista on the show, Hanna is all for boys, fashion, beauty and partying. She has had her fair share of getting around but settled with one teenage boy when she was in high school. Hanna moved to New York to work as a Fashion Designer after the five year fast forward and is engaged to a British man right now.

1. Hanna and Caleb Rivers

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All hail team ‘HALEB!’ The most beautiful couple in all of Rosewood. Their love for each other was almost unbreakable, until they split up and Hanna had moved on and found a new man to make her happy, or so she thought.

2.  Jordan Hobart

 

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Viewers are introduced to the man that Hanna is engaged to and boy is he a sight to see. Although I am not a supporter of Hanna and Jordan because I am all for team ‘Haleb,’ I do respect her choice in men because he is very protective of he.

Spencer Hasting:

A classy girl who has had many boyfriends but she has had two major boys in her life who fans are either for one team or the other. Her love of academics and field hockey brought her to Georgetown University where she ended up breaking up with her most supported boyfriend by fans and onto a next secret love interest.

1. Spencer and Toby Cavanaugh

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Also known as ‘Spoby,’ this couple lasted through almost all of high school and some of college and broke fans hearts when they split up.

2. Spencer and Caleb Rivers

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Now known as ‘Spaleb,’ Pretty Little Liars fanatics freaked out when they found out that this new couple got together, especially after Spencer’s best friend and Caleb’s long time ex-girlfriend had found out. The heart-break is still very real.

Aria Montgomery:

Aria is a flowery character who loves art and reading. She finds herself falling in love with her high school teacher named Ezra and secretly dates him. Eventually her secret is let out and they have an on and off relationship. In the new season she dates a boy named Liam who she met at work, but let’s be real, she is meant to be with Ezra.

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The most mature and most romantic relationship out of all the girls goes to ‘Ezria.’ They ironically meet at a bar when Aria was in high school and she finds out he is her English teacher when she goes to class the next day. Due to their age difference, they had many difficulties throughout the years that they were together because of Aria’s parents and their different wishes.

So who is your favorite Pretty Little Liars Couple?