Mardi Gras Treats

Treat yourself this Tuesday– no need to be in NOLA to celebrate Mardi Gras!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows
  • Purple candy melts
  • Star shaped silicone mold (optional)
  • Green, gold and purple sugar pearls
  • Green, gold and purple sprinkles

Mardi Gras Treats

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until they’re melted and combined.
  3. Remove mixture from heat and add it to cereal until it’s evenly coated.
  4. Coat a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray, pressing mixture evenly into pan.
  5. Let cool and cut into small rectangles.
  6. Melt purple candy according to instructions and pour into molds.
  7. Reserving half, dip the treats into the melted candy, as much or as little as you’d like.
  8. Decorate using the cooled star candies, sugar pearls and sprinkles.

Mardi Gras Treats

 

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Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

Share your Unicorn Hot Chocolate pics with us by tagging @americaneagle!

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DIY: The Perfect Holiday Hot Chocolate

If we could sip only one type of drink all winter it would most definitely be hot chocolate! Last week we hosted our first ever Holiday Blogger Party for our friends in New York City and had our very own DIY Hot Chocolate Bar! Despite our attempts to persuade our team to build a hot chocolate bar at our office (we’re not feeling optimistic) we had so much fun decorating our drinks with very necessary amounts of whipped cream that made our hot chocolates incredibly Instagram worthy. Read on below to see how we created THE perfect hot chocolate!

AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0478Whether it’s from a packet or a homemade recipe, pour your hot chocolate mix into your favorite winter mug! (Ours are plastic – easier to clean up at the party!)
AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0497Load on the whipped cream! Don’t forget to shake the bottle, push down a bit into your mug, and swirl!

AERIE-BLOGGER-PARTY_0508 Next step…add MORE chocolate! We placed chocolate chips on the whipped cream and sprinkled a dash of cinnamon on top. We placed little mini marshmallows on top AND added one large marshmallow right in the middle.

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Last step? Add a candy cane. Stir as desired!

Enjoy! Stay cozy!

xo,

Aerie

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