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Cold Brew coffee popsicles

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Nariño 70 Cold Brew popsicles When I was in Maui a few years back, I became obsessed with one of the “Hawaii only” offerings; Thai walls. You can order any drink with thai walls, and it is essentially sweetened condensed milk drizzled in the cup. I normally drink my coffee black, but this was a game changer. Suddenly I was ordering everything with thai walls. Strawberry Acai refreshers, Starbucks double shots, flat whites, but my favorite was the cold brew. Imagine drinking cold brew with a hint of vanilla frosting. That’s exactly what it tastes like. Those few weeks in Hawaii were so special to me, and being back in California, where every day is in the 90’s (or today was in the 100s), sitting by the pool under a palm tree, I am almost transported back to the island. Almost.

Today I decided that I should try to recreate it, but I was also craving ice cream.. and so, the cold brew popsicle was born…. 

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Nariño 70 Cold Brew mint julep

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mint julep mocktail

In honor of national mint julep day, I wanted to craft a coffee mocktail. Starbucks Nariño 70 Cold Brew with a mint simple syrup over crushed ice and fresh mint. This is a very quick and easy drink to make, and it is super refreshing especially with this warmer weather we are having! … 

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Theo chocolate tasting

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Theo chocolates + Starbucks

Theo chocolates + Starbucks

Theo chocolate  is based in Seattle’s Fremont district. They make the most incredible chocolates! Starbucks was testing Theo peanut butter cups in select stores, and my friend Melody went to Theo chocolate to get an up close and personal tour. During her tour, she sent me a message, saying she needed my address “right now”. I sent it along, and a few days later, a huge box of chocolates was on my doorstep, compliments of Theo chocolate. Thank you Theo chocolate & Melody! I put together a coffee tasting with the seven chocolates I was sent (actually, there is one missing because I had to taste test it 🙂 )… 

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