Bubbly Snack Round-up

One of the many benefits of cultivating this passion project, is that my friends and colleagues love to share gifts of the bubbles+sprinkles persuasion. Birthdays and major holidays aside, I’ve begun to amass quite a collection of foods, beverages, clothes, trinkets, everything you can think of– with some link to sparkling wine or cupcakes. Some gifts have been downright amazing (I’m looking at you 2004 and 2006 Dom Perignon special editions), others I have loved for sentimental value (a favorite is a cupcake painting by one of my best friends). I’ve also received some kooky winners, which I still file away and cherish immensely.

Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of candies either infused with sparkling wine, or the flavors of. I thought it would be fun to profile my fave five— each of which I recommend as favors at your next party or gifts for your closest peeps.

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1) Champagne Bears by Sugarfina. Sugarfina knows what’s up. They’re currently offering a gummy bear detox AND you can design your own bento box of sugary goodness. My kinda haven. Their Champagne Bears are infused with the Dom and come in single-sized cubes for….portion control… 😉

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2) Champagne Dreams Gourmet Gummies by Project 7. Though not infused with actual alcohol, these gummies are super tasty and available at most local Starbucks. One of the best girls in all the land gave me these for my last birthday and I’m forever grateful.

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3) Champagne Bottle Jelly Beans by Jelly Belly. It’s all about the packaging for these love bugs, but the packaging is on point. One of my all time favorite memories growing up was visiting the Jelly Belly bean factory. They even had bags of “misshapen jelly beans” for a whopping $2. It’s only fitting that ma beans grow up with me.

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4) Jelly Belly Champagne Jelly Beans. These guys are one step beyond the above, a perfect visual representation of the tiny rose gold bubbles that we all find in our favorite beverages. Sweet and sassy and alcohol free, these are a great way to start Friday a little earlier than 5pm.

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5)Champagne Bubbles Gumdrops. The site even says that these things have a ‘je ne sais quoi’. It ain’t lyin’. Again, no booze in these babies, but they do have a great light grape flavor and a cool texture. These are an awesome choice if you’re looking to do a candy bar at your next event.

Hope that y’all have sugar-filled dreams a wonderful week!

Xo,
Jenna

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Junior Mint-Inspired Cupcakes for Thanksgiving

Happy belated Thanksgiving! So very much to be thankful for — each and every day, but especially this past weekend. I couldn’t have asked for a better kick off to the holiday season. I hope that everyone enjoyed time with family and loved ones, and that the next few weeks are full of joy.

Tryptophan is real, y’all– there’s a reason that many companies honor the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day off. But the celebrations began far before Friday, with a festive Friendsgiving. It was here that I was able to debut this week’s Junior Mint-inspired cupcakes. They were inspired by a (probably terrifying) interaction with a nine-year-old boy at the local Freddy’s. I was going back and forth between Junior Mints and Wintergreen Mints as my cupcake inspiration. I (overly) enthusiastically asked for an unassuming passerby’s feedback. Junior Mints were the winner, and off he ran. Sorry/thanks bud.

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box Junior Mints

 Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Junior Mints for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin with especially festive liners. Combine cupcake ingredients (sans Junior Mints) and beat until smooth. Fill cupcake liners. Place 1-2 Junior Mints in each liner. Bake for 16 minutes. While cooling, combine frosting ingredients. Pipe frosting on cupcakes and garnish with 1-2 Junior Mints. Note- I like all chocolate cupcakes on the fudge-y side. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can bake up to 20 minutes for a more cake-like texture.

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May your leftovers be plentiful, and your pants’ waistbands be elastic!

Hope everyone has a great week. OH! And everyone should tune into Afternoon Live on KATU on December 1 at 3pm. Just saying… 😉

Xo,
Jenna