When Unique Sweets traveled to Hawaii for the Season 6 premiere, the goal was to get the opposite of a beach body. Our favorite contributors loaded up on sugar with innovative sweet dishes like ube (aka purple sweet potato) gelato at Via Gelato, yuzu semifreddo at The Pig and the Lady and new spins on brunch at Koko Head Cafe. If you missed their tropical adventures, watch the full episode online now:
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Think about the last dessert you made at home. It was probably chocolate chip cookies or a pan of brownies, right? As much as we love the classics, it’s time to step outside the box — and we don’t mean just boxed mixes, but toss those, too — and throw some new ingredients into the bowl.
Instead of making plain ol’ crispy rice treats, mix in some Oreos, pretzels and potato chips for an “everything but the kitchen sink” version, or add some spice to your next batch of fudge with cayenne pepper. Check out those ideas and more of our best dessert recipes below, and get ready to blow your friends’ minds with inventive sweets.
Compost Crispy Rice Treats
Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City has a Compost Cookie featuring mix-ins like potato chips, pretzels and Oreos, and Zoe Francois gave the same treatment to crispy rice treats. Heart shapes are optional, but why not have some extra fun with your food?
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Everywhere you turn, there are tiny yellow Minions taking over the world, and it’s best to just embrace it. Despicable Me’s adorable babbling sidekicks get their own movie on July 9, and what better way to celebrate them than with a menu fit for for mini villains?
Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of kids for a birthday bash or embracing your inner child before seeing the new flick, these seven Minion-themed dishes are perfect. Some are foods that Minions would actually eat — like bananas and soda — while others are based on what they look like (Twinkies, of course) or callbacks to the first two movies, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.
Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding
Minions look like bananas and they go nuts for them, so banana pudding is the ideal dish to whip up. The added chocolate, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings don’t hurt, either.
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Side Show which opened to critical acclaim in New York City on Monday night, is everything a Broadway musical should be. Centered around two joined-at-the-hip twins, Violet and Daisy Hilton, the glamorous, thrilling, epic story follows the duo’s quest for true love and acceptance through the spectacle of fame and the scrutiny of the spotlight.
To celebrate its opening, Cooking Channel teamed up with Zac Young, resident Musical Maestro of Sweets and Executive Pastry Chef at David Burke Fabrick, to create a Sweet Show to match the grandeur of the twins’ incredible Freak Show (you have to see it to understand). Exotic and enticing, playful and full of passion, these recipes — cleverly named for big Side Show numbers — are sure to stop the show at your next holiday gathering. And just like the Hiton twins, what makes these dessert recipes just a little different is what makes them extraordinary.
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With fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, it’s that time of year when our sweet tooths start calling to (or yelling at) us. After a long, hot summer, we happily remember what it feels like to turn our ovens on and experience the joy of baking, we visit orchards and patches to stock up on apples and pumpkins that will inevitably be made into crispy crumbles and pies, and we inwardly jump for joy when we see the fun-sized trick-or-treat candy bags appear at our grocery store. Whether it’s decadent cakes and pies or little wrapped candies you crave, Cooking Channel’s Sweets Week has everything you need to satiate your dolce desires.
The fun begins tonight at 9:00pm ET with four back-to-back episodes of Unique Eats and Unique Sweets, featuring the country’s most original and tasty cupcakes, like Butternut Squash Cupcakes Stuffed with Maple Cream Cheese, and all-around dreamiest desserts, like Four and Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie (pictured above).
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Mexican-style Lime Pie Paletas are frosty, frozen treats that are surprisingly easy to make at home.
What the heck are paletas? They’re frozen Mexican ice pops, made in all kinds of inventive flavors. In the new cookbook Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas, Fany Gerson, owner of the paletas street fair shop La Newyorkina in New York City and author of My Sweet Mexico, includes recipes for traditional Mexican favorites, like Spicy Pineapple Ice Pops, and some of her own inventions, like whimsical Lime Pie Ice Pops. (Explore a Mexican ice cream festival with Fanny Gerson.)
Paletas are surprisingly easy to make at home. If you don’t own ice pop molds don’t let the logistics slow you down — this book includes instructions for making paletas in glasses or other molds, so the only special equipment you’ll need is sticks. Here are some recipes to get you started: Lime Pie Ice Pops, Avocado Ice Pops & Yogurt Ice Pops with Berries.
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Lulu's Cream-Filled Swiss Rolls tonight on Unique Sweets
Cream-filled chocolate rolls, red velvet cake, ice-cold popsicles — tonight’s all new episode of Unique Sweets takes a look at your favorite childhood sweets, but now they’re all grown up.
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