We know what you’re thinking. A caffeinated cotton candy drink? With ice cream?!
Now stick with us here a minute…it might sound like an absurd holiday concoction, but we assure you it not only looks like a gift from Santa, it darn tastes like one too.
Inspired by a trip to a hidden Los Angeles Gem, Cafe Maji, a quaint little coffee spot tucked above an nondescript gymnasium we discovered many visually pleasing treats. Including the existence of a “snow affogato”. This cloud-like sweet drink has since delighted many on our instagram feed and now stimulated our mad scientist ways into creating our own seasonally stunning treat: The Candy Cane Cotton Candy Snow Affogato Mocha.
A mouthful to day, yes…but it’s also the most show stopping drink to make an appearance this Christmas. We’re sure of it.
Candy Cane Cotton Candy Snow Affogato MochaIngredients 2 candy canes (or pre-made peppermint cotton candy if you don’t have a machine handy) 1-2 shots of espresso 4-6oz hot chocolate Vanilla ice cream Directions If using a cotton candy maker, follow the specific directions on your machine. We recommend this little dandy machine for home experiments. Place one scoop of ice cream into a mug and create a cotton candy hood over the top of the mug. Pour hot espresso and hot chocolate over cotton candy, allowing it to melt into sweet peppermint liquid over the ice cream. Enjoy warm with a spoon! Variations For kid-friendly version, remove the espresso component for a decaf treat. For a slightly less sweet version, use only espresso or experiment with coffee. For an adult kick, add a little Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlua…go on, it’s the holidays!
Watching the cotton candy melt over the ice cream with a delicate pour over of espresso and hot chocolate is just as thrilling as your first sip. A visually stunning and unique new treat that is making all of us feel like kids this holiday…and hopefully all winter long.
Creative Direction, Styling & Recipe: Kristin Guy Photography: Danae Horst Ceramics: Bauer Pottery
Want more cotton candy? Check out our Lavender & Rose flavored treats inspired by Fashion Hair Photography.