LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show 2018 Preview

Happy Superbowl Sunday loves!

We’re only one week away from the LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show! Just think any type of dessert: brownies, cookies, cakes, brookies, vegan cupcakes, gluten free muffins, even cake pops. Any of you people who love desserts and has a sweet tooth definitely needs to once in their life to go to the LA Cookie Con.

DETS:

Time and Date: February 10 & 11th 2018 from 10am-5pm (VIP members starts at 9am)

Where: Anaheim Convention Center – 800 W. Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92802

Tickets: You can find the detailed list of tickets at Eventbrite! I’ll list a few here though!

*General Admission either Saturday or Sunday-$25

*General Admission Weekend Pass-$45

*Child Admission either Saturday or Sunday-$12

*VIP Pass either Saturday or Sunday-$63.95

Who will be there?!

*Ron Ben-Isreal

*Duff Goldman

*Olivia Sanabia

there you have it folks! If you’re in the California area and have a such sweet tooth, you should definitely experience Cookie Con! I’ve been there the past 2 years and every year it just gets better.

 

 

 

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2017 Crave Expo

Happy Thursday loves!

I was lucky enough to get 2 VIP tickets for the Crave Expo this past Sunday February 19, 2017. Crave Expo used to be more on the industry event but for the first time this year, they opened it to the public! Even in the gloomy rainy weather, it was a great outcome!

They had a variety of foods, snacks, sweets and beverages on site. For the VIP people who came at 11am till 1pm were able to get free snack samples of most vendors.

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Here are some honorable mentions that I loved!!

Norigami: They had samples of their sushi taco..Yes you heard right?! They used crispy lightly seasoned seaweed for the taco shell and then added spicy tuna and some sauces on top.

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Street Churros: They gave out full size churros which had a perfect combination of sugar and cinammon. I sure do love anything with cinnamon!

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Mad Dumplings: They have a variety of dumplings and were giving out the pork belly longanisa dumpling which has sweet Filipino inspired sausage, and topped with a bit of pork belly and a slice of jalapeno.

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Belly Bombz: I first saw this at Foodie Con and missed it the next day. I was so disappointed! However, we ran into them again at Crave Expo and this time I had to sample something! They were giving out their firecracker boneless chicken strips with a side of coleslaw. Firecracker was sweet and spicy traditional Korean fried chicken. I was so glad to have known that they now have a brick and mortar restaurant in Artesia, California!

belly-bombz

Burger Monster: The line for this one was actually pretty long. They had 5 different samples available and we ended up getting the Satyre slider. It has caramelized onions, goat cheese and fig jam. It’s pretty good since the goat cheese and fig jam balances the flavor out.

burger-monster

The Halal Guys: A Chipotle style Middle Eastern restaurant. They opened their first hot dog stand in New York City in 1990! They were giving out sample sizes of their bowls which had chicken, gyro, rice and 2 different sauces: their famous hot sauce and white sauce. They just opened up a store in Cerritos and Long Beach.

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Califa Farms: They were giving out samples of their lemonades, iced coffees and the nitro cold brews. I was surprised that they were giving out full sizes of the nitro cold brews. I loved the Nitro Cold Brew in Mocha.

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As I was leaving the event, I saw T-Rex and I was so upset that I wasn’t able to take a picture with him! Stella Rosa was there as well as a few more wine and alcohol booths.

I can’t wait till the next Crave Expo and will be better prepared!

 

 

 

 

2017 LA Cookie Con

Happy Wednesday loves!

We’re halfway through the week?! I don’t know about you guys but this week has been quick!

I just wanted to give you a few details about the 2017 LA Cookie Con that is next week!

I went last year and let me tell you it was fun! A lot of samples and purchasing many baking products. They even had a booth where a young lady was making balloon animals and cupcake hats.

The West Coast’s Largest Baking Convention takes place at the LA Convention Center!

 

LOS ANGELES – After selling out two years in a row, the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is returning for its third year. The West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo will take place February 18 & 19, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Due to increased demand, the show is quadrupling its space over last year’s event to make room for even more attendees and vendors. With nearly 50,000 guests expected throughout the weekend, sweets enthusiasts can enjoy free samples from over 275 local shops and national brands, meet their favorite foodie TV stars, watch baking demonstrations, and participate in hands-on workshops.

The LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show will be complete with five stages and classrooms for workshops focusing on Traditional Baking, Vegan/Gluten-Free/Paleo Baking, Cake Decorating, Cookie Decorating, and the Celebrity Guests stage. Attendees can also admire the incredible cake displays as part of the Decorator’s Showcase competition. 100% of the proceeds from the Decorator’s Showcase entry fees will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.

Fun for the whole family, The Kids Zone will offer free face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games and more.

Special Guests:

This year’s celebrity lineup includes Saturday’s headliners Duff Goldman of Food Network fame and Elise Strachan, Founder of My Cupcake Addiction, who has amassed over 10 million followers worldwide. Elise’s channel is in the top 1% of food channels on YouTube, placing Elise’s online baking community in the top 3 food channels around the world.

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Sunday’s headliner is  Rosanna Pansino, New York Times best-selling author and creator of the show ‘Nerdy Nummies’, which airs on her YouTube channel Rosanna Pansino, garnering more than 7 million subscribers and 1 billion video views.

Additionally, Burt Ward, known best for playing Robin in the Classic Batman TV series, will be speaking on stage about his career. He also created a healthy dog food company, Gentle Giant, that helps improve the health of your pooch through nutrition. Burt will also be bringing the 1966 Batmobile, which will be on display throughout the weekend!

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center – 1201 S. Figueroa St.

When: February 18 & 19 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days) VIP ticket holders get early entry at 9 a.m.

Cost: $25/adult and $12/child for a one-day pass OR $45/adult and $22/child for a 2-day pass. Guests can purchase their tickets at www.eventbrite.com

VIP Passes also available for purchase, which allows early entry (before general admission), an official tote bag and access to 2 VIP Rooms with an exclusive selection of bites, sips, spirits and more.

For more programming information, visit the LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show website.

About LA Cookie Con and Sweet Show:

Now in its 3rd year, LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show features over 125 vendors from local bakeries to national favorites, making it the West Coast’s largest sweets and baking convention. The show brings in renowned bakers, TV celebrities and local vendors for two days of tastings, baking classes, family fun and more. Major sponsors include Cupcakes Magazine, Num Noms, Food and Beverage Magazine, Paasche Airbrush Company, BakersBodega, Sugary Essentials, Cottage Baker and R&M International.

For more information, visit www.lacookiecon.com.

SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes Review

Happy Wednesday loves!

“Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius; and it’s better to absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” -Marilyn Monroe

A month and a half ago, I was sent the SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes candy complimentary of Smiley360. It was formerly known as Kazoozles and it’s in the Cherry Punch flavor.

In the package, I had 2 samples of the SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes: 1 single pack and 1 share pack.

So to be honest, at first I was very hesitant to try this just because I’m not a great big fan of cherry. When I first opened my package, my sister saw it and I pretty much gave her the single pack since I know she’s a sucker for cherry flavors.

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However, when I did try it, I really did like it! There’s not too much of a cherry taste but instead it’s mixed in with a fruit punch taste. It’s basically a cherry flavored rope with a fruit punch filling. In a very weird way, they kind of remind me of the Sour Punch straws in a tangy chewy way. I would probably end up buying a few packs after finishing my original package.

5 out of 5 stars!

What do you guys think? Do you have any old childhood candies that you miss?