Tobins' Tastes: Throw Back After School Dessert Party

Monday, August 29, 2016

Throw Back After School Dessert Party

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When I was little I mostly remember my mom doing the grocery shopping. She always brought a list and with very few exceptions she would stick to it. Every once in awhile my mom would be busy or out of town and she would end up sending my dad to the store to pick up a few things. She would write the list on one of her little sticky notes and I can still remember him sticking them to the handlebars of the shopping cart as we walked through the store.

Most days, my dad would stick to the list. But sometimes he would give in to an impulse buy and treat us or himself to something special and not on the list. One thing I remember he always had a weakness for was soda in glass bottles. I have a vivid memory of him bringing a pack of "limited edition" glass bottled root beer home one summer afternoon and helping us make root beer floats. I didn't even really like root beer back then but I still thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

When I was in Walmart last week and saw these throwback glass bottle sodas, I knew I had to put together a little end of summer party for my family. Back To School season always brings back all kinds of nostalgia for me especially now that I am a teacher. I remember my mom (who was also a teacher) making a big deal out of the last week of summer with ice cream in the backyard with all the neighbors. I decided to recreate some of my favorite childhood after school treats to pair with an ice cream float bar to help celebrate the end of summer.

I set up a table in the backyard using a pink and orange color theme (those colors just scream summer to me). I found some adorable matching straws and napkins with the words "EAT" and "DRINK" on them and they fit the theme perfectly. My desserts were all recreated versions of after school favorites with a grown up twist. I used white and orange cake stands and dessert towers to display them down the middle of the table so everyone could grab what they wanted.

I served:

  • Creamsicle Cupcakes- recipe below
  • Scratch Made "Cosmic" Brownie Bites recipe here
  • Brown Butter Snickerdoodles- inspired by this recipe
  • Grown Up Chocolate Chip Cookies- recipe here

In the middle I set up a bar with a variety of throwback glass bottled sodas including IBC Root Beer, IBC Cream Soda, Crush Orange Soda and Yoo-hoo with chocolate and vanilla ice cream. I frosted the mugs ahead of time so they would be the perfect temperature for making floats. Guests could customize their floats with their ice cream and soda of choice before sitting down to enjoy the dessert table.

The cake for these Creamsicle Cupcakes is made using only two ingredients- white cake mix and a 12oz bottle of Orange Crush soda. The real sugar in the Crush was perfect for sweetening the recipe. The great thing about this combo is you can customize it anyway you want. I can't wait to try it with IBC Root Beer next!

Creamsicle Cupcakes

For the cake:
  • 1 package of white cake mix (just the mix)
  • 1 12oz bottle of Orange Crush soda
For the topping:
  • 1 tub of whipped topping
  • 1 package of vanilla pudding mix
1.) With an electric hand mixer, beat together the cake mix and soda.

2.) Line a cupcake pan and fill each one 2/3 full. (I use an ice cream scoop to make it easier)

3.) Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and let cupcakes completely cook.

4.) Mix together the whipped topping and the pudding mix until thoroughly combined.  

5.) Ice cupcakes and sprinkle with orange sugar for color.

6.) Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until it is time to serve as whipped topping shouldn't sit out.

With a price point starting at $2.75 per 4-pack these sodas are fun way to treat yourself for the end of summer. And if you want to save even more be sure to check out the current Ibotta rebate to earn $1.75 cash back when you purchase two items. Nothing better than saving on a sweet treat for your family.

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