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Aikopops

Hey y'all -

My husband and I LOVE ice cream. Like its really almost a problem! Ice cream and popsicles do not last long at our place, if at all. We frequently embark on 8 pm road trips to one of our favorite local ice cream shops in our area. My habit is to look on Google maps to see what restaurants or ice cream shops are close to us to see what place we should try next. I stumbled upon Aikopops a few weeks ago and was immediately hooked when I heard that they make unique and homemade popsicles. I really love popsicles and so I began my campaign to go to Aikopops. I tend to chant, make a song, or just obsessively talk about a place I want to go to until Ben finally caves and gets on board with my new idea. We frequently walk by the Aikopops shop on our way to Wash Park but due to rain, schedule, or timing we just never actually went inside! There were a few times that the store was already closed when the craving hit but then this last Saturday we were FINALLY going to get to go! We had the time, we were going to be out and about, and the weather was {temporarily} beautiful! We embarked on the less than a mile drive over to Aikopops  at 1284 S Pearl Street for your Denver-ites, needless to say I was so excited! We walked in and it was everything that I was hoping it would be. The owner was there and he was joyously working & talking to customers, explaining the menu, telling us about their heart and vision (we even learned the meaning behind their name!), and he made some suggestions on what to try! We were in popsicle heaven! {Note: I love meeting owners and people who started a shop or business... but that is for another day!}

Aikopops Menu
Aikopops selection

Aikopops makes 88 to 112 pops of a certain flavor and then when they are gone they are gone, until they feel like making them again! This makes them uniquely in high demand because your favorite flavor could be GONE tomorrow! He also stated that they make ALL of their popsicles in house and even showed us the watermelon mojito flavor he was working on right then. There is just the ingredients in the namesake, some water, and sugar! That's it.

 
Aikopops - Chelsea
 

I chose the Avocado Lime and Ben chose the Strawberry-Nutella, which the owner popped fresh out of the popsicle maker!

 
Aikopops Mural
 

I must say that these were absolutely delicious and the atmosphere and owner were so bright, cheery, and joyful! We will definitely be going to this spot all summer long! They are also pet-friendly so we will probably have to bring Trigger next time. This is their cute little patio with a mural. Very charming, if I do say so myself.

Check them out at their website here.

I highly recommend this little pop joint. 

Lovin' ya -

Chelsea
 

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Valentine's Day Pazookie

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Valentine's Day Pazookie

Hay, hay, hay!

I just wanted to share this delicious cookie recipe that I made for my hubby on Valentine’s day this year! We absolutely loved these and hope that you will as well! You can substitute any holiday’s themed m&ms!

Valentine’s Day M&M Cookies

Adapted from the averiecooks.com recipe.  

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 11-16 min

Servings: 15 large cookies or one pazookie (aka skillet cookie)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not 'cook & serve'), OR use 2 teaspoons cornstarch in place of pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate M&M's mixed into the dough + about 1/2 cup for placing on top of dough mounds

Directions:

1.       Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.       Combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed in a Kitchen Aid mixer or in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.

 
1st mixture
 
 
Vanilla
 
 
Mixing Cookies
 

3.       Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until mixture is combined, about 1 minute.

 
2nd Mixture
 

4.       Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the chocolate chips, 3/4 cup M&Ms, and mix chocolate into the cookies until consistent.

 
3rd Mixture
 
 
4th Mixture
 
 
5th Mixture
 
 
Cookie Dough
 

5.       Using a large cookie scoop or spoon, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form 15 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly and place on a cookie sheet that has cooking spray on it about 2 inches apart.

·                     Another option: Grease a large cast iron skillet and put all of the cookie mixture in the skillet and smooth out. Tip: Once you put the entire mixture in the skillet with a spatula, then run your fingers under water and then smooth out the cookie dough mixture. The water will help the cookie mixture from sticking to your fingers.

 
Pazookie 1
 

6.       Add M&Ms to the top of each dough mound or the top of the pazookie.

 
Smoothing out cookie
 
 
Pazookie 2
 

7.       Bake cookies for 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. If you are making a pazookie in the cast iron skillet – you will probably have to cook it longer.  Cook until edges are brown then the cookie will continue to cook after you bring it out of the oven.

Hope you enjoy these delicious cookies - even though it isn't Valentine's day season anymore you can make these just because you love someone!

Chelsea
 

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