I Tried The “Pokémon GO” Frappuccino

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When the “Pokémon GO” app was released in the summer of 2016, Starbucks shortly after came out with a sweet, fruity drink inspired by the game to generate hype around it. Living in Canada, the drink was never released here, and since then has been discontinued in the United States. But I really wanted to try it! Being both a Starbucks and Pokémon fan, I loved the collaboration and was disappointed that it never made its way into Canada.

However, many of Starbucks’ discontinued and fan-inspired beverages end up on the infamous “Secret Menu“, a place where coffee lover’s imaginations run wild and the possibilities are endless.  After researching exactly what makes up a “Pokémon GO” Frappucino®, I headed to my local Starbucks and placed my order.

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If you want to try ordering this drink, ask for—a venti vanilla bean Frappuccino® with 3 pumps of raspberry syrup and 2 scoops of berries. If ordering a tall or grande size, ask for only 2 pumps or raspberry syrup and 1 scoop of berries. 

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The verdict? This drink was absolutely scrumptious! The sugary sweetness of the vanilla bean powder mixed with the tartness of the berries delivered a sweet and fruity beverage, perfect for a hot day or an afternoon pick-me-up. Give it a try—you won’t be disappointed!

And if you want to take a look at every Starbucks Frappuccino® ever released, click here (this is what I use to order drinks that are discontinued because it tells you what syrups and flavors go into them!) →
https://refinery29.com/en-us/starbucks-frappuccino-flavors


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Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies Recipe

This summer has been scorching hot. If you find yourself too busy to head down to the beach, try baking some beachy summertime themed sugar cookies instead! Tip: If you have different shaped cookie cutters, be sure to use them and incorporate them into your summery treats. 

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Ingredients (For Cookies):

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Cookie cutters (optional)

Ingredients (For Icing):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • Assorted food colours 

Directions For Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. 
  2. With either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy. 
  3. Scrape the sides and add your egg and vanilla. Finally, add the flour and baking powder. 
  4. Keep mixing until all ingredients are well mixed into the dough. The dough may have a dry appearance but still continue to mix. You may add water if you find it becoming too dry in texture. The texture should be that of Play-Doh. 
  5. Roll out sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured surface or cooking board. If using cookie cutters, begin to cut out the desired shapes of your dough. 
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.

Directions For Icing: (Credit: Good Housekeeping)

  1. In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until blended. Scrape side of bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium―beat until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped. Thin with more water, if needed.
  2. Tint icing with food colouring as desired―keep surface covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

Making Your Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies:

Once your cookies are done baking, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them if desired. Then using your icing, you can let your creativity run wild and create anything you wish. This can include a beach, flip-flops, sunglasses, pineapples―literally anything you can think of!

Enjoy! Be sure to stay cool out there in this heat. XOXO 


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Christmas Cake Pops Recipe ✶

Happy holidays! With only nine days left remaining until Christmas, it’s the perfect time to bake some holiday goodies for you, your friends, and the whole family. These peppermint cake pops are perfect, as they serve up to fifteen people. They are delicious and easy to make, so turn up the Christmas tunes, and let’s get baking!

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of butter (2 for cake pop batter, 2 for frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 3 candy canes
  • 15 cake pop sticks
  • 200g of white chocolate
  • Cupcake or cake mix of your choice 

Directions for Cake Pop Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine cupcake or cake mix, butter, water, and egg. Using an electric mixer, beat only until well-combined. 
  3. Distribute batter into prepared pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. When cake has cooled, cut into quarters and crumble by hand into a large mixing bowl.

Directions for Frosting

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on high for one minute, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix just until combined.
  3. Add milk and beat on high for one minute.

Directions for Cake Pops

  1. Add frosting to cake and mix together using an electric mixer util mixture can easily be shaped into balls.
  2. Roll cake into 15 balls and place on a waxed paper-lined plate before setting in a freezer for 20 minutes to firm and make assembly easier. 
  3. When freezer time is almost finished, heat white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl just until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. 
  4. Immediately remove cake balls from freezer. One at a time, take one cake pop stick and dip the end 1/2 inch into the melted white chocolate. Insert into cake ball.
  5. Dip cake pop into melted white chocolate and gently tape against side of bowl to remove excess. Work quickly as cake balls may start to soften. 
  6. Crush candy canes into small, fine pieces into a bowl while coating is still warm and dip the top of the cake pops in to cover. Serve and enjoy!

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Merry Christmas!

Have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the holiday season.


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Starbucks’ Cold Brew with a Chocolaty Twist

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For all of the Starbucks lovers out there:

Looking for a refreshing new drink to try this spring? Starbucks has a delicious cold brew coffee beverage, and you can add different kinds of flavor shots to customize the drink to your liking. Hazelnut, vanilla, and my personal favorite, mocha. The mocha gives it a chocolaty twist, and for chocolate lovers like me, it makes the drink taste a million times better. Also, for a lighter taste, ask for your cold brew to be made with milk. Next time you’re at your local Starbucks, ask the barista for a shot in your cold brew! (Flavor shots may vary depending on your location).

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Frappuccino With Cake Pop Blended In: REVIEW

Hey everyone! I hope you have all had an amazing summer. I haven’t made a single post since April and it’s because a lot of crazy stuff has been happening in my life lately. (Which some of you may know about if you follow my YouTube channel). Some bad, some good. Anyway, enough about that, that will be in another blog post!

So anyway, you guys know I am obsessed with all things Starbucks, right? I’ve always loved frappuccinos and cake pops and always hear about cake pops being blended in to the frappuccino to create some kind of super drink yet I’ve never tried it myself. But this summer I tried a lot of different things at Starbucks, including, (but not limited to), Affogato style shots, bananas blended in, espresso shots, different powders, and different syrups. Therefore I decided tonight would be a good night to try a cake pop blended in to my favourite drink.

Now normally I do get the venti size (because go big or go home), but since I’m not made of money and cake pops are $2.00 I decided to go with a grande mocha frappuccino and get a chocolate cake pop blended in. Total = $7.80 

But totally worth it.

I know a lot of people prefer vanilla bean frappuccinos with a birthday cake pop blended in, but me being a lover of all things chocolate and coffee decided to get the mocha frappuccino and blend in a chocolate cake pop. I am so happy I did, it was delicious. However if you do go for a venti size, it will take 2 to 3 cake pops to get the same effect as a grande with 1 cake pop did.

Similar to java chips but a lot better in my opinion. There’s no cake chunks as it is thoroughly blended but every last sip is loaded with delicious, cake flavour, and once in a while you get the odd cake bit to enjoy. My final verdict is: You need to get out there and try one. 

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Your Last Meal Ever: What Do You Pick?

Let’s hope this isn’t the case, but let’s pretend that tonight for dinner, it’s the last meal you’ll ever get to have. So you get to pick whatever you want! If it was my last meal ever, I would not waste it on vegetables. Gross. This is what I would pick . . . 

1.) McDonald’s (Big Mac, 2 Double Cheeseburgers, 6 Piece Chicken Nuggets, and Large Fries)

2.) Cheese Filled Perogies with Sour Cream

3.) Shrimp with Seafood Sauce


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I don’t even think I’d be able to eat all of that. What a shame. But yes, those are pretty much all of my favourite foods put together. But there’s so many yummy foods out there that it’s hard to pick what ones you’d want if you could never eat again. But this is where I’d start.

Cheers to many meals left to come in the future!
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More Food And Stuff

Earlier this year, I had created a blog post about food that I eat. And normally I don’t go around just taking pictures of things that I eat, because, well, that’s just weird. However, I noticed that I have plenty food pictures on my computer that I’d love to get rid of. So what better way than to stash them up in a blog post? Continue on if you want to see what Victoria Hecnar eats (hint: basically nothing healthy.) If you don’t, though, I totally understand. I don’t really care what people are eating either. FullSizeRender (43)
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See? What did I tell you? Nothing healthy. And, yes, if you were wondering, I ate every single food item on this post by myself. What can I say? I love food. And to end things off, here’s this appropriately placed GIF of pizza (Mmm, pizza).

Love you guys! Have a great day! xx 

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Two Year Anniversary

My boyfriend Jacob and I celebrated our two year anniversary last Sunday, March 8th. We went to the mall and ate lots of food, and then watched the new Spongebob movie which was awesome, then got iced cream, then the next day we went out to eat at a restaurant. I figured that it’d be a good time to make a vlog, and so I did! You can watch it on my YouTube channel, make sure to subscribe!

See you soon,

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My Food

Anyone who knows me will probably find this really weird. I never go to restaurants and take pictures of food and post it. But for some reason, I found a whole bunch of pictures of food on my phone. So, I guess I am a picture taker of food. Damn. Well, here’s some good food to look at!

The best Christmas day breakfast ever: McDonald’s. 

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Candy that smiles back at you.

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A TV dinner: You either love them or hate them.

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A huge Cherry Cola flavoured gummy bear. My boyfriend gave this to me. 🙂

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I ate this whole cheese pizza plus garlic dipping sauce all by myself, no kidding.

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When a slice of cherry pie with vanilla ice cream look like they’re modelling:

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Trying to make tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pickles look as fancy as possible.

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A delicious Starbucks set. Only one packet per package and only two packages, but quality over quantity. There’s real chocolate bits that melt when you heat it up. That’s how to spell delicious, my friends.

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The most perfect strawberry in the entire universe: (and juicy + delicious, too)

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BONUS:

An amazing* picture of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, drawn by yours truly.

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Hope you all liked the pictures! Stay tuned for more blogs and YouTube videos this upcoming week. Ciao!

xoxo Victoria Hecnar 

* extremely crappy.