Are you over sugar after the holiday weekend!? WELL I’M NOT!! I had some chocolate cream pie, peanut brittle, white chocolate, and chocolate covered nuts. I didn’t mess around. So I’m all about the dessert right now. My goal was to stay away from alcohol and to just not overeat, so I bought a case of soda water and went through those cans extremely fast. When everyone else is drinking, it can sometimes be hard just because it’s boring sipping on normal water. But soda water with some fresh lime made me feel like I was part of the group and not missing out. It also kept me feeling more full so I didn’t go back to the dessert table…as many times.
But there was ONE time that I did have some alcohol. But I kind of didn’t know I was drinking it. So get this. This is kind of a secret but I suck at keeping secrets so it’s my friends problem for trusting me. So on Christmas Eve, we went to a friends house in Nebraska who quickly asked us all two questions:
- Do you trust me?
- Do you like milk?
The next day, on Christmas day, we met him at his house and he drove us to an undisclosed location. That smelled like farm poop. Well, it was. We walked into this shed that was filled with mud (and probably poop), many people who didn’t speak english, and a cow. For milking. We were then given a solo cup that they added water to, along with chocolate, coffee, and sugar. Then we walked up to the cow and the farmer milked the cow straight into our solo cup. The spraying of the milk mixes all the ingredients together and you have hot chocolate coffee milk. Which, at first, makes you kind of gag. Because it’s super foamy and so warm in your hand. And it’s most likely mixed with feces since the cows tail, which is waving around while you milk it, is covered in all sorts of brown caked mixture. I’m not a milk person in the first place, or a feces person, but I’m definitely a chocolate person. So I was into it. EXCEPT the coffee tasted really strong. Like burn your throat kind of strong. A few sips later, we were told that the water was actually everclear. I haven’t had everclear since I was a college kid and dumb AF.
Once I figured out it was alcohol, I was no longer into it. So I gave mine to my husband (which turned out to be a bad idea in the long run…everclear never leads to good nights) and I made myself another one, minus the everclear, which was super tasty. And then I became the DD of the night after everyone enjoyed 3+ drinks. I was really good at being DD this past weekend. Not so good at holding back on the treats, but really good at being boring to other drunk people, while getting them home safely. If I’ve figured out anything in the year of 2016, it’s that I’m really good at being that boring friend who will partake in 50% of events, but you can always rely on me to be your ride.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cashews on a baking sheet then place in oven to roast for 8-10 minutes or until the cashews are slightly browned and fragrant.
- Place chocolate chips in a double boiler to melt, then add peppermint oil and mix to combine.
- Add roasted cashews to the melted peppermint chocolate and mix until cashews are coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment then use a spoon or cookie scoop to scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of the chocolate cashews then place on parchment paper and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Repeat with all cashews then place in the fridge to harden for about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from fridge a few minutes before serving to help come to room temperature!
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