Everyone knows about the traditional kiddie favourite of milk and cookies and I guess you could say that this is my tweaked version of the classic! It’s one of those longtime comfort foods, like macaroni and cheese, only sweet and more appropriate as a snack. And on a cold day, you want comfort. You want to feel the warmth from your drink radiate outward and envelope you in a blanket of coziness and the familiarity of a chocolate chip cookie to make your heart all warm and fuzzy with happiness. And really, the traditional kiddie snack is very versatile and can be dressed up to cater to our oh-so-adult tastes (pft, adult tastes, who am I kidding?). Sugar cookies, Oreos, shortbread, and almond milk all fit the bill for that comforting sweet treat. What we have here: a yummy in the tummy cookie dough cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe and a delicious warm spicy chocolate rooibos tea with milk from David’s Tea.
I mentioned in an earlier blog post that my top 3 favourite cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe were the Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, and the Naughty n’ Spice. Lucky for me, the Cookie Dough is not a seasonal favourite and it pretty much makes its appearance at the shop almost every day as they rotate their flavours on a daily basis. The Cookie Dough is divine. It tastes EXACTLY like cookie dough icecream and oh man, it is so good. I normally take small bites of things (hence why I’m a slow eater most of the time) but this glorious cupcake makes me lose all control and normality and it makes me want to shove the whole thing in my mouth so I can enjoy it’s chocolatey, cookie goodness.
The cupcake is vanilla cake with chocolate chips and the cookie dough frosting is adorned with chocolate chips on top. It is bang on with cookie dough ice cream flavour. You know when you eat the ice cream and you bite into those chunks that are really rich and yummy and just a bit gritty and caramelish in texture and melt in your mouth? THAT is the flavour this cupcake embodies. It is delightful.
And the tea! This was something new for me. I love the rooibos and green tea varieties best and I figured a chocolate something tea would go well with my cupcake, so I chose the spicy chocolate rooibos. It was cold out, I hadn’t tried it out yet, and it fit the chocolate bill. Perfect! Now, when I drink tea, I drink it straight. Just plain steeped tea leaves or bags. No sugar, milk, nothing. This time, however, I diverged from the usual. One of the nice David’s Tea girls asked if I wanted a bit of milk in my tea. I opened my mouth, ready to respond with a quick, “no, thank you” but thought, “eh, why not?” and went ahead with it.
Smart move. It was DELICIOUS. The spicy chocolate rooibos with a bit of milk is fantastic and it smells amazing. It’s not too rich or too herbal in taste. I’d say this one comes right behind my crème brûlée as a favourite. Every time you lift the cup (or mug) to your lips, you catch a whiff of the subtle spiciness and each sip is light chocolate with zing. My version of milk and cookies, all dressed up 😀
Oh! And before I forget, for fellow David’s Tea fans, their newest location is on Bloor St., in between Spadina and Bathurst. I’m very happy about that! I must say, they’re really good at choosing their locations and spacing them out in a way that allows different neighbourhoods and groups of people to enjoy it. I’m positive they’ll be opening more shops in the future so I’ll be sure to update when they do.
The Cupcake Shoppe is located in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge St. The Eglinton David’s Tea location is only a hop, skip, and step away from the cupcakery at 2389 Yonge St. David’s Tea is located at 5 other locations in and around Toronto, Scarborough, and Thornhill. Click here for a list of the other locations.
Scrapbook materials used: mint green, chocolate brown, cappuccino, and white cardstock (Recollections); “Pink Small Dots” patterned paper (‘M’ Making Memories); pink and baby blue plaid patterned paper; blue and white dotted patterned paper; “Lollipop” alphabet stickers (Autumn Leaves, Creativity Inc.); chocolate chip cookie scratch n’ sniff stickers (Peaceable Kingdom Press); snowflake dimensional stickers (Recollections); winter embellishment stickers (Paper Bliss); paper doilies (Wilton); clear blue adhesive gems; medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); corner rounder; medium and small scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).