From the Box

Trader Joe’s came to Miami! After hearing about this place in almost every food blog I follow, I was ┬ávery excited when I heard the news, so I braved the traffic, the terrible parking, and the threats of having my car towed if I parked at Burger King, and made it to the fabled Trader Joe’s.

And instead of buying the organic vegetables and fresh fruits, what did I do? I spent a ridiculous amount of money on chips and snacks, how surprising.

Brownie Mix

One of my favorite buys was this cool box-brownie mix called Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix. And before you start judging me, this is no ordinary brownie mix. It’s a ‘healthy version’–or as healthy as you can get with sugar and chocolate–and all you have to add is yogurt. That’s right, no oil, no butter, and no eggs.

And to add to the ‘cool factor,’ it has instructions to make individual brownies in the microwave. Two tablespoons of mix, one tablespoon of yogurt, zap it for 45 seconds, and BAM–you got yourself a brownie.

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You might still be skeptic, but these people know what they’re doing, it was actually a pretty decent brownie.

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Literally Cool Ice Cream

IMG_5658Clearly my obsession with dessert knows no bounds, and ice cream has to be at the top of my list of favorite sweet treats. You can never go wrong with a classic vanilla sundae with hot fudge, and a scoop of ice cream is always the perfect partner for cakes, pies, and cookies. That’s why I was so excited to try this place called Chill’N Ice Cream in Pinecrest. They’re serving ice cream in a super cool way–they freeze it with nitrogen gas.

True to their theme, the whole place is decorated like a science lab; a periodic table of elements is really the menu, and your flavor combinations are written up in your cup like scientific formulas.

The “Periodic Menu” helps you build your ice cream

Here’s where the magic happens

The process is simple, you choose your base (ice cream or yogurt), choose your flavor, and then your toppings. They mix it all right in front of you is these professionla looking stand mixers and then they blast it with nitrogen gas, which freezes the mix instantly. Not only is it super cool, but they ice cream is perfection. It’s thick and creamy, the texture is of ice cream, not soft froyo.

Dulce de Leche ice cream with Fresh Berries

What I love most about it, is that you can actually see how they flavor the ice cream, I ordered Dulce de Leche flavor and they actually added a generous scoop of dulce de leche spread to the ice cream base. And if you’re a Nutella fan then you definitely want to go just for that, they have industrial size pots of Nutella right behind the counter, and they don’t cheapen out.

I highly recommend this place for a great treat and a way to see something new and fun. I’m definitely going back to try more flavors soon…