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Mmmm butterscotch – that gooey topping you put on ice cream or the flavour of those sweets your Grandpa sneaks you when Mum’s not looking. It’s addictive right?

Like caramel (but made with brown sugar instead of white) you’re probably used to scoffing it as candy, sauce or in its solid form. But it’s time to widen your buttery horizons girl, because Montezuma’s has taken it to the next level by mixing it with CHOCOLATE.

And guess what? We’re gonna take it to the next next level by melting it. Need some inspo? These lot are snacking goals:

1. Your brekkie

Whether it’s porridge or pancakes, add some luxury to your morning meal. It’ll make the whole waking up thing a lot easier.

2. Bread

Forget Nutella, hummus, or avocado; butterscotch is *the* topping to pile on toast. Food bloggers everywhere will cry out in envy.

3. Chips from Maccy Ds

We know it works with milkshake, so why not upgrade? Mother, get us through that drive-through asap.

4. Nuts

When your ‘rents try to trick you into healthy snacking, get one over on them by drizzling your almonds or cashews in butterscotch *wink face*.

5. Magical drinks

Harry Potter’s drink of choice, butterbeer, is made from butterscotch sauce, cream soda, cream, and a touch of melted butter. Yer a wizard.

6. Popcorn

Toffee popcorn is totally last year. Top popcorn with warm butterscotch and delve in; the stickier your fingers, the better.

7. Yoghurt

Swirl some butterscotch into yoghurt for a healthy(ish) dessert. It’s the month of treats guys, plain yoghurt just isn’t the one.

8. Fruit

Keeping up the healthy vibe think apples, pears, strawberries, bananas… the list is endless. Use as a dip, or drench the fruit like toffee apples.

9. Greens

They may be a good source of iron – a key mineral our bodies need when we’re menstruating – but if you’re not feeling the taste, drizzle butterscotch on brussel sprouts, broccoli and green beans, and watch your parents’ surprise as you devour your veg.

10. Cookies

Dip shop-bought cookies into butterscotch and act like you’re Bake Off’s star baker. Santa won’t be able to get down that chimney quick enough.

11. A spoon

If nothing else takes your fancy, just lick it off a spoon. There are no rules at Christmas time.

A Montezuma’s 54% cocoa: milk chocolate butterscotch bar is available in December’s bettybox and you can buy more on the Montezuma’s website.   

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Who’da thought there’d be sooo much to say about chicken wings – fried chicken is fried chicken, right? WRONG, according to YouTuber Elijah Quashie, aka The Chicken Connoisseur. He’s the guy that made his name taste-rating chicken shops and is now *the* voice on all things chicken and chips.

But it doesn’t stop there. Elijah has his own TV show airing later this year that we reckon will be propel him to mega-stardom. So incase you’re not already a fan, here are 10 things to know about The Pengest Munch prodigy…

Wing man

Back in September 2015, Elijah began his YouTube series The Pengest Munch – where he orders the same meal (chicken wings, chicken burger and chips, FYI) and reviews them on a 1-5 scale from dead to peng. His videos were first created for his mates, but they quickly went viral and before long he was being interviewed about his two quid dinners on BBC News and ITV London. Elijah said this fame came as a *massive* surprise. “Before, I might have had a lie-in, take my time and go and make some jam and peanut butter sandwiches. Now it’s this interview, or this thing. It’s been hectic,” he told the Guardian.

MANZ OUT HERE REGULATING IN WOODSIDE PARK. Episode 7 DONE! 🍗🍗🍗🍗

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YouTube king

Elijah’s most popular chicken shop review *ever* was of Tottenham’s Chick King – it had a massive 4.3million views. Not bad for a bit of burger chat, huh?

Baby face

So he’s older than you think y’know. Although he looks like some kid at your school (it’s that tie, right?) he’s actually 24! He confirmed his age on Twitter but then deleted the tweet saying, “I have no appetite to talk about my age.” Lolz, does that boy ever stop thinking about food?

Crep check

As much as he loves chicken, Elijah is *totally* obsessed with trainers too and has a YouTube series called The Crep Chronicles where he rates his faves and reviews rare pairs. He reckons his mum goes mad if there are too many in the house, but at last count he has about 70 pairs in his trainer collection. Jel.

Nike Air Classic BW "PSG" #CrepJunkie #AirMaxAlways #CrepCheck #AirMaxEve #VivaLaAirMax

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It’s a family thing

He’s got four brothers and Elijah is the youngest. His big bros now help him out with The Pengest Munch, managing the business side of stuff.

Appy guy

Elijah’s not just content being a YouTube sensation, he wants everyone to share his love of fried chicken. He launched an app called Chicken2Me – so you too can channel your own inner chicken connoisseur. “Basically it’s a map of every chicken shop. If you want chicken you go on the map, and there’ll be a flame everywhere there’s a chicken shop. So wherever you’re locally based, it’ll show you what’s around”, he told Fader magazine.

Doing the deals

Proving he’s the total boss of chicken, Elijah nabbed himself a book deal to release The Pengest Munch: In Search of the Nation’s 50 Favourite Chicken Establishments. He asked his fans to nominate their top chicken shop in the UK, which he then went to review. The book is the ultimate guide to spice, crispiness and all things fried but the question we’re asking is; how much chicken can one guy eat? Like, seriously.

Going global

Elijah’s taking his love for chicken worldwide too. He’s already done a NYC taste tour and recently in a Black History Month spesh, he made a video visiting Morocco. Here he actually ditched his shirt and tie because apaz it was way too hot.

The Peng Life

Elijah’s new Channel 4 TV show will see him reviewing more than just chips. “The Peng Life” has Elijah sampling stuff with street or elite price tickets and discovering what deserves his title of “The Pengest”. He’ll also be rubbing shoulders with celebs. Elijah reveals, “On YouTube I do the chicken thing, but on TV I’m reviewing everything! The cheapest stuff to the most expensive stuff. Basically the deadest stuff you’ll ever find to the most expensive, baller status stuff. I’ll see if it’s worth the moolah. Hold tight”. Ooh we can’t wait.

http://youtu.be/6E6oFrh4CCw

Episode 4. Waterloo.

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Quick! Guys, It’s National Chocolate Day! Are you ready? Are you warmed up? Have you done your stomach-stretching exercises?

By which we mean, are you eating chocolate at every possible opportunity, to get yourself ready for The Big Chocdown? WELL? If not, get on it. On no other day (apart from Easter obvs) do you have the perfect ready-made excuse to go the full Bruce Bogtrotter on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not to mention snacks. And drinks.

But you know – being a chocoholic doesn’t even have to mean eating yourself into a Dairy Milk coma. Here’s how to eat chocolate for every meal, AND get some vitamins in at the same time.

1. You could have chocolate porridge

Or vegan fudge brownie oatmeal, to be specific…

2. Or chocolate overnight oats

Which, as we all know, is just cold porridge – because why not mix up your Ready Brek.

3. Chocolate granola

Which is like… crunchy porridge.

4. Chocolate flapjacks

Look chocolate and oats just go really well together, is what we’re saying.

5. Chocolate babka

Babka experiment using Holly's Challah dough — can't stop eating it. 👌👌

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A ‘babka’ is twisty Jewish yeasted cake, otherwise known as another legitimate way to eat chocolate for breakfast. Get on it.

6. Chocolate sourdough

Sourdough Noir: because bread and chocolate are made for each other. New recipe today. 💤😺💡

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Because this is so much classier than just spreading Nutella on your Hovis.

7. Chocolate-spiked vegetarian chilli

Seriously – the dark chocolate gives your veggie chilli richness. Which is kind of the opposite of that time you spent all your money on Milka on the first day of the school French trip.

8. Chocolatey Mexican chicken mole

Your fave bird laced with smoky, chocolatey sauce… this Mexican stew is a whole other level of spring chicken.

9. Chocolate avocado mousse

Only when you’re even eating cocoa with your avocado do you know you’re really doing it right.

10. Chocolate roasted chickpeas

If Maltesers and hummus had a baby, this is how it would look… Weird but gorgeous. Get snacking.

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If eating counted as a qualification I’m certain I’d have dominated the curve at school. I’d have aced the coursework bit of a GCSE in Custard Consumption and excelled in an exam on Spaghetti Scoffing. So, as you’d expect, dinner time was my favourite part of the school day because 1) it gave me a break from learning about Pythagoras’ Theorem and 2) it was the precious hour where I got to meet my weekday beloved; The School Dinner.

Yes, I might sound as doolally as a sunbathing nudist in Antarctica (because who in their right mind admits to LOVING school dinners?) but let me explain before you think I’m as nuts as a bag of pistachios.

The thing is, I enjoyed school meals (even the concrete chips and soggy semolina) because they were so different to the foods I ate at home. I had spicy things like Biryani and chicken masala at tea time because those were the traditional South Asian foods that my Pakistani mum knew how to cook. Snacks were Bombay mix and sugar cane stalks, desserts were colourful sweets that were so sugary they made my teeth ache and drinks, instead of orange squash, included mango juice and a red syrup diluted with water that tasted like rose petals.

That was my normal and it was all delicious but when September rolled round, after a summer of snacking on pakoras dipped in mint chutney, I was prepped for scoffing chicken pies, downing dumplings with gravy and eating domes of mashed potato that were doled out with an ice cream scoop by Margaret the dinner lady. My mantra? The blander, the better, baby.

My classmates thought I was off my rocker, especially when they saw me relish the cheese and crackers that they described as ‘feet sandwiches’ because the cling film they were wrapped in made the cheese go sweaty. But I’d genuinely never eaten a cream cracker outside of school so I carried on regardless even though their comments made me feel weird. And the cheese tasted goooood.

Because I loved school dinners I hated school trips that required packed lunches – my mum would pack kebab sandwiches in my lunchbox that made the school bus smell like an onion factory. It was worse for my big sis who was once sent on a trip with a thermos full of beef burgers because my mum was trying to help us fit in and she thought burgers were properly British. Today’s me laughs about it fondly and thinks bless her for trying. The old me wished for an invisibility cloak and a mum who put ‘normal’ things in my lunchbox, like chicken mayo sandwiches and bananas.

Being made fun of for liking school meals and simultaneously laughed at for eating smelly packed lunches taught me one thing though; eat what you want. It’s your life, your body and your taste buds – don’t let anyone shame you into changing what you like eating for their benefit. Do your own thing and you’ll soon attract other people who feel the same way as you do, even about the deliciousness of a sweaty slice of cheddar sandwiched between two crackers, because that’s how you find real friends.

In a nutshell? You do you, boo.

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Are you bready for this?

Who hasn’t opened their lunch after a particularly gruelling double maths, their stomach growling, their mouth already drooling, only to reveal a limp Marmite sarnie or a lacklustre tuna roll?

Well, no longer. This back-to-school season we’re bringing you droolsome sandwich inspiration that will feed your creativity and your stomachs.

There will be crumbs.

1) Egg, bacon and avocado bagel

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL, IT'S TRUE.

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This account has so many delicious sandwiches that looking through them all is somewhere in between a dream come true and a really bizarre form of torture. This bad boy is one of those beautiful sandwiches that is appropriate at any time of day. Egg, bacon, avocado, cheese. Load it up and chow down for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

2) Spaghetti and cheese

We understand that this might be a divisive sandwich. To some people, the idea of piling spaghetti into a sandwich will be revolting. To those people we say, “Rubbish, this is obviously the best idea anyone has had since putting tiny cactuses in tiny vases and selling them for £12.”

3) Med-style chickpeas and salad

A little something for all the vegetarians and vegans out there… This Mediterranean-style chickpea sandwich with red onion, tomato, cucumber, mashed avocado and vegan tzatziki looks like something out of Pret’s technicolour dreams – but with a little forward-planning, it could be right there in your rucksack.

4) Avocado and literally everything

Wednesday vibes 🌻🍃✨💞 #avocadotoast

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Avocado is your basic bae. It goes with everything – so why stop at feta or eggs? Chicken? Sure. Fruit? Too easy. Marmite? Why not. You’re young, go wild.

5) Tomato, pesto and mozzarella hot dog

Sausage sandwiches are the people’s sandwich. They are the sandwiches of football games and summer holidays. But here’s a food truck taking the sausage sandwich to a whole new level, with tomato, pesto, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. Someone hand us a napkin.

6) Cookie ice cream sandwich

And of course, a cookie sandwich filled with ice cream and choc chips. Because your dessert stomach is still rumbling, right?

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Look. We need to talk. I don’t really know how to say this so I’m just going to come out with it. Here goes… Summer is ending soon. I know it only feels like five minutes since term ended and you bought your new sandals but what can I say? Mother Nature doesn’t care about days at the beach and barbecues. She’s on a tight schedule.

Thanks to school, college and uni schedules, the end of summer always comes with a side order of existential dread. It feels like you’re on the clock, counting down the last of the sunny days until you have to buy loads of folders and put your uniform back on.

But we’re here armed with good news. It doesn’t have to be like this! It’s time to beat the end-of-summer blues once and for all and we have a plan…

Map out next summer’s road trip. Right now.

If the thought of autumn is killing your mood, just go ahead and skip straight to next summer! Forget rainy days and frozen mornings, grab your mates, a laptop and google maps and get working on next summer’s road trip. Think sandy beaches, camping spots by a lake and maybe a cool city for a dose of culture. Next summer will start to look pretty sweet, pretty soon and you’ll forget all about the (whisper it) three seasons in between now and then.

Start getting excited for Halloween

The thing about summer is that it’s kind of occasion-free. Sure, there’s sunshine and long days but autumn and winter are where it’s at when it comes to the big dates in the calendar and, as we all know, Halloween is the best one. It’s never too early to start planning your costume, so get on that ASAP because 1. It’s something major to look forward to and 2. It means you can claim the best one before anyone else tries to step on your costume territory.

Work on a new goal

Summer is the worst time to be productive or ambitious because going out and walking/sitting/running/lying/anything-ing in the sun is always the most attractive option compared with, well, literally anything else. (Thanks, people who decided to put exams in summer.) So when the temperatures start to drop and going outside looks a little less tempting, it’s the perfect time to set yourself a new goal. Learn a new language, go to a weekly yoga class, learn to cook a killer signature dish; whatever it is you’ll find it way easier to stay focused and, as an added bonus, you’ll be so distracted by your new skills that you won’t even think about that once-dreaded switch from August to September.

Try out a fresh look

Hot weather dressing is mostly about choosing the thing that makes you sweat the least. Autumn is when personal style can really kick in; choosing your outfit becomes less about ventilation and more about fashion. You can go to town with layers, colours and textures and mix up as many influences as you want, so use it as an excuse to style up a whole new look. I guarantee you won’t miss that summer dress one little bit.

Plan the best autumn ever

We all have a habit of making loads of plans over the summer holidays and then going into hibernation mode the second it’s over, so it kind of feels like our social lives end when summer does. The answer? Make more plans! In fact, you may as well go right ahead and plan the best autumn ever. Schedule in home cinema marathons, day trips, fun new exercise classes, volunteering, shopping trips and crafternoons with plenty of cake (probably more cake than crafting if we’re being honest here). You’ll have a whole host of stuff to look forward to and you’ll beat that ‘fun-ends-here’ feeling that comes around every year.

Pamper yourself

After a season of sun, salty sea and sun cream, your skin and hair can start feeling pretty tired out. UV rays might be good for the soul but they leave everything else in need of some end-of-season rehab. So treat yourself to a mammoth pamper session. A gentle exfoliant will do wonders for dry skin; a clay mask will help sort out those pesky oily patches (cheers, sun cream); a hair mask will sort dried ends right out and a nourishing, natural body lotion or body oil will leave you feeling like a silky smooth mermaid. You’ll be feeling blissed out in no time.

We can already feel those blues just melting away. And anyway, there are only, like, 270 days until next summer…

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Can you remember a time before the internet was obsessed with unicorns? Us neither. Barely. Somewhere around the time pugs got boring and owls were officially over, the magical mythical* flying pony took over as everyone’s animal crush of choice.

And after the crush, comes the food! Technicolour cakes. Swirly rainbow bagels. Glitter-spiked lattes and pastel pancakes. Barely a week goes by without some other courageous cafe owner going to town with the food colouring. This is the year that your food gets more beautiful than your wardrobe.

We’ve rounded up Instagram’s most psychedelic snacks to satisfy your unicorn cravings…

*Maybe.

These technicolour lattes

Unicorn food for breakfast. 🍭🦄🍭#indahood #arvo #unicornlatte #kakaako

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Mornings: 3000% more bearable with one of these bad boys next to your Coco Pops.

This vibrant veg fest

Because look, even unicorns need their fibre.

This pastel-perfect toast 

What’s on it? No idea. But shh, don’t ruin the magic.

These fantastical pancakes

It would be literally impossible to have a bad day after a stack of these. A slow day, maybe… but a great one.

This… actually we’re not sure. But it’s pretty.

💁🏼tested 🦄approved • 📸 @kenziedevlin

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Is it bread? Is it cake? Is it a… hat? Does it even matter? We’ll take five.

This total dream of a cheese toastie

Remember the days Red Leicester felt exciting?

This beautiful bagel

19JAN2017 🌈 You are what you eat #studiomuccisugarrush

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Although Marmite would basically ruin it, which is a shame.

This confetti-esque croissant

What’s the French for Homer Simpson’s drool noise?

This unicorn hamburger mini cake

Because unicorn hamburger mini cakes are a thing, apparently. Keep up!

These delightful doughnuts

Unicorn donuts 😍💖🦄 #unicorndonuts #donuts #unicorns #bakedbyemmielou

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No, not bath sponges – doughnuts.

This cup of marshmallows and sprinkles

Sorry, ‘unicorn hot chocolate’! Of course it is. And just imagine the dreams you’d have after.

These next-level unicorn macarons

In the future, all biscuits will have eyelashes and a horn.

This ridiculous cake

Shall we all just look at it for a while?

…and let’s not forget these

Are these real? I don't eat Doritos So idk lol.

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Sadly they were just a limited edition in 2015, making a packet about as easy to track down as an actual unicorn. Mmm, elusive. Mmm.

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Every month or so, I start eating like an uncontrollable beast who has just awoken from 100 years in hibernation. 

I’m talking second breakfasts, constant inter-meal snacking and supersize dinners with all the trimmings (and by trimmings, I mean chips). And I can’t lie, I start to freak out. I worry that this ravenous hunger will never leave me and that if I continue to eat at this rate, I’m destined for a future as the world’s largest woman.

But then… then I get that pang; that little twitch in my lower abdomen giving me a head’s up that my period is on its way. And suddenly I remember that this always happens, that a few days before my period I am always hit with the most unquenchable hunger. Then I chill the hell out.

Me Want Food 30 Rock gif

You see we’ve all heard of pregnancy cravings (which seem to involve eating pickles with everything), but we rarely talk about period cravings – even though many women encounter them on a monthly basis. As well as just wanting to eat EV-ER-Y-THING for a time, I also get really seriously into cheese. And chocolate. Toasties, cheese on toast, thick chocolate milkshakes and really dense, sticky brownies are my go-to treats – things I usually eat as occasional treats suddenly become essential parts of my diet.

And it’s not just me. I asked around my friends, and everyone agreed that their eating habits changed around the time of their period. Unsurprisingly, chocolate featured pretty highly on a lot of people’s period craving charts, but some of the foods were a bit more leftfield. Not one but two people got back to me saying they craved all things tomato – from plain old tinned tomatoes to baked beans and even tomato & basil pasta sauce straight out the jar – while another friend said she became a crazed carnivore, always fancying loads of bacon, sausages, steak and, I quote, ‘ALL THE CHICKEN.’

But what do these cravings MEAN? Is there any rhyme or reason to them, or are they all just random? And are there any dietary dos or don’ts we should know about? To find out, I spoke to Gaynor Bussell, a dietician and registered nutritionist specialising in women’s health.

First up, Gaynor confirmed that period – or PMS – cravings are totally normal. She explained: ‘Cravings can be one of the symptoms of PMS, and due to changing hormone levels this can happen from two weeks before the period (known as the luteal phase) to the time when the period really gets underway (which could take a few days from when it first starts). Calorie requirements increase for many during this time of the month, and so there is an increase in hunger which may drive cravings.’ Phew.

Mindy Project McDonalds gif

So the hunger is normal, but what about our food choices? ‘Nobody really knows why certain foods are craved and cravings do vary, with some preferring savoury while some crave any carbs,’ Gaynor explained. But when it comes to chocolate, Gaynor told me it’s all about that feel-good feeling: ‘Chocolate has always been associated with comfort, regardless of PMS. This time of the month is associated with increased depression and anxiety so comfort food may be craved.’

Finally, I asked Gaynor for her period dietary tips. Unsurprisingly, seeing as she’s a nutritionist, chips and chocolate brownies didn’t feature too highly. Instead, she advised: ‘A healthy diet throughout the month has been associated with less PMS symptoms. Being generally active too can help reduce symptoms. It is also believed that having regular meals throughout the day that that are made up of low energy release carbs, such as pasta, seedy bread and oats, can help even out swings in blood sugars and hence avert cravings. And in general, you should avoid consuming too much junk food – especially foods and drinks that give you quick energy/sugar boosts which may be followed by crashing lows. These are known perpetrators of PMS.’

So, as ever, it seems that a healthy, active lifestyle with the odd treat is the way to go. I’ll try to remember that next time I’m dunking chips in a chocolate milkshake with a side of double-cheeseburger…

@MissSisiG

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It’s International Cat Day! That means – even if you’re a dog person – today is dedicated to adorable fluffy felines all over the world. We’re celebrating by wearing our matching cat-ear hairbands that we bought for Halloween last year (because, why not), watching cat videos on YouTube and eating these puuurrr-fect kawaii kitty cookies. We reckon you should be copycats and do the same…

Ingredients (makes 20-24)

For the cookies:

• 200g soft salted butter
• 200g golden caster (superfine) sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
• 400g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting

For the decorations:

• soft-peak royal icing in your chosen colours, in piping bags fitted with round piping nozzles, for outline
• runny royal icing, in the same shades as the soft-peak icing in piping bags, for flooding
• black edible food pens (fine-tip), for face details
• pink edible dusting powder, for cheeks

Recipe

For the cookies:

1. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl, add the vanilla and beat before mixing in the egg with a wooden spoon.

2. Tip in the flour and continue to mix until a dough is formed.

3. Roll it out onto a floury surface then cut with cat cookie cutters.

4. Place in the oven and bake for around 10–12 minutes then cool.

For the decorations:

1. Pipe soft-peak royal icing around the edges of the cookie shapes in your different colours.

2. Flood the centre of the kitty face in a runny royal icing in matching colours. You can make them two or three-tone – just have fun! Leave to dry for a few hours or ideally overnight.

3. Using the black edible pen add the nose and mouth, then some tiny whiskers to make them look puuurrr-fect.

4. Add dots of runny white royal icing to create the shimmer on the eyes. Use pink dusting powder to add sweet cheeks. You can add a little runny pink royal icing for the insides of the ears, too.

5. Keep them as pets or just gobble them all up!

From Kawaii Cakes by Juliet Sear (Hardie Grant, £10) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Hands up if you’re secretly missing school at the mo. Yeah, it’s not like we miss Pythagoras and his theorem or anything, but we’re just not used to being away from our buddies for so long. And no summer job is going to be able to cover the amount of meals, cinema trips or ice cream cones we need to make up for lost time.

So, with the parents’ permission, get the girl gang round to yours! You don’t need a lesson timetable to dictate your bonding time. August’s bettybox is the PERFECT inspo for recreating your own betty sleepover (*hotel not provided. Soz. Wouldn’t fit in the box).

You’ve seen the vids; you know how Grace Victory, SophDoesNails and Just Jodes rocked their betty sleepover hosting, but just incase you need a little tick list…

1. Set the vibes

Ambiance is super-important, so crack out the fairy lights and crank up the tunes. Sort a playlist ahead of time, so you can really nail the mood. You’ll be wanting some proper belters in there, so you can all sing along, plus some good dance tunes to mess about to. The bedroom floor is your stage, Beyoncé.

2. Snackage

Popcorn, marshmallows (try the chubby bunny game, but be careful not to choke), cake and a biccy or ten = sleepover snack goals. The lemon and ginger flavours in Rhythm 108’s biscuit in your August bettybox are a perfect pairing and we want a whole plateful right now.

3. Drinks

If your mum is on to you about your teeth, or your friend is getting all health conscious (erm, hello, it’s the *holidays*), The London Tea Company’s Purple Tea is a fab alternative to fizzy drinks. Now, we’re not suggesting you sit with a hot cuppa in the middle of summer. Oh, no. It’s all about iced tea, baby! And how Instagrammable is a purple drink? Very. First step Insta, next step YouTube and vlogging superstardom!

4. Get yo’ face on

Sleepovers are a great chance to try out new looks without the fear of being judged if it looks crapola. Let your friends loose on your face with your new My Flawless brush (it’s made of soft synthetic fibre that picks up the perfect amount of blusher/bronzer/powder/glitter) and the Colour Switch lippy from Saturated Colour, both included in August’s bettybox. Why not try the ombré lip tutorial featured in this month’s collective booklet?

5. Nails

You’re not hosting a proper sleepover unless nails are getting done somewhere in the room. Raise the bar a notch and expand the art past your nail beds with a Stylondon henna tattoo. It’s really quick and easy to do, and looks oh-so-pretty on your hand.

6. Sharing is caring

A girly sleepover is a great forum to share any worries and get advice from your girls who may have gone through, or are going through, similar things. As you’ve seen at our betty sleepovers, the girls share their experiences with each other, which make them feel less alone. Getting an outside opinion will always put problems into perspective.

7. Wind down

When the credits roll after the 10th film of the evening, it’s probably time to wind down. After the make-up, facemask goo, and 16 new dance routines you’ve choreographed to perfection, don’t even think about committing the cardinal sin of sleeping with your make-up on! Get the gunk out of your pores using your Urban Veda purifying face wash. Squirt into your new Spa For You Konjac sponge for a deep but gentle clean. Now, after all that, go forth and catch some zzzzzzs. You’re on breakfast duty in the morning!

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Me: “Mum, what’s for pudding?” Mum: “Have some fruit.” Eugh. Is that not the most offensive thing your mum can say to you after Sunday dinner? Pretty much. Well, don’t stress, because we’ve got a trump card up our sleeves and yes, you are free to use it too.

The next time you hear those dreaded words, whip out your phone and put this delish cinnamon-baked apple recipe in front of her face. Not only does it count towards one of your five-a-day so your ‘rents will be happy, but it actually tastes like a proper, delicious, sugary pudding, too. You’re welcome.

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the banana bread nice cream:

• 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
• 60g cashews, soaked for 4–6 hours, then drained
• 1⁄2 tbsp coconut sugar
• 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
• a pinch of salt
• 60g cacao butter
• 60g chopped roasted walnuts

For the baked apples:

• 4 green apples
• 4 tbsp coconut sugar
• 4 tbsp maple syrup
• 4 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Recipe

1. To make the nice cream, blitz the bananas and cashews in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and cacao butter, then blend again.

3. Spoon the mixture into a freezer-proof container and stir through the chopped walnuts. Freeze for 2–3 hours to firm up (take out the freezer 10 mins before serving).

4. To make the baked apples, preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F/Gas 3). Scoop out the core from the top of the apples, leaving a hole (don’t cut all the way through).

5. Stuff each apple with 1 tablespoon coconut sugar and maple syrup.

6. Place a small piece of butter or coconut oil on top, then place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon.

7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until they’re lovely and soft then serve with a dollop of ice cream!

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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We know the rule: you should always eat a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day. But unless you really love cooking or find yourself in a fancy hotel with a magical toaster that provides unlimited avo toast (dreamy), it’s hard to muster up the energy to make something really delicious. Especially on a lazy Sunday.

*Food klaxon* This is why we love overnight oats. Not only do they take five minutes to make as you prep them the night before, but this tasty, oaty recipe actually comes complete with a decadent dollop of ice cream. Wait, WHAT? Yes, you heard us right. We are shaking up the brunch world once again with something naughty, because incase you hadn’t heard… oats + ice cream = breakfast of champions.

Just don’t tell your ‘rents we keep doing this or you’ll be on diet of dry muesli before you can say ‘sultana’.

Ingredients

For the overnight oats (enough for 4 mornings):

150 g rolled oats
420 ml almond milk
60 ml apple juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon ‘nice cream’:

2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medjool date
a pinch of salt

Recipe

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then leave to soak overnight in the fridge.

2. The next day, if the mix looks a little dry add more almond milk. Then scoop into a small jar or bowl.

3. Now for the cinnamon nice cream! Just pop the bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, date and salt in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds.

4. Whizz until the mix becomes completely smooth, like a Mr. Whippy.

5. Scoop the nice cream on top of the oats and add a tasty toppings (we love caramelised bananas, crumbled nuts and coconut flakes).

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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