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A Foodie’s Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide For California’s First Legalized-Holiday

The following Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide content is intended for persons over the age of 21 in California. If that is not you, please go find other delicious content.

With marijuana now recreationally legal in California, ‘tis the season to consider greenery as a gift for your friends and loved ones. What better way to celebrate the first legalized-holiday here in Cali, than with a cannabis holiday gift guide, amiright?

Admittedly, I’m just as curious as you all might be when it comes to what products would make the best cannabis holiday gift guide. Especially considering that the normalization of their use is still very new to the majority of legal cannabis consumers. But trust, walk with me, and we’ll navigate these murky bong waters together.

Forward-thinking dispensaries, such as Blüm in Santa Ana, CA, are great spots for both the pot-loving and pot-curious, with their knowledgeable staff and wide selection of premium quality cannabis products.

Whether you’re giving for the connoisseur, the foodie or the health conscious in your life, this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide is here to guide you through the holi-daze of gift giving in the name of wellness or even if you’re just curious. We got you:

Dosist Pens

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Dosist was thinking higher when they created cannabis vape pens that ensure accurate dosing with each puff. These pens are great gifts for beginners who are still building up their tolerance for THC, because you’re getting exact dosing with each hit. Dosist has pens available in various specific formulas like bliss, passion, and more.

Henry’s Original Smokes

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Pre-rolls are always clutch when you’re looking to take some flower on the go but don’t have the time to roll up one. Or if you’re like most of us, we’ve yet to perfect our joint rolling technique. With Henry’s Original Smokes, you’re covered and have the peace of mind knowing you’re puffing on heirloom cannabis grown by expert cultivators.

Double Barrel Vape

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Should you have that special someone in your life who simply enjoys the finer things, perhaps this Double Barrel Vape would be of interest. The Double Barrel Vape grants you the power to mix and match different oil and concentrate blends in unlimited combinations. It’s equipped with two separate barrels intended to house different oil blends. Have it your way and puff away, friends.

Canndescent Pre-Rolls

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Ultra-premium pre-rolls are Canndescent’s thing. These pre-rolls ensure you’re lighting up with only the best, even when you’re on-the-go. Perfect for the connoisseur you know.

 

Kiva Confections Terra Bites Blueberries

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Foodies and relief-seekers alike appreciate the pleasant duo of tasty blueberries and luscious chocolate in Kiva Confections’ Terra Bites Blueberries. These medicated blueberries are a manageable 5mg each. That makes it easy to monitor your high, which is extremely advised the way these things are so addictive. If I’m going to a theme park, I usually have a few of these on deck. The Magic Kingdom is much more magical on these berries.

Kiva Confections Holiday Bars

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Kiva’s penchant for tasty THC-laced treats is known far and wide to discerning consumers. It’s only natural that the highly regarded brand of edibles gets in on the holiday spirit with their new themed chocolate bars.

Plus Blueberry Gummies

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Looking for some elevation ASAP? Try Plus’ dosed cannabis blueberry gummies. At just 5mg a piece, they’re a convenient and controllable snacking option for the THC-lovers in your life.

Kiva Camino Gummies: Pineapple Habanero

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Each flavor of Kiva’s Camino gummies are designed to transport you to your own happy place, with a Cali-specific vibe, of course. The fruity stimulation is enhanced with only the finest terpenes, ensuring maximum arousal of the senses. For example, the Pineapple Habanero flavor is an uplifting trio of fresh pineapples, kickin’ habanero, and inspiring sativa terpenes. These gummies are the perfect invigoration to put you in that “California State of Mind.”

Mellows Marshmallows

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These low-dose, artisanal gourmet marshmallows are an indulgent treat for the astute sweet tooth you know. Mellows are a unique, medicated treat that ditches the old notion of low-grade edibles as the only way for foodies to get lifted. Plus, they’re small batch and singular in quality, making it super easy to dose.

 

Breez Cannabis Sprays

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Like getting blown on Binaca, Breez cannabis sprays have got your back if you’re looking to get medicated and minty fresh breath. Or, if you have that one homie whose breath is kickin’ harder than Conor McGregor.

Kush Queen Bath Bombs

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If you want your loved one to take relaxation to the next level, shower them with Kush Queen Bath Bombs this Christmas. These lush bath treats use lab tested cannabis oil and premium oil blends. They’ll make you feel all kinds of ways — namely rejuvenated, soothed, and energized, without all the psychoactive effects.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm

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For those looking for alternative pain relief, without the spacey results, look no further than the CBD cannabis balm from Papa & Barkley. Their highly regarded balms provide “releaf” to applied areas sans any psychoactive properties.

Papa & Barkley Releaf Body Oil

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Papa & Barkley definitely know how to bring the “releaf,” this time in their body oils. Perfect for enhanced massage experiences or simply easy application in hard to reach spots, this body oil is a great way to relax the senses and distribute crucial cannabinoids into problem areas.

We were able to find all items highlighted in this Cannabis Holiday Gift Guide at Blüm. Find your nearest location here.

 

Disclaimers:

  • This content was created in partnership with Blüm. 
  • These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  • The statements in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. This does not constitute an advertisement or offer to sell any marijuana or other cannabis-derived products. It is intended for persons over the age of 21.
  • Although Marijuana is recreationally legal in California and Nevada, you must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess or consume cannabis products of any kind. It is illegal to sell or advertise cannabis-derived products to anyone under the age of 21 or in locations where persons under 21 are expected to be found.
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Restaurant’s Humane Way To Kill Lobsters Is To Get Them High On Marijuana

With animal cruelty awareness on the rise, those who enjoy lobster have been looking for more “humane” ways to kill them than just dropping them in a pot of boiling water.

Electrocution and freezing have been brought up in the past, but one restaurant has a different approach to slaughtering their crustaceans: they get them high first.

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According to the Mount Desert Islander, Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, Maine, is utilizing cannabis to calm the lobsters before steaming them alive.

Owner Charlotte Gill is a licensed picker and caregiver, so she’s growing her own cannabis and is allowed to pick and sell the lobster meat she cooks after the THC-aided slaughter.

Gill tested her humane technique out on a single lobster first, placing it in a special tank that was “hot boxed,” by blowing marijuana smoke inside. Apparently, the THC got through the water and into the lobster’s bloodstream, causing it to remain calm.

This behavior continued for the next couple of weeks, as it displayed no aggression toward other lobsters in the tank. It was then eventually released into the wild.

As a result, Gill has set up a separate tank where she can get lobsters high in order to sedate them prior to their deaths.

This technique will be only done upon customer request, and for those wondering if these THC-infused lobsters will get you feeling some type of way, that won’t be the case. The heat from the cooking process destroys any residual traces of the psychoactive, meaning there’s no carryover effect to the consumer.

When it comes to taste, Gill claims that her lobsters die happier and produce a better tasting meat as a result.

“The difference it makes within the meat itself is unbelievable,” she said.

Gill’s work could be instrumental in helping develop new animal slaughter techniques that involve marijuana, and it’ll be interesting to see if other restaurants attempt to follow suit.

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These Cannabis-Infused Sodas Will Take You Higher With Each Sip

Marijuana has been a hot button topic as of late, as it is becoming legal in more and more states. And as dispensaries pop up across the country, you can not only smoke, eat, and vape your weed, now you can even drink it.

Keef Brands recently launched a line of zero-calorie cannabis infused beverages that range in potency from 10mg to 100mg, include sparkling water and a variety of sodas. Keef Sparkling Lemon and Blood Orange are designed to be the go-to social option for people looking for a low-calorie, sugar free alternative to alcoholic beverages and sugary cannabis-infused edibles.

The Boulder, Colorado brand develops, produces, and distributes multiple cannabis-infused products that include beverages, edibles, and CO2-extracted oil for vape cartridges. Keef has been at the forefront of innovation around social cannabis product development and education since 2010.

In 2015, Keef’s Bubba Kush Root Beer — seen above — won Best Edible at the High Times Cannabis Cup, beating out over 150 entries from across the United States.

Keef Brands products are currently available at over 800 dispensaries across Colorado, California, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

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Weed Wine: Getting Buzzed Without the Hangover

Edibles? Not quite. Drinkables, more like it. And no, it’s not the nasty bong water your old frat brother convinced you to chug drunk. It’s wine. Pot wine to be more exact.

That’s right. What if I tell you, you can get tipsy without the dreadful hangover the next day? Think of how many Tylenols you can save!

If you’re still skeptical, let me throw out some fancy words for all you wine snobs out there. It’s sauvignon blanc. That citrusy, green-grape white wine from France. A THC-infused sauvignon blanc to be exact.

Okay, to be honest, I pretended I was a wine connoisseur when I visited Napa. But that plan fell through real quick when I twirled my sparkling wine and the sommelier smacked my hand. So I’m not the best person to learn about wine from… Oops.

Anyways, this marijuana creation, a non-alcoholic wine “that smells like weed but tastes like wine,” is the brainchild of a California-based Rebel Coast Winery. Yes, unfortunately it’s non-alcoholic because federal regulation prevents mixing THC with alcohol in products.

Just told Chip what he’s getting for Xmas (plot twist- it’s cannabis wine).

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But each bottle of this cannabis vino holds 16 milligrams of THC, the element responsible for the psychoactive effects of weed. That’s approximately 4 milligrams of THC per glass, a perfectly modest amount to help you get the “nice, euphoric, mild high.”

I wouldn’t want to be mind-blowingly stoned anyways. That high will gift me with a couple extra pounds from the munchies. No. Thank. You.

So do I want to try it? Sure, why not? I’m not getting any younger and my body can’t gracefully bounce back from the hangovers anymore. I hear that Powerball jackpot is $450 million. Got to go now! Time for me to go buy that lottery ticket so I can have a cellar full of THC wine.

Golden State residents can expect shipments as early as January once the recreational sales of marijuana begin.

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Jack In The Box And Merry Jane’s New Munchie Meal Celebrates Marijuana Legalization In California

In 2018, Jack In The Box fans with the munchies will definitely have something to be merry about – even after the holidays. The fast food chain is partnering up with a munchies-driven partner to create a limited-time Late Night Munchies Meal.

Jack in the Box is partnering with Merry Jane, a leading cannabis lifestyle and media platform, to launch the new Merry Munchie Meal.

The Merry Munchie Meal features a serving of Halfsies (1/2 curly fries, 1/2 onion rings), 2 Jack Tacos, 5 Mini Churros, 3 Crispy Chicken Strips, and a small drink. Truly a meal that would conquer any form of munchies.

On Jan. 18, the new Munchies Meal will be available in California to coincide with the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Iwona Alter, Cheif Marketing Offier of Jack In The Box said in a press release:

“Jack’s Munchie Meals have been successful for us because of the authenticity of how we speak to our customers. This partnership is one more way for us to connect with them—whether you’re at a concert, up late playing video games or pulling an all-nighter. We are about welcoming all of our guests, no matter what they’re craving or why they’re craving it.”

“Launching the Merry Munchie Meal is the perfect way to acknowledge the cannabis culture in our shared home state of California,” said Scott Chung, Merry Jane’s Chief Operations Officer.

Jack fans in the Southern California area can find this new Munchie Meal in select locations around the city of Long Beach. The box will be available for, you guessed it, $4.20. Before tax, though.

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15 Fun Facts You Probably Never Knew About Chocolate

If you have a stash of Hershey’s kisses in your bedside table or do thorough research on which dark chocolate is best for your heart, then you probably consider yourself a chocolate aficionado – or, at least, a super fan. But how much do you really know about the melt-in-your mouth candy we all adore or the ancient bean from whence it came? We’re about to find out. Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about chocolate.

It’s technically a vegetable

Milk and dark chocolate come from the cacao bean, which grows on the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), an evergreen from the family Malvaceae (other members of the family include okra and cotton). This makes the most important part of the sweet treat a veggie. Eating your daily vegetables just got a whole lot easier.

White chocolate isn’t really chocolate

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Sorry, white chocolate lovers. Since this extra-sweet variety doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, it isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. However, it does contain parts of the cacao bean — mainly cocoa butter — so that counts a little bit.

Cacao was once used as currency

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The cacao bean is native to Mexico, Central America, and South America. Archeologists say the ancient inhabitants of these areas started cultivating the bean as far back as 1900 BCE and that the valuable bean was used as currency in the Aztec society. Cacao beans would be traded for luxury items like jade and ceremonial feathers, or everyday items such as food and clothes.

Most cacao beans are now grown in Africa

Despite its Central American roots, nowadays most cacao (nearly 70% of the world’s supply) comes from Africa. The Ivory Coast is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.

Napoleon loved chocolate

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The French leader demanded that chocolate be made available to him and his senior advisers even during intense military campaigns. He was famously known to choose chocolate over coffee when he worked late at night, often enjoying the sweet until 2 or 3 a.m.

Milk chocolate was invented almost 4,000 years after chocolate was first cultivated

The Mayans and Aztecs were enjoying the bitter cacao bean long before the dawn of modern society, but that “chocolate” is nothing like a Hershey bar you’d go pick up at the store. The most popular chocolate in the modern world (although its darker counterpart has become extremely trendy recently) is milk chocolate – however, this wasn’t invented until 3,600 years after ancient civilizations started enjoying cacao.

Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created the tasty treat in 1875 after eight years of trying to make his recipe work. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient he was missing.

The invention of the first chocolate bar started a manufacturing empire


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In 1847, British chocolate maker Joseph Fry found a way to mix the ingredients of cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa to manufacture a paste that could then be molded into a chocolate bar unlike anything the world had seen before. Demand was immediately high, and the Fry Chocolate Factory in Bristol, England began pumping out the bars. In the following decades, over 220 innovative chocolate products were introduced to the masses, including production of the first chocolate Easter egg in UK in 1873 and the Fry’s Turkish Delight (or Fry’s Turkish bar) in 1914. In 1896, the firm became a registered private company and was run by the Fry family, with Joseph Storrs Fry II, grandson of the first Joseph Storrs Fry, as Chairman.

Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat

But, to be fair, it wasn’t quite the frothy, delicious drink we know today. The OG hot chocolate was an Aztec invention called xocolatl, which means “bitter water.” The drink was made with cacao beans, vanilla, and chili peppers and was thought to help battle fatigue. When Columbus and his men brought cacao beans back to Europe, sugar was then added to the drink, helping it to become popular throughout modern society. Now we get to watch first hand as YouTuber wilmo55 shows us a behind-the-scenes look at how this ancient beverage was prepared centuries ago. We’re not sure how well xocolatl would go over in our AS (After Starbucks) age, but we know that we owe a lot to this ancient drink.

Chocolate inspired the invention of the microwave

The thing that heats up so many of our frozen dinners and takeout leftovers – we owe it all to a little bit of melted chocolate. About 70 years ago, Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer was testing military-grade magnetron (or really intense magnets) when legend has it the heat made the chocolate bar in his pocket melt. Fascinated, Spencer brought popcorn kernels into the office next day and put them by the same heat, creating the first ever batch of microwave popcorn. Thanks to his melted snack, the microwave oven was born. Check out this How Stuff Works video to get the whole history on our favorite appliance.

Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old

It probably sounds impressive that these ancient trees, which have been revered as “gifts from the gods,” can live to be centuries old. Seems fitting, right? Unfortunately, there is an interesting catch. Although these trees can live to be hundreds of years old, they old produce cacao beans for 25 years of that time. Talk about delicious irony.

Chocolate has a special melting point

When modern day chocolatiers were trying to find a way to market candy that wouldn’t melt in the consumer’s pocket, they discovered the trick was to make the melting point right below the human body temperature. Chocolate is the only edible substance to melt between 85-93° F, which is why it melts so easily on your tongue; it has a specially designed “mouthfeel” unlike any substance on earth, somewhere between solid and liquid. Want to learn how to melt chocolate correctly? Then you need this quick video tutorial from Everyday Food to feel like a honest-to-goodness chocolatier.

There’s now a chocolate that can withstand intense temperatures

Food scientists have been laboring for decades to come up with chocolate that won’t melt in the higher temperatures, to accommodate warmer places around the world. In 2012, Cadbury announced that they were developing a technique for formulating a bar that could withstand very high temperatures – up to 104 °F. By grinding the sugar down to a smaller particle size and reducing the fat content, Cadbury’s new chocolate can withstand much higher temperatures without liquefying. The company hopes to introduce the product in Africa and Brazil in the future.

Chocolate helped the Allies win World War II

Granted, there was a lot more that won the war than eating chocolate, but historians credit the chocolate rations Hershey provided to the troops as a source of positive morale and energy. The Hershey Chocolate company was approached in 1937 about creating a specially designed bar just for U.S. Army emergency rations. According to Hershey’s chief chemist Sam Hinkle, the U.S. government had just four requests about their new chocolate bars: they had to weigh 4 ounces, be high in energy, withstand high temperatures and “taste a little better than a boiled potato.” According to some soldiers, the taste of a boiled potato was preferred to these ration bars, but the treat had a knack for picking up the soldier’s energy and spirits.

It shares some similarities with marijuana

The cacao bean has this nifty concoction of chemicals in it, a mixture that really sets off the pleasure centers in our brain (which is why we love/crave chocolate constantly). One of the big parts of that mixture is a chemical known as anandamide, which activates dopamine receptors and consequently, makes us happy. The most closely related compound to this chemical is THC, which is the main constituent of cannabis and has a similar effect in the brain.

Switzerland consumes the most chocolate per year

According to U.S. News, Switzerland is the #1 purchaser of chocolate in the world. The people of Switzerland purchased 18.1 lbs. of chocolate (yes, per person) in 2015 and that number went up to 19.8 in 2016. On the other hand, the U.S. wasn’t in the Top 10 in 2015 and broke in at #9 last year, with Americans buying 9.5 lbs. of chocolate for themselves in 2016. Honestly? We were expecting a lot more.

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This Tropical Cocktail Is Served With A Faux Joint To Keep Lit While You Sip

With the passage of Prop. 64 in November, there’s only a matter of time until pot-friendly businesses are able to set up shop in California. It’s already being theorized that this newfound canna-industry will include everything from wholesale dispensaries to brick and mortar weed-centric lounges, cafes, and restaurants.

Until then, pro-pot Californians are dreaming up creative ways to celebrate the coming era of legalization through not-so-subtle methods, that give us a glimpse into the future. Now, it seems a Huntington Beach, California restaurant and cantina is already trying to lead by example.

Pacific Hideaway, located inside the Shorebreak Hotel, is paying homage to the ganja gods by creating a tropical cocktail that is served with a smoking “joint” clipped to the side of the glass.

Named after the stoner cult classic film Dazed and Confused, this cocktail is made with Caña Brava Rum, plantation pineapple, ginger, and lime. But the piece de resistance of the drink is the oregano and sage doobie garnish, that when lit, gives a complimenting aroma to the cocktail.

While this faux joint isn’t going to get the party started, it’s a subtle reminder that legal cannabis is just in its infancy stage and there’s much more to come.

So, if you’ve never had the chance to channel your inner Matthew McConaughey and ask someone if they have a joint — just ask the bartender at Pacific Hideaway — it’d be a lot cooler if you did.

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Get Baked With This Delicious Recipe For Cannabis-Infused Brownie A La Mode

While it’s impossible to figure out who originally came up with the genius invention of the “pot brownie,” it’s safe to say that the concept will live on for eternity. Even to this day, folks everywhere are still trying to perfect and recreate their own versions of the legendary recipe.

Now, thanks to the newly founded legalization of recreational use of MJ in states like Washington, Colorado, and most recently, California, the aspects of cooking with cannabis are becoming more widely accepted. And, with more acceptance, comes improved technique, efficiency, and more deliciousness.

Since 4/20, aka the biggest celebration of cannabis all year, is almost upon us, we picked up your fave low-cal, high protein ice cream, Halo Top, to make the day — and the pot brownie — even more delicious. See our recipe for “Pot Brownie a la Mode” below.

Remember, everyone’s cannabis tolerance varies. FOODBEAST recommends consuming medicated edibles with oversight and caution. You can always eat more — not less!

Pot Brownie A La Mode Checklist

You will need:

– crockpot

– baking sheet

– oven

– cheesecloth

– cannabis grinder

– baking pan

– About 16 hours of cooking time

Ingredients

7-14 grams of cannabis

½ pound clarified butter

½ cup Cocoa powder

½ cup flour

3 ½ cups sugar

8 whole eggs

For the pot brownie al a mode recipe you’ll need 7 – 14 grams of cannabis and a ½ pound of clarified butter, to make cannabutter. Grind up the cannabis — preferably on a baking sheet — then bake for 30 minutes at 240 degrees.

After your cannabis is done baking, transfer it into your crockpot. Next, take the ½ pound of clarified butter and mix into cannabis and mix thoroughly. Let mixture cook on low for 6-8 hours.

After your cannabutter is done cooking for 6-8 hours, strain the mixture using cheese cloth. Just be sure that there is no plant material left. Let chill overnight.

Next, it’s time to make our brownies. Combine one ½ cup cocoa powder, a ½ cup flour, 3 ½ cups sugar, and 8 whole eggs into a large mixing bowl and stir. This mixture should yield a thick chocolatey paste.

Add in the ½ pound of cannabutter and one ½ cup of melted butter. It’s also a good idea to coat your pan with a nice layer of cannabutter so the brownies do not stick. It’s best to use a 9” x 13” or 11” x 15” pan.

If you only have a small pan, try not filling it to the top — the brownies will come out undercooked. You can use a toothpick to check if brownies are done. If brownies stick to the toothpick, cook them longer.

Set oven to 300 degrees and bake for 40 minutes. After cooling, cut and serve with a scoop (or more) of Halo Top ice cream (we used Vanilla Bean!).

Created in partnership with Halo Top Creamery