A Mermaid Cafe Exists, and We’re Swimming There ASAP
There’s a new round of mythical, mermaid-inspired foods that you’re going to want to make “part of your world” — or at least, part of your Instagram feed.
Orange County café Crème and Sugar (AKA, the people who invented unicorn hot chocolate) recently announced its new “mermaid menu,” which is full of colorful, photo-friendly desserts inspired by the princesses of the sea. Joanna Czikalla, the café’s owner and the mastermind behind all of its magically delicious treats, told Cosmopolitan that she decided to create the new menu because she’s “always wanted to be a mermaid.” #jointheclub.
Czikalla first started experimenting with magical treats when she introduced the world to unicorn hot chocolate in December, and she says that she’s always had some sort of mermaid menu brewing in the back of her mind. “I’ve been planning mermaid [desserts] since back in the wintertime, when I was doing the unicorn [menu items],” she says. “I thought I couldn’t do mermaid until mermaid season,” which would mean summertime, a time when people everywhere run to the beach and get their ocean on.
The mermaid menu features five new items that seem just as delicious as they are Instagrammable. Czikalla’s favorite treat is “Mermaid Water,” which she told Cosmopolitan,”tastes like what you would want the ocean to taste like.” Rather than being a salty mouthful of fish brine, it’s made with blue raspberry, coconut, and lime-flavored Hawaiian lemonade, and topped with sea-salt whip, which makes it look like the ocean. The”Mermaid Shaved Ice” is a blue/green concoction decorated with ice cream, sour candy strips, and rock candy:
A vanilla “Mermaid Cake” is the only nonbeverage on the mermaid menu, and it is covered in all sorts of ocean-themed decorations. There’s also a “Mermaid Shake” and “Mermaid Float,” which feature gold glittery mermaid tails diving into whipped cream and cotton-candy toppings:
For anyone who’s not really feeling the whole magical foods thing anymore, Crème and Sugar also offers Cookie Monster, Circus Animal, and lavender and honey drinks, all of which are fully acceptable to sip on during mermaid season — especially if you never want to hear the phrase “mermaid season” again.
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