Sunday, January 20, 2013

cotton candy shirley temple

Legend has it that the Shirley Temple beverage was created in the late 1930s at Hollywood's Chasen's Restaurant to celebrate the child star's 10th birthday, who often visited the restaurant.  

Since Shirley Temple was too young to drink alcoholic cocktails like the adult movie stars when she attended parties or visited with them, a drink concocted of the original 7-Up (or club soda), grenadine, and a maraschino cherry was created so that she, too, could enjoy parties and celebrations with a special drink.

The Classic Shirley Temple has grown in popularity over the years . . . and ~ to date
~ is the most popular "mocktail" (non-alcoholic beverage) among children and adults alike!

They are just so pretty . . . and taste so delightful. It's hard not to fall in love with it's beautiful pink-ish, red hue amidst a flurry of bubbles. And who doesn't get giddy over the prized treasure found at the bottom of the glass . . . a maraschino cherry!  

As a child, I remember asking sweetly "May I please have a Shirley Temple?" . . . and then offering a big, warm smile when ordering - with hopes that it would win over my waiter/waitress so that he/she might drop an extra cherry in my glass. It worked almost every time (big smile)! 

I think we all might share a similar story (wink)! 

My sweet Charley's 5th birthday is fast-approaching, and I thought it would be fun to serve Shirley Temple's at her party, but with a special twist!

Here's the funny thing . . . There's a restaurant on the east coast called O'Charley's (how ironic is that) who is known for their Cotton Candy Shirley Temples!  

Yes, you read right . . . Cotton Candy Shirley Temples!

What a fun twist on this "mocktail!" 

My Charley LOVES cotton candy and Shirley Temples separately, and to have them together in this edible mash-up... YUM! She is going to squeal in delight when I serve them to her and her friends! 


Allow me to paint you a picture . . .  A glass of lemon-lime soda with a puff of pink cotton candy resting on top of the rim . . . gently push it down with your straw and watch it fizzle and dissolve into the drink. It makes the sweetest, girliest refreshment ever! 

I embellished already adorable paper straws with ribbon, stickers, and rosettes . . . so that after the cotton candy fizzles . . . the girls will still have something pretty to admire while sipping their mocktails. 

~ sweet endings ~

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  1. Oh, I just love this post! I wish I had a little girl to play with. I am going to make these, I think my grandsons would love them, even if they are pink!

    1. Hi Patti!

      I have also made these with powder blue cotton candy. I think your grandsons will love it!

  2. so yummy! Shirley Temples were my favorite part of dining out with my grandparents :-) and yes, such a to-do if they dropped in that extra cherry!
    Happy Pink Saturday

  3. Looks so pretty, I could drink that myself.

  4. So sweet!! My daughter will love!

  5. I had plenty of Shirley Temples growing up but never one with Cotton Candy! Wouldn't that be so fun for a little girls birthday! Alas, I only have one grown boy! May have to break this recipe out for the grand nieces!

  6. I love Shirley Temples and this twist is just so sweet! Your little Charley is going to love them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. Suzanne, I totally remember ordering Shirley Temples when I was a little girl and I am in love with your sweet, cotton candy version. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend - pinned! Hope you have a happy and wonderful week!

  8. I loved Shirley Temple's when I was a girl. I have to try this for my kids,

    Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again this week. (Sorry for the late comment!)

  9. Those look so yummy! Thanx for sharing at THT!

  10. have read many blogs in the net but have never come across such a well written blog. Good work keep it up for the information of uk sweets thank you for ti !!


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