Jan 07 2017

Tiki Pleasures Mix

Published by under Tiki Music

Take a wintermission and escape to the tropical paradise of tiki exotica lounge music with Martin Denny and more legendary exotica artists included in this mix.

I’ve created YouTube and Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure, below the track list.

Track List

01 Les Baxter – Fruit of Dreams
02 Webley Edwards – Harbor Lights
03 Martin Denny – The Enchanted Sea (1996 Digital Remaster)
04 Martin Denny – Misirlou
05 Arthur Lyman Group – Yellow Bird
06 Tak Shindo – Bali Ha’i
07 Martin Denny – Llama Serenade
08 Martin Denny – Island Of Dreams
09 Robert Drasnin – Chant Of The Moon
10 Martin Denny – Coronation
11 Webley Edwards – Alika
12 Martin Denny – Exotica
13 Kava Kon – Polynesian Poppies
14 Webley Edwards – Hawaiian Paradise
15 Yma Sumac – Ataypura
16 Martin Denny – Hypnotique
17 Martin Denny – Summertime
18 Kava Kon – Pacifica 66
19 Martin Denny – Kalua
20 Martin Denny – Return To Paradise

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Dec 12 2016

Now Playing: Gremlins, With Tiki Mugs!

If you’re in the Austin area and looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the tiki lover in your life, then head on over to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tomorrow night, Tuesday December 13th, to catch their last showing of 80’s classic Gremlins and you might have a chance to pick up your very own Gremlins tiki mug.

According to the Drafthouse:

Yes, it’s safe to get these Gremlins wet. Toast the season / chase away dark holiday memories with your favorite beverage in one of Mondo’s limited edition GREMLINS Tiki Mugs, designed by artist Michael Bonanno and sculpted by Ramirez Studios. And, when you pick up your mug at the theater, you can also pick up a fruity, delicious tiki drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic, up to you), which comes included with your mug!*

Available with Alamo Drafthouse ticket purchase for select screenings (listed below) while supplies last!

Please note that this mug is in post-production and may not be available for pick-up at the theater by the date of your selected screening. If you purchase a mug, we will notify you via email (to the address you enter for ticket confirmation) when it is available for pick-up.

*One drink per mug, thems the rules.

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Nov 28 2016

Yes, You Can Live in a Tiki Hut!

Published by under Tiki Houses,Tiki News

If you thought that living in a tiki hut was just a far fetched dream, then think again!  You have a couple of choices here, you can:

1) transform one of your current living spaces to your very own tiki room, or

2) live in this amazing tiki room for rent.

If you need some inspiration on the first front, or if you’re actually up for leasing a tiki room, then check out this amazing tiki space!

Lease this amazing tiki guest house in Dallas for $1350/mo.  Don’t forget to browse through the photos of this bungalow, because every room is filled with tiki love:



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Nov 26 2016

Recommended Listening: Martin Denny – Primitiva

Published by under Tiki Music


Martin Denny – Primitiva

If you’re looking for some tiki music to chill to, then I would highly recommend having a listen to Martin Denny’s mystical album Primitiva. It was originally released in 1958 via Capitol Records. It’s full of mysterious tropical sounds, rolling percussion, and twinkling xylophones. It’s definitely one of my favorite tiki records.

You can check it out in its full glory below:


Track List:

A1 – Burma train
A2 – Kalua
A3 – M’Gambo mambo
A4 – Buddhist bells
A5 – M’Bira
A6 – Flamingo

B1 – Llama serenade (Peruvian llama song)
B2 – Akaka falls
B3 – Bangkok cockfight
B4 – Mau Mau
B5 – Dites moi
B6 – Jamaica farewell


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Mar 13 2016

4 Beautiful Tiki Torch Projects

Spring is in the air which means it’s time to get those outdoor living spaces ready for tiki time! Here are four awesome tiki torch projects to help get you started!




  • And we have another awesome tiki torch project from Sugar and Charm: DIY Tiki Torch Bottles – one more great way to save and recycle those beautiful containers:


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Oct 12 2015

Tiki Throwback: Martin Denny – “Misirlou”

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Martin Denny - Misirlou

Martin Denny – Misirlou

Here’s a throwback to 1961 exotica percussion lounge music – Martin Denny’s “Misirlou”:

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Oct 10 2015

Tiki Statue Enhancements: How to Decorate Your Tiki

Published by under Tiki Crafts,Tiki Statues

Painted Tiki Statue

Painted Tiki Statue

Tiki statues come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles. Some may look just right the way they are, and others may be a bit rough. If you have purchased one (and certainly if you made your own) you may want to consider embellishing the appearance to make it exactly fit your personal taste. With a little effort and some simple materials, you will be able to make your tiki really pop, and give it a finished look that will catch anybody’s eye.

The first thing to consider when finishing or embellishing a tiki statue is a sealing material. Most tikis are made out of some form of fibrous material, whether it is wood or the trunk of a palm tree. If it is to be displayed outside, the need for protection from weather is obvious. Even if the tiki is used indoors it is a good idea to have it sealed to protect it from dirt and stains.

One of the best sealing materials is polyurethane. Simple to apply, durable and easy to clean up, polyurethane makes a great finish. The best way to apply it is with the biggest brush that will fit in the urethane container. Bristles of the brush are able to get into tiny crevices that sponges and other application tools are unable to reach. I have found that using a circular motion with the brush really allows the brush to cover well.

Something to consider is that it will take a LOT of polyurethane to cover your tiki, especially if it is the first time you are sealing it (it must be redone once in a while to ensure good protection). When I sealed a 7 foot tiki, it took about one gallon (admittedly the tiki had many rough areas which tend to soak up more of the polyurethane).

Attention must also be given to the type of polyurethane used. Not all polyurethane is the same. They are designed for many different purposes. Try to find one that is specifically for outdoor use, protection from UV, heat and moisture. I used Helmsman Spar Polyurethane, and it seemed to work well.

An enhancement that I find very attractive and allows for a very authentic look is the burnt look. Perhaps it has to do with the connotation of primitive cultures, or Polynesian affinity for fire and acknowledgement of its power, but it just looks darned cool! Making it an even more attractive enhancement, it’s VERY easy to do. All you need is a propane torch and you’re all set. Simply decide the area for the burning and apply the torch. I like to burn the areas around the eyes, nose and mouth, but you can really add it anywhere you’d like. If you use this technique, make sure you have a safe area (noncombustible) and a bucket of water or other fire suppressant because sometimes the wood or palm trunk will catch fire. It usually goes out on its own in a few seconds, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe.

Next you may want to consider adding color. While many people consider it “unauthentic” and prefer their tikis natural, others enjoy the judicious application of a bit of paint. I enjoy both types; they each have their own appeal or “vibe.” When I do use color, I like colors in the red/orange/yellow spectrum (perhaps again tapping into the “fire” motif), and generally paint just the eye and mouth areas. I have, however, seen tikis painted with virtually every color you could imagine,-sometimes completely covered! As with most of these issues, it’s a matter of personal taste.

If there are decorative carvings on your tiki (for example palm trees, pineapples or flowers) you may wish to highlight them with paint. On my first tiki, I carved a palm tree below the face and colored the “fronds” bright green, and burnt the “trunk” with a torch for contrast. It made the palm tree stand out nicely.

If you do choose to use paint, carefully consider your brushes. I would recommend using one smaller than one used for the application of the polyurethane. You will probably want to get into areas that are relatively small, taking care not to get paint beyond a certain point. Actually using two brushes is a really good idea. Use a medium one for larger surfaces and a very small one for tiny or highly detailed areas.

When choosing paint, make sure that it will be durable. Do not use a type that will wash off (for example Tempura). I chose acrylic paints from a local department store craft section, and was able to get exactly the colors I wanted in the quantities I wanted. Unless you are painting a whole tiki, you would probably not use more than 8-16 ounces of any one color. If you’re painting really small areas for accent, you may use even less.

Enhancing a tiki statue is really quite easy as long as a bit of care is taken. While “primitive” tikis can and do look great, adding a few enhancements in just the right places can sometimes take them from “good” to “really extraordinary.” If you choose to use some of the enhancements described herein don’t be surprised, when you show off your work, if others have a hard time believing that you actually did it yourself instead of some professional.

For more information about tikis, creating a tiki lifestyle or luau decorations be sure to visit Tiki Island Life

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Oct 10 2015

How to Carve a Tiki Statue From a Palm Trunk

Carved Polynesian Tikis

Carved Polynesian Tikis

Carving a tiki statue may seem to be an overwhelming task. This is especially true if you stay focused on the end result and how difficult it may be to achieve. Looking at other tiki statues having a vast array of designs can be daunting. Many of them are very elaborate and quite intricate, obviously representing the work of a skilled artisan. Truly, many tiki statues are works of art.

At the same time, I believe there is nothing preventing any of us from directing our energy and effort toward this task and achieving a result which, even if not a work of art, can be quite satisfying and attractive. One simple way to get the process started is to shift our focus to the “next step only.” This will keep things in better perspective, allow you to see the project as much more “doable,” and will allow you to make steady, incremental progress.

Before you put “blade to trunk” to begin the carving, it will be important to have a clear idea of the design you would like for your tiki. A quick stroll around the internet will reveal that there are more varied tiki designs around than one could possibly imagine. Many tiki statues have more than just a face design, incorporating arms and legs into the tiki (though usually miniaturized relative the tiki face). Also included may be carvings of pineapples, flowers, palm trees or other symbols of Polynesia. Some simply have a design pattern to embellish the tiki. While all of them are good for somebody, somewhere, at some point, it is important for you to focus on the designs that interest or please YOU.

Personally, I’m sort of picky, and don’t like many of the designs out there because I think they look silly or goofy. That said, I’m sure many people would find the designs I like to be “silly or goofy.” Obviously this is all about personal taste. You will have to see which designs appeal to you. See which PARTS of which designs appeal to you. If you don’t find one that is exactly what you want, make drawings incorporating features you like, or make up our own. A drawing can become your plan or blueprint for your tiki. Whatever your aesthetic requirements, keep at it until you have a design that is “just right.” You’ll know that it’s just right when you go back to it to make small adjustments and find that you don’t want to make any!

Unless you wish to make your drawings on a 1:1 basis (meaning that your drawing would be exactly the same size as the tiki you wish to carve), you may wish to consider making them in “scale.” For example, if you would like the eye of your tiki face design to be about 4 inches long by about 2 inches wide, you might draw it about 1 inch long by about ½ inch wide. That would be a 4:1 scale (meaning you would multiply every dimension on your drawing by 4 to get the actual dimensions to mark on the palm trunk). This technique allows you to make drawings more quickly and easily, yet retain the ability to transfer the design to the piece with relative ease.

Once you have your design and all relevant dimensions, it will be time to transfer it to the piece. Take your time with this step, since it will be your guide, and prevent you from straying too far from your design and the overall “look” for which you are going. Chalk is a good marking medium for this purpose since it is easy to use, easy to see, and cleans off well when you are done. A step that many take at this point is to make a center line down the length of trunk with the chalk. The center line will give you a reference, especially for the tiki face allowing you to maintain symmetry more easily (unless you are actually going for a skewed, asymmetric look). Use a tape measure to ensure the dimensions are correct, and to make sure everything looks right when you’re done.

It is now time to decide exactly how you wish to carve your tiki. Some people use nothing but a chain saw to create their entire tiki statue, and believe it gives the finished product a more primitive look. There are examples on the internet, and I have to say they really look pretty good. I would not, however, carve a tiki statue entirely with one, mostly because I’m not skilled enough with a chain saw. That level of precision would require that someone be very experienced and very, very skilled; even a small error or accident with a chain saw can be extremely dangerous (or even fatal).

I would recommend use of hand carving tools, such as chisels, gouges and a hammer or mallet. Hand tools obviously take more time than motorized tools, but they also allow for greater precision. The slower pace also allows you to be more careful, and to alter your design before it’s too late if something isn’t looking right.

The first step in carving is to go around the perimeter of each element of your markings with a chisel or gouge and actually cut a line into the outer surface. This will give you a good outline of your entire design. For some elements (for example the purely decorative) you may wish to only remove the bark or outer layer simply to make them stand out from the surface of the rest of the palm trunk and be visible. For other elements (eyes, nose, mouth) you may wish to carve more deeply to create three dimensionality.

As you are carving, remember to cut out only a small amount of material at a time. While it might be tempting to take out large chunks of material (to finish your tiki quicker), do not do it. It is simply too easy to take out too much all at once. This may result in cutting too deeply, chipping out material you didn’t intend or inadvertently cutting outside of your design. When cutting any kind of fibrous material, including palm trunk, a cut will want to follow along the grain. If you have cut too deeply a split may extend well beyond the boundary of your design even if you were not originally carving in that spot. Correcting these mistakes can cost a lot of time. Obviously if the mistake is big enough it can ruin the piece.

For carving straight lines or removing material from a flat surface, you will want to use a chisel, because it has a straight beveled blade. Always make sure you cannot see the beveled part of the blade as you hold the chisel; the flat side should face up. If the flat side is down, and as you hold the chisel you can see the beveled part of the blade, it is upside down. Cutting with a chisel upside down will cause it to dig deeper and deeper, even if you were trying to make a small cut. In the correct position, the chisel will want to rise back to the surface of the wood as you cut, allowing you to make small cuts easily.

For carving curved lines or for hollowing out an area (as you may wish to do for the eyes and mouth), use a gouge. Gouges were made for hollowing out areas. Obviously larger ones work best for larger areas, and smaller ones work best for finely detailed work, or for getting into small tight areas. Those who carve tikis professionally have a huge array of tools allowing them to make any kind of cut they want. You may wish to acquire tools specific to the job/design you have in mind.

The nose will require a somewhat different technique, and is what some may consider the hardest part of carving a tiki. It is called carving “in relief.” Carving in relief simply means to lower a flat surface around an object (in this case a tiki nose) to make it appear that the object is raised. Since you don’t want to simply “glue” a nose onto your tiki (that would look silly), you must lower the surface around the nose to make it appear that the nose is raised. You will want this “lowering” of the surface to appear gradual, getting lower as it gets closer to the nose. You can choose to cut a very deep relief, or a relatively shallow one. Even a half inch relief will be enough to make the nose stand out and be visible. Once the relief is done, you may wish to carve some detail into the nose itself. I prefer relatively simple, primitive triangular nose shapes. Others prefer highly detailed and realistic nose carvings, with nostrils, etc. The choice is yours.

If you work slowly and methodically, you will be surprised how the tiki begins to take shape before your eyes. If you get stuck on an area, take a break. Come back to it later. It may change your perspective and provide insight as to how to clear up the issue. Once you have your tiki carved, you may wish to seal it in some way. Clearly this is much more important if it is to be displayed outdoors rather than indoors, removed from the elements. There are many commercial products available that will do the job.

That’s really about all there is to it. Obviously the more detail, pattern and decoration there is, the more elaborate the design, the more time it will take. Consider, however, that some of the simplest designs can look the most striking. The Moai sculptures on Easter Island are exceedingly simple and yet have held our interest and imaginations for centuries. Attractive doesn’t have to mean complicated. Determine what appeals most to you, and will fit the best in the environment in which you wish to display your tiki. Have fun and good luck! Who knows, after you’ve completed your first one you may want to make a whole bunch of ’em.

To learn more about tiki statues and sculptures be sure to visit Tiki Island Life.

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Oct 10 2015

How To Select A Palm Tree Trunk To Use To Make A Tiki Statue

Palm trees

Palm trees

How to Select a Palm Tree Trunk To Use to Make A Tiki Statue

Tiki statues are cool,- very cool! Not only have they always been an integral part of the “South Seas,” or Polynesian culture, but have seemingly become inseparably tied to a tropical, laid-back, relaxing-island-beach lifestyle in general. We’ve all heard of (and probably been to) Tiki Bars in some exotic vacation spot. Restaurants that sport Tiki Statues have a certain allure and mystique that, for many, seem to draw them in. While they were traditionally thought to guard against evil, for most of us they are simply associated with an exotic, carefree lifestyle.

For those that truly appreciate the beauty and tropical attractiveness of a Tiki Statue, there might arise the question, “how do I get one of my own?” They do, indeed, make wonderful features or accents in any landscape for those attempting to create a “tropical” look. They are available, of course, from a wide variety of sources in an even wider variety of shapes and sizes for those willing to spend the money. To my mind, however, a more attractive option would be, making my own! With a bit of time and patience, I believe anyone can do it. Obviously there are different tasks that must be accomplished for a successful completion. This article will deal with selection of the raw material out of which to make your tiki.

Tikis are made out of lots of things. Some are made out of palm tree trunks. Others are made out of a variety of other woods. Still others are made out of stone (or concrete). I think that traditionally (at least in Hawaii) Tiki Statues were carved out of the trunks of palm trees indigenous to a given area (they used what was around). The Moai sculptures of Easter Island, however, are great monolithic (large or massive stone) structures. All can work out well, depending upon availability and the direction in which one’s taste runs. I think palm trunks have a nice “feel” to them since they were originally part of a palm tree which, by definition, grew in a tropical or subtropical area (or close to it), maybe making the resulting tiki seem extra exotic. For the purposes of this article I will focus on palm tree trunks (Cabbage Palms).

If you live in an area in which palm trees grow, acquiring one should be fairly easy. In my area (central Florida) housing or construction projects almost always involve clearing land of scrub and palm trees. The kind of tree most often cleared is the Cabbage Palm (Sabal Palmetto) which grows wild here, and as far north as North Carolina (it is a very hearty palm). A construction site would be a simple, easy and cheap way to acquire a trunk to carve. Another way might be to get one from a friend or neighbor who wishes to have a palm removed from their yard or landscape for aesthetic purposes or perhaps because it died (just remember to have it removed by a professional, since Cabbage Palms are somewhat difficult to “cut down” and-because they retain so much water- are very, very heavy).

Always remember when selecting a palm trunk to check it for soundness. Many palms can have areas of structural deterioration, even when alive and standing. This can take the form of deep scars or “erosion” of the trunk, causing a section of bark and fiber underneath to be simply gone. It is easily spotted by visual examination. This eroding (or rotting) can even happen UNDER the bark or outer surface, making the trunk appear solid and sound when it’s not. An easy way to check for this is simply “knock” on the trunk. When the trunk is sound, you will hear a solid, resonant thump. When it’s not, you will hear a hollow sound, and may even find the trunk feels soft in that area.

Once acquired, the palm trunk can likely be moved around with a moving dolly or with a friend to help with the lifting. Many people simply carve them on the ground and then move them to the area in which they would like to place them. I prefer to use somewhat longer trunk pieces and actually dig a fairly deep hole where I want to place them and put them in the ground to stabilize and hold them securely. I think it helps make them easier to carve, and allows for easy perspective in estimating what the finished product will look like in that location. Obviously you couldn’t do that if you wanted to place your tiki on a patio, deck or sidewalk.

Having selected your raw material is a big step, and allows you to be on your way toward creating your own tiki. While it does require a modicum of skill, carving your tiki is truly not all that difficult. With patience and persistence, I believe you will be able to achieve a result of which you will be proud.

If you want to learn more about Tiki Statues, Tiki Sculptures or Tiki Island, please go to Tiki Island Life.

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Aug 31 2014

Recipes: Mai Tai Tiki Pops and Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes

Red hot food trends: Summer fun comes to the table

Mai Tai Tiki Pops

Mai Tai Tiki Pops

(ARA) – Other seasons have their charm, but summer is all about fun – there’s just no other time of year that puts so many smiles on people’s faces. Whether you’re getting together for a picnic or throwing a backyard bash, enjoying the season has a lot to do with food – and your food should be just as much fun as summer itself is.

Summer’s top 10 red hot food trends put the emphasis on festive flavors, creative takes on nostalgic treats and making the most of the season’s ingredients. The food experts at Betty Crocker identified the trends and created 10 new recipes that will bring a little extra excitement to your summer get-togethers.

1. Cheeky Tiki: Originally inspired by South Pacific culture, the fun, over-the-top Tiki trend is back in a big way. Tiki drinks like Mai Tais are best known for fruity flavors and whimsical garnishes. Try out the trend with virgin Mai Tai Tiki Pops, a treat that turns the tropical flavors of the classic drink into a fruity ice pop.

2. New takes on cupcakes: Dessert lovers everywhere are inventing new and interesting twists on this classic confection – even looking to retro refrigerator – or “icebox” – desserts for inspiration. Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes are actually made with cookies – but they’re stacked between layers of whipped cream and then chilled, which makes the cookies’ texture become cake-like.

3. Spice it up. The new rage in cooking is updating classic foods with new, bold flavor combinations and unexpected cooking techniques. Nowhere is this trend hotter than in re-imagining heritage dishes with ethnic flavor. Take Fresh Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles – they’re a new twist to classic refrigerator pickles with a hot, Thai-inspired sauce that spices up your garden bounty.

4. Move over, meat: If you think meat lovers are having all the fun, think again. Vegetarian eating is gaining popularity. More and more people are seeking meatless options that don’t skimp on flavor. Try out a larger-than-life Monster Veggie Burger that is loaded with fresh vegetables and tasty chickpeas. It moves veggies from side show to center stage.

5. Easy. Freezy. Fun: What would summer be without frozen ice cream treats? This year, let the ice cream truck drive on by and make your own Fruity Fro-Yo Fun Bars. This novelty-inspired dessert has only four ingredients and a few simple steps, so it’s easy to make with the kids. With their fun colors and playful appearance, these treats will tempt both kids and adults to take a bite.

6. Thrillin’ grillin’: Grillmasters everywhere are taking lessons from the tableside preparation trend, using the grill to bring excitement and flavor to unexpected dishes like Grillside Guacamole. Fresh avocados, sweet onions and other tasty veggies take on flavor from grilling, while a sprinkling of Mexican Cotija cheese gives this dish an even more delicious twist.

7. Kid food grows up. The foods that you loved best as a kid always inspire special memories – and none of those are more memorable than the foods of summer. Adding a grown-up twist makes them even better than you remember, like upscale mac and cheese, cocktail-inspired malts or beer snow cones, which are made from granita-style beer “snow” with a drizzle of fruity simple syrup.

8. Pie lovin’: There’s big love for pie right now – 2011 has been declared the “Year of the Pie” and creative interpretations are popping up everywhere. Mini S’mores Hand Pies take everything you love about s’mores – crunchy graham crackers, melty chocolate, ooey-gooey marshmallows – and put it into a handheld pie pocket that delivers a perfect taste of summer.

9. Backyard green grocer: More people than ever are discovering the delights of “shopping” in their own backyard gardens – or the local farmers market – to create flavorful summer dishes full of their favorite veggies. Green Garden Fries, made from fresh garden veggies, are oven fried and served with a lemony Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

10. Switch up the ‘wich. Sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food, from old favorites like PB&J and grilled cheese to new obsessions like Korean tacos. Greek Grilled Cheese Tacos are one take on this trend. This fun Mediterranean-inspired dish reinvents the familiar grilled cheese sandwich in taco form, with grilled Greek haloumi cheese, fresh veggies and herbs stuffed in a flour tortilla.

Find these summer recipes and more at www.bettycrocker.com/redhot.

Mai Tai Tiki Pops

Prep time: 20 minutes
Start to finish: 11 hours, 20 minutes

Coconut Colada Layer
1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait Original 99 percent Fat Free pina colada or key lime pie yogurt
1/4 cup canned coconut milk, well stirred (not cream of coconut)

Mango Mai Tai Layer
1 fresh mango, peeled, pitted and cubed (about 1 cup)
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup mango nectar, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice

1. In small bowl, beat coconut colada layer ingredients with whisk until smooth. Divide mixture among six 5-ounce paper cups. Cover with foil; insert craft stick (flat wooden stick with round ends) through foil into center of pop. Freeze two to three hours or until frozen.

2. Meanwhile, in blender, place mango mai tai layer ingredients. Cover; blend on medium speed about 45 seconds, stopping frequently to scrape sides, until smooth. Cover and refrigerate while waiting for first layer to freeze.

3. When first layer is frozen, remove foil from pops. Pour mango mixture over frozen layer. Return foil to pops to help support sticks. Freeze about eight hours or until frozen before serving. Store remaining pops covered in freezer.

Makes 6 tiki pops.

Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes

Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes

Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes

Prep time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Start to finish: 12 hours, 40 minutes

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 ounces) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, egg and lemon peel until soft dough forms. Stir in crystallized ginger. Divide dough in half. On waxed paper, shape each half into 8-inch-long roll. Wrap in waxed paper. Freeze about one hour or refrigerate about three hours until firm enough to slice.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a sharp, thin-bladed knife, cut each roll into 32 (1/8-inch-thick) slices. Rotate roll while cutting to prevent flattening. On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 1 inch apart. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until edges are light brown. Cool one minute; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

3. In chilled deep small bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. On tray, place 16 cookies right sides up. Spread 1 tablespoon whipped cream on top of each cookie, then top with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making four layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream. Place each cookie cupcake in a decorative cupcake liners. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least eight hours. Garnish with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, if desired.

Makes 16 cookie stacks.

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