Sweet! Hollywood

Sweet! Hollywood is a Willy Wonka-esq candy shop located on Hollywood Blvd in the heart of Hollywood.

I read about it when it opened a few years ago and have been wanting to visit ever since. Inside, you’ll find a huge assortment of candy, including many hard-to-find throwbacks to your childhood. You can also design your own custom chocolate bar.

This is a homemade copycat version of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino that also uses real pumpkin.

I’ve already indulged on quite a few Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino’s lately. But they can get pricey when you drink too many, so I’ve also made some homemade versions. While the Starbucks recipe doesn’t use any actual pumpkin, I added some pumpkin puree to mine to give it a real pumpkin flavor. I also used brewed coffee rather than espresso shots since not everyone has an espresso maker.

Over Labor Day weekend, Mr. K and I attended Los Angeles Times The Taste. The weekend featured several different events and you could purchase tickets to individual sessions or a weekend pass to all the sessions on Saturday and Sunday. I received a complimentary press pass, but also purchased a full weekend pass so that Mr. K could attend with me.

On Saturday, the first event we attended was Field to Fork. As the name suggests, the theme of this event was seasonal cooking and using locally sourced ingredients.

All the events took place on the Paramount Pictures lot. At each of the events, there were unlimited bites and drinks, as well as various culinary demonstrations or panel discussions going on.

Some of our favorite bites and drinks:

Beer from Stella Artois- The Stella Artois station had some of the longest lines of the event, especially since they were giving out their signature chalice glasses to take home.

Another Night in Bangkok from DogHaus (spicy thai red currywurst, peanut sauce, asian slaw, crushed peanut)- The sausage was snappy, and I loved the spicy curry flavor.

Bloody Mary Ice Pops from Diablo Taco- Diablo Taco had a brilliant idea to serve these refreshing ice pops. They were a welcome treat in the 100F+ heat.