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Dairy-Free and Delicious: Vegan Peanut Butter Soft Serve from Toy Joy

I have alluded to this stuff in several of my previous blog posts. If you’ve lived in Austin for awhile and still haven’t been to Toy Joy on the Drag, then you should start planning a weekend trip. This place is probably the grandest and wildest toy store for children and adults (minus “adult” toys). It’s like the mother ship of toy stores with everything from vintage robots to rubber snakes to Playmobile to Uglydolls. But it’s more than just toys: they sell unique and interesting journals, books, mugs, band aids, fake moustaches, and home decor; it’s beautiful. They even offer free gift-wrapping services with the coolest and most awesome wrapping paper so that you always know when a gift has come from Toy Joy.

As if indulging yourself in the world of toys wasn’t enough, Toy Joy opened its own version of Candy Land next door. The candy/coffee shop used to be Dhaba Joy, which was solely a coffee shop and vegan bakery that also served vegan soft serve made out of oatscreme. It was pretty flavorless and they only served classic chocolate and vanilla.

Before I had a chance to go back for a second tasting, the Dhaba Joy had completely changed and Toy Joy took over by covering the walls, ceilings, and floors with more toys and candy. No more baked goodies, but the soft serve options are even better. They always serve vanilla, but the second flavor changes every week. Last week it was strawberry and this week, peanut butter. Yummo. They also post the flavor of the week on their Web site. Continue reading



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New Discovery: The Tiffwich

Why haven’t I tried one of these until now? I have lived in Austin and have been ordering Tiff’s Treats for five years, yet I feel like I just heard of the Tiffwich. Tiff’s cookies, especially the butterscotch chip, have gotten me through just about everything: finals, birthdays, break ups, and just a regular weekend. But what am I supposed to do with the Tiffwich? You can’t have it delivered because it will melt before reaching your doorstep. And they honestly aren’t that easy to eat. You try eating a glob of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies while you are crying, driving, or working on the computer. It will never happen because you need two hands and a smile on your face to really enjoy it. At least that’s how I looked when I ate one after lunch today.

The Glorious Ice Cream Sandwich

I love you, Tiffwich

It was divine and everything I have always dreamed about. Sweetness to the max. It’s like when I first fell in love with the IT’S-IT while living out in San Francisco for a summer. What is the IT’S-IT? It’s a scoop of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, or mint) squeezed between two old-fashioned oatmeal cookies and then dipped and smothered in dark chocolate, available in many corner stores and food marts west of the Rockies and in Northern California. Don’t even attempt to study the nutrition facts for this one because it will just upset you, and IT’S-ITs and Tiffwiches were created to do just the opposite.

Tiff’s Treats
1806 Nueces
Austin, TX
(512) 473-2600

11011 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX
(512) 349-2200

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