As you may have guessed from earlier posts, Oklahoma liquor laws are weird.
Liquor stores can sell beer and wine and the like—but they can’t sell it cold.
Grocery stores can sell cold beer—no wine or liquor—but only if it’s 3.2% alcohol instead of the standard 5.5 or above.
Which may not seem relevant to The Great Cupcake Search…unless, of course, you realize that Opie and I recently took the search on the road to Sarasota, Florida when we visited my parents for a few days.
A search that was hindered by the following 3 things:
Sarasota liquor laws are much more lenient than Oklahoma’s.
My father shows fellowship and camaraderie by offering Opie beer at random yet not at all infrequent intervals.
Opie is diametrically opposed to ever turning down a beer offered to him on the grounds that doing so is anti-social and wasteful.
This means that after an afternoon in my dad’s company, Opie cared even less about the Great Cupcake Search than he does about the chemical composition of ear wax.
In fact, when I suggested that we meander down to A Slice of Heaven and sample a few cupcakes, he stared at me like I’d grown a second head.
This meant that my mom and I had to venture out on our own.
Which probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal; I mean, we are grown adults. The problem is that my mom is really good at directions. And since she’s really good at directions, she often forgets that I am NOT good at directions.
So we get in the car, she drives and I navigate with the GPS on my phone, which leads to conversations in which I shout "Left! Go left here! LEFT!!"
And my mom responds with "I'm already in the LEFT LANE!"
Which is when I yell "Right! Go right here! RIGHT!"
And we both start secretly wishing for a glass of wine the size of a human head.
However, against all odds, we found the shop.
And it was totally NOT worth the trip.
First of all, they had almost no selection.
Chocolate or vanilla with Bailey’s cream filling.
Which would have been fabulous if the filling had actually tasted like Bailey’s.
It tasted like the filling you get in a Hostess cupcake…so it didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t taste like the sweet deliciousness that is Bailey’s Irish Cream.
The whole cupcake was like that…not bad, just nothing special.
So, final verdict:
Cost: Good ($6.00 for a 4 pack)
Icing & Filling: Misrepresented
I’d eat them in a cupcake related emergency but not worth the headache of a drive through unknown territory.