Stranger Things Chocolate Pudding Eggo Cupcakes
I, like the rest of America, fell deep into the Upside Down of binge-watching Stranger Things. It starts innocently enough by noticing a new show pop up on Netflix. Then suddenly, you haven’t seen sunlight in two days and you’re gently weeping watching the 7th episode for the third time. That happened to everyone, right? Not just me?
Stranger Things boasts a perfect blend of thrilling plot, adorable stars, and 1980s nostalgia-inducing soundtrack and visuals. Although only eight episodes, the series guarantees a whirlwind of emotions and actions that could last a lifetime. The series undoubtedly worked its way into all of our hearts, (and Halloween plans- I am already planning out my Eleven costume). While most of us have watched the series three times over by now, here are some facts you may not know about this summer’s sci-fi breakout series.
Stranger Things almost didn’t happen.
Believe it or not, Stranger Things was rejected by 15-20 different networks before Netflix picked it up. The creators, twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, started to worry nobody understood their idea quite like they did. The networks justified rejecting the show saying if kids were the main characters, then the show should be for kids. What?! Have we forgotten all about hits like The Goonies and Stand By Me? Lucky for all of the viewers, the brothers stuck to their original idea and refused to revise the show. Thank goodness, it’s perfect.
Speaking of The Goonies…
The series is heavily inspired by cult classics. In fact, the directors required all cast members to watch The Goonies, Stand By Me, and ET before filming. Additionally, the Duffer Brothers told Millie Bobby Brown, (the actress who plays Eleven,) that her performance should be similar to ET himself.
Demagorgan actually scared the cast
Although the monster was created through a combination of animatronics, prosthetics, and CG- the younger cast members were understandably terrified of it. Toddler twins Anniston and Tinsley Price, who play adorable little sister Holly, were especially scared until the crew assured them “It’s just like Monsters, Inc.”
Fun facts aside, I absolutely had to create a sweet treat inspired by this series. This chocolate cupcake includes chocolate pudding filling (shoutout Dustin!), classic vanilla buttercream, and a garnish of a mini Eggo waffle- of course. These cupcakes are incredibly easy to make. So whether you’re prepping for season two or in the middle of your 3rd go-around of binge-watching season one- you can’t go wrong!