warm spiced milk

This post was previously published on our sister blog, Cooking the Book.

You guys. You. Guys. The live-action Beauty and the Beast is coming early next year. Now, I have issues with the story. I get what the moral is supposed be, but really? A guy gets cursed when he’s, like, twelve, because he doesn’t offer sanctuary to a stranger knocking on his door? I get that he was probably douchey about it, because people (especially ones written that way specifically to teach a lesson) certainly can be, but I don’t let strangers spend the night at my house either. It just seems like good policy. Unless you own a B&B, then it would be bad business. But, I digress.

All that aside, it’s going to be a gorgeous movie. Emma Watson as Belle will be scrumptious and I simply cannot wait to see Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, playing off Ian McKellen’s Cogsworth. They are a fantastic comic duo. Lumiere and Cogsworth, that is. I don’t believe McGregor and McKellen have appeared together in a comedy before. Maybe they have. I am not well-versed on British and European movies/TV. Unless it’s Doctor Who. And they have definitely not appeared on that. But maybe they should…

In honor of Beauty and the Beast, both new and old. I give you “grey stuff.” As in, “try the grey stuff it’s delicious.” Now, in the movie, I think it’s supposed to be pate’. I mean, it’s almost certainly savory since it’s served along side crackers and some sort of 18th century French pigs-in-a-blanket dish, but since the real life version is intended to make kids (and kids at heart) squeal with delight, Disney has gone sweet with this. You can get a delicious version in Disney World at the Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest restaurant. There is a plethora of copy cat recipes out there, but this is my version. I added cream cheese, because everything is better when it tastes a bit like cheesecake. Eat it plain. Put it on top of a cookie or brownie. Just eat it. It’s yummy.

The Grey Stuff

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy 

It’s delicious.


  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 12 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz whipped topping (from the freezer section)
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder
  • candy pearls, for decoration


  1. Whisk together pudding mix and milk in medium bowl. Refrigerate for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Gently fold whipped topping, cookie crumbs, and cream cheese.
  3. Slowly stir in cocoa powder. If you stir to fast the “grey stuff” will become “brown stuff.” Like mine sort of did.
  4. Chill for at least one hour.
  5. Top with candy pearls for serving.