Sweeter things

Austin's upcoming Stranger Things milkshake pop-up turns desserts upside down

Austin's upcoming Stranger Things pop-up turns desserts upside down

Honeysuckle Teatime Stranger Things pop-up
Honeysuckle Teatime's black Stranger Things milkshake will feature light up effects. Photo courtesy of Honeysuckle Teatime

From Eleven’s obsession with Eggo waffles to the Scoops Ahoy shop in season three, food has been as much a part of Stranger Things’ DNA as the Upside Down. Later this summer, a new pop-up will allow Austinites to feast on Hawkins, Indiana’s, finest sweets without having to battle any pesky Mind Flayers.

On August 8, Sara Lauren Hinojosa will bring her Honeysuckle Teatime concept to The Rustic Tap at 613 W. Sixth St. Although the San Antonio-based entrepreneur has been staging local pop-ups since May, this will be Austin's first devoted to a particular theme.

This isn’t the first time Hinojosa has mined pop culture for inspiration. In the Alamo City, she has drawn sold-out crowds for pink and purple milkshakes in honor of Selena and Game of Thrones desserts with wintery crystallized candy, cookie direwolves, and fiery special effects like sparklers.

The Stranger Things event will be just as theatrical, starting with black Upside Down milkshakes. The frosty treat will be topped with inky suckers, mini waffles, and even an edible demogorgon. The whole creation lights up in a nod to Joyce Byers' string light wall from the show’s first season.

Although a few shakes will be available for walk-ups, Hinojosa encourages fans to purchase tickets in advance — a practice that helps eliminate food waste. Other sweets like Scoops Ahoy dipped cones and Eggo cupcakes will be sold first come, first served.

To keep the theme going, Hinojosa is setting the scene with a polaroid photo booth created by Starr of Texas Memories (pics are available for $6). The staff will also be sporting the latest sailor fashions from Starcourt Mall, and costumes are encouraged.

The action goes down from 5:30-8 pm on August 8. Since it takes place in a bar, guests must be 21 and up.