… in cooking, as in life …©
I love this TED Talk about art. It’s by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. His premise is that, as children, we are all artists and have an innate desire to play. He says that, as we get older, this type of free play and creation is discouraged. For example, he says that, as an adult, if you were to decide that you wanted to try acting, people would say, “Oh, yeah? What for?”
This is how Kim responds:
The magic question is, “What for?”. But art is not for anything. Art is the ultimate goal. It saves our soul and makes us live happily. It helps us express ourselves and be happy without the help of alcohol or drugs.
So in response to such a pragmatic question, we need to be bold. ”Well, just for the fun of it. Sorry for having fun without you,” is what you should say. ”I’ll just go ahead and do it anyway.”
He is so right. I mean, how often to we do things “just for the fun of it?” Not often enough. And it’s high time we did. As Kim suggests, let’s unleash our “inner child” — the artist who wanted to play forever.
With Easter in mind, these fun Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops are a great place to start!
Oh, and don’t feel obligated to make them look so standard; the ones Jack created are much more unique . . . and completely awesome.
Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops
Here is what you need: (1) marshmallows, (2) mini pretzels, (3) jumbo sprinkles, (4) Wilton candy eyeballs, (5) lollipop sticks, (6) white Wilton candy melting wafers, and (7) chocolate jimmies.
Here’s what you do: Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a glass cup or bowl, melt the candy melting wafters in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Dip the pretzels in the melted candy coating.
Place dipped pretzels on the wax paper.
Insert a lollipop stick in a marshmallow.
Dip the marshmallow in the candy coating. Let the excess drip off.
Place the candy-coated marshmallow on one of the pretzels, letting the top of the pretzel stick up over the marshmallow to look like bunny ears. Add one jumbo sprinkle as the nose.
While the candy coating is still wet, add three chocolate jimmies on each side of the sprinkle, for whiskers.
Let the candy coating dry. (You can put it in the refrigerator or freezer to speed it up.) Put two small dots of the melted candy on top of the bunny face, and use this to stick on the eyes. Place the lollipop stick in a styrofoam board — to keep the bunny upright as it continues to dry.
Jack had so much fun making these.
Here are some pictures of his creations:
This is my favorite:
Think you might try them? Hope so! If not, hope you will try something else — just for the fun of it!
For other Easter treat ideas, check out these other posts: