Saturday, June 28, 2008

The "Silly Science" Dessert Contest

The Vacation Bible School program that the urchins attended this week had somewhat of a science base, so at the "family night" party, the organizers held a "Silly Science" Dessert Contest. The criteria? Something related to science and edible.

Lest I sound like the bitter old hag that I am, let me preface this by saying that the two best displays won first and second prize. Both were volcanoes. One had a dark pink yogurt lava flow; the other had dry ice in the middle. Very impressive, both of them. They deserved to win.

After that? Eh. Not so much. Third place was a Jello seascape. It had a good presentation, and it was mostly edible, but it didn't exactly scream "science fair" to me. Fourth place was Jello Pudding Cups that had some sort of cracker thing sticking up and M&Ms dropped in. I was a lot confused on what it was supposed to be. Some sort of strange smiley faces?

This the first place volcano, just as the lava was beginning to spill forth. On the left you can see the fourth place pudding cup entry.


This was my entry, a gummy insect collection, decided upon in a last minute instant message flurry with PEZmama.


I wimped out and just wrote the common name on the tag, since I couldn't decide which kind of gummy beetle it was. As if it really mattered anyway. (I was leaning toward scarab beetles though.)

The original plan was to make a sheet cake to make it look like a styrofoam board. I decided to go with cupcakes instead because I thought it would work better with the potluck style dinner. I think it did, since they were gone about 10 minutes after the judging.

Anyway, I knew it wasn't a fabulous entry, so I wasn't expecting any sort of a win. But I really thought mine met the criteria better than ol' Pudding Face.


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6 comments:

smalltownmom said...

Your cupcakes look extremely edible, which met the criteria for "dessert" if not for science! Yummy.

The Boyds Family said...

They look yummy and at least you could tell what they were....

On another note, do you do this every year?? If so, I have a recipe that you can use next year that might be fun....although, I'm not sure it's really 'scientific' but cute nonetheless. I've never made it b/c I don't really cook; but I've always wanted to hear the results of someone else doing it :)

Just another southern gay guy said...

I love those cupcakes! I would have never thought of that. I think it's just another reason I make a good uncle, but would make a lousy parent.

Love you!

Vanessa said...

I consider all cooking science. Think about measuring out different chemicals (ingredients) adding the proper amount of heat for the proper amount of time, the correct container or presentation. I've always said anyone can cook, it's just like following a science experiment!

PEZmama said...

What? No rubble master?

No word on what those cracker pudding cups were supposed to represent?

I find that odd. Hmmm...

Nice cupcakes, you bitter ol' Hag.

Don Mills Diva said...

Delicious food is science! I would have voted for you...