Magical Mystery Toad
My daughter Sarah is among the many millions of Harry Potter fans in the world. Tomorrow she happens to be one of the few that is going to her teacher’s Harry Potter party where they will watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and eat non-muggle type treats. Sarah decided that she wanted to make chocolate frogs and the quest for frog shaped candy molds began. If you thought it was hard to find pork fatback in the twin cities just try and find candy frog molds on short notice. Kira and Sarah went out last night and visited three different stores with no luck. Lots of cake molds and some candy molds, but no frogs. There are a lot of options for purchasing frog molds online, but we needed them right away. While researching the online options we came across Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies in Fridley, MN. The store was already closed by then so Kira sent them an email asking if they had any frog molds and then followed up with a phone call this morning. The answer was , “Yes!”, so Kira took a trip up there after work today and returned victorious (frogtorious?).
I immediately asked if I could help because I
needed something to blog about tonight knew it would be fun. I grabbed the camera and we started melting some chocolate.
We melted the chocolate in the microwave for about one and a half minutes. Once it was nice and liquidy we started scooping the chocolate into the molds. Sarah had placed the candy eyes in one of the molds and we did the other tray eyeless. She had read about attaching the eyes after the fact with a bit of melted chocolate, but we wanted to see if they could just be placed in the mold ahead of time. Both methods seemed about equally easy, but it was more satisfying to put the eyes in ahead of time, because then they were complete when we pulled them out of the freezer.
As you can see Sarah got a little creative and in addition to the plain white and plain chocolate we had some swirled frogs. We popped them in the freezer and waited about a half an hour just to be sure they were completely solid. They hopped out of the mold quite easily.
I think we filled both trays three times. We only had enough eyes for about four trays of frogs and those frogs will go to the party tomorrow. The rest of the frogs will remain behind as part of ongoing quality control testing. In addition to our army of frogs Sarah also made some sweets of the feline purrsuasion. If you know Sarah at all it will come as no surprise that we just happened to have cat shaped candy molds lying around.
Damn Good Wizarding Quote of the Day: Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for his discovery of the 12 uses of Dragon Blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner Nicolas Flamel!