The Piñata (piniata) is traditionally a brightly-colored paper container filled with candy and/or toys, suspended on a rope from a tree branch or ceiling. During ‘festivities’ this unwitting and fragile ‘vessel of troy’ is beset by blindfolded stick-wielding children – a source of countless paediatric injuries, sugar highs and confetti dissemination. An alternative strategy for juvenile festivities is the ‘Edible Piñata’ or ‘Exploding Chocolate Surprise’. The creation of this alternate glycaemia inducing treat confers strategic advantages including
- Reduction in significant eye and groin injuries – as only one assailant necessary
- Reduction in non-biodegradable cellulose waste – all materials used in the production of this surprise are wholly edible and rapidly degrade in the presence of small children
To create the Edible Piñata you will need
- 500g milk chocolate (450g for chocolate shell and 50g for ‘chocolate glue’)
- 200g Smarties, M&M and chocolate chips (shell decoration)
- Assorted alternate hyperglycaemia inducing treats (shell ‘surprise’ contents)
- Lightly grease 2.25 litre (9 cup) pudding steamer with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil and place bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes
- Melt 450g of milk chocolate in a saucepan.
- As soon as the chocolate has melted – remove the steamer bowl from the freezer – and pour the chocolate directly into the bowl.
- Swirl the chocolate around the bowl to coat the inside of the steamer evenly. Try to ensure that the chocolate is uniform in thickness and extends all the way to the edge of the bowl.
- Continue swirling until the chocolate begins to set and stops flowing around the bowl.
- Stand until chocolate almost set and then freeze until completely set (60 minutes).
- Once chocolate has set, invert bowl onto a presentation board or tray. Briefly rub the outside of the bowl with a hot cloth, until the chocolate shell slips out of the container
- Melt the final 50g of chocolate to secure smarties, M&M and choc-chips to the outside of the shell
- Return the shell to the freezer
- Slip treats/toys and more confectionery under the shell immediately prior to destruction
- Source an appropriate ‘shell breaker’ (weapon)
What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than in a garage with a smoke machine, two turntables, lots of sugar and 30 crazy 5 year olds…
Hammer celebrated his 6th birthday in wigged-up 70’s style. Happy Birthday!