A few weeks ago, I went to the ChickieNob and Wolvog's school to talk about candy-making and allow the kids to make royal icing alphabet letters. I brought in one of my travel boxes of equipment and spoke about sugar art and showed them some of my tools as well as some burn marks on the back of my hand from a recent lollipop incident. I felt like a freakin' Willy Wonka. One child begged if she could just sit on my lap to be close to me and another told me that he really really really liked the ChickieNob and Wolvog so was he invited to their birthday party this year?
Truly, I wanted to tell the kids that this should be a lesson in life: treat everyone as if their mother could be Willy Wonka because you just don't know if they're an ordinary person or the source of extraordinary candy.
I especially loved the part in each session (I did the same activity twice) where the kids shouted out things and asked if I could make it out of sugar or icing or cake. And then the asker would fall over screaming in ecstasy when I'd reply, "yes, I can truly make anything out of sugar." A firetruck? Yes, I can truly make anything out of sugar. My teddy bear? Yes, I can make it out of sugar. A sleek, 29-gauge Follistim pen? Yes, I can make it out of sugar.
Now, when I walk down the hall to drop them off at school, it's like the kids are seeing a rock star. "That's her," I heard a girl murmur to her mother as I helped the ChickieNob with her coat. "That's the lady with all the candy."
You would think that my kids would get more sugar, but alas, they just get better sugar in the same small amount as everyone else.
I made a few sample flowers to pass around the room along with lollipops and caramels. Here's how they looked before they were crushed in a preschooler's death grip when he refused to relinquish their sweet goodness to the next child in the circle.
A bag of sugar flowers, by the way, will be included in our Purim baskets this year as part of our overall theme of rebirth-renewal-reflection. Think of it like party-in-a-bag.
And yes, I will soon do my Purim giveaway. I am just getting some pictures together this week as I do a few early baskets.
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