A *very* long time ago, Ariel taught me to make Lime Cremes. We made them in ice cube trays, and they were ginormously huge, and neon green, and awesome. And, a few weeks ago, there was a Dr Seuss-themed baby shower for my baby sister, who is going to have a baby (!!!) and I couldn’t go. (Because I also have a baby, and he’s made it quite clear that he’s done with time zone changes and sleeping in places that are Not His Bed and Also Not Mommy’s Arms for a while.)
So the Jr Baker and I made chocolates for the party, in bright yellow and green.
We started with a disappointment. Ghiardelli, I am Very Disappointed in you.
These “chips” contain NO CHOCOLATE AT ALL:
The grape Jello you see there didn’t go into the final product, because the color was too dull. We’ll come back to that ganache later, it did get used for something fun.
Anyway, the project at hand:
Cream in the pot, add the not-chocolate chips (good chocolate might have been wasted, anyway, it gets combined with Jello.) and the Jello powder. Amuse the preschooler with the magic as the white powder turns pretty colors. I added some lemon extract to the lemon, which might have been a mistake as that ganache was much sticker. It might also not have mattered, and I may have had a tiny bit more cream in the lemon. If I’d had more “white chips”, or some real white chocolate, I’d have added a teeny bit more to the ganache:
The next day, we scooped out bits of the ganache and rolled it into two-color balls. I’d hoped to roll it out into sheets and make spirals, but the lemon was much too soft.
I walked over to Ariel’s house to buy some Guittard white chocolate from Dark Matter Chocolate Laboratory, because there was no way the “white chips” would temper properly. We dipped the rolled ganache balls into that, and Jr Baker insisted that they needed sprinkles:
The final product:
Since I had some extra tempered white chocolate, I used the ice cube tray I got for Christmas, and some ancient but still delicious home-made cinnamon extract to make some little candies:
If I hadn’t been so lazy pouring in the chocolate, and had scraped the mould, I think these would have been perfect little penguins with minimal trimming. As it was, they tasted *awesome*.