Too Cute Thursday: Edible Crayons

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At Too Cute Tuesday, we’ll attempt anything that can be accomplished in an evening. And when I saw these edible crayons on the ReadyMade blog, I put them on the ‘future crafts’ list.

OK, so my crayons wouldn't rock this much but how cool is it to make something pretty, functional, and edible? I was going to try to make this.

OK, so my crayons wouldn’t rock this much but how cool is it to make something pretty, functional, and edible? I was going to try to make this.

I think what actually inspired me is that I started watching Cake Boss this week. I think watching them do crazy stuff like this made me enthused about attempting to make something a little crazy myself:


Well, ok it’s not this crazy but hey, I’ve got no skills and one evening to work with here.

When I read closer that all the crayons were being held together by nuts, cereal, and melted marshmallows. And so began my experimental crafting on Tuesday.

What happened was my crayons, while crayon shaped and slightly pigmented, never quite hardened. They were sort of like off Rice Krispie squares. I was about to wave the white flag when Chef Dan called.

My chef/lobsterman boyfriend assured me that if I held off on crafting until Thursday night (when he was available), he could probably figure it out. Just to see him try to make this work, I did.



Materials
Cereal (the trick for pigment seemed to be fruity pebbles)
Marshmallows and honey (the apparent glue)
Sunflower seeds
Mortar and pestle (or food processor)

1. Grind cereal and sunflower seeds with mortar and pestle.

2. Add marshmallow (very little marshmallow at first). The idea is that the mixture gets crumbly and a little sticky. I found it more sticky than anything!

3. Shape into crayon and let dry overnight. It’s supposed to harden like a biscuit. (It does not. I even waited overnight hoping I was wrong. Still like a marshmallow treat, not a crayon!)

An idea that Dan thought of is adding wax. Wax is edible and would give some stickiness to the project. He also noted that maybe it was the fact the author used chocolate covered sunflower seeds that might have helped (we didn’t have them in our grocery store).

Upon staring at the recipe for awhile, Chef Dan has come to the conclusion that the author ‘left something out’. I have no idea. The craft fail was so epic, the pictures aren’t even worth posting.

So if you attempt to make these, please let me know what you did and if it worked or not.

Aren’t we crafty, even if things don’t exactly come out as planned?



Nicole Ouellette
Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she's not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

2 Responses to “Too Cute Thursday: Edible Crayons

  • melanie
    9 years ago

    I feel funny about edible crayons. I wouldn’t want to snack on them in front of Ayda — she might get the wrong idea 😉

  • Nicole
    9 years ago

    Ha! Good call Mel!

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