As promised earlier, I have more updates on the Halloween snack project. I have learned many things about baking and making in this Halloween snack project; as this is without doubt the most complicated baking project I have tackled this far. But I was fearless, and rounded up all my baking items and got to work.
Lesson 2: Practice rounds will always work in your best interest when taking on a new project. Thankfully, I applied this to my craft and benefited greatly. My first batch of brownies were too dry, and the chocolate was too drippy. The second batch was too gooey and when I was rolling them they just smeared everywhere. I finally figured out that frozen brownies worked well. Adding paraffin wax fixed the drippy chocolate issue as well.
Lesson 3: Establishing a routine DOES matter. I started out baking the brownies. Then rolling one, dipping it in chocolate, then assembling it. This was not conducive to chocolate spiders. I eventually learned to bake the brownies, then roll them into balls at the same time, freeze, then dip, assemble and decorate.
Lesson 4: Enlist good help. I did this, with the not-so-young lady pictured to the left. Arion was a fabulous help for the assembly part of the project. She played a very big role and attached all of the eyes and fangs on every spider. She agrees, it isn't as easy as it looks.
I did notice, however, once the creatures were created and it was clean-up time, she quickly and silently disappeared!!! I guess I have to be happy for the help I get around here!
Lesson 5: Second graders can appreciate a good-looking snack, but don't care if they look ridicules, either! I think I will stick to them as my cooking critics!
Whew! Now that I have finished this project, I think I will be finished with crafty baking for a while. Maybe I will be feeling adventurous again mid-October 2011!