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I hope this request isn't too vague. What I'm looking for are ideas for really fun food things. For instance, six-legged chicken (I've done this already) or ice cream in a baggie. It can be for any course - any meal. Any very funny things to do? Should be real food (avoid fake ingredients) and totally edible at the end. The fun part can be either the preparation or the result.

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  1. Twinkie-misu. You can find the recipe on the Hostess Twinkie website. Think tiramisu with twinkies.

    1. Kitty Litter Cake

      (for a visual - google kitty litter cake - the pictures are priceless)

      Serving Size: 24

      This is a fun cake! It might look gross, but it does taste good!

      1 (18 oz.) box spice or german chocolate cake mix
      1 (18 oz.) box white cake mix
      1 pkg. white sandwich cookies
      1 large box vanilla instant pudding mix
      12 small tootsie rolls
      1 litter box (preferably a NEW one!)
      1 plastic scoop
      green food coloring

      Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender, they tend to stick, so scrape often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar.
      When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, mix with the cake and "feel" it, you don't want it soggy, just moist; gently combine. Put mixture into clean litter box.

      Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top, this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter. Heat remaining Tootsie Rolls, three at a time in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve with a new pooper scooper.

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      1. re: Phoebe

        I looked at the pictures. Indeed- very gross. This would be a big hit at a party for 8 or 9 year old boys!!

        1. re: macca

          It was a HUGE hit at my mother's senior tennis luncheon. ;)

          Erik M.

      2. Try to find a copy of Penn and Teller's "How to Play with Your Food." There is a great Jell-O mold in a heart shape that bleeds when you cut into it.

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        1. re: binks

          Along the same lines, I've seen Jell-O molds in the shape of a brain. Red jello with a bit of cream swirled in gives it a sickeningly greyish/red color.

          Otherwise, I vote for the Kitty Litter Cake.


        2. Take a raw hot hot dog and make a half inch vertical slice on the bottom--basically splitting the bottom in half. About half way up the dog, make thin slices upwards on each side to make flaps. Whe you grill the hot dog the sides will curl up to make arms and the bottom will curl to make two legs. Always a crowd pleaser...

          Dirt pudding. Put a gummi worm in chocolate pudding, top with crushed oreos and green sprinkles.

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          1. re: fatcat

            I do this to hotdogs but do two slices on each ends. We call them spider dogs. Love 'em!

          2. Have you checked out the Surreal Gourmet on foodtv? He did a Dishwasher Salmon one time!

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            1. re: Funwithfood

              Ditto on the Surreal Gourmet, ie Bob Blumer. The Dishwasher Salmon, Pound Cake "french fries" with raspberry coulis, and many others ("bacon and eggs" shaped of prociutto and melons, bed of Polenta with wide noodle as duvet and ravioli as pillows, etc) can be found in his book "Off the Eaten Path". He has several other books as well.

              1. re: Autumnwine

                Canadian, I believe. Haven't seen him on the Yankee tube.

            2. Get some nice clean McDonald's french fry boxes - they will give them to you if you ask, or charge you a nickel each, depending on the restaurant, I would assume. Cut some poundcake in french fry shaped fingers and put them in the boxes - serve with strawberry or raspberry coulis for dipping.

              1. Two essential books would be THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD and HEY THERE CUPCAKE by Clare Crespo. These are filled with absolutely hilarious easy and delicious recipes for things like totally realistic chocolate mice. We use these all the time for bake sales and kids' parties. Both are available on Amazon and you can order through the Chowhound link. Have fun!

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                1. re: Slow Foodie

                  This is from the Crespo book. Edible fish tank! Take a fish bowl and spread a layer of fruit cocktail or rock candy on the bottom to simulate gravel. Mix up a couple of boxes of blue Jello (depending on how large your fishbowl is) and pour over the fruit cocktail. Add some Swedish fish, gummy worms and other edible fishtank appropriate candy.

                2. Two essential books would be THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD and HEY THERE CUPCAKE by Clare Crespo. These are filled with absolutely hilarious easy and delicious recipes for things like totally realistic chocolate mice. We use these all the time for bake sales and kids' parties. Both are available on Amazon and you can order through the Chowhound link. Have fun!

                  1. I once made a Chopped-off Finger Pizza. Just put the sauce down as usual, then scatter string cheese sticks cut in half, topped w/a fingernail sized piece of red bell pepper. Kind of gross, but quick and easy we had a good laugh over it.

                    1. Liquid nitrogen icecream, if you can get your hands on liquid nitrogen. Prepare the cream for your favorite ice cream recipe as usual, but freeze it by throwing in the LN and stirring til the LN has all evaporated.

                      I haven't met anyone who doesn't like to play with LN (who's done it) and the frothing by the quickly evaporating LN makes the icecream incredibly light and airy.

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                      1. re: tuskless

                        Most liquid nitrogen is pretty dirty. When it evaporates, it leaves all that other stuff behind.

                        1. I always thought it would be fun to server Marcella Hazan's Whole Boned Chicken- the pic looks like a chicken but you've removed all the bones so you can just slice and serve it. Haven't had the fortitude to try it yet though.

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                          1. re: Chris VR

                            I've done that, although not Marcella Hazan's version. The chicken was deboned and stuff with the meat of another chicken (raw) which I had removed from the bones, cut into chunks, and mixed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon.

                            It came out great--a really nice dish--but a LOT of work. Not something I'd choose to do very often.

                          2. When I was adolescent I always volunteered to color the margarine when they started putting it in the heavy plsatic bags with the little button of food coloring. I guess you have to be my age to understand how I could get off on that....

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                            1. re: Gary Soup
                              Curriculum Vitae

                              I'm not old enough to remember, but my parents talked about this: they did it because the dairy lobby thought that yellow margarine would be too much competition for butter, so they made'em sell it a pasty-white! Mmmm, nothing like Crisco spread on your toast!

                            2. "Dirt cake". Not a cake...just pudding, cool whip and a few other things including Oreos layered in a bowl. Put it in a plastic flower pot and stick some plastic flowers in it. If you a google search, a bunch of recipes will come up.

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                              1. re: valerie

                                Don't forget the gummi worms! I've had this before - it's quite delicious. I think it would be good if it had bittersweet chocolate pudding, and some devils food cake along with the cool whip/whipped cream.

                                I think this would make a most delicious recipe if made with real whipped cream, but I'd be worried about the lifetime of it if done that way. It'd have to be prepared right before -- at least the whipped cream and the assembly.

                              2. My wife & I play "cookbook Bingo". Essentially you roll the dice to choose the room that the cookbook is in, then the bookshelf,then the shelf from the top, then the number of the book from the left, page, recipe on the page, etc. you are allowed to reject two recipies before HAVING to do the third. Ended up one night cooking peanut butter squid soup. Actually was very tasty.

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                                1. re: Jon Martin

                                  This is fantastic. I have stolen this idea and adapted it a little for an article I'm writing - hope you don't mind. My adaptation is more like Russian Roulette than Bingo. You list all the ingredients in your pantry/fridge/freezer (this is a good activity for obsessive children) and number each one of them. Write these same numbers on slips of paper and put them in a hat. Each person present picks out a number - and voila! That's what you're using to make dinner. I envision many horrors. What fun!

                                2. Got my booze-bag sister this book for her birthday. It's got fun kinds of jello-shots in it, some w/gummi worms caught in stasis and cool things such as that.

                                  Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

                                  1. Meatloaf can be baked in 3 layer cake pans, and frosted with whipped potatoes. It looks great on a cake stand decorated with pastel flowers using a regular frosting bag and looks exactly like a 3-layer cake.

                                    Also, enteman's poundcake is sturdy enough to be carved into any shape and frosted. In the past, there have been: a lobster cake, a turkey cake (stuffed with bread pudding), cigarette pack petite fours, 6-pack cake, and a life-size person cake (which was way too big of a project for one person--the too-tired frosting part ended up making it look cartoony instead of realistic).

                                    1. Hasselback potatoes would make a good tribute to accordian players. They consist of thinly-sliced potatoes with the slices still attached at the bottom. This is a good way to get the maximum butter-drenched crispiness into a roasted spud. Give the Scandinavians credit for this.

                                      Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

                                      1. I made dessert lasagna once. It sure wasn't fun to prepare- well it's very labor intensive.

                                        Make homemade lasagna noodles, using cocoa in the dough. Cook and drain the noodles.

                                        Make vanilla mousse and raspberry mousse with the recipe of your choice.

                                        Make a raspberry puree.

                                        Assemble in a clear pyrex dish, layering the noodles, raspberry and vanilla mousse like you'd layer a lasagna (noodle, sauce, cheese). Top the final layer with only raspberry mousse, top with shredded white chocolate and drizzle raspberry puree over it all. If you're not too pooped, make chocolate truffles to look like meatballs and throw a few on top for effect.

                                        Chill for several hours to set it all firm. Use a very sharp knife when cutting.

                                        People thought it was a really neat dessert but I don't think it was good enough to make again unless I had a lot of time on my hands.

                                        1. Here's something similar to your 6-legged chicken.

                                          Link: http://www.bertc.com/cockentr.htm

                                          1. For our L'Arche Hallowe'en Party, I made "nose-picker" dip with nostrils, snot and fingers (used two small bread bowls placed side by side, hollowed out and each filled with spinach dip, and served with carrot sticks!) I catered to a "gross" theme this year!

                                            ~Food Tourist