There's not many things more important than LEGOs in my house. It must be true, because they live everywhere: in the heating vents, under the carpet, in the shower. Officially, my kids have spent hours and hours building ships and contraptions. (Unofficially, my ships are the most awesome but always break on take off.)
So it goes without saying that we had to have a LEGO birthday party for the rising 8yo. Easily enough, we dumped the 500 million buckets of bricks down the middle of the table and let the lego-rats go crazy. There were contests: Best Ship, Best Bridge for This Matchbox Car, Best Humanoid, and Best Freestyle with rewards of mystery mini-figs (it's all about mini-figs, peeps).
And naturally, there was a LEGO cake. Orange block white cake, red bock chocolate.
Perfectionists and fondant savants (of which I am clearly neither) will notice the fail in the middle of the orange block. Whatever, they were 8yo boys who rapidly inhaled three chunks apiece before I could get my hands clear.
The real win was the heads . . . again mini-figs. This was an easy take home treat for the maniacs.
I spied some jumbo marshmallows at El Burrito Mercado, and it was a done deal. Here's how to win the respect and admiration of already sugar-jacked second graders and their moms.
1 pkg yellow melting candies
1 pkg jumbo marshmallows
1 pkg regular marshmallows
1 black gel icing tube
Throw the candy melts into a glass bowl, microwave on half power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until mixture is spooky smooth. (Feel free to double boil, but the wave works just as well).
Meanwhile, cut the regular marshmallows in half. Place them sticky side down on top of the jumbo marshmallows. Jam a candy stick up through the bottom of the jumbo until you can just feel it in the top of the small marshmallow.
Once the candy melts are liquid, simply dip and swirl the mallows into the yellow melt, spinning it to make sure all parts are smoothly covered. You may have to spoon some on the bottom by the stick to seal it. (It's smart to count the first one as a tester.)
When you have made sure there are no drips, set the stick in some sort of colander or perforated pan so that it stands free to dry. I ended up using a cheese grater over a bowl. When the coating is dry to the touch, you can use the black gel tube to make the faces. I used a toothpick and copied the faces of the mini-dudes that were stuck in my vacuum.
The BIG WIN will come when I tote the kid to the LEGO KidsFest at the convention center on May 20-22! Don't worry I'll give you a kid-friendly day/night out itinerary for the big event when it gets closer. And P.S. I have good intel that it IS possible to make a LEGO burger.