Pac-Man Inspired Chocolate Spoons

These chocolate-covered spoons inspired by Pac-Man would be perfect for a videogame or 80’s theme party or as a gift for the retro gamer in your life.

For the chocolate base I used regular chocolate chips for brown and Wilton Candy Melts for the colors ($2.50 a bag at my local Target). They didn’t have orange so I used yellow with a little bit of red food dye (make sure it’s something non-water based like Wilton Icing Colors: Red or the candy will “seize” and get all grainy).

I used York Pieces for the eyes on the ghosts (Blinky, Inky, Clyde and Pinky from left to right in the picture) and the power pellets, some black icing for the ghosts’ pupils, cinnamon candies for the cherries and green gel icing for the stems. The York Pieces were a great size and add a little mint flavor to the spoon. Yum!

I tried making a Pac-Man spoon and discovered that nothing looked right with the spoon shape. I ended up using mini chocolate chips on a yellow chocolate base and while it doesn’t look like Pac-Man, it definitely makes me think of him in combination with the other spoons.

What are some of your favorite chocolate spoon ideas?

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Artist Hides a Check for Over $12k in Gallery to Promote Show

Fancy a treasure hunt? If so, get thee to the Milton Keynes Gallery in Milton Keynes, England. Artist Tomas Georgeson has hidden a blank check for £8,000 (about $12,600) somewhere in the gallery. He has only publicized it via traditional newspaper advertising in the town, but thanks to the internet his publicity stunt has gone viral. The check is not “in or behind” any artworks, so hopefully no one will harm the displays in pursuit of cash. The gallery reports it is already seeing an increase in traffic, so the artist’s aim of promoting the local scene has apparently been a success already.

Hopeful check-seekers have a time limit; according to the newspaper advertisement Georgeson took out, “It will be collected on 1 March 2013 if unclaimed.”

Lightsaber Smarties Perfect for Valentine’s Day or a Star Wars Party

I came across this great tutorial from Jade Louise Designs on how to cover Smarties candies to look like little lightsabers and was inspired to try my own version. These would be perfect to hand out with Star Wars valentines or as part of a Star Wars party.

I decided to make my own printable template. I took the Lightsaber Printable from Disney’s Jedi Training Academy, stretched it to be the right ratio for smarties, shrunk it down and copied it to fill a page. Click on the image below to get my full-page printable:

Next I cut the strips apart and used double-sided tape to attach a strip of red paper. You could also use glue.

I cut the individual wrappers apart, then made more with other colors.

I then used double-sided tape to close the wrappers around rolls of Smarties.

This was easy and would be a great craft to do with kids. Thanks again to Jade Louise Designs for the idea!