Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Fun Day 62 - Creative Problem Solving or How to Make "Cow Spot" Patterned Ice Cream

Our dear, 13 year old, friend (and house guest), K is crazy about cows, or at least anything covered in a cow
spotted pattern.  So, when she mentioned, that when she grows up she'd like to open an ice cream shop, and specialize in cow spotted ice cream, I thought it might be fun to get her started with a creative brain storming session.

What is the best way to create a chocolate cow spotted pattern on vanilla ice cream?

K thought perhaps it would be best to pipe out melted chocolate chip spots, and then place them onto the ice cream, after they had hardened back up in the freezer.

Her spots turned out to be a little large for a scoop of ice cream though, and there was the problem of placing flat shapes onto the curved surface.

I had a little better luck piping the melted chocolate chips right onto the ice cream, achieving a spotted, though perhaps not exactly cow-like effect.

G tried to pour out "magic shell" spots onto the ice cream.

That worked okay, but the "magic shell" type topping comes out of the bottle as a very thin liquid that's difficult to control as you pour.

A, had even less luck with chocolate syrup...

...though J (K's older brother) managed to do pretty well with the same syrup (somehow I lost the picture of the finished product on that one - but it was good).

T declared the whole project ridiculous, and made himself a free-style sundae instead (there always has to be one naysayer in the bunch).

Meanwhile, the younger children were taking in all of the creative problem solving, and the group dynamic/ teenage silliness going on around them, while standing by ready to eat up any mistakes, or mishaps.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Little ones got the best job ever :) It must be awesome to visit your house!

Kari said...

Now, that is a practice in thinking skills ALL my children would love!

Ticia said...

I better not show this to Superman, he's crazy about cows. She should go to Chik Fil A dress like a cow day, and get some free food in the process.

Unknown said...

What a yummy way to spend an afternoon!