So yesterday I decided to make a special treat with the boys and add it to the blog. I have been trying for days to get the boys interested in craft time without any luck. (And I threatened them that there are two girls out there whose mother keeps promising to send them over and THOSE girls would LOVE to do crafts.) I brainstormed and came up with a scheme to make something sweet and tasty that would intrigue the boys.
Back in October my mom and I tried to make mini-caramel apples. Taking a melon baller, we scooped little balls of apple with the peel on the top. We stuck sticks in the top and dipped them into the caramel. Well, the caramel had too much water, and then the crispy, juicy part of the apple just made the caramel slide down into a clump around the apple piece instead of looking like a miniature caramel apple with sprinkles. (I still maintained they were tasty, even if they didn’t look like it.) My dad insisted my mom didn’t read the directions that called for butterscotch chips and not caramel.
Yesterday I pulled out the butterscotch chips to find only a dozen or so left in the bag. Who would – oh, wait, that was me. I have a terrible habit of sneaking butterscotch chips or chocolate chips, which Evan learned, which is why I now keep the chips in the freezer. Well, never mind, I’ll add some white chocolate chips to the mix. I set up a double boiler and began balling the apple, adding sticks.
The boys dragged their little blue chairs over to watch me and beg for some chocolate. They kept trying to get to the apple pieces. With Sean’s “Peeease” in my ear, I kept giving him unused pieces off the apple. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the butterscotch and the white chocolate chips were not melting well together. Plan B was to melt them in the microwave, which meant I burnt them. My belief is that the white chocolate chips were a cheap generic brand, and I promise to use the Wilton’s chips from now on.
Consigned to defeat, I didn’t know what to do with the apple pieces. Then Evan perked up.
Evan: Mommy! Can I have an apple sucker?
Evan: Thank you, Mommy! Seanny wants an apple sucker too!
Ok. Here, Sean.
Evan: Can I take one to Daddy? He would like one too!
Evan: Mommy! Can I have another apple sucker?
Evan: Mommy, this apple sucker is yummy! Can I have another? They’re tasty and healthy and good for me!
Have them all.
I watched my non-fruit eating boy (with the exception of bananas, grapes, and watermelon) eat half of an apple, and I wondered how quickly I could get more sticks. I wondered what other fruit he would eat on a stick. I wondered if I could put vegetables on a stick. I wondered if Evan would eat kabobs. Because everything tastes better on a stick.