So, today I did a bit of wandering. I originally wanted sushi, but the Marietta branch of RuSan is no longer open on Sunday. So, I wended my way north and got onto 120 East to take the “long way” home.
I thought I might pick up an etouffee stuffed chicken at Cajun Meat Company, but of course, they were closed, too. Next stop was T J Maxx, where I picked up a new skirt, a 4 qt. pan, and some stickers. At Michaels, I was able to find more craft crosses – I pick them up whenever I can because it does not seem possible to order them on the Web. My last recreational stop was at Party City.
I sometimes stop by Party City to see if there are any small items I can use in my assemblage art. They also have a lot of cool party confetti in different shapes and sizes. I found some plastic ball bearing puzzles with clear lids to make more of my Day of the Dead fridge magnets. Finally I went over to look at the Halloween items – they were not done putting them up yet So I browsed the Clearance wall. That is when I saw them: The Harry Potter Cockroach Clusters. They were on clearance for 50 cents a package (that would be 25 cents per cockroach). I picked up one that had not been crushed and bought it. They normally go for $3.00 or more ($1.50 a cockroach).
In the back of my mind was to use the cockroaches as cupcake toppers. Immediately, I thought of a couple of party themes that are not even Harry Potter related. Carmen Agra Deedy, a local Cuban writer, has a book out called Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach. It is based on a Cuban folk tale, sooooo. Cuban sandwiches, faux mojitos (limeade with mint), and cockroach cupcakes!!! What about Wall-E? There was a cockroach there – but maybe it would seem cruel to eat characters in a book or movie…
I did open them and attempt to eat one. I don’t know what I was expecting – maybe a chocolate covered marshmallow thing? “Cluster” – to me – implies a nut and caramel thing, but I wasn’t expecting that. It was not either one. It’s made of orange jellied candy – I could not bite through it and did not try. Here is how the Candy Warehouse describes it:
Have you ever seen a giant cockroach scurry across the floor? Stomped on the poor creatures as they tried to flee to their dark lair? Now these delectable critters want to lay eggs and nest in your mouth! Dare to eat a sweet tasty “bug” treat from the world of Harry Potter! The juicy gummy underbelly is covered with a crunchy candy shell, just like real cockroach wings. Even the underbelly of these candy creatures looks real.
It was just an idea.
Post Script: While searching for pictures, I came across a recipe or two for home made cockroach clusters: This one calls for chow mein noodles and chocolate, but I saw one with raisins and pretzel sticks, too.
Melt your chocolate until smooth. Stir in chow mein noodles until the mixture is thick enough to hold together. Spoon bite-sized clusters onto wax paper and let harden in the refrigerator. If you want longer-lasting candy, melt 1 stick cooking paraffin per 12 oz of chocolate before adding the noodles. These can be frozen, just thaw before serving.
It probably tastes good, but they aren’t a spectacular, either!