Rice Crispie Bombs – The Legend of Zelda series

Zelda Bomb 2

Hyrule is a pretty weird place. Money and health lie around in the grass. People leave active bombs around their house in clay pots. Don’t even get me started on that ocarina, have you ever tried to play one of those? Impossible!
That’s not to refute that Legend of Zelda games are an absolute blast to play. Bombs, although usually inaccurate and slow, will always be my favorite item. To me there was nothing more satisfying than say, throwing a bomb into a boss’ mouth to have it all end terribly for the brute. I almost feel sorry for them.

I made these bombs out of rice crispies, a touch of royal icing and used licorice for the “fuse”. If you’re interested in making them I included the recipe below, although its not very involved. They’re pretty fun to make and make a fun snack for kids.

Fun Fact: The famous Fairy Fountain theme used in many Zelda games was actually first used as the overworld theme for the Water Land level in Super Mario Bros. 3.

Ingredients

Bomb's Away

Bomb’s Away


3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package regular marshmallows
6 cups rice cereal
Black dye
Blue dye
Grey royal icing
Red Licorice

Directions:
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add rice cereal and black/blue dye. I used a 5/2 ratio of black to blue. Stir until well coated. Wait until slightly cool then roll into 2 inch balls. Decorate with royal icing and licorice fuses.

Fun fact: Fans have always noted how different the story of Link’s Awakening is from other Zelda titles. That’s because despite the Zelda skin, it’s more of a sequel to a little-known Japan-only title, The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls, than Link to the Past.

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Peanut cheese bar – Earthbound (Mother 2)

cheese bar
The Mother/Earthbound series of games stink! No, but really they’re just a fun, quirky culmination of both child and adult themes ranging from oh-so-silly to deadly serious. It’s almost as if the creators set out to make the player feel every single emotion in one easy to play video game. I laughed, I cried, I raged at trying to get a perfect rhythm chain each battle. It’s a super charming world in which it tries to replicate what I imagine would be a foreigners take on what America looked like if they had never visited.

And what’s better is that the intentionally kooky interpretation of western food churns out an array of wacky items. Hot Dog Sushi and Strawberry Tofu make an appearance in these games, just to list just a couple of the weirdest consumables (I later looked up “Hot Dog Sushi” and apparently it’s a ‘thing’ in Hawaii).

When eaten, you recover about 100 HP

When eaten, you recover about 100 HP


A Peanut Cheese Bar is also a treat Ness and the gang enjoy. However, before you take the bars name at face value, I must remind you that cheese can be sweet, ie cheesecake. Its not a gross cheddar cheese concoction (Although I’ve also seen that cheese and peanut butter sandwiches are enjoyed by Americans). So to pay my respect to a game I love, I made Peanut “Cheese” Bars myself. These feature a pretzel crust and a frozen peanut butter cheesecake filling. Enjoy!

Fun Fact: “This Game Stinks!” was the slogan for Earthbound. This is referring to the scratch and sniff stickers featured in the games manual.

Ingredients:

Crust
3/4 cup margarine, softened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 (5 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together margarine, sugar and pretzels. Press the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking pan. Chill for 10-15 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared tin. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm. This must always remain frozen! (Serves up to 12 as it is very filling).

Fun Fact: There are hundreds of pop culture references in Mother. A whopping 14 confirmed references are dedicated to The Beatles alone, including the bonus alternative names of the main characters themselves.

DIFFICULTY: ONE MOOGLE
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Donkey Kong’s Cake – Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

A cake fit for a gorilla!

A cake fit for a gorilla!


Nintendo recently unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming game “Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze” featuring DK and the gang having an apetastic party being crashed by a flock of chilly enemies. Whats wrong with bad guys nowadays anyway? They don’t even have the common decency to let a gorilla enjoy his banana topped cake. I’ve always been a fan of DK and his chimp sidekick Diddy, with Donkey Kong Country being one of my top five favorite games ever. It has been and always will to such a thrill to play, no matter how many times I’ve played it. And in my honest opinion this new entry looks stunning, I personally cannot wait to get my hands on it, especially if its anything like Country.

Going back to the trailer, a glorious banana topped cake is displayed front and center, waiting for DK to blow it’s candle out. Unfortunately for this dexterous gorilla he couldn’t enjoy his cake. However, I recreated the same cake and DK is welcome ’round to share some with us!

Our time together was short and sweet.

Our time together was short and sweet.

Fun Fact: The fourth world in the first Land game is in fact the city that the very first Donkey Kong took place in, the one where the original Kong held Pauline hostage on top of a skyscraper.

Banana Cake:
125 g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons hot milk
2 cups plain baking flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly.Stir soda into hot milk and add to creamed mixture.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Stir into creamed mixture until combined.

Divide into two greased and lined 20 cm round cake tins.Bake at 180°C for 50 minutes or until cakes springs back when lightly touched. Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cakes can be filled with whipped cream and sliced bananas.

K-O-N-G

K-O-N-G

Banana Icing:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon banana milkshake powder

Directions:

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes. Finally stir in the banana milkshake powder, add more if desired.

Optional:
I covered the cake with a royal icing that I dyed brown, and topped with sprinkles and DK letters. It was almost too sweet, so if you do attempt to make this cake, be advised for future cavities.

Fun Fact: “Jungle Fantasy”, the Japanese OST for the original DKC, contained seven arranged songs, all exclusive to the soundtrack. The OST was eventually released in Amercia as “DK Jamz”, though out of all the arrangements, it only contained Jungle Groove, leaving out the other six songs.

DIFFICULTY: THREE MOOGLES
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