Thursday, 4 August 2011

Who wouldn't want to go to candy college?

Alexia's school is in this quaint little hippy part of town, full of rich sahm's who have nothing better to do but shop all day and spend their husbands money. No, i'm truly not kidding. Her school is in Hyde Park, this neat little section of downtown Tampa where you can walk to everything within a block or two. You pay quite a premium to live there, the houses start in the low 800's or so, but most homes are in the millions-i'll show you them tomorrow :)
Anyway, a block or two away is a local candy store that has some amazingly cool types of candy-like jalepeno fudge, and bacon bark (no, im not kidding, ask Heather Jones about the bacon bark). They also have handmade ice cream, and some really cool drink creations like chocolate tea, drinking chocolate, and Mexican Coke! It's in the glass bottles and everything, which is really neat.
The store owner does something called Candy College for kids. Basically, you get the store to yourselves for a bit, and they tour the store, get candy samples, and get a history of the different types of candy and the candy making process. Then, the kids get to dip chocolate marshmallow skewers and decorate them! It was reasonable at $6/per kid, and that included free samples and the marshmallow skewer. The only catch was that you had to have at least 4 kids, so i recruted some of her friends from school :)
At the beginning, they decorated the bags that their sample candy would go into. This is Alexia's, it has her name, herself, and a giant lolipop.
Then, they did a tour of the store, and learned all about the saltwater taffy they make there, the fudge, chocolate, and all other yummy stuff, and they got samples of everything:
Then, they got to see the milk chocolate "pond"-
Freshly dipped...yum!
Decorating hers-
She is quite proud of her creation!
After they were done decorating their creations, they were stuck in the freezer for a minute to cool down, and wrapped to take home-Alexia couldn't wait to eat hers.
Thanks for coming to Candy College with us!

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