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Friday, December 19, 2008

Economics Fair

Thursday, Avery participated in the Economics Fair at her school. The students had to think of and item or service to sell, decide on the cost and how much to make and sell them to the students and faculty. During the last few weeks, the students earned "money" to spend at the fair.

Avery chose to make Oreo Balls. We made some of these for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit. Here is what you need:
1 package Oreos or other cream filled cookie
1 8 oz. package cream cheese for each package of cookies
melting chocolate for coating

Break cookies into a food processer.

Turn on food processor and mix until cookies are ground into fine pieces.

Here is what it should look like. Similar to coffee grounds.

Cut cream cheese into small pieces and add to cookie crumbs. We made two batches using 2 packages of Oreo cookies and 2 packages of cream cheese.

Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs together. You probably could use a Kitchen Aid mixer to do this step, but I didn't feel like getting mine dirty. Besides, Avery had fun mixing it by hand. I reccomend using latex gloves (you can find them in the baking isle at Michaels and Hobby Lobby). The Oreos leave your fingernails looking like you've been gardening instead of making candy. Make sure you mix this well until there are no longer any loose crumbs.

**CAUTION** What you see here is not any type of animal droppings!! If you choose to play a joke on someone using the Oreo/cream cheese mixture, by all means do. Just make sure you get it on video and send it to me!
Roll the cookie crumb/cream cheese mixture into balls. You decide the size, but let me warn you, if you get them too small people will think you have adopted either a deer or rabbit as a pet and have failed to house train them! I know.....GROSS!!
Let's move on...
That is if I have not grossed you out completely yet...
I'm in a playful mood...
I'm loosing control of what this post is supposed to be about...
Back to the balls...
After you have all of the "dough" made into balls. Refrigerate them until firm. You can also put them in the freezer.
We let ours chill for about 30 minutes and then dipped them into melted white chocolate. You can use milk chocolate too. Wilton even has a peanut butter one that I'm using next time. Be sure not to let them sit in the chocoate too long. The warm chocoate will melt the balls slightly and cause crumbs to end up in your chocoate.

After they are coated, place them onto parchment paper to let the chocolate set.

This is what happens when you try to sneak a lick or two durinig clean up. Kids, the are always trying to sneak a lick!

After the chocolate has set, you can leave them as is or add some decoration. We used colored melting chocolate to add some festive flare. You could also sprinkle on a variety of toppings before the chocolate has set.

Pretty huh? I must remind you, this is all Avery's. I did not make a single Oreo ball. She did all the work. I did help with some metling. The bowls get hot in the micorwave.

I did help Avery by stamping the tags while she was dipping and drizzling. I also helped her with packaging. I tied on the ribbon and she added the tags.

Avery ended up making 118 Oreo balls. 59 packages of 2 that she priced at $1.00 each. She sold every last one!! Way to go Avery!!!!

4 comments:

Judyn said...

That looks so YUMMY! I keep wanting to let the girls use the kitchen more...and then don't! This little story just might inspire/guilt me to do it!

Donna said...

Hello from Texas! These look Great...your daughter did a wonderful job! Came by way of Ree's...Have a great day!

Amber~ Care and Feeding of Wild Things said...

Wow what a great project! My thirteen year old son is infatuated with his new home-ec class, where they are learning to make cookies and smoothies and such. It is so fun to see kids getting interested in cooking, I think. (Oh yeah- I am a first time commenter here, I found you through the comments on PW's blog.)

Casey said...

I have attempted the cake ball sticks from bakerella. These look a little easier, I think I will make them tonight for a bake sale tomorrow.