“Cosmos”-politans

cosmosentryHappy National Library Week! We kicked off celebrations with an Edible Books Festival, held yesterday afternoon. Kresge staff submitted an entry: “Cosmos”-politans.

We were inspired by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and cosmopolitans were the perfect fit. We used jello to suspend edible glitter and candy in the glasses. For the space theme, we added asteroids (rock candy and chocolate rocks), alien saucers (satellite wafers), stars (candy stars, star confetti, origami stars, star shaped sprinkles), celestial bodies (bouncy balls), and rings (glow sticks).

Many people asked us for the recipe so here it is!

Edible Ingredients:

  • jello mix
  • candy stars
  • edible glitter
  • sugar pearls
  • star shaped sprinkles
  • silver sprinkles
  • lava balls (candy)
  • chocolate rocks
  • rock candy
  • red sour taffy
  • satellite wafers
  • lime
  • candy fruit slices
Decorations/Staging:

  • black table cloth
  • tray
  • martini glasses
  • origami stars
  • star confetti
  • glow stick bracelets
  • bouncy balls
  • Marvin the Martian
  • original book cover
  • parody book cover
  • sign holders
Steps:

  1. Prepare jello mix as directed on box. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until jello has gelled but not solidified.
  2. Stir in candy stars, edible glitter, sugar pearls, and star shaped sprinkles.
  3. Ladle into martini glasses and drop in a couple of lava balls for each glass. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Set table with decorations as shown in photo.
  5. When the jello is set, sprinkle some more glitter/sprinkles and drop some chocolate rocks on top.
  6. Add lime slices, candy fruit slices, rock candy, satellite wafers, and/or red sour taffy to garnish.

rainbowfishAnd a big heartfelt congratulations to the winner of the People’s Choice category: Rainbow Fish by Jenny Bai, Diane Jang, and Juliana Park. Juliana is one of our student assistants. In fact, she was working at the front desk when the judges announced it!

Thanks to everyone who came out to join the festivities! We hope you were inspired to create your own edible book!

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