Creative Thinking Prompt: Build a Franken Dessert
Named for the monster Frankenstein and all the parts that comprise him, Franken desserts are a combination of different desserts mashed together to create a new dessert.
These mash-ups take two tasty treats and combine their delicious powers into a super dessert!
Brookies combine cookies and brownies. Brookies are made from one part batter and one part dough. Bakers pour the batter and place dough side by side for a cool half-moon look or pour the batter right on top of the cookies.
Freakshakes are mashed monstrous desserts, combining a shake and a sundae. Originally created by Australian restaurant Pâtissez, they are served in a giant mug and topped with a variety of ridiculous toppings.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Franken dessert. Use two dessert flavors that would pair well together. Here are some ideas: Cake within a cake. Cookie within a cake. Pudding within a cookie. Chips within the pudding.
Source: Everyday Food, October 2009
Chocolate Caramel Doughnut Holes
These quickly fried, cakey confections boast a molten center of liquid caramel. The filling is made by stuffing the dough with store-bought candies. For the recipe, visit: https://www.marthastewart.com/343521/chocolate-caramel-doughnut-holes
Think Deeper: Can you combine 5 desserts into one dessert? What would you name this colossal dessert?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Jelly Bean Art
Kristen Cumings’ jelly bean version of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”
Kristen Cumings is Jelly Belly’s official artist, using Jelly Belly to create portraits and other well-known works of art. In an interview, Kristen stated, “I like making things out of weird stuff.”
To see more of Kristen Cumings’ artwork, visit: https://www.jellybelly.com/artgallery
Watch this music video made using jelly beans, In Your Arms – Kina Grannis (Official Music Video) Stop Motion Animation. It took almost two years to make and has 12,955,254 views.
To see how this video was made, watch:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Make Jelly Bean Art
Choose a subject. Draw your subject. Add color to your drawing. Collect a variety of colored jelly beans. Brush glue onto your drawing. Add jelly beans and let dry overnight. To create shadows and depth, use a mixture of light and dark colors.
CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing
An attribute listing matrix is a common creative thinking technique used to generate and develop ideas through multiple combinations. Today, we are going to use it to create a monster face.
STEP 1. Select a problem or product.
- PROBLEM: To create a monster face.
STEP 2. Break problem into key attributes.
- ATTRIBUTES: Create a list of attributes that might be found on a monster’s face. Pick six of the most important ones.
- In the first row, number 1 – 6, skipping the first box.
- In the first column, list six attributes, skipping the first box. For my attributes, I identified face color, hair, number of eyes, markings, teeth and horns.
STEP 3. Identify various ways to achieve each attribute.
IDENTIFY: Brainstorm different options for each attribute. Pick up to six.
- For each row, list six types of that item. For example, Face Color: blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple.
STEP 4. Design or create a solution by manipulating and recombining the variables.
- DESIGN: Use a six-sided die to create combinations.
- Roll the die six times, writing down each number after you roll.
- Then starting with the first attribute – Face Color, find the corresponding number to discover which color your face will be. If I rolled a 4, my face color would be purple.
- Do this for each attribute.
- Now draw your monster face.
- Don’t forget to name your monster.
This process can be repeated over and over again using different number combinations.
CREATE A MONSTER USING ATTRIBUTES
|NUMBER of EYES
||Star on Cheek
||Gaps in between
Here’s what I rolled.
Face Color: 4 = purple
Hair: 2 = Mohawk
Number of Eyes: 5 = three eyes
Markings: 6 = spotted
Teeth: 2 = pointed
Horns: 1 = unicorn
I’m not the best drawer but I present to you, Bob the Monster.
Now you design your own attribute matrix to create a one of a kind monster!