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Creative Thinking Prompt: Build a Franken Dessert

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

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

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

Creative Thinking Prompt: Jelly Bean Art 

 ©Kristen Cumings

 ©Kristen Cumings

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOu0DuxFAT0

To see how this video was made, watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIH4MJAC2Tg&feature=youtu.be

 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

   
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

ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
FACE COLOR Yellow Pink Green Purple Orange Blue
HAIR Spiked Mohawk Bald Ponytail Long Curls Bobbed
NUMBER of EYES Five Two Zero Four Three One
MARKINGS Furry Freckled Star on Cheek Birthmark None Spotted
TEETH Drooling Pointed Gaps in between Decaying Gleaming Braces
HORNS Unicorn Goat Hippo Antelope Elk Ibex

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!