artbites’ Sweet Dream Pie

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artbites’ Sweet Dream Pie

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This blog was featured on KCRW’s Good Food on July 19, 2011.

I recently received an email from a mom wanting an ArtBites class for her daughters based on the children’s book, “Sweet Dream Pie.”  Her 10-year-old had only one request:  to bake “the pie” from the story.  I was immediately intrigued and rushed to the library to get my hands on a copy, at which point I was horrified – this pie had gummy bears, licorice sticks and chewing gum!  What to do?  While I always welcome a challenge, this time I was stumped.  Should I take a cue from Alice Waters’ “Edible Schoolyard” or Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” and suggest a fruit filling instead, or make a 10-year-old and her 4-year-old twin sisters happy… but make sure to gracefully make my exit somewhere between the sugar high and the sugar crash?

I decided to forgo the farmer’s market and head straight to my local grocery store’s candy section.  In my shopping cart:  Milky Ways, M&M’s, Hershey’s Kisses, caramels, marshmallows and bananas (for good measure).  I wanted the kids to have fun cooking together but didn’t want to give anyone a stomachache or, even worse, a nightmare.  (In the story everyone gets nightmares after eating too much pie; but they were going to make dreamcatchers, too, so I had that covered). READ MORE »