It’s summery outside again here on the east coast (finally), and that means time to bust out ye olde ice cube trays. If, like me, you simply cannot tolerate dull ice cubes in your drink, rejoice! Nerdalicious choices abound in the interwebs. (So much so that we’ve devoted an entire Pinterest page to them, Cooking in Space.) A quick list of available trays: X-Wing Fighters, Darth Vader heads, R2-D2s, Storm Trooper heads, and Death Stars. For different Christmases, we got both Han Solo-in-carbonite and brain-shaped cube trays.
Unfortunately, we learned that the Solo tray does not make really great ice. The cubes are thin and melt fast and it’s difficult to tell what they are supposed to be. This is a situation I can make lemonade with, as they say. Since I would never waste ANYTHING Star Wars, I will try to make some Han-in-chocolate bars. That is a tale for another post. The smaller Hans were a bit better looking, but not by much. I don’t know if it’s the molds or my jacked up freezer, but they just didn’t look great. Based on thinkgeek’s photos, I was kinda expecting this:
Yeah, no. Which kind of made me wonder “Who is in charge of glamour ice cube shots?”
The brain molds we got work much better. They make bigger, thicker cubes, and there is no mistaking the shape, in or out of the water. Since they are so dense, they melt at a much slower rate than the Hans. If you are nerdy enough (as we are), having brains floating in your beverage and touching your lips when you sip, just makes you giggle with glee.
I will make chocolates with these, too. Perhaps with some raspberry jam filling or a few maraschino cherries….