Here are some food suggestions for a circus party
Mini toffee apples
- 1 tin baby apples with stems
- 2 cups castor sugar
- wooden skewers
- Drain the apples and dry them to remove any syrup
- Insert a wooden skewer through the middle of each apple, using 2-3 apples per skewer
- Make a caramel sauce by placing the sugar in a dry saucepan over low heat. Allow the sugar to melt and dissolve completely
- Dip the apples into the caramel and place on a greased non-stick baking tray until set.
Colour the skewers by painting them with liquid food colouring
Cheese and biltong popcorn
- 15ml oil
- 125ml popcorn
- 60ml finely grated parmesan cheese
- 60ml powdered biltong
- salt to taste
- Heat a large pot over high heat and add the oil
- Add the corn, cover with a lid and cook until the popping slows
- Remove from the heat
- While still hot, add the cheese, biltong and salt to taste. Shake well to cover evenly
- Serve in paper cones.
Jelly clown hats
- 100g white cooking chocolate
- pink food colouring
- 8 marie biscuits
- 8 dome shaped moulds (the base should be smaller that the width of the biscuit)
- 1 packet jelly powder
- 1 packet jelly tots
- wooden skewer
- 8 candy strips
- Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Add the food colouring, mixing it thoroughly before adding more to deepen the colour
- Spoon the chocolate over the top of the biscuits until completely covered. Allow to set
- Lightly grease the moulds. Dissolve the jelly powder in 150ml boiling water. Add a further 200ml cold water and pour into the moulds. Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until jelly just starts setting
- Remove moulds from the fridge and place 8-10 jelly tots into each mould. Gently push them down into the jelly with the skewer. Refrigerate until set firm
- To make the hats, turn out the jellies and place each one on top of a chocolate-covered biscuit. Wrap a sweet strip around the base of the jelly and decorate with flowers on wire.
If you don't have moulds, small yoghurt tubs serve the purpose perfectly
- 225g strawberries, washed and hulled
- 300ml milk
- 400ml yoghurt
- 30ml honey
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- The yoghurt shakes keeps well in the fridge and can be made a day or two in advance.
- Variations: Replace the strawberries with mixed berries, granadilla pulp or peaches.
To brighten the colour of the shakes, try using carrot juice or beetroot juice instead of food colourant, to keep it natural.
Ice cream parlour
Set out different, delicious toppings and let guests help themselves
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