I like to fancy myself an arbiter of good taste, but all bets are off when it comes to desserts or, more specifically, theme-party desserts. Whether it’s a cake shaped like a turkey for a Thanksgiving party or a dessert shaped like a hamburger for a burger cook-off or, most recently, a bowl of rice krispie treat “curry” (above) for the curry cook-off we hosted last weekend, I love being the tacky punchline at the end of a good meal.
The best part of it is that everyone expects something so goofy to taste like crap, so the bar’s set really low. And then *BAM* you hit them with a surprisingly tasty dessert that’s delicious AND fun. Everybody wins.
The rice krispie thing, for example, was made with the good stuff from Whole Foods like Guittard chocolate and all natural marshmallows, because I’m a grown up. Anyway, it was a fun party. As cook-offs go, I highly recommend making curry—everyone can cook it ahead of time, and all you gotta do is heat it up and serve. We’ve done a dumplings contest, and before that hamburgers, and all the prep and on-site cooking just takes forever and gets real messy. Consider me a cook-off savant.