Today I am showing you how to make chocolate shoes! I love shoes and have a slight obsession with them, and I love chocolate, so obviously I had to combine them into one amazing idea! In the video I show you a solid chocolate shoe, a red and white polka dot shoe and a zebra print chocolate shoe design!
It’s bear country here in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. In fact, there was just a horrific grizzly attack recently, a couple of hours from our house. The man survived, but still, attacked, and mauled by a grizzly! Yikes!
This video is definitely one that is to be taken with good humour. We are having more fun with our videos, and I want you to have fun while you’re watching as well! Stepping outside the box (of our kitchen) keeps us interested, challenged, and hopefully adds an element to life that you might not see where you live. We are so lucky to live where we do, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and with our Backpack Baking series, we love to showcase our home turf!
This hike takes place on a local hike called “The Butte”, and it is located halfway between our city of Cranbrook, and the nearby one, Kimberley. It is about a 30-45 minute hike, and is one that can be done easily with kids, but when filming and hiking, it takes a couple of hours! Paul has recently started a new hobby, flying remote control aircraft’s (quadcopters, wings, planes etc), so we were loaded our backpacks up with the ingredients needed for baking, the quadcopter stuff, and the tools needed for the filming. It was a heavy load for the two of us. We need to hire a pack mule next time.
These bear poop cookies could be done a with a number of different add-in ingredients. I chose to use coconut, white chocolate chips, and pine nuts for optimal “poopness”. You could use other nuts, and ingredients if you prefer to have your scat look like something else. Black bears tend to eat a lot of berries around where we live, so the pine nuts were an essential add-in for my version.
Thanks to my mom for lending me her bear costume. Doesn’t everyone’s mom have a bear costume on stand-by for emergency bear videos? No? Oh. Well, my mom does! It must be the Kindergarten teacher in her. It’s her tickle trunk.
Target Canada can sometimes be a little slow on distribution of goods, especially when the shopper (me) is looking for Halloween and fall candies at the beginning of September. Wait a second- is that my problem, or Target’s? Sorry Target– I should have known better! It was too soon for shopping for fall things! The only candy that was out on the shelves while I was pre-season shopping was candy corn. I don’t like candy corn, but as you’ve just heard from my ramblings, I had no other choice for a fun cookie add-in. I couldn’t go without some sort of chocolate though, so to match the candy corn, white chocolate was in order. And yes, Target had that in stock.
Candy selection in Canada can sometimes be dismal. It’s not just a problem for one store, it’s a problem for all Canadian stores. I’m not sure if candy corn is available outside of North America, but if you can’t find it in your country, I understand! There are so many types of candies, candy bars, and chocolate bars that we can’t get here in Canada, so I have to travel over the border to get supplies for recipes. Luckily, I’m only an hour away from the nearest border crossing, so I’m able to do that. Unfortunately for some, that’s not an option. I get lots of questions about where to find certain treats or ingredients from countries around the world, and I’m usually not able to help with locating them. If there is a certain candy or ingredient that you need for a recipe, always try Googling it, and seeing if you can get it mailed to you. I also have lots of success with Amazon.
Since candy corn is made entirely of sugar, it is likely to melt in the heat of the oven, so try to keep the corn pieces away from the outside of the balls of cookie dough. You can place some on top of the cookie before putting them into the oven if you want the candy corn to be seen better.
The recipe is after the break! Enjoy!