They started out simple enough. St. Patrick’s Day was coming so I decided to make some Bailey’s macarons. Green-tinted macaron shells with Bailey’s buttercream frosting in the middle. Delicious.
But I got to the part where you pipe the shells out to bake and looking at all those green blobs of meringuey goodness gave me the shivers.
They weren’t just blobs of unbaked cookies. They were blobs of shame. One blob for every unanswered private message I’ve ever sent on hanson.net.
Only another Fanson would understand the feeling of dread and sadness associated with the blob, but the short version is that when you send a message to another site user (whose last name may or may not rhyme with Manson), a little green dot shows up on your picture next to the message. When the other person opens your message, the green dot goes away. But if they never look at it, the green dot continues to taunt you for the rest of your natural life.
Or something like that.
One clever fan (no, not me, but thanks for thinking of me) dubbed this dot the Green Blob of Shame in one of the forum discussions. Hanson, being masters of marketing and merchandising (except for the guitar string bracelets which they still aren’t selling even though Isaac said he thought it was a good idea months ago in one of the PMs to which I did get a response) started selling Green Blob of Fun Stress Balls.
They are fantastic.
So the green blob has already taken one physical form, but with these macarons I saw that I had a chance to not only create a physical manifestation of the shame blob, but to eat it.
Yes. I could literally eat my feelings. I know, it’s a little more intense than most of my baking projects.
I just happened to have one of Wilton’s edible ink pens on hand, I think left over from Halloween cookies, and so all I had to do was print out the Hanson logo and create a stencil. The stencil didn’t stick to the smooth, curved, macaron shell too well, so I wound up freehanding the logo on the last couple, but for having very little artistic ability I think I did pretty well on them.
I put a few on sticks thinking they might be cute in a vase, but it’s also a fun way to carry them around before eating them. Not that the eating was too far behind.
Need more edible Hanson in your life? Check out my other Hanson baking ideas:
- Baking for Valentine’s Tay
- Baking for All This Love Crap: Valentine’s Day, Hanson Style
- Baking for Christmas: Hanson Style. Kinda.
- Baking for Halloween: Hanson Style
More (macaron) to love,