Viral Elephant Toothpaste Video Dessert Design Process (Going Meta-: Edible Art from the Inedible)
I saw the newest World Record Elephant Toothpaste video on YouTube & I thought it was so cool! The video (below) is an awesome sight to behold: bluish green foam erupts & covers the back deck and back side of this guy's house. First, I wanted to do a mini-version, which is possible (see link), but it requires some hydrogen peroxide and other things which I didn't have & it would be a little unpredictable since I've never done it before.
I have been experimenting with using food as different artistic mediums, so I decided it was safer in my apartment to come up with an 'Elephant Toothpaste' dessert, which had an "eruption" of bluish-green foam. :)
Btw - "Elephant's toothpaste is a foamy substance caused by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide using potassium iodide or yeast and warm water as a catalyst. How rapidly the reaction proceeds will depend on the concentration of hydrogen peroxide."
New Series: "Going Meta-: Edible Art from the Inedible"
This is an example of a new series "Going Meta-: Edible Art from the Inedible" -- where I come up with art made of food or just food to eat inspired by different YouTube videos or things I see that are unrelated to food. :) The first related series is "Going Super Meta-" which is recreating or making my own version of Tasty's "Eating the Feed," which is typically where they recreate viral foods seen on IG and make a YouTube video and then I . All Super Meta-, haha. :) I suppose you could call this "Viral Elephant Toothpaste Video Dessert", "Going Super Meta-".
I knew I wanted to make a tall skinny cup out of no-bake cheesecake + gelatin and an egg white / meringue-like "foam" on the inside colored blue / turquoise like in the video.
By making a tall skinny cup, I could squeeze it and have an "eruption" of blue foam. :)
In my past experiments playing around with gelatin, I have noticed that the # of gelatin packets you use with your other substance (whether it be queso, haha :) (see link) no-bake cheesecake, Jell-O, milk etc.) changes how firm the final product is -- more gelatin powder to start leads to a firmer final product; less gelatin- is more squishy, semi-solid or liquid-y.)
Attempt #1: No-Bake Cheesecake (1/2 box) plus 1 gelatin packet
I mixed 1/2 of no-bake cheesecake filling mix box plus 1 gelatin powder packet (which I had let bloom w/ milk) and then put it in a large cup with another glass cup inside it. This would, in theory, make a cheesecake/gelatin cup with a hollow center. I let it set & then tried to take the cheesecake/gelatin cup out.
RESULT: Fail! :)
We are good at this? I couldn't get the cheesecakegelatin out of the cup. It fell apart. :) But you could eat and it still tasted like good no-bake cheesecake.
Attempt #2: No-Bake Cheesecake (1/2 box) plus blue Jell-O powder plus 1 gelatin packet and some water
I changed the mixture by adding blue Jell-O powder and some water. Adding blue Jell-O would give it the desired blue color, plus I thought maybe it would make it firmer and able to get it to come out of the cup. I used a glass sprayed with cooking spray and recycled a cardboard paper towel tube to form the inner column.
RESULT: Fail! :)
We are good at this? The firmness was getting better, but I had thought that the cardboard paper towel tube would be light enough to allow a cup to form. However, it was heavier than I thought and sunk as the cheesecake/Jell-O was setting in the fridge, so there was cheesecake/Jell-O in the middle of the tube and so it was not a cup. :)
Attempt #3: blue Jell-O powder only plus 1 gelatin packet and some water
I thought oh, I'll just try Jell-O plus 1 packet of gelatin powder this time. I did not make Jell-O according to the box or measure how much water I used, so I didn't know the ratio of Jell-O powder to water. This wasn't to make a cup. This was just to see what the firmness / consistency would be.
I also tried to make the inner egg white foam. I have seen lots of YouTube videos of making egg white foams / meringues and it looked easy. Haha. :) I didn't refer to these videos. I just put some egg whites in a bowl with some powdered sugar & food coloring & used an electric mixer.
RESULT: Fail! (on both accounts) :)
We are good at this? The blue Jell-O / gelatin didn't solidify! I suppose the egg white foam was not that much of a fail, but I couldn't get the peaks I wanted.
Attempt #4: No-Bake Cheesecake (1/2 box) plus 2 gelatin packets; using a pepper shaker
I decided to use a pepper shaker, haha :) -- which was a column, but had a barrier unlike the paper towel tube).
RESULT: Fail! :)
We are good at this? I couldn't get the pepper shaker out, so I abandoned that idea. :)
I did some "do not try this at home" things. I thought maybe if I heat up the bottom of the glass that it would loosen the cheesecake cup and it would help it come out. Nope! Do not try that at home!
Attempt #5: No-Bake Cheesecake (1/2 box) plus 2 gelatin packets; carving out the cup
Based on what I had observed, I made the following adjustments:
1.) Added a gelatin packet to make it firmer.
2.) Decided just to carve out the middle after it set to form a cup.
For the foam, I made the following adjustments after looking up some videos on YouTube. (A good one from "Everyday Food"'s YouTube channel is below.)
1.) I used room temp egg whites.
2.) I realized you had to mix them a lot longer than I thought -- usually 12-15 min.
3.) I mixed egg whites only for awhile and then added some powdered sugar.
Solid Cup of Cheesecake plus 2 packets of Gelatin before going in the Fridge
Trying to make the blue foam
After 20 minutes, that's what I got (right). Haha. :)
Carving out the middle to form a cup:
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! I finally got my cheesecake cup out (see below) after some effort & put my foam in it & made my own "Elephant Toothpaste" eruption (see video and pics below!), which is edible and tasted okay! :) My inner foam wasn't what I wanted it to be, but it worked out better for it to be more liquid-y for the eruption anyways. :)
It was a fun process and I learned a lot which I will use for my future art projects. :)
Check out the post "How to Make Viral Elephant Toothpaste Video Dessert" to learn how to do it yourself.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
I also put more foam in it again & tried to make another eruption, but it fell apart. Haha :) I actually used the remains for another edible art piece. Stay tuned!