For our final project, we both had ideas that involved something with science. We wanted to bring users back to their childhood and create science project. So the first couple ideas we had were:
-Make a volcano - using baking soda and vinegar/cream of tartar
-Use rum and light it on fire
-Make a meringue or use some type of flavoring and then add liquid nitrogen to make ice cream
We did some experimenting with cream of tartar and baking soda to see if a reaction happened. It did in fact fizzle when combining the 2 ingredients, but the taste was not good.
We really liked all of these ideas but in reality, they would not be safe enough for people to consume them or they would not taste very good.
So we went back to the drawing board and started thinking about still including some type of 'science.' So we thought about playing with the states of matter and taking something that was a liquid and making it a solid or something along those lines. We also thought about tastes as well and wanted to include flavors that come with the holidays.
Then we though about different user experience ideas:
-Tree with ornaments
-Put string into frozen or cookie
-Open presents - edible presents
-Make their own snowman
-Eggnog cheesecake or pudding
But we finally decided that we want to take classic holiday drinks and turn them into frozen treats. So we tried out a frozen white hot chocolate with peppermint garnish on top. This was very successful. But we had to tweak some of the proportions within the recipe to make it exactly to our liking. This includes white chocolate, milk, half and half, hot chocolate mix and then blended with ice to make it a smoothie texture.
We then made an apple cider sorbet. The sorbet is made with apple cider, sugar and cinnamon all boiled together and then frozen.
We tried experimenting with the sorbet using applesauce and making it without. We liked the version without applesauce. After getting some feedback from everyone in class, we decided to stick with the sorbet and then add a cinnamon whip on top. We also want to try and make a caramel to drizzle on top of that to play with temperatures and add a warm element right before guests take their serving.
We made sugar garnish for the top as well.
These treats are typical holiday flavors but are in different forms that what guests aren't used to. We like this concept because it gives kind of a surprise element to those eating/drinking them but the flavors are still bold and recognizable enough that people will know what they are consuming.