I really had no idea how I was going to do this battle until I re-read the instructions and saw the loophole I needed. I could use ‘magic’ to transform something to the color I needed. So, when my granddaughters said they were hungry and I suggested tomato soup, the battle started. My one granddaughter said she wanted cheese in her soup and I got to thinking ‘orange’ and the rest is history. I told them to stay out of the kitchen and began my magic of creating a haunted, spooky soup. Of course, my wife did a little suspicious when I started digging through her cake decorating supplies. With a little work, my masterpiece was done — bloody splattered soup with a black cobweb, orange wriggilly worms and a ghostly tree. If I’d been thinking and noticed the left-over white rice from the Chinese carry out the night before — I could have added that for a little more decadent touch. Then again, maybe the girls wouldn’t have touched the soup if I told them they were ma— shall we just say that some people would get a little squeamish at that? Anyway, they had a blast when I put the bowls down in front of them and they devoured everything very quickly. My wife said I was spoiling them, but then again, that is my God-given right to do.
Haunted Four Color Soup
- 2 cans tomato soup (red)
- 1 can of milk
- 4 sprigs of celery (green)
- 2 T honey
- 2 slices of cheese (use shredded, much easier!) (orange)
- ketchup (red) - as needed
- a dabble of black food coloring or a mix of purple & green (my solution)
I make my soups using only a 1/2 can of water or milk per can -- it has a heartier taste, but there is no reason you can't use a full can per the manufacturer's instructions. I sliced the cheese into very small strips while the soup was micro-waving. I placed the honey in a small bowl (preferably glass so you don't stain the plastic) and used cake decorating food coloring pastes, I dabbed a little of the paste onto a toothpick to add the color to the honey. Since I didn't have black, I mixed purple and leaf green together. Since the colors are so intense - almost black - it worked. I'm not sure how it would work if you used the liquid food coloring found in most grocery stores. Still, honey is a thick and slightly dark ingredient so it should work without too much difficulty.
I made the spider-webs by using a teaspoon to grab some of the honey and drizzling it in small half circles then pulled a toothpick from the outer most ring to the side of the bowl.
Splatter ketchup around on the open area. Then I placed the slices of cheese in curls and wiggles to look like some sort of worms.
Stick a center celery stick carefully into the soup on one side and VOILA! A spooky, haunted four-color soup to excite a child's imagination.
An after-thought. If I'd had my wits about me -- there was leftover rice from the Chinese take-out the night before. I could have tossed it into the soup as it warmed up and told the girls it was... well, you know how squimish some people can get. It would have been perfect. By the way, the ketchup really did look cool; I just wished it had shown up.