Nuka Cola, Perk-A-Colas, Bonk! from Fallout, Call of Duty, and Team Fortress 2

Nuka Cola, Perk-A-Colas, Bonk! from Fallout, Call of Duty, and Team Fortress 2

Nuka Cola, Perk-A-Colas, Bonk!

What You’ll Need:
Soda Bottles (of different shapes and sizes)
Bottle caps
Bottle capper
Access to a color printer
Download this .zip file containing all the images:

http://www.mediafire.com/?5exvpdh7dq9u3jw

(credit:
http://borzou99.deviantart.com/ for Bonk Soda designs
http://whatpayne.deviantart.com/ for Nuka Cola designs)

PERK-A-COLAS: CALL OF DUTY

There are a couple of ways to approach these Perk-A-Colas! We decided to model ours on the fake promotional posters made for each – we thought this represented the original artistic intent for the sodas. You can alternatively make all your Perk-A-Colas look the same like how they are represented with the in-game models. If you decide to go this route, the best looking all around bottle is the kind we used for the Juggernog. Most glass bottle sodas will come in a pretty traditional size and format!

If you want to get super authentic, here are the bottles we recommend for each type of cola:
Cheerwine for Quick Revive Cola
Fanta for Double Tap
Regular bottle for Juggernog
Sprite for Sleight of Hand

The Fanta and Sprite are glass bottles and are made with real cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup. These are a little harder to come by, but a lot of grocery stores and marts have now started to carry them. You might have to search a little harder for Cheerwine, or alternatively buy it in a 12 pack off of an online retailer like Amazon. As always, Google is your friend!

Either print the labels yourself, or go somewhere that can print them for you such as Kinko’s. We just printed them on regular paper in color, but you can always change the paper material if you’d like. Printing on stickers is also a possibility.

After you’ve collected your bottles, you’ll need to remove any original labels that won’t be covered by your new printouts. Some glass bottles are a bit more finicky, but we’ve found that the box cutter or x-acto blade approach works for most glass bottles. Be EXTREMELY careful when handling knives or any sharp objects of any kind, ESPECIALLY when being used in a repetitive motion. It’s really easy to slip up and giving yourself a nasty wound, so please be careful (<3 from Jimmy and Ashley)!

Angle your box cutter or x-acto knife at a 45 degree angle to the bottle and scrape lightly and build in strength until you’re removing just the paint and not catching against the glass. Keep going, and remain diligent and focused til the labels off!

If the paint can’t be removed by an x-acto knife, it’s time to get a little more serious. A dremel will do the trick with the right brush attachments. We followed this guide online: http://www.ehow.com/how_7786876_dremel-glass-polishing.html

If you can’t scratch the paint off and don’t have a dremel handy (it’s ok, not many people do!) then just print out the largest labels and cover it with that! That’s the easy fix :D

Once the labels are off, go ahead and empty out any bottles that don’t have the correct color liquid in them! We emptied out our Fanta and Sprite and replaced them with a darker soda (as was implied by the original posters).

Replace the bottle caps with a bottle capper. You can get these from a local home brewery store or online at Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Capper-Red-Baron-Homebrew/dp/B000Q6ARMY) You’ll also need bottle caps (http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Crown-Bottle-Caps-gross/dp/B00023B72U/)

Cut out your newly printed labels and glue them (with a regular stick, a hot glue gun, Elmer’s, etc.) to your bottles. Add one to the top of the bottle cap as well.

You’re all done!

BONK COLAS: TEAM FORTRESS 2:

Print out your labels. You’ll need cans that are the size and shape of a Red Bull can for this cut out. We can’t in good conscience advocate energy drinks, so we found an mandarin orange drink that was in the same sized can!

Cut out your labels and glue them starting on one end. Roll the can over the remainder of the paper and glue the other edge down! Repeat for every can.

NUKA COLA QUANTUM: FALLOUT

We used Coca-Cola glass bottles for these, which are made with real cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. Most grocery stores and super markets will have these, if not, look online!

Empty out one of the glass Coke bottles to make your Nuka Cola Quantum. Regular Nuka Cola looks just like regular Coke! Since red bottle caps are a bit harder to come by, you can very carefully remove the bottle caps and place them back on later with the bottle capper. It won’t be as tight of a seal however. Just try not to bend the cap too much when removing!

If you want your Nuka Cola Quantum to be completely blue, use a replacement soda that is similarly colored or sprinkle in some blue food coloring with a clear liquid. We used Jones Berry Lemonade Soda. If you want to use the blacklight effect, just fill your bottle up with Tonic water. Make sure the bottle states that it contains Quinine.

To make your tonic water glow, get a blacklight flashlight. We found ours on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Ultraviolet-LED-flashlight-7202UV395/dp/B001Q70A0G/

To make your blue Nuka Cola Quantum glow, use a dot light. Sylvania makes all different kinds. We went for a motion sensor light, but you can use a regular on/off dot light as well. Here’s ours: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017QN2V0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01

To modify your dot light to give off blue light, open it up and either place a colored light gel on the light or paint the glass area with a blue sharpie. Close the light and you’re done!

Place your awesome drinks on their new pedestal and enjoy the show.

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The Walking Dead: BRAINCAAAAKE

The Walking Dead: BRAINCAAAAKE

This feast was a fun departure from our regular style recipes and was a chance to highlight Ashley’s superb cake styling abilities! The Walking Dead remains one of our favorite shows and graphic novels and now that it’s returning for its 3rd season, what better timing then now? Also featuring special guest Glenn from The Walking Dead… or IS IT!? (You’re not racist for thinking it is. Jimmy actually does bear a striking resemblance to Steven Yeun, and vice versa!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Circle pan
  • Frosting
  • Fondant
  • Pink Food Coloring
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Corn Starch
  • OR: Strawberry jam, Raspberry jam, etc.

First things first – purchase a circle pan from your local crafts store or online! Wilton makes a few, as do several other companies. No worries if the circle pan comes in the shape of a soccer ball or basketball – we’ll be covering this cake up so you won’t see any designs underneath!

The next steps are completely up to you. If you have a favorite cake recipe or just want to make a box cake, go for it! We made a simple Vanilla cake for our recipe since it would pair well with the maraschino cherry topping we were adding later. Using a sharp knife, cut a thin sliver from your circle cake down the middle and combine the remaining halves for an oval shape for our brain. Don’t cut too much! If you’re unsure how much to remove, start smaller and cut more away if you’re unsatisfied with the shape. Finally, cover the cake with frosting and also coat the inside a little so both halves stick together.

To prepare the disgustingly delightful brain matter, you’ll need to prepare the fondant. Use Crisco or shortening to coat your work surface and hands and start to knead and soften the fondant. Then using pink food coloring, only add a tiny small ‘dot’ of coloring to your ball of fondant. This stuff will spread throughout and if you’re not careful, you’ll get an overly pink final result. To be safest, put a small bit in then add more later if absolutely necessary.

Once the fondant is colored, tear away small chunks and begin to roll them out onto your surface. You can use your hands for this! Make small noodle-esque cylinders. Make sure the thickness is even throughout. You can go as thin or as thick as you want here. We used these images to help reference what an actual brain looks like:

(Warning: slightly graphic imagery)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1a/Gray728.svg/250px-Gr…

http://www.willamette.edu/~gorr/classes/cs449/figs/oldbrain.gif

http://morphonix.com/software/education/science/brain/game/specimens/images/w…

Make sure both sides are symmetrical or close to it!

Once it’s all done, prepare your blood topping by adding some corn starch to the maraschino cherry juice. If you’d like more red color, you can drop some red food coloring in as well. To really get the corn starch to thicken, you’ll need a little heat. Mix the ingredients together over a low flame. Continually stir until you start to see the blood thicken. Be careful as well with the amount of corn starch you put in – too much and the flavor will start to be a little gross. If you want to make your sauce extra sugary, you can melt some powdered sugar in too!

Dress up that cake! Pour the sauce over any knife wounds you might like to make, otherwise coat the whole thing with blood wherever you see fit. If you’re using a knife for decoration, make sure to either take safety measures before cutting and eating it, or use a fake knife!

Scooby Doo: Scooby Snacks

Scooby Doo: Scooby Snacks

Ruh Roh! Shaggy and company are coming into town and need their Scooby Snacks to keep em going! Of course, there are other more illicit ingredients that supposedly enter into this fictitious treat, but for our purposes we’re going the “I’d rather not end up in jail” route with our recipe! These snacks are delicious for both humans and dogs (well, dogs moreso).

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup melted caramel candies (or melted caramel)
  • 2 bananas, chopped and blended
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Pre-recipe warnings – make sure you know what your dog can and cannot eat. The ingredients in this recipe have been made to be safe for dogs first, and edible by humans second. If you are uncomfortable or unsure about feeding your pet any of these ingredients, or if they have digestion issues or requirements, be sure to always speak to your veterinarian beforehand.

Before you begin, you’ll want to make your own cookie cutters so you’re ready to bake when the dough is finished!

To make your own cookie cutters, go to your local hardware store and purchase a short roll of metal wiring anywhere from 3/4-1 inch thick. The wire should be thin enough to bend and shape with your hands, but still thick enough to keep its shape. We used items like a rolling pin to shape the wire into the exact shape we wanted. Make any kind of shape you want! The typical Scooby Snack shape you usually see on the show looks like three circles combined at the center (like a 3-way venn diagram!).

Mix together your dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, and salt. Place all your wet ingredients in microwaveable containers and heat them up separately for 10-30 seconds, or until the liquid is runny and not firm. In a separate mixing bowl (we used our KitchenAid mixing bowl, but any large bowl will do) combine the melted peanut butter, caramel, blended bananas, and hot water. Mix until all ingredients are smooth and combined.

Gradually, while stirring or mixing your wet ingredients, add in your dry mixture. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. If it is too wet, add a little more flour. Continue to stir or mix until the dough is one big globby mess. Place your container in the freezer or fridge to cool it down for 5-10 minutes.

After the dough has been chilled, lay out wax paper on your table. Scoop a small amount of dough onto it and place another layer of wax paper on top. Using a rolling pin, slowly and smoothly roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-1/2 inch thin. If creases or crinkles start to appear, lift the wax paper up off the dough, then replace it and roll over the imperfections. After one side is smoothed out, flip the entire thing over and do the same to the other. If you put too much dough in the center of the wax paper, you’ll find that it leaks out the sides when you roll it out. Get a feel of how much you can put in at once!

Use your new cookie cutters and cut out the dough. Press the cookie cutters down firmly on the dough so you make sure it cuts all the way through and doesn’t tear when you remove the excess dough. If you’re having trouble getting the cookies off the sheet, use a spatula!

Preheat your oven to 375 and bake your cookies on a cookie sheet and wax paper for 10-15 minutes. Keep a close watch on your cookies! The thinner they are, the faster they will bake.

Your cookies are done! Put them in your favorite doggie bowl or ziploc bag or airtight container and make your pet’s day! These treats are high in nutrients and low in sugar, but like any good treat, they’re best served in moderation (and for good behavior!)

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