If you have a pre-teen or tween-aged daughter, you can't have failed to be swept up by Num Noms mania ! Trying to explain them to the uninitiated is sightly complicated (especially as Juliette taught me everything I know and it wasn't easy to follow !). Basically they are cute, stackable creatures representing different food items that smell nice, can be lip glosses, motorised toys, erasers or stampers
The idea is you pick a Nom - the base (lipgloss, eraser, etc) - and a Num (the hollow topper) and stack them to create a weird and wacky flavour combination. Some are sweet and some are savoury so you can get as wild and crazy as you want !
Num Noms challenged us to use the characters as inspiration for some real life wacky baking and sent us through a few recipe suggestions to start us off. We discovered Num Noms Yog Yog, with vanilla yogurt, blueberries and honeycomb pieces, inspired by Caramelly Go-Go, Mary Mulberry and Nilla Swirl.
Num Noms Deconstructed Ice Lolly, with bubblegum ice lolly, frozen banana and blueberries, inspired by Mary Mulberry, Betsy Bubblegum and Choco Nana.
And Num Noms Lemonade, with red grapefruit, orange and lemon, inspired by Lemon Burst, Orange Swirl and Pinkie Lemonade.
I told Juliette about the Num Noms Wacky Bakers challenge, and she thought it sounded great fun. She dashed off to grab her Num Noms and we looked around the kitchen to see what we had that could represent them. We found Creamy Pop (yogurt), Nana Pop (banana), Kiwi Freezie (kiwi fruit), OJ Pop (orange juice) and Wild Berry Freezie (dried wonder berries), that all sounded promising.
Juliette set to work,peeling and chopping up the fruit.
Closely watched by her Num Noms friends !
Our first creation was Creamy Froo-yo (fruity yogurt), inspired by Creamy Pop (yogurt), Nana Pop (banana) and Wild Berry Freezie (dried wonder berries).
We also made Num Noms Fruit Salad - a mixture of Nana Pop (banana), Wild Berry Freezie (dried wonder berries), Kiwi Freezie (kiwi fruit) and OJ Pop (orange juice).
This would actually be a really good way of encouraging picky eaters to try more fruit and it would certainly make school lunchboxes more magical, if you popped in the corresponding Num Noms to go with the fruit of the day !
Disclosure : We received some Num Noms in order to take part in the challenge.