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Rainbow Cookie Pops

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Have we met yet? I’m Erin, one of the Tablespoon ringleaders here at General Mills. I help keep ideas flowing, come up with new features, test recipes (yeah, it’s pretty much a dream job). There’s a lot to love about working here, especially all the fanatical food people. You can’t exit an elevator without someone tempting you with a fresh plate of something-or-other, usually right out of the oven. Or a huge table full of it.

I had one of those food ambush moments just now. Some friends downstairs started a new club/team/think tank called “Taste Seekers.” A bunch of creative cooks on the lookout for wild and interesting culinary trends, like trend-spotting, except all about eating. I just tasted their newest thing. Right away I knew I had to share it with you.

It’s called MashUp SmashUps, and it’s a simple idea: mix two favorite foods to create something new and unexpected. Like cereal and chocolate. Or yogurt and almonds (OK, I made that one up, but that’s how it’s done!). As a fan of music mashups and video remixes, I thought the idea was genius. And more to the point, extremely tasty.

The recipe I tried is Rainbow Cookie Pops, sugar cookies baked with dum dum lollipops. Don’t believe me? Check out the video:

http://vimeo.com/16322346

Looks good, right?

If you like this kind of thing (but seriously, how could you not?), stay tuned. The TasteSeekers are mixing up new ones as I type, and the possibilities are endless. When you make one, please tell us how it turned out. Any good experiment needs testers to help make it better.

For the extra inspired, dream up your own MashUp SmashUp to share on Tablespoon (yes, I’m doing it too). Cocoa and yogurt? Waffles and Gummi Bears? Think you can outdo the TasteSeekers? Take your best shot.

Ciao,

Erin

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