When I was growing up, this was what we always did with leftover icing. Like when you only really needed 2/3 of the tub for the birthday cake or something...what are you supposed to do with that last 1/3? Throw it away? Never! Eat it straight out of the tub? Disgusting! Make 3 or 4 cupcakes to spread it on? Ridiculous! There was only one thing to do with that leftover partially-hydrogenated goodness...marry it to some graham crackers. Mmmm. Make little sandwiches or just dip them.
We don't get icing in a tub all that often these days. (We're health-conscious you know, eating our whole wheats and avoiding too much processed food...at least in our day to day snacking.) In fact, I had nearly forgotten about this little taste of heaven. At least it didn't occur to me straight away. But after our little bit of leftover icing (from Emma's party) had been in the fridge for a couple of days I suddenly remembered. And it was all over. The kids and I devoured half a box of graham crackers and most of the icing in one sitting. In the photo above, they are scraping the last bits of icing from the lid. I was dolloping the icing onto it a little at a time, thinking that each serving would be our last. ("just one more. okay, just one more. last little bit. okay, one last little dollop and that's it. the kids will ruin their appetite, it's almost time for dinner. i've got to get these kids out of here so i can have some more.") I know, when I think about what icing in a tub really is, it's completely disgusting. I try not to look at the ingredient list while I'm eating. That might make me naseous. But if I can just take myself back to those happy childhood days when no one cared much about hydrogenation, I can truly enjoy this taste of nostalgia.