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Halloween Crème Brulée

What to bring to a Halloween party but a table full of something etched –

skullCustard

skullCustard

skullCustard

Next year, green custard?

greenskullCustard

Not even special for Halloween, the grocery store now has a whole line of pudding flavors including bubble gum (pink) and green apple (above). No refrigeration needed.

I gave one of these green ones to someone and I didn’t see them eat it. Later I asked. he said he had a couple spoonfuls and he was waiting for it to get better but it didn’t. “It’s like Halloween meets a toy – and then you eat it.”

greenskullCustard

But look! After a few days, it shows evidence it IS actually food – for something.

parameters

Laser brand Epilog
Laser type CO2
Laser watts 45
Tube life kinda new
Artwork med thick lines
Raster Speed 10
Raster Power 90
dpi 200

Took just about an hour to etch all the vanilla ones. I think the green was drier and so it etched better. Water will just soak up the heat and prohibit browning. Also, these items, like most baked goods and other foods, display a better etch when they’re done out of focus. Lucky for me I didn’t have an option with the purchased pudding cup. And lucky for my vehicle in transporting these things that I didn’t have to pack the pudding up to the top of the cups.

Making Crème Brulée with a Laser

With great fanfare from fellow laserists, I etched designs onto custard just to see if it could be done.

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Took about 10 tries to get something reasonable. We tried both raster and vector. Had vector cuts ripping right through this custard. We could see the tiny sliver being made, as if with an invisible hot wire, and then the custard closing in on itself as the laser moved on. Really cool to watch!

At fast etching speeds, the custard did a very fast short entertaining jiggling (ok, so I’m easily amused).

I etched the name of the cafe (Cafe Borrone) that sold me the custard, saved that part and ate the rest. It didn’t have nearly as strong of a burnt taste as other foods I’ve done. Oh, well, maybe because it’s supposed to taste burnt? I’ll return their etched name part in the bottom of the cleaned custard cup. surely they’ll be impressed.