My mother asked me to bake some Valentine’s Day cookies that she can share with her friends. No dutiful son can ever say no to his mother, of course. Fortunately, I’ve got a heart-shaped cookie cutter, as well as a diamond-shaped cutter — because everyone knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
I made some basic sugar cookies using a recipe that I particularly like, then let my creative juices flow for the cookie decoration phase. Some of the cookies have pink icing, some have red icing, and some have white icing. Some have red sugar sprinkles, some have candied cherry halves in the center, and some have pink gel accent icing. I like the careful attention to detail that is an essential ingredient for good looking iced cookies, and I always try to come up with some variety in colors and shapes. Now, I just hope that Mom and her friends enjoy eating the cookies as much as I enjoyed making them!
It’s gratifying to see modern technology used to make the world a better place, and any advances in chocolate candy preparation will be welcomed by the billions of chocoholics found world-wide. Still, I think there’s something both narcissistic and creepy about candy representations of an actual human face. If you were dating someone, would you want them to give you a box full of their face in chocolate? Wouldn’t it feel kind of grotesque to be eating their face — or, if the roles were reversed, to know that they were eating your face?
There’s a fine line between romance and weirdness, and I think this advance crosses it. If someone gave me a box of their chocolate faces for Valentine’s Day, I’d worry that stalking is probably right around the corner.