Monday, April 01, 2013

Pastry Chef Bill Yosses' Giant Candy Bo Easter Egg

First Dog food art is made with marzipan, jelly beans, and Peeps at the Let's Move!-themed White House Easter Egg Roll...
White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and his team annually make an Easter-themed work of food art for the White House Easter Egg Roll.  This year's 135th anniversary eggstravaganza, unveiled on Monday, was a giant egg-shaped "basket," featuring a sweet rendition of First Dog Bo and--a little ironically--carrots and the Let's Move! theme spelled out in icing:  "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!"

Yosses has created figurines of Bo made of gum paste and marzipan for each of his four White House Gingerbread Houses for the Obamas every Christmas.  But this Bo is his biggest yet. 

The basket weighed fifty pounds, and used royal icing and marzipan. The candy design is made from multi-colored jelly beans, with yellow marshmallow Peeps chicks on the bottom, and blue marshmallow Peeps bunnies on the "handle."  A big white Easter Bunny was on the opposite side (above).

Though the egg is made of edible elements on the outside, it was not intended to be eaten, and is actually made over a giant frame of non-edible material.  

More than two-and-a-half feet tall, the Bo basket sat on a table in the back of the outdoor Kids' Kitchen on the South Lawn, where the White House chefs and six guest chefs gave recipe demonstrations all day during the event.  

Bo starred in a White House video ahead of the Roll, hunting for souvenir wood Easter eggs on the South Lawn; there was a special teal wood egg featuring his "paw print" available for sale from the National Park Foundation. (Above, a detail of Bo's face, and the blue Peeps bunnies on top)

Though the Roll included a mini-farmers market booth where kids could select their own hand fruit in the Play With Your Food area at the bottom of the South Lawn, all child guests went home with a gift bag that included some candy too:  A four-pack of marshmallow Peeps, and a bag of M&Ms.  There was also a bag of Goldfish crackers, and a pack of Welch's gummy fruit, in addition to other swag, including a wooden souvenir egg in each bag.

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Food Network star Anne Burrell as she demonstrated a healthy pasta recipe, and the Bo egg was visible behind them the entire time. (Above, Burrell flips broccoli rabe pesto pasta as Mrs. Obama watches)
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*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama