Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gum Ball Cookies and Bubble Gum Alley

 The other day (7/9) was National Sugar Cookie Day! I'm sure that every day a food is celebrated nationally, but sugar cookies are special:) Sugar cookies, especially decorated sugar cookies, make people smile.  {Wow, I just mentioned sugar cookies four times already...make that five.}
And these gumball cookies make me smile:)  The colors are so bright and cheerful!  The inspiration for the gumball machines came from the one and only, Sugarbelle (Callye), and the cute little gumball idea came from the amazing Partiologist (Kim)! I just love my versatile, little, round cookie cutter!
Thanks so much, Callye and Kim!
 
The gumball machines were made using a template that I cut out on heavy paper. The cookies were iced with royal icing, and m&m candies (gumballs) were added while the icing was still wet. Also, I don't know if you can tell, but I used some silver luster dust (mixed with clear vanilla extract and applied with a small paint brush) for the "metal" details on the gumball machine after the royal icing was dry.  Lastly, an AmeriColor  Gourmet Writer was used for the black detail.
I packaged each gumball machine cookie in a clear, cellophane bag, and tied it with a ribbon.  I included some gumball cookies in each bag and gave them as gifts.
Everyone seemed to enjoy them:)

On July 4th my husband and I ended up making our way north to our favorite local town. One of the reasons I wanted to visit that day was to take these photos of Bubble Gum Alley, solely for this post:) 

From Wikipedia:
Bubble Gum Alley is a local tourist landmark in downtown  San Luis Obispo, known for its accumulation of used bubble gum on the walls of an alley.  It is a 15-foot (4.6 m) high and 70-foot (21 m) long alley lined with chewed gum left by passers-by. The locally created, "most-talked-about landmark" covers a stretch of 20 meters between 733 and 734 Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The consensus is a toss-up as to whether this collective gum wall is an eyesore or a work of art.  What do you think?  Would you like to chew a wad of gum and add your own masterpiece?
Looks like this was a unique way of asking someone to the prom:)  (I accidentally cut off part of the question mark when I took the photo.)  I wonder what the answer was?!?
If you're ever in the area, be sure to take a stroll down Bubble Gum Alley, and don't forget your gum!

Linked to:
Sweet treats and Swanky Stuff 
Inspiration Friday
I'm Lovin' it Party  
Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday 
Saturday Seven Party

29 comments:

  1. wow those cookies are awesome!!! and that alley way is so gross! haha

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  2. Of all the times I've been to SLO and walked down this alley, I have never once left my gum. Things need to change.

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  3. I never knew that there was a "Bubblegum Alley", how crazy! Awesome cookies as always, Sue :)

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  4. Cookies=Awesome, but Bubble Gum Alley=Kind of Gross! I'm thinking of all the germs that must be on those walls:-(
    However, what a cute idea for a kids party and I know my grands would love them.

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  5. I'm with Susan. Your cookies are just so perfect! Not sure about Bubble Gum Alley there. But I bet my kids and your Munchins would love it!

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  6. Sue, your cookies are absolutely adorable!!! We were just up in Seattle and I wanted to go to Gumball Alley but it was rainy and gross outside. We'll have to go back! It's totally gross and totally cool all at the same time!

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  7. Those cookies are great!
    I grew up in Cali and when I was a senior in high school my bff was a freshman at Cal Poly. I spent many a weekend in SLO and have left my own gum in bubble gum alley.

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  8. I love your cookies! You did a great job with your gumball machine template and though hand-cutting takes more time and effort, it was certainly worth it. These are really cute.

    Gumball Alley..um...not so much ;)

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  9. I love the cookies and the use of m&ms especially. I've been to Bubble Gum Alley years ago - looks like it's expanded a great deal. At least that's how I remember it.

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  10. Love the cookies! Bubble Gum Alley? Who knew haha not sure how I feel about that one! Would love for you to link up at my Pin It Thursday party-- http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/12/pin-it-thursday2/

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  11. Super cute cookies! And bubble gum alley is something! :)

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  12. The cookies are so cute! And bubble gum alley is ... intriguing. I must admit I'd be a little turned off by walking through other peoples' used gum, but it does look pretty.

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  13. The bubblegum alley is really unique art - cool idea :)
    But your cookies are just gorgeous!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  14. OK Sue, these are now my new favourite cookies of your site!! :D I really want to make these now!! :D

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  15. These are super cute! I must go to that alley sometime. My daughter would LOVE it!

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  16. Your cookies are so much fun! The bright colors are just perfect, I love how you get such true coloring with your frosting.

    My first thought with the gum alley...does it smell like bubble gum???

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    1. Mara, I really didn't notice it smelling like bubble gum, so I guess not. BTW, I use AmeriColor soft gel paste food color. I love the "super red".

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  17. Oh my goodness! These are like the cutest cookies ever!

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  18. Love your gum machine cookies - great! I can't believe there is a gumball alley, now I know where all the gum has gone!! :)

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  19. what a such lovely post, your blog is amazing.The cookies are the cutest thing that saw. Beautiful !!!

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  20. I do love the little gumballs--they are so dang cute. Good job.

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  21. I love your gumball machine! It is so cute! I have never heard of the gumball alley before. LOL

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  22. Gorgeous cookies! I can just see a bubble gum themed kids' party! Keeping this in mind for my kiddos birthdays!

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  23. OOOOHHHH I just LOVE these!!! The gum ball machines are DARLING!!!! Such a fun cookie to give as gifts!!! We have been saying prayers for your son at our house.....how is he doing? Hope he is well!!

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    1. Thanks so much Amalia, especially for the prayers! My son has some tests coming up on Friday, so hopefully we'll know more then. Thanks for asking:)

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  24. Art comes in all forms! I am going to take your form. How funny that they have gotten so creative with it.

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  25. Always a big fan of your creativity. You must be one of the best art students when you were at school. Your gum ball cookies are popping with lots of colours and fun!

    Hope that your blogging parameter problem will be fixed soon :D

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  26. I love how you used Bubblegum Alley as an inspiration for these beautiful and creative cookies! It's amazing how an alley of ABC (already been chewed) gum can be transformed into a work of art. It's gorgeous (although I'd never touch lol). The prom invite is definitely unique - I wonder if a marriage proposal will show up one day? I hope all is well with you..and your son is doing better xoxo.

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  27. Wow these are great! I honestly didn't remember how as a child I loved gumball machines until I saw this cookie. Had a flashback and recalled how I thought they were so pretty with all the colors of gumballs inside and the fun of not knowing which you would get. Thanks for sharing your adorable cookies and bringing back fun memories!

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