I’ve had plenty of hands-on experience doing cooking and baking workshops, but I had never done one with kids. So when the folks at KitchenAid India reached out asking if I’d like to do a demo for kids, showing them how to make Oreo Milkshakes using the KitchenAid Diamond Blender and freshly churned ice cream in the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, I was excited and also a bit anxious. Working with adults is one thing, but to engage with and hold the attention of children is quite something else. Kudos to the folks at KitchenAid, because they agreed that we should make this a fun, party-like atmosphere instead of a formal ‘class’.
The kids, ranging from three and- a-half to about eight-years of age, trooped in on a rainy Saturday morning for this ‘party’ we had in mind. I chose and egg-free ice cream custard recipe to start with because I wanted to keep the session interactive where kids could jump in and join me in the process. A custard that required tempering of egg yolks would have been too much for kids. And right we were because the moment I asked for help with whisking the mixture I had nearly all the kids wanting to join in. So I did what most mothers are only too well accustomed to – going with the flow and letting my eager helpers do the whisking.
Soon, when we were done with the custard, the youngest participant, all of 3.5 years in age, asked me, “Where’s the ice in your ice cream?” Remember what I told you about working with kids being a whole different ball-game? Case in point. Kids are like sponges, they absorb so much information from whatever their parents are watching on TV. But I had an ace up my sleeve, it was time to unleash the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment. I poured the custard in the bowl of the machine and the kids were amazed to see it turn into a soft-serve ice cream with just a few minutes of churning.
We went on to make our Oreo milkshakes in the Diamond Blender while the ice cream churned and it was so adorable to see the kids take turns to blend the milkshake. Foodhall, our hosts, had arranged for a range of colourful sprinkles, and it was just what the kids wanted!
Let’s just say we had a lot of rainbow-hued milkshakes that day. And by then, our ice cream was ready, and I have to say, the kids weren’t just excited because they got to eat ice cream, but because it was what they had made. Needless to say, there was plenty of chocolate sauce and sprinkles that followed, making it a memorable first workshop with kids for me!