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We have two opinions of Disney movies around here… we like them or we love them, and we LOVE Big Hero 6. Because all three of us enjoyed it so much, we were all excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the #BigHero6Release on DVD and Blu Ray last week. I was able to pick up the 2-disc collector's edition DVD/Blu Ray of the movie at Walmart, and for a limited time, it includes a digital copy as well! Vudu makes it easy to redeem your digital copy: Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the Walmart app, then look for a message on your phone or email.
Like I said, I loved Big Hero 6, but I think I loved it for different reasons than Max did… He's a huge fan of Baymax and Hiro, and I love that the whole movie makes being smart, cool… the geeks save the day and the world, and I'm totally on board with a movie that demonstrates that to my kiddo. But the thing *I* really love? Honey Lemon and Go Go. I love that there are girls on the team, and they're more than just window dressing or princesses.
Honey Lemon is especially my favorite; she is a girly girl all the way, in her platform heels and cute dresses, but the awesome power she has in her purse? There's no stopping her! I appreciate that the girls are not only vital members of the team, but they get just as down and dirty as the guys do. It's important to us that Max see this in movies, because we do want him to understand that girls are just as smart/rough/strong/anything as boys.
I headed to Walmart.com to pick up some Funko Pop figurines of Go Go and Honey Lemon, and Max was thrilled to get them, along with Baymax, all ready for battle against the microbots. I keep checking back to see when more stuff comes in, because I know that Max would love more Big Hero 6 goodies for his birthday coming up next month!
I surprised him with the toys, and a special snack, after school the other day, and then we all watched the movie together as a family. Keep reading to learn how to make your own Honey Lemon-inspired sweet treat!
Honey Lemon's philosophy in life (and science) is simple. She believes that “the world can be made into a happier, and much brighter place, through the thorough application of nature's toolbox—chemistry!” So her purse doubles as a lab, which can make “chem-balls” of whatever material she needs in any particular situation.
My personal favorite is the pink goo she uses during the big fight scene in the movie, so we decided to make some meringue cookies to replicate Honey Lemon's weapon of choice.
They're deceptively easy to make, and there's very little hands-on time involved. One trick that I've found is to move quickly when you're piping them out. The texture changes a bit as it sits, so the faster you move, the better to get consistent shapes/sizes.
Because I wanted the shapes to be as simple as possible, I didn't use a fancy piping tip, I just cut the corner off a large zip top bag and used that for my piping. The entire batch fit pretty perfectly into a large size bag, so I didn't have to deal with refilling it or anything. (A pet peeve with trying to do pretty frosting! LOL)
Serves: 2 dozen
- 4 egg whites
- 1 c. sugar
- ½ t. Cream of Tartar
- 1 box Jell-O (I recommend raspberry for the pink)
- Preheat oven to lowest temperature possible. (Mine goes down to 170)
- Beat the egg whites in a stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Add sugar and cream of tartar, mix well.
- Add Jell-O powder, a little at a time, until the desired color/flavor is achieved.
- (I used about half a box of the 6 oz. size for these)
- Pipe meringues onto parchment paper-covered cookie sheet.
- (No need to leave space for spreading, but you don't want them to touch, either!)
- Bake at 170 for about 3 hours, then turn oven off and leave meringues in oven overnight to continue drying.
- Store in airtight container.
These meringues have just the right amount of sweetness for when you're craving it, and they go great with some salty popcorn while you're watching the movie at home.
Have you seen Big Hero 6? Which hero is YOUR favorite?