It's almost Red Nose Day here in the UK, a day when we are all asked to 'Do Something Funny for Money'.
Comic Relief was launched back in 1985, from a refugee camp in Sudan, when a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia. It was a simple idea - get a whole load of British comedians to make the public laugh, while raising money to help people in desperate need. Not long after, Red Nose Day was created. Happening every two years, the money raised goes to support people and communities both here in the UK, and in Africa.
It's one of my favourite fundraising events, and since the first Red Nose Day more than £600m has been raised.
Here's my easy guide to make some edible red noses. You do need some hemisphere silicone moulds, mine were 42mm in diameter, and some red candy melts to coat the moulds.
Melt the candy melts following the instructions, then brush the inside of the moulds with the melted candy. Mine didn't go as soft as I wanted, so used a teaspoon to spread and smooth it into the moulds. Leave to harden.
Sprinkle some popping candy onto the moulds (I think popping candy is mildly amusing) and spoon in some melted chocolate to cover the popping candy and strengthen the noses. They will be too fragile to remove from the moulds if you don't add a layer of chocolate. Leave to harden in the fridge before removing them gently from the moulds.
You can leave them plain, or fill them with some small sweeties, or if you want, you can put some kind of dessert filling inside them. I made a sort of raspberry trifle filling (chopped raspberries, vanilla sponge and some whipped cream - naughty!)
To assemble, heat a baking sheet or a frying pan on the hob and when it's warm enough to melt the chocolate, put one of the unfilled spheres onto the sheet for a second or two, remove and 'glue' it to another (filled) sphere, holding together until stuck. Repeat with the remaining noses.
If you are good at icing, you can decorate them with some eyes and teeth, I left mine plain because I'm useless at that sort of thing. The faces on mine were added post photo production so you get the effect.
For baking fundraising ideas (& to print off the cute Red Nose Day bunting) click here
If you are not attending a fundraising event, you can still help to support Red Nose Day in other ways. British potter Emma Bridgewater has created an exclusive range of Red Nose products, which are available to buy in HomeSense stores and TK Maxx. The money donated from the range will be spent by Comic Relief, helping people across Africa and here at home in the UK.
Here are some mugs and tea towels from the range, there is also a lovely double oven glove, aprons and a bag for life.
Mugs, £9.99, with at least £4.00 going to Comic Relief
Tea towels £4.99, with at least £2 going to Comic Relief
Close up of mug, + bag for life £9.99, with at least £4 going to Comic Relief
Red Nose Day - Friday 15th March 2013
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post, all views are my own.
The photos of the group of mugs and the tea towels were supplied by Citizen Relations PR.
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