Meet featured blogger Beth Jackson Klosterboer (Hungry Happenings) and get crafts from her blog.
Beth Jackson Klosterboer’s creations look good enough to eat, and they are! Her clever edible crafts are designed for parties, holidays, special occasions and people hungry for fun in the kitchen. Here we chat with Beth about her blog Hungry Happenings (hungryhappenings.com).
CW: How did you start making edible crafts, and how did you begin blogging about it?
Beth: I’ve been a chocolatier for almost 30 years and began making crafts out of chocolate. Six years ago, I hosted a Halloween party and dreamed up several sweet and savory food crafts to fit the theme. That inspired me to write a Halloween cookbook, and I began blogging to promote it. It didn’t take long before my readers were asking for advice on creating edible crafts for other holidays and occasions. That’s when Hungry Happenings was born.
CW: How has your blog changed since it launched?
Beth: Since good photography definitely matters, I have worked on improving the quality of my pictures. Also, I realized quickly that just putting out great content wasn’t enough. I had to submit my projects to other websites to get noticed. I had spikes in traffic as other bloggers began sharing my posts on Facebook, Pinterest and their blogs. Pillsbury, CNN and Martha Stewart are some who have featured my recipes. I couldn’t be more excited.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers?
Beth: I love hearing from readers from all over the world. It’s amazing to know that someone in Bulgaria made one of my recipes and that teen girls in Australia found the love of cooking through my blog. I enjoy hearing from readers and seeing pictures of their creations.
CW: What are some of your most popular edible crafts for Christmas?
Beth: After our tree is up, our stockings are hung and all the decorations are in place, I love making themed cuisine to celebrate the holidays. Among my most popular projects are Candy Christmas Lights, Chocolate Penguin Treat Pops and Sweet Sugar Cone Hats.
CW: Is it difficult watching people eat your hard work?
Beth: It’s fun to see the joy on people’s faces when I present one of my edible crafts to them. Although, I’ve been told some of them never get eaten, and instead are displayed for years.
CW: What is the wackiest edible craft you’ve come up with?
Beth: One of the most fun is a Spa Party Appetizer. It’s a cheese ball in the shape of a woman’s face, with a green guacamole mask, mozzarella cheese towel, cucumbers over her eyes and roasted red pepper lips.
CW: Are your crafts designed for parents and kids working together?
Beth: I hope my creations inspire parents to have fun in the kitchen with their kids. Over the years, I’ve taught thousands of children to make chocolate and love to see their enthusiasm. Edible crafts open up the culinary world to children. They become more open to eating different food w hen they are visually appealing.
For more information about Beth and her blog, visit her at Hungry Happenings.
Photos by Beth Jackson Klosterboer of Hungry Happenings.