Sunday, November 2, 2008

Getting Frosted

It's easy, this stuff - really easy. Goof-proof, the ad says. Well, if you want to be a gift-giving goof, here's the proof.

But first, here's a little hint, if you're planning on making a bunch of stuff out of processed frosting powder and calling it candy - don't put it in that Betty Crocker Frosting Mix box, OK? It's kind of a giveaway!

I realize that fudge is essentially solidified frosting, but this just seems a little bit too blatant. And the Day Glo colors! Check out the lime-green swirly things. And the hot pink ones too. That used to be my favorite color magic marker, back in the 1960s - hot pink.

The ribbon implies that this box is about to get wrapped up as it is. So what does it mean when you give someone that blatantly says: I'm giving you a box of instant frosting.

It means that you want to impress them with your ingenuity with candied fruit, nuts and magic-marker colors - and different shapes! - but that you also want to dilute this with the uneasy thought that perhaps they're getting something a little...downmarket. Declassé.

So basically it's a perfect present for the people in your life that you feel - ambivalent about. We all know a few. So does Betty, clearly. I wonder who Betty is giving this one to...

My favorite bit is probably the very last line, in tiny print at the bottom. It takes the metaphorical cake: "Makes great frosting, too!"

Thanks for sharing.

7 comments:

Bill said...

Nowadays we can just buy a can of frosting as a gift of indifference.

eve cleveland said...

Honey, those pink and green things are condoms. Yeah, I said it.
Eve

Michelle Gartner said...

I don't know my kids like gifts of frosting... and they think it's classy.

Judy said...

Omigosh, EVE!!! LOLOL...I may never eat pink or green candy again. Hey, wait! How the heck you know that stuff?
Thanks again, Lidian, for giving us another chuckle, you never cease to amaze me. P.S. my "word verification" for leaving this comment is ickyzz...how appropriate!

Breeni Books said...

I like it! I think it's cute. And since I eat frosting straight from the can, I wouldn't mind frosting candy as a gift one bit!

~~louise~~ said...

Pretend fudge from a legendary pretend icon...how appropriate...

I prefer chuckles, like yours.

Sparkina said...

Maybe it's me but I think that candy looks divine. The creme centers in commercial boxed chocolates are basically cake frosting anyway, so there you go.