As expected, even.
So, when I saw this post about the cutest bath fizzies and how easy they are to make, I was sure that I would make them and they would be the best thing since peppermint bark. I was going to make a million of them and give them as last minute gifts to everyone I knew: the mailman, the bank tellers, the newspaper boy, random strangers passing by, the dog walkers, kids waiting for the bus.
So, I assembled the ingredients:
cornstarch- in my cabinet
baking soda- in my cabinet
epsom salts- in my bathroom thanks to this
essential lavender oil- in my shower
food coloring- got it
water- no problem
citric acid- I'll just run out and get some
When I got to 'citric acid' I should have hung it up right there. I forgot that when I first started canning applesauce, I had tried to find citric acid because I thought it was a vital component and would keep things from spoiling. Turns out, it just keeps the apples from turning brown. Who cares if your applesauce is light brown or dark brown? So, I gave up and forgot about it.
I heard rumors that Whole Foods has citric acid but nowhere else really does. We don't have Whole Foods around here, so I figured good old Stop and Shop would have it.
I might have been asking for plutonium. They had no idea what I was saying.
I had to take matters into my own hands and went to Shaws, another local grocery store. I finally found citric acid in the canning aisle, produced by Ball, the company that makes all things canning. It had citric acid, dextrose and silicone dioxide. What harm can those other things do, right? It has citric acid and it's what I need.
So, I started again and took much more time. I sprayed on the water, just like she said. Over and over I sprayed. I had what was a slightly packable consistency. I packed it into the mold. And I had some left over, so I made little balls.
This was going much better. No rising bread dough-like behavior. Very little expansion.
And then the holes started.
And after several days of drying, I ended up with another batch of unfizzable crap that looked like this.
So, into the trash everything went. I'm done with the fizzies. It's back to peppermint bark for me this year.
I had such high hopes.
I'm pretty sure the silicon dioxide and dextrose in the citric acid blend was the problem. I'm sure someone can chime in and tell us the scientific reason this didn't work.
We are getting a Whole Foods here this summer, so maybe I'll give it another whirl for next Christmas, when I can just buy citric acid without all of the extras.
Oh, my favorite part? When k-ster kept asking "wait, are these food?" and I'd say they are bath fizzies and because he didn't know what a bath fizzy is, he ignored me and asked later on "are these food?"
I'm not afraid to share this disaster of a craftastrophe here:
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