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This adorable little hedgehog was made using almonds, eggs, cream, sugar and then even more almonds. We love him, not just because he’s so cute, but because he was created using a recipe that was written all the way back in 1817. Think about that for a second. What that means is that even 200 years ago people were coming up with novelty treats and edible sculptures shaped like ridiculously cute animals.
The recipe comes from a book entitled Treatise on Confectionary, written by Joseph Bell. Here it is:

To make a Hedge Hog.
Take 1lb. Valentia almonds; blanch and beat them very fine, with a little rose water; mix in the yolks of six eggs; whisk up the whites of four eggs very stiff; mix all together, with half a pint of cream, and sweeten it with beat sugar to your taste; set the whole in a stew pan on a clear fire, and stir it till it is thick enough to model into the shape of a hedge hog; put a small currant for each eye, and stick it all over with cut almonds for the bristles of the hedge hog; then set it on a dish, and pour over it a rich custard.

It’s actually possible that this recipe is even older still. It may be a reprint from this 1747 source. So the next time you find yourself daydreaming about 18th/19th century banquets, as we know some of you sometimes do, don’t forget to include the ornamental, edible almond hedgehog.
[via TYWKIWDBI and Echoes from the Vault]

This adorable little hedgehog was made using almonds, eggs, cream, sugar and then even more almonds. We love him, not just because he’s so cute, but because he was created using a recipe that was written all the way back in 1817. Think about that for a second. What that means is that even 200 years ago people were coming up with novelty treats and edible sculptures shaped like ridiculously cute animals.

The recipe comes from a book entitled Treatise on Confectionary, written by Joseph Bell. Here it is:

To make a Hedge Hog.

Take 1lb. Valentia almonds; blanch and beat them very fine, with a little rose water; mix in the yolks of six eggs; whisk up the whites of four eggs very stiff; mix all together, with half a pint of cream, and sweeten it with beat sugar to your taste; set the whole in a stew pan on a clear fire, and stir it till it is thick enough to model into the shape of a hedge hog; put a small currant for each eye, and stick it all over with cut almonds for the bristles of the hedge hog; then set it on a dish, and pour over it a rich custard.

It’s actually possible that this recipe is even older still. It may be a reprint from this 1747 source. So the next time you find yourself daydreaming about 18th/19th century banquets, as we know some of you sometimes do, don’t forget to include the ornamental, edible almond hedgehog.

[via TYWKIWDBI and Echoes from the Vault]

Because it’s been many months since we first made the discovery, as a public service the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders would like to remind everyone that baby Horseshoe Crabs are incredibly small and awesomely cute. The wee hatchlings in these photos are baby Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus).

"Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs lay eggs 2,000 to 30,000 eggs, which hatch approximately 2 weeks later. Hatchlings stay in tidal areas for about a year before traveling into deeper areas of the ocean."

These little ones were recently collected from local tidal areas by husbandry staff from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. They’ll be kept under quarantine for one month and then moved to the aquarium’s invertebrate touch tanks.

[via ZooBorns]

We’ve featured many different kinds and sizes of origami over the years, but this may be the first time we’ve ever seen origami that’s not only made from delicate facial tissues, but also animated. Artist Yuki Ariga created this utterly delightful stop motion animated short for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia. It features a series of lively origami animals interacting with the artist’s gentle hands.

Click here for a behind-the-scenes video.

[via Colossal]

We’ve seen all sorts of awesome 3D latte art lately, but this is the first time we’ve encountered 3D cocktail art. These incredibly adorable adult beverages were all made at the Duke Capo bar in Tokyo. There the inventive bartenders use different sorts of cream, chocolate sauce and, of course, plenty of booze to create these kawaii cocktails.

Photos via IT Media.

Visit Kotaku for additional images.

Because the delightfully creepy sausage people have all been eaten, it was time for someone else in Japan to come up with a new way to entertain themselves (and the internet) by creatively carving up cocktail wieners for lunch. This time that someone was Japanese Twitter user Yoshida_xxx who figured out how to transformed the little red sausages into miniature versions of a giant isopod and then thoughtfully created an adorable diagram so that we can make them too.

Head over to RocketNews24 for complete instructions.

The Department of Impossible Cuteness needs to create a subdepartment devoted to food so outrageously adorable you wouldn’t just have a hard time bringing yourself to eat it, you might actually want to keep it as a pet.

Such is the case with these kawaii chick-shaped custard puddings from, you guessed it, Japan, specifically the city of Nagoya, which is in the center of the country. They’re available at Café Gentiane Leger, located inside Nagoya’s railway station.

The darling dessert consists of a traditional Purin, which is a caramel custard, topped with vanilla mousse that’s styled to resemble a happy little chick. The beak, wings and crown are made using slivers of white chocolate and they’re often fitted with a few other adorable edible details depending on the season.

"A cute dessert needs a cute name, and the café settled on Piyorin, a combination of “piyo piyo” (the sound of a chick chirping, in Japanese) and “purin.

Visit RocketNews24 to learn more about Café Gentiane Leger’s precious Piyorin chicks.

A couple weeks ago we learned about beautiful ice cream shaped like roses. Today we discovered another whimsical frozen Japanese treat: zou no hana or Elephant nose ice cream. These soft serve pachyderms, complete with waffle cone ears, are the house speciality at the Zou-No-Hana Cafe in Yokohama, Japan. And because they’re each handmade, no two elephants are alike. What’s more, during certain times of year the cafe offers special half & half chocolate and vanilla elephants with crunchy tusks, limited to only 20 per day - which is the quantity they produce, not the amount you’re allowed to eat.

We like to think that some ice cream visionary was simply going about their duties one afternoon when, having poured a cone, they looked down at their work and recognized the unmistakable resemblance to an elephant’s trunk. And thus Elephant nose ice cream was born.

Visit RocketNews24 for even more photos of adorable elephant nose ice cream cones.

The Department of Miniature Marvels is thrilled to discover that they can add gardening to their list of work-related hobbies. A recent trend in Japan has people raising itty-bitty bonsai plants less than 3cm in height. Called cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai, they’re the perfect green hobby for people who don’t have much gardening space or simply love exquisitely teeny-tiny things. The completely kawaii pots, wee gardening supplies and mini display shelves that are made for cultivating cho-mini bonsai are almost as awesome as the tiny plants and trees themselves.

Visit RocketNews24 for additional images.

We love this adorable Totoro-inspired Gourd Clock. Because Totoro is “keeper of the forest”, it seems very fitting to use a piece of fruit (that’s naturally the perfect shape) to create his cute likeness. It was created by El Cajon, CA-based artist Laurie Marin, who uses gourds to create one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by video games, anime and comics.

Plenty of artists specialize in materials or subject matter, but this is the first time we’ve encountered an artist who specializes in gourds. Laurie grows the gourds herself and then cleans, burns and stains them, transforming humble fruit into clocks, vases, bowls and even hair accessories.

Visit Marin’s Gourd Geek Etsy shop to check out more of her homegrown, geektastic creations.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

Hotels.com Japan is promoting a new rewards program with this awesomely adorable commercial featuring pug bellboys, the cutest little bellhops we’ve ever seen. They’ve got tiny red uniforms, even tinier matching caps, soulful eyes, protruding tongues, and those sweet, wrinkly faces. Kawaii! We’ll stay wherever they’re working!

Click here for a video of pug bellboys on parade.

Click here for a behind-the-scenes production video.

[via Hotels.com and wombatarama]