Fortune Ice: Like A Fortune Cookie But With Ice
November 15, 2010
In my latest set of fun experiments with ice, I created fortune ice.
I'd been meaning to do this for a while, but two things made it actually happen. First, I bought a Tovolo King Cube Ice Cube Tray to make 2-inch cubes. Second, I realized I could use my Label Maker for the fortunes.
I was thinking that I would have to make fortunes then laminate them, but the label maker spits out labels that are plasticy on both sides.
This is one case where I didn't want perfectly clear ice (learn how to make clear ice here) because then you could read the fortunes in the cubes before they melted.
It turns out that the cloudiness in water does well to hide the paper in ice.
I froze the cubes with the fortunes inside, then let them thaw out. When some of the fortune was sticking out from the cube, I could pull it from the end and they slid out: No need to wait until the whole thing melted.
I wanted to make sure the paper didn't disintegrate in water, so I left a few fortunes in a glass of water overnight and they showed no signs of deterioration. However I should try this again with alcohol.
So, that was fun!
Possible uses for fortune ice could include:
- Fortunes, just like fortune cookies.
- Giveaways/prizes. One fortune contains a coupon for a free drink, door prize, etc.
- Cocktail recipes for the drink that you're drinking.
- Advertising. "Next time make this drink with our brand of whisky!"
- The bartender's phone number. "Call me, hot stuff."
An index of all of the ice experiments on Alcademics can be found here.
Or small toys akin to Jesuses (Jesii) in King Cakes?
Posted by: Frederic | November 15, 2010 at 09:09 AM
Neat proof-of-concept but I hope you get some food-safe labels if you're actually planning on serving these.
Posted by: Adam | November 15, 2010 at 11:53 AM
This is a super-fun idea. I may even do this for some of my own parties at home!
Posted by: Rick | November 17, 2010 at 04:10 PM
"Fortune Ice," seemingly I was never tickled by the messages inside. Hate this.
Posted by: nycwinesommelier | November 23, 2010 at 01:07 AM
Did you ever check to see if the alcohol would degrade the paper or the ink? I'm thinking of doing this with my label maker.
Posted by: JenTiki | June 05, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Nope, I guess that exercise is left to the reader ;)
Posted by: Camper English | June 05, 2015 at 12:06 PM