When I was a kid, Wilton sold terrifying clown head picks. You’d see them jammed in huge globs of frosting on cupcakes and cakes in almost every grocery store.
( Wanna know where I got this one from? Keep reading.)
For some reason I had assumed that they were eventually replaced with a more kid-friendly version of the clown. But by the time I started working for a bakery, I found a stash of these little plastic heads in a drawer in the back of the store. A full drawer. As in never used.
These were smaller and shiny–I just didn’t notice the difference at first since I had nothing to compare them to other than my own imperfect memory. I grabbed one to take home with vague ideas of terrorizing a friend with it for her birthday.
So, how are they generally used?
Heh heh heh. They’re very popular now… at the Cake Wrecks website.
Jen at cakewrecks.blogspot.com has an odd fascination for plastic clown heads, so I’ll let her explain here.
And here, although this post may not be quite safe for kids.
And to answer a question before you ask it–No. We never used those clown heads at my bakery. In fact, I think someone eventually threw them all away.
A few years later, I left the grocery store bakery to go back to the tech industry. There, one of my coworkers stopped me and asked if I was interested in a box of cake decorating supplies that his Mom left when she died. Decorations are expensive, and I still do stuff on the side, so I said yes.
What I didn’t think to ask is how long ago she had died.
The decorations were from the mid-70’s (I found an invoice with a date). They were hideously out of date, the glue on most of the plastic had changed color (who uses that much plastic anymore?), and at the bottom of the box there was a bag of the old Wilton clown heads.
And they were uglier than I remembered. I pulled one out to go with my other plastic clown head and threw the box in the garage with the rest of the stuff I didn’t feel like dealing with.
This past Monday, I decided that after almost 10 years, my garage should finally be able to hold my car. In the process of clearing out all of our crap, I rediscovered this stupid box. And out of the entire box, the only two items I saved were an unused Holly Hobby cake pan and the bag of clown heads.
I’m keeping the Holly Hobby pan for now, but the vintage plastic clown heads are currently on their way to a new home. A home where they will be “appreciated”.
Bwah hah hah ha ha!