Hungry Happenings: Black Olive Owls

Monday, September 1, 2014

Black Olive Owls

I created these Black Olive Owls featuring California Ripe Olives for Clever Girls Collective.
Black Olive Owls | HungryHappenings.com


For years I've seen those cute penguins made out of black olives at parties and on-line, and felt it was finally time for me to try my hand at making an adorable olive animal. As I sat staring down into a can filled with California Ripe Olives, trying not to eat all of them before I made anything, it dawned on me that olives have a similar shape to owls and better yet many owls are covered in black feathers. I'm always happy when inspiration strikes without much effort. 


I love using black olives to make my food art. They really are an ideal kid friendly ingredient and there are always a few cans of them in my pantry. They are one of the few black foods, so I reach for them often. 

You can see how I used black olives to add texture and a pop of color into each of these savory dishes. I used them to make eyes and a nose on my Teddy Bear Taco Tart, really big eyes on my Cheese Slice Owl, eyes and hair on my Count Pizzala, tiny little eyes on my Mini Cheese Ball Chicks, and eyes, hair and even bolts on my Frankenstein's Monster Taco Dip.

I figured turning them into owls would be easy. 

olive food art

My first attempt at making olive owls wasn't a total success, but it was educational. While working I realized I could make the owl's horns (the feathers on the top of the head that look like ears, but are really neither horns nor ears,) by cutting slits in the olives and making the pointed piece of olive stand up straight. I also realized carrots made the perfect beaks and that cheese eyes and feet stuck really well using cream cheese as edible glue. 

Black Olive Owls | HungryHappenings.com

So, I started over, making larger glowing eyes, better looking feet, and putting my olive owls on lollipop sticks, just because that's more fun, especially for kids. 

These would make a great after school snack for kids, could be used as a festive appetizer at a Halloween party, or would make a fun treat to bring camping. So many possibilities. 

Black Olive Owls

Ingredients and Supplies:

jumbo California Black Ripe Olives
1 wooden skewer (a lollipop stick would work as well)
cream cheese, softened
disposable pastry bag
paper straw or lollipop stick
carrot
American cheese slice
yellow food coloring
food use only paint brush
small round cutter about 5/8 inches 
black food coloring

Instructions:

how to make olive owls | HungryHappenings.com

Start by draining your black olives really well. Pat the outside and inside dry, or allow them to sit and dry for a while. I actually dried the inside using a clean cotton swab.

My olives had an X cut into one end, so I used that to my advantage. I made the cut bigger on two sides, but instead of going at an angle I cut straight down forming a rectangle with a triangular top. Then I took the blunt end of a wooden skewer, pushed it up into the olive, and carefully lifted the cut pieces of olives up just enough so they looked like owl "horns" or "ears." 

Most olives will have slits, but if they don't just cut them yourself. 

cream cheese stuffed olives

Then put some softened cream cheese into a pastry bag, snip off the tip, and pipe it into the olive, filling it about 2/3 full. 

how to make olive owls | hungryhappenings.com

Then insert a paper straw or lollipop stick.

how to make olive owls | hungryhappenings.com

Cut the carrot into thin slices, then cut triangular beaks out of each slice. Cut a slit into the front of the olive and slide one beak into it. 

how to make olive owls | hungryhappenings.com

If you want glowing eyes, paint some yellow food coloring over the American Cheese Slice and allow it to dry then cut out small circles. Draw on the pupils using a black food coloring marker. 

Cut the feet using a daisy plunger cutter. Then cut off three "petals" to form the feet. 

how to make black olive owls | hungryhappenings.com

Use a bit of cream cheese to attach the eyes and feet to the black olives. 

Black Olive Owls | HungryHappenings.com

It's best to attach the cheese just before serving. I made these and kept them in the refrigerator for several days and the black food coloring bled a bit onto the yellow food coloring. So, I don't recommend making the eyes or attaching them too early.


Before you go, you are gonna want to check this out:

California Ripe Olives is having a Back-to-School-Sweepstakes and they are giving away an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. How cool is that? All you have to do to enter is Follow California Ripe Olives on Facebook, visit the custom tab, and enter once per day. Sweepstakes runs August 18 - September 12, 2014. Good luck.

Black Olive Owls | HungryHappenings.com
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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17 comments:

  1. What awesome owls an im sure their just as tasty too.

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  2. Oh my goodness, so adorable! They sound yummy too!

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  3. My oh my, I do love these owls, who would have thought to put olives on a straw - they are adorable!

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  4. Hooo Hooo is the BEST at making anything edible? YOU! :>D

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  5. These are simply adorable! And my toddler is just loving olives lately, so I know these would be a huge hit with him!

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  6. Not an olive lover, but these are so stinkin' adorable, they make me wanna be! These are one of the cutest food crafts you've made! :o)

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  7. I'm in love with your owls! They are just too cute ... love how tiny they are and want to make a flock of them :)

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