Thinking of hosting an eclipse viewing party on August 21? What do you use for a total eclipse (or near total eclipse if you are in Lexington) and for the emotional high after?
Not everyone will be able to make the trip to Hopkinsville, the epicenter of all that will occur when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds around 1:24 p.m. Central Time. Although most of the United States – including Lexington – will only experience a partial eclipse this afternoon from around 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., which did not alleviate much of the mania for the great American eclipse. Even the food and beverage manufacturers are feeling it, and they want you too.
▪ You can get an entire case of mini MoonPies for around $ 40 from MoonPie.com, which also sells a collector’s box: the Totally Mooned Party Pack 2017, with four mini chocolate MoonPies and two pairs of eclipse glasses, and a MoonPie survival kit, with two chocolates, a banana and a vanilla and the glasses. They even show how to use pies to get closer to an eclipse.
▪ Not in MoonPies? Krispy Kreme does a special chocolate glazed donut just for the solar eclipse, but you can start buying it during the evening “warm light” hours on Saturdays so you can stock up ahead of time. This will only last for three days, so make the most of it while you can.
▪ If you want a real Hopkinsville – excuse me, “Eclipseville” – touch, there’s Sun drop, a favorite of western Kentucky. It’s a citrus soda, much like Mountain Dew. Other items that could match an eclipse party theme: How about Sunny Delight or Capri Sun and Sun Chips?
▪ Want to look like you’ve made an effort? For a simple salad, try cutting a pint of tiny yellow Sun Sweet tomatoes in half and tossing with a little mozzarella and basil and drizzling with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add tiny Cherokee purples for a pretty color. Serve with croissants (small, mushy croissants, like what most of us will see. Get it?) If you need a recipe, here’s one from Carriesexperimentalkitchen.com.
▪ Any round dish can do: pizza, burgers, small round quiches, fried baloney sandwiches … just throw in a round of cheese, call it eclipse pizza, etc., and voila.
▪ If you want to be a little ambitious and scientific, make your own pizzas, with toppings designated as characteristic of the sun: black olives for sun spots, sundried tomatoes or red peppers for. solar protuberances, for example.
▪ Sweets are even easier: buy or bake dark chocolate cupcakes and let your guests decorate them. Stanford University has a ways to incorporate sun facts worksheet in the fun.
You can get the effect of the moon passing in front of the sun with Oreos: move the top cookie on the white ice cream and you have a partial eclipse like what we’ll see here in Lexington.
▪ For adults, how about “moon shots” of Moon Pie Moonshine from Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, or just an iced Corona in honor of the one thing people see in the sun in totality?
8 ounces of Ciliegine mozzarella (any type of small balls of fresh mozzarella will do)
10 ounces of golden cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. For 6 to 8.
This story was originally published August 15, 2017 8:42 a.m.