May the Fourth be with you…because today is Star Wars Day! What started as an unofficial, fan-created “holiday” is now a worldwide phenomenon embraced by Lucasfilm themselves as an annual celebration of Star Wars! Die-hard Star Wars fans may be the first to tell you that every day is basically Star Wars Day, but when it comes to the real thing…how do you like to celebrate?
Here are three fun & easy ways you can get the most out of today (which also happen to be how this Star Wars fanatic of a blogger will most certainly be spending the day).
Cook Up Some Porg Puffs
This recipe for sweet, yummy Porg Puffs comes directly from StarWars.com and lifestyle & food writer, Jenn Fujikawa. Chewie may not have been able to stomach his dinner of real porgs in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we bet even he’d have a hard time resisting these adorable, little morsels. Cook ’em up, and you’ll have a great snack for any Star Wars movie marathon (no trip to Ahch-To required)!
Ingredients & Supplies
- 1 cup brown sanding sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- Black icing
- White icing
- Orange icing
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Steps (refer to photos above)
- Prep a baking sheet with parchment and spread 1/2 of the white sugar evenly on the parchment. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the gelatin and 1/3 cup water. Stir well and set aside.
- In saucepan, stir together the 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water.
- Over medium high heat, cook the sugar and water until it reaches the soft ball stage, approximately 238 degrees on a candy thermometer. Do not stir. (refer to photo)
- Once it reaches 238 degrees, remove from heat and carefully pour into the gelatin mixture in the electric mixer. Add the vanilla.
- With the whisk attachment, whip on high until the mixture becomes white and stiff peaks form. (refer to photo)
- Spoon the marshmallow mixture into a piping bag fitted with a #12 tip and pipe directly onto the sugar in the prepped pan. To make the porg shape, start with a base and pipe upwards, creating a rounded mounded form. Add two small wings on both sides, then a round shape for the head. (refer to photo)
- Immediately spoon the brown sugar onto the sides of the piped marshmallow to create the porg’s markings. Add white sugar down the center to fill in the rest of the exposed marshmallow. (refer to photo)
- Use the black and white icing to add face details, and the orange icing to create the porg’s feet. Let cool completely. (refer to photo)
- When the icing is dry, the porgs are ready to serve.
Read A Star Wars Book or Comic
Watching one of the Star Wars movies or television shows isn’t the only way to get your storytelling fix from a galaxy far, far away. You can read a book, too! There are so many great Star Wars novels, comics, and companion guides out there, there’s really something that every fan can enjoy, no matter their age!
In keeping with the upcoming film Solo, consider reading the novel Last Shot by José Older. For a comic that takes readers on a fun adventure with galactic smooth-talker Lando Calrissian, pick up the Marvel comic Lando written by Charles Soule (seriously, it’s great fun).
Watch the Movies!
This one’s a no-brainer, but seriously…is there any better way to celebrate Star Wars Day than by watching Star Wars? Watch your favorites, or marathon the entire saga (that’s currently nine movies, going on 10) – maybe throw in some of the animated television shows (because they’re awesome)! Invite some friends & family over, and make it a Star Wars party! Gather ’round the television, fire up the ol’ moving picture machine, and make the jump to hyperspace as you binge-watch the best dang movies in the entire galaxy!