I am cooking a staff appreciation dinner for my church and am also planning an activity I am calling "The Dessert Challenge" as part of their entertainment.
After dinner, the guests will be divided into teams of 4-5 people and be placed around a table. On the table there will be an assortment of items that the team can use to create a dessert. There will be a time limit as well as other rules such as: no peeking at any other team's creations, the team must trade at least one item with another team, and only the microwave can be used. There will also be judging criteria: most creative, best presentation, etc...
So far, the hodgepodge of dessert items that I've thought of for the teams to use are: graham crackers, pound cake, brownies, vanilla wafers, pudding, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, mini marshmallows, nuts , chocolate chips, M&M's, carmels and mini phyllo cups. There will be one community table that they can all use which will include: maraschino cherries, canned whipped cream, chocolate and carmel syrup.
I feel like I need more of a variety of items that won't lend itself to some sort of cake/pudding combination. I'm just stuck on these items and am having a hard time "thinking outside the box"! Can anyone give me more suggestions as to what other hodgepodge of dessert making ingredients I should include on the tables?