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Yummy Taste Buds: Summer fun at the Rec
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Karen Clark stirs some dipping chocolate to held Bryn, age 6, finish making Cake Balls, Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School. Clark’s Yummy Taste Buds class was one of several classes offered this summer by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. - photo by Susan Thacker

Great Bend Recreation Commission is offering summer activity classes for all ages. Last week’s Yummy Taste Buds class had kids in the kitchen at Lincoln Elementary School, making treats such as Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars, Unicorn Fudge and Magic Crackers.

“I’m not eating the pretzels,” 6-year-old Bryn said Thursday afternoon. But, “My Dad will; he eats everything.”

The class was taught by Karen Clark, a Great Bend High School teacher who has spent part of her summers leading GBRC classes such as this for 20-some years. She said she found the recipes on Pinterest.

The girls who took the class — there were no boys in this group — got to try new things. Kensington, age 7, said she doesn’t like cake but was surprised to learn she did enjoy the Cake Balls.

The Rec Commission’s summer activities also provide employment opportunities for teens. Clark had two helpers, who applied before the end of the school year. BrayLynn Anshutz just graduated from Macksville High School and plans to attend Barton Community College. Ailyn Urias will be a senior at Great Bend High School. Both are undecided on their future careers and said this was a chance to see if they like working with children. Said Urias, “It’s really fun.”

New activities are offered by the Great Bend Rec Commission each week. They are listed on the website,

Unicorn Fudge


24 oz white chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Any “unicorn” color food coloring



Prepare 8x8 pan with parchment paper

Place white chocolate, cream and vanilla in microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30-second intervals until smooth.

Add a few drops of food coloring.

Pour into prepared pan.

Add sprinkles.

Place in fridge for one hour.

Let fudge come to room temp before serving.