Step 5: Unwrap your cone and serve

Be careful when you pull these out of the microwave, they will be hot. Carefully unwrap the paper from your cone. scrape the bottom (the wide end) flat so that it will stand up straight.
Please each cone on a small flat bottomed dish or plate and serve to your guests.
This is awesome. I am researching handmade gifts to give for Christmas and a small box full of these would be perfect!
imagine eating it all, that would be so nasty and weird in your mouth!
Average lethal dose for adult person is 100g. So don't kill yourself.
There's a lethal dose for salt?
As far as ingestion, the rat LD-50 dose for sodium chloride is 3 grams per kilogram of body weight. ("LD-50" stands for "lethal dose 50%", the dose which kills 50% of rats.) For a 220 pound man (100 kg) that would be 300 grams, which is just shy of 12 ounces. The lowest published lethal dose (LDlo) for humans is one third of that.
That's kinda scary that something like table salt could kill with 100g.
 think about it though. who's going to sit down and eat 200g of salt?
True, but thats weird that something you use about everyday could kill you. But then theres also a bunch of other stuff that could kill me, that i do everyday.
 theres lots of things that could kill you... anything could really... it's almost amazing that a lot of people don't die from some things...
There's a lethal dose for everything, even for sugar or water.
Parchment paper might work better than notebook paper and is made to be cooked with so it will not have any potentially distasteful or even possibly harmful chemicals found in notebook paper like bleaching agents, dyes etc.
Yikes! Thank you for mentioning this. I hadn't thought of that.
Would it be possible to make a sugar varient of this? It would make an interesting alternative to sugar cubes. The browner sugars have atendancy to have a larger grain size and so would have the same texture perhaps... I'm just a little worried what microwaving the sugar would do... perhaps a warm oven might be safer and more gradual.
If I remember correctly, the old Easy Bake Oven kits used to come with sugar molds for making old-fashioned cake decorations. They were just hard plastic shapes, but you could easily use chocolate molds you can find anywhere. To make the sugar mixture, just add a few drops of water at a time to sugar (can also add color, but it came out pretty mottled), mixing in just enough to squeeze some in your hand and it will firmly hold its shape. It should be similar to damp sand you find at the beach. Anyway, I think you had to spray with a very thin coating of non-stick spray before packing in the sugar mixture tightly. Gently release sugar shapes from mold onto a baking sheet. Dry (not bake) sugar in barely warm oven (200-250 degrees F) with the door slightly ajar until thoroughly dehydrated. Of course, you could also do this in a dehydrator of you have one. These will store virtually indefinitely if kept in a completely air-tight container away from moisture.
I was wondering the same thing, since the salt looks so edible. I started experimenting this afternoon, and have a cautionary warning: Do NOT try this with brown sugar. When you microwave brown sugar the sugar caramelizes and turns into a liquid, If you moisten the brown sugar, it will foam up, making a much bigger, harder to clean mess for the reader.<br/>White sugar can be very lightly moistened and hardened like salt, getting the right moisture content seems little more difficult than with salt. <br/>Here is a recipe for Mexican Sugar Skulls, they use 1 teaspoon water per cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon Meringue Powder. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/mexicansugarskull/recipe.htm">http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/mexicansugarskull/recipe.htm</a><br/>
With brown sugar, you should probably just pack it into the cone and not cook it. Sugar has a lot of water in it already, especially brown sugar. Heating it (as you already mentioned) caramelizes it. I guess if you wanted to, you could lightly use a blowtorch to make a hard shell on the outside... maybe.
Oooh they look fun. would be great for a grim fandango themed night. Balloon puppetry ahoy!!
Way cool way to present the salt. Classy and dramatic Easy to see how much salt you actually use, not like some unfamiliar salt shaker.
lol ok
If you were making several of these a test tube rack might be a good way to hold them in the microwave (obviously not a metal rack).
Thats a good idea. I was looking for something similar around my kitchen, thinking I needed to hold them as upright as possible, but the damp salt will stay put, even if they're laying at an angle. I was able to fit 4 to 5 of these in a coffee cup.
Can you take the excess unused salt and reuse it in more cones?
Yes you can, as long as the salt can be returned to it's granular form before damping it again. If you get the salt too wet it hardens like a rock. From a cleanliness perspective, I would be concerned how much handling any food items receive before being put on the plate.

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