“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.”
-“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Robert L. May
Did you know that “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was actually the corporate brainchild of the now defunct Montgomery Ward catalogue and retail store chain? I actually worked for “Monkey” Wards all through high school at their Randhurst Shopping Center location to save money for college, and I didn’t know that!
The retail giant secured the services of Robert L. May in 1939 to create their own book to give away to children at Christmas. The book, written in poem form, was published by Maxton Books. The Wards chain distributed 2.5 million copies of the book in just the first year of its publication.
Max Fleischer produced a cartoon version of the Rudolph story in 1944.
The Rudolph story was adapted into a song by Johnny Marks, and singing cowboy Gene Autry’s recording of it became a #1 hit in Christmas week, 1949, selling 2.5 million that year alone. In 1948 the song was added to Fleischer’s Rudolph cartoon.
My two-tiered Rudolph Cupcake featured above has a nose made out of a mini chocolate cupcake, covered with chocolate frosting, and adorned with bits of red twizzlers. The red licorice bits don’t glow, but the red color shines through and the kids love them. They taste great and are easy to make and decorate. And anything “Easy” works well for me.
Feel free to use this picture as a reference to make your own Rudolph Cupcakes. Or take a moment to peruse our 2012 12 Days of Christmas photo series for other ideas, as we roll out a new holiday food picture each day. And check out our smart cookbooks for people on the go. Priced below $8.00 they make wonderful virtual stocking stuffers and gifts for people who love delicious food that’s quick and easy to make. Remember, ebooks can be sent to anyone with an email address!
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Stop in tomorrow to see what we’re doing on the 10th Day of Christmas.