The trouble with TIC TACs is you can’t buy yourself a box and then keep it a secret.
Not with kids. Especially not with my kids.
They know what that rolling-rattling sound which comes out of your pocket as you walk means.
“Lollies!” Miss5 exclaimed, and I froze. “Dad, can I have one?”
I put on my best innocent face.
“One what, sweetie?”
She didn’t even bother answering – her hand dove into my pocket and retreated with my pack of TIC TACs before I even realized what she’d done.
Then she was running off with my box of banana flavoured TIC TAC Minions, which have just been released to celebrate the release of the latest Minion movie which is premiering in cinemas on 18th June. The little sweets even have the faces of Kevin, Stuart and Bob on them!
“Give them back!” I said, chasing after her. “I need them.”
It was when I saw the box of TIC TAC Minions in the local service station I had the idea for some fun with the kids this afternoon. When I was a kid I would put a TIC TAC in my mouth to see how long I could make it last – trying not to crush it between my teeth. I never lasted long, but it was amusing to my ten year old self.
Well, I wanted to try make them even more fun for the kids.
If I could get them back. I caught up to Miss5 in the lounge room.
“Need what, Dad?” asked Master10, and all the kids in the room looked at me as I pried the packet out of Miss5’s unwilling hand.
I didn’t need to answer – they heard the tell-tale rattle.
“TIC TACs!” they screamed, and jumped at me.
“Yes,” I sighed, holding them high above my head, “I’ve got TIC TACs. And yes, you can have them,” I said. “But you’ve got to earn them.” I took a deep breath and put on my best sports announcer voice, “Ladies, Gentlemen and Minions, welcome to the 2015 TICTAC Games!”
It was a prestigious, awe-filled moment and clearly the kids thought so too because suddenly they were silent.
“The what…?” asked Master10 finally.
THE SPORTING EQUIPMENT
1 box of TIC TAC Minions
1 straw per participant
1 bowl per participant + 1 extra bowl
1 spoon per participant
1 piece of paper & 1 pen
1. Stay In Your Lane
To set the race up, draw lines on a sheet of paper, making one lane per participant. The idea here is to use a straw to blow your TICTAC down your lane to the end. BUT, every time it crosses the line into another contestants lane you have to take it back to the beginning of the race and start again.
2. TIC TAC Take
Empty a box of TIC TAC Minions into a bowl and place one bowl per participant around it. Everyone uses a straw to pick up a TIC TAC Minion by sucking on the straw, carrying it to their own bowl and releasing it. Set a time limit of 30 seconds and whoever has the most TIC TACs in their bowl wins the round.
3. Spoon Race
The object of this game is simple – you start with four TIC TAC Minions in a spoon and have to complete the course without losing them all. You score a point for every TIC TAC still in your spoon when you cross the finish line.
Master10 won the first event and Miss11 the second. So coming into the final event they were both acting pretty cocky, having one tiny, banana flavoured point apiece.
“Go!” I yelled, and they all took off to do a lap of the swings.
“Don’t bump me,” said Miss11.
“You ran into me!” Master10 snapped back.
They reached the first turn and were already way ahead.
“I don’t think they listened to how this game works,” I said to Tracey.
They crossed the line neck and neck and looked to us for a decision on who won.
“The race isn’t over yet,” I told them.
A minute later Miss5 and finally Miss8 crossed the line as well.
“Let’s see,” I said, looking into everyone’s spoons before announcing Miss8 as the winner.
“What?” said Master10. “We beat her by miles.”
“Ah, but the idea wasn’t to be the fastest. It was whoever had the most TIC TAC Minions left in their spoon at the finish. You and your sisters had one each,” in part because on the way around Miss5 was eating hers and picking up and eating her older siblings off the grass as well, “and she,” I said, indicating Miss8, “had three! Which means you two have two points each, you have one,” I said to Miss5, “and you,” I said, lifting Miss8 onto the park bench and presenting her with her prize of a box of TIC TAC Minions, “have three points. Meaning, you are THE WINNER!”
It was a great afternoon and I recommend you start the TIC TAC Games in your family as well. The kids played another two rounds of the Spoon Race just for kicks – the older two kids faired far better, meaning poor Miss5 ended up finding less sweets on the ground.
These limited edition, banana-flavoured TIC TAC Minions are fun, so head on down to your local store and pick up a box for you and your kids. Treats just got a LOT more fun!
They’re so popular Minion TIC TACs are currently out of stock – back in stores July 15th
I am so excited to be giving away two family passes (for 4 people) to see the Minion Movie! Entry is FREE and easy! In the comments below simply tell us creatively in 25 words or less – “If you had Kevin, Bob and Stuart working for you for a day, what would you have them doing?”
Competition ends Sunday 29th 9pm
Winner – Lara Morello & David McMullen
thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and to Minion TIC TACs for letting me host it
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