Bowled over by Pyrex

By Jae-Ha Kim
March 27, 2017

This is the story of a cake, a Pyrex bowl and a raccoon attack. Intrigued, aren’t you? 😛

OK, here we go: This is the cake I made for my son’s birthday. It was a special day, as almost all his favorites cousins, aunts, uncles and beloved Halmoni were able to help him celebrate.

This is my famous (in my own mind) chocolate ganache cake. It’s rich and decadent and a crowd pleaser. As always, I made the ganache frosting and wanted to set it in the fridge to thicken overnight. But this particular evening, our fridge was too full. So, I set it outside on our back deck in a sealed Pyrex bowl.

The next morning, I went to retrieve it and was surprised to see that it was gone. As in GONE!

I wondered if I had taken it inside and not remembered. I looked into our backyard to see if the winds had somehow blown it off our deck.

And then, we found the bowl. It was at the bottom of our long set of stairs. The glass bowl was still hermetically sealed shut, but there were paw prints on the orange lid.

A raccoon had smelled the ganache, tried to open the lid and — probably frustrated at its inability to get at the treat — moved it to the bottom of the stairs to try to pry it open again. It failed.

Note: the glass bowl wasn’t broken. The lid wasn’t ripped, either.

FWIW, this is the same Pyrex bowl that I earlier dropped onto our granite countertop.

Well done, Pyrex. Well done.

🎵 And, not for nothing, but I chanted, “Number 9, number 9, number 9…” when I decorated the cake. Beatles fans will get the reference.

CHECK THIS OUT: I bought my 4-bowl glass set years ago — probably at Target or Bed Bath & Beyond. So, I don’t remember exactly how much I paid for it. Pyrex currently is having a sale; this set will cost you $15. BTW, no one asked me to tout this brand. I’m sure Pyrex doesn’t even know who I am. Suffice it to say, though, that when a glass bowl survives a raccoon attack, it deserves a write-up! 😛 

©JAE-HA KIM |All Rights Reserved

Comments (19)

  1. secondcitymom says:

    Such a great story!! Glad Kyle got his cake too!!

  2. korwegianseoul says:

    Happy bday little man!

  3. laraaustinshoop says:

    Happy Birthday! 🎉 goodness what a story and 9?!!

  4. jmd_company says:


  5. pkim930 says:

    Great story! Love my Pyrex too! And more importantly wish Kyle a Happy Birthday! 🎉🎈🎊🎁🎂

  6. Denise Adams says:

    Too bad Pyrex doesn’t have a contest for the best Pyrex story ever. Yours would win. It shows how durable it is and has a funny tale to go with how you know it is durable

  7. mywildbliss says:

    Love the story and Happy Birthday, Kyle. 🎂🎈🎇

  8. Mike Kessler says:

    BTW, I got your Beatles reference so let me add something: nice try, Rocky Raccoon…

  9. lee.dae.ho_038 says:

    Haha great story! Happy Birthday #sonofjae

  10. Pyrex Home says:

    Such a wonderful story! And we couldn’t be more honored to be part of it! Although we have to believe your ganache was knocked around a bit, good to know it was safe from those pesky raccoon paws. Thanks for sharing and we hope to see more in the future!

    • Jae-Ha Kim says:

      Ha! Would you consider going into the business of making cell phone screens? Everyone I know seems to have cracked theirs! 😛

      • Pyrex Home says:

        Genius! We’ll get that to your Product Development team right away so they can get working on it! Oh, and we’ll make sure to send royalties your way when it happens. Too funny!

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