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Coming up on today's live Blue Peter, we give you the inside story
on chocolate eggs. Along with baby apples and Demi Lovato. Find out
how to make your very own customised Easter egg, in less than
two minutes' time. Happy Easter, everybody! They've got the ahh
factor by the bucket load. We take you to see the newest zoo babies on
the block. And Camp Rock star Demi Lovato reveals some of her
heartbreaking secrets in about 20 minutes. I gained a lot of
confidence and I'm learning how to Hello! Welcome to Blue Peter. We've
got a great show for you today, we got music, annals and we know you
love to get creative, so we got some cracking ideas. There is also
the chance to be interactive and get in touch with the show. A few
days ago, it was April Fool's Day. We might read it out later. Someone
once convinced me that a man crew press on his head. -- watercress.
We know you like to get created in the Easter holidays. You are
probably looking for something to do. We got an idea for you to get
stuck into. Do you know that in Britain we eat a staggering 80
million Easter egg each year. If you're tired of the same old brands,
you probably want to try something different. All you need is one of
Chocolate. Most of us love it. Some people are even addicted to it. At
Easter, you never need an excuse to eat it. Easter eggs are
traditionally given that this time of year to celebrate the start of
new life that springtime brings. I'd enlisted the help of a master
chocolate here to show you how you can create unique gifts for friends
and family. The egg expert in question is Paul Young. He runs a
chocolate shop and his work with one of the world's most famous
chefs, Marco Pierre White, and he's going to let you in on the sweet
secret of how to make an Easter egg with wow factor. How are you doing?
Thanks for inviting us to your kitchen, which smells incredible.
Melted chocolate, truffles, marzipan, what are we doing? It is
half an Easter egg filled with truffle eggs, marzipan eggs and
Brownies. The first thing we've got is a bowl of melted chocolate. It's
been over a pan of gently simmering water. Give us a good mix and it
should be really smooth, no lumps. You need to add more chopped up
chocolate. This gives it extra strength and better texture. All we
need to do is add a little bit of solid chocolate to the melted
chocolate and mix it up until it is melted. The more we do it, the
better it will be. Now it's time to make the egg Bowl. We dip in a
balloon. If you want a follow one, go further wrapper. If you want
half, got halfway. It goes into the chocolate. It's obvious to ask,
will it not taste like a balloon? There will be no taste whatsoever.
Scrape any extra off from the bottom and stand it on a sheet of
greaseproof paper. Bennett is into the fridge for five minutes to set.
Then it is time to move on to the custom mini eggs made of anything
you like. We got marzipan, brownies, a travel, that is just cream and
chocolate mix together. Roll them into egg shapes, or any other shape
that you like! I have made a marzipan potato! It is time to
customise the outside. Coated with any type of melted chocolate you
like. Make sure it is cool enough to touch. Get an adult to help.
Decorate them quickly, before it sets. You can stick absolutely
anything to the outside. You've already got ideas, I can see you
thinking! They have set and it is time for the really fun part. We
need a pair of scissors. It might be an idea for your mum and dad to
help. Hold the balloon... Pop the balloon. Mine is just going down!
It's a very delicate process. worry if a bit of balloon gets
stuck. Pull it out carefully. hadn't mixed it fully, this balloon
would not have released, the chocolate would have stuck to it.
Now for some finishing touches and two at the mini eggs. There you
have it, fully customise the ball Easter eggs, served in their own
chocolate bowl. Happy Easter! If he would like to do whatever you need
to do, I'll clean up. Thanks, guys. I don't know if I should be proud
or embarrassed! I didn't know that they were filming at. Whatever!
director said I had to do it. I feel bad that you were left out,
so we are going to get our aprons on and do this in the studio. You
need chocolate and balloons. The first thing that you need to do is
to melt it over a pan of hot water on the stove. Make sure you get
your parents to help or somebody that is an adult. It has already
been done, so I don't need to do that. You can use dark chocolate,
white chocolate, whatever takes your fancy. Then it is important
that you take some ordinary chocolate, chop it up and add that
to the melted chocolate. It's called tempering and it will stop
it going wobbly when it takes -- you take out of the fridge. You
need to blow your balloon up. You can use any size you like, small
large, it depends how big the one chore Cup today. -- you want your
cup to the. We want it cold enough to touch because if it is to what
it will burst the balloon. learnt that the hard way! I want
mine to be like a Bird's Nest, like this one. You can dribble it around
the side for that. This will cool in the fridge and make the shape
that you are making on the outside of the balloon. You need to put
Then you take that to the fridge. In five minutes it should set. Be
careful with the fridge door, it is massive. It really is big. Amazing.
Just leave it open. Once they have set, they should look like these.
Here are some we made earlier. This is the tricky bit. You have to pop
the balloon inside it. Very gently, just like that. Be very careful.
The quicker you are with this, there you go... At you need to get
that bit out in the middle. As easy as that. Once you have them like
this, you can start to decorate them. Last week we told you that
this was going to beyond the Blue Peter website and we invited you to
have a go. A lot of you did and you have sent us photographs of the
eggs you created. Ben and Amy, Ben has made a huge one and he has
filled it with all kinds of treats. Joseph, Sophie and Sandy made a
mini egg and filled it with flowers. Charlotte from Ramsgate got a very
creative. Is that a marzipan rabbit or a cat? If it's a rabbit, it is
my idea of heaven. Alice in end breath filled her chocolate egg
with fancy looking travels. Well done, clearly classy ladies. If you
make one of these, don't forget to send in a picture. We'll add it to
the website if we can foster of its lovely to do something on
television, then you send us pictures. It's really nice to see
getting involved. But it's not just about chocolate, it's also about
springtime and the babies that brings with it. They are really
Keats, so I went to meet some of them. I knew that was coming!
Easter, cuddly Easter bunnies and fluffy Easter chicks. But they are
not the only animals you can see. At this time of the year, lots of
cute babies are being born in zoos around the country. We thought we
would give you a run-down of the ones you can see on your day out.
As well as telling you where you can find the newest babies on the
block, we are finding out which is top of the cuteness charts. First,
we are starting in Blackpool with a western lowland gorilla. She is
capturing the hearts of visitors. This is amazing, how old is she?
She will be two this year. generally eats things like baked
potatoes, vegetables and lots of fruit. But would you believe that
one of her favourite treats his rice and Marmite? Just like any
small person in the family, as soon as somebody comes over they start
to show off. I think she might be doing that now. She definitely
shows off when we bring people down. It usually means there is food as
well. She likes to act up. Quite a good dancer, as well! With her big
brown eyes and impressive dance moves, she scores eight Skipness
racing -- a cuteness rating of four. Just around the corner are four
very clingy new arrivals. It you have seen it Madagascar, you will
recognise these. These are ringtailed lemur us. They are named
after their distinctive striped tails, which they used to help
identify themselves. They are cute when they are older, but the little
ones are a different type of cute. Look at the size of these two. How
old are they? We have four sets of twins that were born at the end of
February. We have warned that was born this morning. The babies are
tiny. They only way 70 grams. They are still clinging to their mother,
said the keepers can't tell if they are boys of girls yet. I think
these baby lemurs are adorable. Because they are still clinging to
their mother we can see too much of them, so they get a rating of three
out of five. Now we are off to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire,
where this pair of baby burrowing owls have just come along. They are
named Linford and Christie, after the Olympic gold medal-winner. They
are so tiny that during the day they have been having a rest in
teacups! They are unusual because unlike most owls they stay awake
during the day. I reckon they are really cute. I'm going to give them
full marks, five out of five. Next on our hunt for the key just animal
babies on the block, we are heading to Edinburgh zoo to see a newborn
pigmeat -- pygmy hippo. Until a few weeks ago, she was spending the day
in enclosure. But she is giving the visitors a treat by taking her
first steps outside. But she never gets too far away from mum. She
might look cute now, but when she's older she will develop big sharp
teeth, which the hippos used to protect themselves in the wild.
Although they are small, they can be very aggressive. For that reason,
I'm going to give her a cuteness rating of three. Where now heading
south, to Chester Zoo, to see if their new arrivals can equal the
baby al's rating of five out of five. First, the newborns in the
meerkat enclosure. How many babies do we have? Three. How old are
they? Just over four weeks. You are very lucky to see them today.
small are they? How much do their way? When they are tiny, about 30
grams. About the same as a packet of crisps. That in itself is cute,
isn't it? Definitely. For an animal that always seemed to be on the
lookout for stuff, they must have amazing eyesight? Really good, they
can see up to 300 metres. Let's work that out. If an Olympic-sized
swimming pool is 50 metres, that is six of them. That is a long way.
They are so cool, aren't they? The pointy nose is very sweet, and the
fact they only way the same as a packet of crisps means that I will
give them a really salted cuteness rating of three out of five. Still
at Chester Zoo, Ovett in the tapir enclosure. How old is she? About
three months old. They are related to horses and rhinos. This one
weighs 50 kilograms, which means she already weighs the same as 50
bags of sugar. There are a lot of obvious things which are different
between the baby and her mother. The stripes, can you explain why
that is? That is so they are, Slochd from predators. As they get
bigger, their habitat changes slightly the strikes begin to fade.
What about the noses? They are very special? The tapirs spend a lot of
time in rivers. They live by them in the forests. They can go
underneath and they will stick them out of the water, like a snorkel.
She's lovely. How cute is that? Do you want one? She's pretty cute,
but tapirs themselves are less cute when fully grown. I'll give her a
Scott was born last October, and as you can see, he struggled to stand
up at first. His mum was pregnant for an amazing 700 days before she
finally gave birth. I think it was worth the wait, though! Here is
something cool. Did you know that an elephant's trunk contains 100
muscles? That is very strong. Scott has got to be one of the cutes
babies I have ever seen, so he gets four out of five.
At Belfast Zoo, two baby animals have been born recently. I like the
adults, the babies have not grown horns. But they should start to
grow within a couple of months. They have certainly got the Doe Lea
I'd thing going on. I'll go to give them a cuteness rating of three.
From Scott the elephant's attempts to stay on his feet to the meerkats
weighing the same as a bag of crisps, all eight of the animals we
looked at our very cute. But there can be only one winner, and with
five out of five, it has to be the cute baby owls. Aren't they
adorable? They are just some of the cute animals in and around the
country. Maybe you can find a 2-1 If you are a fan of Demi Lovato,
you may wonder where she has been hiding. She was everywhere recently.
But she has been missing from the celebrity scene for a while.
Well, not everything's been plain sailing for Demi, so because we
find out the facts other shows can't, we sent radio 1 DJ Tom
Deacon to catch up with her at an exclusive, secret location and get
the inside story on her recent troubles.
On top of her screen success, Demi's love of writing and
performing led to her relating two albums before she was 18. Becoming
famous at a young age may seem like -- like a dream come true, but
being now on around the world brings a lot of pressure. Today I
am meeting Demi in a London hotel to ask her some questions about the
realities of being an international star. And to find out why she has
been out of the limelight. Welcome, Demi, it is a pleasure to see you.
Thank you. It is a pleasure to be here.
We are here because you have got a brand new skin -- single, caught
Skyscraper. When I wanted to come out with my
new single, I chose a song that had a lot of depth and meaning. It is
no secret that I have had a lot of troubles over the past few years.
It is basically about overcoming any obstacles or issues that are in
your life and just rising above it and standing tall. Like a
What sort of problems did you face? Well, I struggled from an eating
disorder and I also suffered from a mood disorder. Where do you think
these conditions came from? Did they come from the fact that you
were thrown into the limelight at such a young age?
I don't think that it helps that I was in the spotlight so quickly,
but it definitely was not the start of my problems. I actually was
bullied when I was 12 years old, and a lot of the things they said
were about my weight. So I was about 12 when my eating disorder
started. That was my way of dealing with the pain and suffering.
I guess a lot of teenagers of the same age are going through the same
problems, so it does not just happen to people in the limelight.
Totally. So you have to build your
confidence back up to where it was before.
Now that I am getting older and I have dealt with a lot of my issues,
I have gained confidence. I am learning how to really love myself.
But I think that anybody who has dealt with an eating disorder can
say that it never goes away. There is there a thought in your head
that wants to control you and control what you eat, and it is
hard to deal with. It is a daily struggle. But as long as you can
take it one day at a time, you are So, Demi, what advice would you
give to anybody who is a teen dealing with the issues you have
had? If you are a teen dealing with eating disorders or bullying, say
something. Don't keep it to yourself. Don't let it bottled up
inside. You need to tell somebody. It has been a tough ride for Demi,
and you guys missed her, because last weekend the message board went
into overdrive when you heard I was coming to meet her today. Here are
just some of your questions. Are you ready? Let's do it. When you
are down, how do you stay strong and smile? Sometimes I forced
myself to smile. Smiling actually has been proven to lift your mood,
which is interesting. When you are mad or something, just smile and it
makes you feel better. interesting question - what is the
best thing about being famous? think the best thing about being
famous is being able to use your voice was something greater than
just music and television. You can use it for something good, like
raising awareness of bullying and eating disorders.
Demi Lovato, it has been a pleasure chatting to you. It is lovely to
see you again. It is so good to see Demi back in
action. Here, we like to give you the low-
down on everything you are talking about. So when we heard about our
next story, we thought we needed to send somebody special... Somebody
clever, somebody that could really get to the story... It really
needed to be somebody showbiz... So This is Barney the dog, a celebrity
in his own right. From the minute he arrives at work, he is treated
like a staff. Before every show, he is groomed and pampered in his own
dressing-room. What a show-off! He likes to think he is king of the
studio. Barney's status means there are plenty of friends keen to hang
Today he is on his way to meet a very unusual type of dog. He is
pink, with black spots. And he loves rolling around in the mud.
Yet, this is no repeat, who thinks he is a dog. -- Lewis b Pick.
He eats like a dog, plays like a dog and hangs out with other dogs.
He is a real-life Babe. But why does this pot-bellied class act
like a canine? Time for Barney to find out.
Hi, I'm Barney, great to me too. Hallow there, Barney.
I hear you are keen on the canine lifestyle. How come?
When I was born I was too slow -- small to go in with the other pigs.
So my owner let me into the house. By the time I was ready to go back
to the stye, I had sampled the dog's life and I liked it.
I have heard that as well as living like a dog, you have also got some
canine tricks up your sleeve. Can you show me what you are made of?
Try and stop me! This caused what -- this course was
put together for dogs, but the peak has got it mastered. While he shows
off on the assault course, Barney interrogates his owners.
So, how did he get into doing dock assault courses? I was trying to
teach the dog to go through one of the tunnels, and he ran through the
tunnel quicker than I got the dog to do it. So how does he put his
skills to use? Does he do competitions?
He is a real star. He is part of the Cheshire Dog Display Team. He
goes around showing off how good he is on his assault course. Nobody
quite believes he can do all the things that he can do.
So, Barney, do you feel like giving it a go? This will be interesting!
She is not expecting me to jump over that, if she? Walking around
it makes more sense. What is that? If you think I'm going in there,
you are having a laugh. Hang on, it is that...? It is!
Honestly, what that dog won't do for a slice of ham. Now there's no
stopping him. Look at him go! Go on, Barney! Wow, that is tough. Keep
that up and you are going to be the leanest peak in the UK. Which could
be the best way to keep you of people's plates.
Thank you, Barney. Thank goodness that is over. Now,
where is my limousine? I'm ready for a serious nap.
I'm proud of his skills, but I can't believe he ate ham in front
of a pick. Naughty! Earlier, we asked you to send us an e-mail
about the best April fool you have ever pulled off. One boy says I put
Me and my family phoned the grandparents to say it was a sea
lion on a number which was actually for Chester Zoo.
Somebody else's it was my birthday and everybody acted like they had
forgotten. Then I went into the garden and they had given me a
party. Kate put a ticket on her dad but my
car and pretended it was a fine. Maisie has said that she gave her
brother a drink of prune juice, saying it was Coca-Cola. His
reaction was amazing! Eleanor covered her brother's cereal bowl
with clingfilm so that when he poured look on it, it went
everywhere. Becky says she told her sister
there was a spider on her head. Was a lovely sister!
I know you have done that clingfilm thing to somebody's toilet, haven't
you! That is the kind of thing you would do.
Next week we'll be revealing the secrets of the most famous ship
ever, the Titanic, on the 100th anniversary of its ill-fated maiden
voyage. I head to Florida to check out the
most jaw-dropping superboats in the world.