Surprise your kids with delicious snacks for Christmas that are not only yummy to eat but also a lot fun to make. Use simple items in your pantry to create holiday-shaped and -decorated treats for any party, dinner or just for fun during the vacation from school. The kids will love the time spent with you while making the delicious snacks.
Create beautiful wreaths for eating instead of hanging. Start with a bagel sliced in half. These can be either large bagels or miniatures. Spread cream cheese, butter, peanut butter or jelly onto the bagels. Decorate the bagels with dried fruit, cut-up vegetables or fruit, nuts or even small candy.
Candy Cane Wands
Heighten the enchantment of the season by having magical wands for a yummy snack. You will need about a dozen candy canes, a bag of chocolate candy melts, a bowl and a star-shaped lollipop mold. Try out different flavors of candy canes along with various colors of chocolate candy melts to create decorative designs for Christmas. You could also use lollipop molds with holiday shapes like pine trees, Santa Claus, snowmen or angels. Melt the chocolate candy in the microwave as directed on the packaging. Place the candy canes in the lollipop mold and then cover the empty space with melted chocolate. Allow it to harden for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Decorate store-bought marshmallow cookies to look like Santa's reindeer. Use candy-coated chocolate pieces for the eyes, gum drops for the noses and licorice ropes for the mouth. Add antlers with broken pretzels. Spread a small bit of chocolate frosting on the back of each piece of candy to adhere them to the cookies.
Make snowballs inside instead of outside when the weather is nasty or it is too cold to play outdoors. Keep a bag of large marshmallows in the pantry. You will also need corn syrup and white sugar crystals. You can also add cake sparkles for extra shine, but it is optional. Use a food-grade brush to cover the marshmallows with corn syrup. Roll the marshmallows in sugar crystals. Place snowballs onto parchment paper or wax paper and then cover them with plastic wrap to keep them fresh. Allow the corn syrup to harden for 10 to 15 minutes before eating.
Dip the top half of pretzel rods into melted white chocolate. Let the pretzels dry on waxed paper and then decorate them to look like snowmen. Use fruit leather as a scarf, gum drops for a hat and miniature chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolates as buttons, noses and eyes.