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Winter Snacks Page 3

March 28, 2010 13:45 by Barbara Shelby

 Page 3--Return to Page 1 for Autumn and all year round Recipes...


To serve about 10 children - Blend together one cup cold milk with two or three bananas in a blender. Ask the children to count aloud as you add ten snowballs (scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt) to the blender. Invite the children to turn the blender on and off again to create the blizzard. Serve in 5 ounce cups


Cottage Cheese
Cottage Cheese Snowman
Slice of toasted bread
Celery stalk
Ice cream scoop and melon ball scoopers (for graduated body size)

  • Place two or three scoops of cottage cheese on a salad plate.
  • Place the raisins to create buttons and eyes.
  •  Cut a small piece of carrot for the nose and a slice of celery for the mouth.
  • The leafy part of a celery stalk can be adder for arms
    and the hat is cut from the toast.



Nice after snow play...this gives 1 Snowman Snack
3 vanilla wafers,
1 tablespoon vanilla icing,
Raisins/sprinkles/candy corn/other garnish
1. Place vanilla wafers on plate so they are in a vertical line.
2. Coat each wafer with vanilla icing.
3. Decorate snowman however you like. Some ideas: Round sprinkles for eyes and mouth, raisins for buttons, candy corn for the  nose.




Flour Tortillas 
Powdered sugar
Warm the tortillas slightly in the microwave so you can fold them. Next fold the tortilla into half, then half again. Cut out designs just like you were making a paper snowflake.
Put a small amount of oil into a skillet. Fry the tortilla in hot oil until crisp. (About 30 seconds on each side) Absorb extra oil on paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

(Note from Barb: I just made the three in the image. My husband R loved them! They would also be great sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or drizzled with chocolate syrup over the powdered sugar. Children would not be able to fry them- but they could fold and cut them into 'snowflakes'. They could also sprinkle on the sweeteners. 'R'  and grandchildren has asked to make them again!)





1. Depending on the size of the flour tortilla..(this one is large and the above were smaller) Fold it in half--and then in half again.
2. Cut out a 'Snowflake shape'--just as you would using paper.
3. Place on non stick cookie sheet and lightly brush with melted butter.
4. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10 minutes for a sweet and crispy treat.( (If the snowflake is large and a little thicker--it may need an extra minute. Take out of over when starting to crisp and look golden.
5. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. These are also very good sprinked with cinnamon and brown sugar. (See Heart shapes on Valentine Page) Scroll down to the middle of the page...

NOTE: These can also be made using a snowflake cookie cutter!


Collect some freshly fallen snow and scoop it into bowls. Put a few spoonfuls of frozen juice concentrate on top, and you have your own slush snow cones.


Take 1 tube unbaked biscuits and separate. Cut or split crosswise. Heat oil in small pan. Fry the little biscuits like donuts until golden brown. After frying drain and then roll in powdered sugar 'snow.'


Have children pick their favorite drink (fruit punch, apple juice, etc) and then pour it into an ice cube tray.
Have kids write their name on a Popsicle stick and put it in the tray.
Last- PUT THIS OUTSIDE AND LET IT FREEZE (if it is not cold enough you can put it in the freezer)
When frozen---you have an igloo block for snack.



  •  First put ice cream and then a layer of your choice of candy (M&M's, Kisses, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.)
  • Cover candy layer with Cool Whip and decorate it with gummy bears.
  • Serve it in small-clear plastic cups for individual serving or  one big vat that everyone shares.
  • Usually, children like to have their own.






•Canned peach halves
•Paper towels
•Small paper plates,
•Cool-whip type topping
•Small graham cracker figures such as teddy bears or elves. This sample used 'Gummy Penguins'!

1. Pat dry the peach half-and put on paper place.
2. Cover the peach with the topping to resemble an igloo.
3. Sprinkle on the coconut.
4. Use the topping to "glue" the figure to the igloo. (Image by


1/2 an apple, orange, or canned peach half (KidActivities used a peach half)
Mini marshmallows
White frosting or marshmallow fluff
Optional: Pretzel rods broken into shorter pieces and small winter gummy animals or teddy grahams
Paper plates and plastic knives or spoons

1. Give each child a plate and piece of fruit. Spread the fruit entirely with the frosting or fluff.
2. Starting at the bottom of the fruit piece, entirely
cover the "igloo" with the mini-marshmallows.
3. If desired, add a chimney with a pretzel rod piece.Enjoy a while and then eat!



6 cups of crispy rice cereal
Stick of margarine
10 ounce bag of marshmallows
Powdered sugar
Melt margarine in a saucepan and stir in the marshmallows until smooth.
Stir in the Crispy Rice cereal.
After the mixture has cooled slightly, rub your hands with margarine or butter. Using your hands, form balls with the mixture.
Shake the balls in a zip-lock bag to coat with the confectioner's sugar.
Makes approximately 24 two-inch "snowballs".


Kids will have fun making these NO-BAKE nutty snowballs.

   • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
   • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
   • 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
   • 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
   • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
   • Confectioners’ sugar or edible glitter for dusting
Preparation Time: 1 hour plus chilling
Makes about 4 dozen

1. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and butter until blended; add confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring after each addition.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Using your hands, shape peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheet; chill until firm, about 1 hour.
3. Place white chocolate and shortening in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM, stirring at 30-second intervals, until chocolate is melted and smooth (about 2 minutes).
4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a spoon, dip each peanut butter ball into melted chocolate, spooning chocolate over ball to coat, if necessary.


COCOA SNOWBALLS (No-bake; makes 5 dozen pieces)

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa, 1 1/3 cups (14-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups chopped walnuts, additional confectioners' sugar

Combine sugar and cocoa in mixing bowl and stir with spoon.  Add condensed milk and vanilla; blend until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Cover bowl tightly and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, shape mixture into 1" balls. Next, roll them in confectioners' sugar.

Place balls in an airtight container and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.


Have children collect clean snow in a large bowl. Add approximately one cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar and some vanilla extract. It will be about the same texture as a milkshake! This is really easy and the kids can do it themselves. Kids always love this one!


TIP: BE SURE TO PURCHASE LOTS OF RITZ SNOWFLAKE CRACKERS DURING WINTER HOLIDAYS...You'll then have them to pull out for dips and spreads for later Winter Food Fun! (They're only in stores for the Holidays)



  How easy can this be? Kinda cute-kinda silly...but the kids will love him!

 Simply split an 'Oreo type' cookie in half. (The half with the frosting on it is the bottom of the penguin) Place 2 candy-corn for the feet with a bit of frosting...vanilla frosting was placed on the face to hold the mini-chocolate chip eyes and beak nose. A variety of other goodie choice can be used to embellish this little fellow... (Image by



Peanut butter, hexagon shaped crackers,  coconut

Spread peanut butter on the crackers.
Sprinkle coconut over them...



Peanut butter
4 mini pretzels
4 raisins or m&m's
2 mini marshmallows
Maraschino cherries or red-hot cinnamon candies
Plates and knife

1. Cut bread in half from corner to corner, making two equal triangles.
2. Spread peanut butter over bread.
3. Decorate as follows:

  • Place it in front of you, with the point facing you and the long side of triangle facing away from you. Place one mini pretzel on each upper corner for the antlers; two raisins in the center of each slice (the eyes) and one mini marshmallow for the nose...if you are making Rudolf, use a maraschino cherry or cinnamon candy -- on the tip of each short point nearest you for the nose). You now have two reindeer faces...



   12 cups Crispix cereal
   1 bag (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch chips
   3/4 cup peanut butter
   1 cup powdered sugar

1. In a very large pot over low heat, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips, stirring frequently. (Or melt in micro wave)
2. Remove from heat and add cereal, stirring gently to coat well.
3. Add the powdered sugar, a bit at a time, and continue stirring until mixture is completely combined.

• Spread pieces on a cookie sheet or other clean, flat surface, separating them so they don't stick together.
• Allow to cool completely.
• Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
• Makes about 12 1-cup servings.
• It goes very quickly once kids get over the appearance - it looks rather like dry pet food! Adapted from



Need: Nutter Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter, Raisins, Small Pretzel Twists, Red M & M Candies

Place a small amount of peanut butter on the top of a Nutter Butter cookie.
Put a small pretzel twist on the peanut butter, letting it stick beyond the cookie for antlers.
Put two more dots of peanut butter and add raisins for eyes.
 Finally put a dot of peanut butter on the bottom part of the cookie and add a red M & M for a nose.



For each child place in a small paper bowl…
Two balls of Ice-cream to build a snowman. For the eyes, nose and mouth--choose from small pieces of banana, cherry, raisins, m&m's or ______ and place where indicated. You'll end up with a friendly, yummy snowman. This child-made snowman has a strawberry for his hat!









SNOW CANDY #1 Ingredients:
2 cups of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup water.
Bring water with other ingredients to a rolling boil. (Boil for about 10 minutes)

Have children make a smooth place in clean snow - pour the snow candy on it. You can pour in any desired design or pictures. Don't touch until it has cooled.

IF THE SNOW ON THE GROUND BOTHERS YOU ---scoop up some clean snow and place it in a bowl or dish---you can also take the snow inside and make your candy there!


If you use real Maple Syrup and boil it the same way, you get an all natural treat that doesn't require any measuring or mixing of ingredients. Fans of Laura Ingall Wilder may remember the author’s vivid descriptions of this candy: It is warm, buttery in flavor, gooey, and delicious when eaten outside while making a snow fort with your daddy.

NOTES: KIdActivities made two versions of the snow candy recipe. The first used an 'off the shelf imitation' maple syrup. The second used a 'pure maple syrup'. Although the imitation maple flavored syrup set up quickly--it began to melt immediately. The true maple syrup had much better results.

When first brought in from the cold--the 'candy is very hard' and difficult to bite. In a minute or two however, it does begin to become watery/melt. Although you can bite on it at this point--it is very chewy and has the consistency/chewiness of taffy. It DOES have a nice taste--but is made more for the fun and novelty than to eat it. One tiny bite is all you need--but it is a fun activity to try with your kids! (Image by


Snack mix with chocolate, peanuts, marshmallows and pretzels. Make it in minutes.

Start to Finish:50 min.
Makes:16 cups snack

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz),
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
2 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts,
2 cups small pretzel twists, 2 cups miniature marshmallows,
1 package (20 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)

1. Place chocolate chips in freezer to chill. In large bowl, mix cereals, peanuts, pretzels and marshmallows; set aside.
2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave candy coating uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds; stir, breaking up large chunks. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until coating can be stirred smooth.
3. Gently and quickly fold cereal mixture into coating with rubber spatula, stirring gently until evenly coated.

Stir in chilled chocolate chips. Spread on waxed paper; cool completely, about 30 minutes. Break into chunks. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Betty Crocker Recipe



  • Make Jello using only 1/2 of the recipe directed amount of water.
  • Fill an ice cube tray with the Jello and refrigerate.
  • Carefully pop out each "cube" with a knife.



Ingredients: 1 Angel food or chiffon cake (purchased or homemade), 1 carton (14 oz.) thawed frozen whipped topping, 2 2/3 cups flaked coconut.

1. Place cake in center of serving plate.

2. Frost cake with whipped toppoing using a spatula.

Sprinkle the frosted cake with coconut. Refrigerate until serving time. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup chopped cookie crumbs or miniature chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for rolling

Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla In a mixing bowl. Cream together.
Add in powdered sugar. Blend.
Stir in cookie crumbs.
Shape into a ball.
Lay out a sheet of plastic wrap and scatter powdered sugar over the top.
Place dessert ball on top of sugar and roll ir around to coat entire ball. Wrap up in plastic wrap and chill several hours.

Serve with graham crackers, plain vanilla cookies or shortbread cookies.


1 large angel food cake
1 (16 oz.) tub whipped topping
1 can of cherry pie filling
1 9x13 in (23x32.5 cm) pan

Scrape the light brown crust off the cake.
Tear the angel food cake into pieces and line the bottom of the pan. Place whipped topping on top of the cake pieces.
Use a spoon to place cherry pie filling on top of the whipped topping. Chill for a few hours.



1 (12-ounce) can frozen cranberry concentrate, 31/2 cups fresh orange juice, 1 liter lemon-lime soda
     •Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Divide into smaller pitchers for easy serving. Serve over ice. Source: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee


1 gallon (4 qt.) apple cider
About a cup of orange juice
Orange slices a nice touch...
2- 4 cinnamon sticks

1. Place all ingredients in large saucepan. Cook on low heat 20 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. (Do not boil.) 2. Can also be made in crock pot…
3. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm. Float orange slices...
Great for the Holidays and winter Days!

*Another version made with Chrystal Light is in
'Apple Snacking and Cooking Category. 


Blue Kool-aid (prepared as directed),
Ginger ale
Vanilla ice cream
Clear glass
1) Put the Kool-aid and ginger ale in the refrigerator until they are cold.
2) Fill a glass almost halfway with blue Kool-aid.
3) Add ginger ale almost to the top of the glass.
4) Drop in one big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5) Enjoy your "North Pole" drink with a straw! Source:


There are also Fall and/or Winter Beverages at the page bottom of Smoothies, Coolers and Yummy Drinks  and  'Hot Cocoa


Returrn to... Page 1 (Cool Weather/Autumn snacks),    Page 2 (Cool Weather/Autumn Snacks),   Page 3  (Winter Snacks) This page)

Looking for other fall and winter food ideas? Be sure to check out the various Theme and Holiday Categories'! Every Seasonal and Holiday Theme category has recipes!  You may also be interested in...

•Snowman Themed Snacks

•Reindeer Themed Snacks 


Snowman Themed Snacks

March 28, 2010 00:03 by Barbara Shelby



On a white frosted cupcake...this cute little guy sports a blue decorator gel cap... topped with a mini marshmallow. He's completed with a candy corn nose, M&M's eyes and mouth made from small chocolate chips. (Image by



Put hot chocolate mix in a cup. Add hot water and mix. Put in two Hershey kisses…stir again. To cool off add an ice cube and then two or three marshmallows for the snowballs. A Candy cane would a nice touch as stirrer. Visit the Hot Cocoa page (page botttom) for three Snowman Soup poems...




2 ½ quarts popped corn
¼ Cup butter
1 pkg. 10 oz. Marshmallows
1 teaspoon Vanilla

  • Pop popcorn and set aside. (Caution-be sure to get ALL unpopped seeds out of the popped corn!)
  • In a saucepan over low heat melt butter and marshmallows. Stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour over popped pop corn and mix until well coated.
  • With buttered hands form into snowball shapes. (It will be VERY sticky--and easier to handle when cooled and set a bit)
  • Make one large ball for the bottom, one medium ball and a smaller ball for the head.
  • Decorate with pretzel sticks, candy, raisins, or nuts for the eyes, nose, mouth and buttons.




  • Prepare a cake mix and bake in two round cake pans. One cake pan smaller than the other. One will be the bottom of the snowman one will be the top.
  • Allow to cool and frost with white frosting.
  • If desired, sprinkle shredded white coconut over all of frosting or leave without.
  • Add gumdrops or other candies for eyes and a nose and licorice whips for a smile.
  • Add chocolate candies for buttons.
  • You can add pretzels rods or licorice whips for arms. Click here for original Flickr recipe and photo.


Start out with two or three scoops of vanilla ice cream. Have the kids decorate their snowmen with M&Ms for the nose and chocolate chips for the buttons and the eyes, long pieces of black licorice could be used for the top hat.



3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 ounces) marshmallows (about 40)
6 cups crispy rice cereal

You can decorate with ANYTHING-the Treats in photo uses:
5 round red peppermint candies
8 red jelly beans
10 semisweet chocolate chips
25 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 fruit roll-up, cut into 3/4-inch strips
15 red-hot cinnamon candies and 10 pretzel sticks

1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and coat with nonstick cooking spray. 

2. Melt the butter in a soup pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and add the cereal; stir until completely coated. 

3. Using a 3/4-cup measure of the mixture for each, form five balls and place on the baking sheet. Using a 1/3-cup measure for each, form five more balls. Place the smaller balls on top of the larger ones, forming snowmen. Decorate with the candies, chips, and pretzels as shown. 

4. Serve, or cover loosely with plastic wrap until ready to serve.
TIP: Coat your hands with nonstick cooking spray or butter to keep the marshmallow mixture from sticking to them when forming the cereal balls.

   • Raisins (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.) 
   • Red Hots (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.) 
   • M&M's (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.) 
   • Chocolate Chips (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.) 
   • Tiny Jelly Beans (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, etc.) 
   • Large Gum Drops (hat) 
   • Pretzel Sticks (Arms)



3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
Prepared chocolate and vanilla frosting
Green and black candy pieces
For best results, use fresh marshmallows. 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme can be substituted for marshmallows.Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended. Store no more than two days in airtight container.

  • Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  • Using buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly in 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Using a 4-inch snowman cookie cutter, cut into snowman shapes when cooled. If a snowman cookie cutter is not available, use 1 1/2-inch, 1 3/5-inch and 2-inch round cookie cutters. Using prepared frosting, connect each circle to make a snowman and decorate as desired with remaining ingredients. Best if served the same day.

In a microwave save bowl, heat margarine and marshmallows at HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary. Source: Safeway Stores


6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
1/4 cup margarine
10 oz package marshmellows
Powdered sugar
Follow microwave directions for making RICE KRISPY treats. Allow mixture to cool but not harden. Have children mold into snowballs; shake the balls in baggies filled with powdered sugar



For each child you need:
1/2 banana per child
1/2 cup milk
1 tb. honey per child
1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional) 
Small pieces of carrots or cancy corn and raisins
Toothpicks and pretzels


For each Snowman use one large, one medium, and one small piece of banana. Stir honey into the milk and then dip the pieces of banana into the minture.

Optional-roll in the coconut. If desired, stack the pieces onto the toothpick--or build a snoman on a plate with the bananas. Decorate with raisins and carrot pieces or candy corn. Add pretzel arms if desired. (Image by


1 box white cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Red and green candies
Red and brown icing gel

  • Mix eggs, butter and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in cake mix.
  • Chill dough at least 1 hour.
  • Roll dough into one inch and 3/4 inch balls.
  • Put smaller ball beside larger ball on cookie sheet, press together slightly.
  • Use green candy for eyes on smaller ball; use red candy on larger ball for buttons.
  • Bake at 350 degrees on a ungreased cookie sheet, for 8-9 minutes. Remove and cool.
  • Use red icing gel to make mouth and brown to make a broom.



BASIC RECIPE: Give each child 2 marshmallows, 3 pretzel sticks and a few raisins.
Take a pretzel stick and put it into the middle of one of the marshmallows and then place the other marshmallow on top. Now take the other two pretzels and use them for the arms. Use the raisins for eyes, nose, and mouth.
Now EAT!

Get creative and try some other ways! As Tricia at Craft Addict made with her children- take three mini marshmallows, dip in white chocolate and then decorate with assorted sprinkles. Her children also made the snowmen using three large marshmallows on sucker sticks and last--rolled miniature marshmallows in white chocolate and then shredded coconut. Yumm..the kids will love this one! (Photo is courtesty of Craft Addict )


SNOWMAN TOAST: Ingredients: Toast, softened cream cheese, fruit roll-ups, carrots, raisins, round cookie cutters

  • Make toasted bread; make circles from the toast using the cookie cutters.
  • Spread cream cheese on the toast to create the snow.
  •  Decorate the 'Snowman" with the carrots and raisins. 
  • Fashion a scarf with thin strips of the fruit roll-up. Fun!



Give each child a rice cake and have them spread cream cheese or white frosting on the rice cakes.
Decorate the faces with M&M's, raisins, raisenettes, red liquorish, and baby carrots.

This sample by uses cream cheese on the rice cake. It is competed with a baby carrot nose, mini-chocolat chip mouth, and M&M's eyes...



Nice after snow play...this gives 1 Snowman Snack
3 vanilla wafers,
1 tablespoon vanilla icing,
Raisins/sprinkles/candy corn/other garnish
1. Place vanilla wafers on plate so they are in a vertical line.
2. Coat each wafer with vanilla icing.
3. Decorate snowman however you like. Some ideas: Round sprinkles for eyes and mouth, raisins for buttons, candy corn for the  nose.




CARROT NOSES with snowman dip (ranch dressing) 

 • SNOWMAN FACE...Using cream cheese, crackers and imagination--create snowmen faces! (Use olives, veggie pieces, raisins, etc. for facial features)

SNOWMAN SANDWICHES  cut bread into different circle shapes and placed together to make a snowman!  Add pretzel stick arms and raisin buttons eyes! A srip of fruit leather can be fashioned into a scarf. (The above child-made sample is courtesy of Rowecrew)  

• 'Hostess' White SNOWBALLS

Rice Krispie Treat SNOW BALLS (See recipe above)




These are easy and fun! Simply dab a bit of white frosting to a candy corn and place it in the center of the donut (where the hole is)...This sample (made by kids as well as the below snowman) has regular chocolate chips for the eyes and mini chocolate chips for the mouth.

M&M's or gum drop candy could also be used for the eyes and mouth--and a gum drop for the nose. (Image by



White Donut Holes and small white donuts
Trimming choices: Candy corn, M&M's, mini M&M's, chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, etc. 
Tooth Picks
Optional: Pretzel ring and chocolate kiss candy for hat; Pretzel sticks for arms

1. In this sample...two donut holes are joined together by a toothpick and secured on a mini powdered sugar donut. (You can use one donut hole on one donut if desired... and then preceed with the same directions). The head is topped first with a round pretzel and then an unwrapped candy kiss to make a hat.
2. The eyes and buttons are chocolate chips. The nose is a candy corn piece. There are no arms in this image.

NOTE: Each decoration is secured with small amounts of white frosting. Making this little guy would be easier for young childen using two donuts and not three. (Image by



Take 1 tube unbaked biscuits and separate. Cut or split crosswise. Heat oil in small pan. Fry the little biscuits like donuts until golden brown. After frying drain and then roll in powdered sugar 'snow.' (Image by

TIP: Consume these the same day they are made. The sugar melts into the 'donut' and they can become sticky. They also taste good when first rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and then the powdered sugar...


MAKE SNOW PEOPLE and Sculptures! A snack and craft in one...

Ingredients: Both Large and Mini Marshmallows, Pretzel Sticks, Raisins, Small Candies and Chocolate chips-- Frosting to use as a 'Glue'.

Just put out goodies and allow children to create snow people and sculptures. Insert pretzel sticks into the marshmallows and build from there...Of course put out extras for the kids to munch on as they build!


Materials and Ingredients
Clear glasses or cups
Milk chocolate candy bar
Clean, unused paint brush
Ribbon or yarn
4 cups vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

1. Melt the chocolate bar in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until soft.
2. Using a paint brush--paint eyes, nose and mouth on the inside of the glass.
3. Put the glass in the refrigerator so the chocolate can harden.
4. Mix the ice cream, vanilla and milk together in a blender. Pour into the glasses.
5. Add ribbon or yarn to the base of the glass for a scarf. Enjoy your snowman!

NOTE: I made this drink and you need to be very careful when painting on the face! Our 'faces' looked more like they were ready for Halloween (but still were yummy!)~  I now make orange shakes/smoothies with Jack-O-Lantern faces in October!



2 (16-ounce) bags white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
1 (16-ounce) package peanut butter sandwich cookies (recommended: Nabisco Nutter Butters)
For decorating:
Chocolate sprinkles
Candy buttons (dot candy on paper)
Colored sprinkles
Red nonpareils
Large sugared gum drop jellies
Red string licorice ((recommended: Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)

1. Place white chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave on high for additional 30 second intervals until mixture is smooth. If you prefer, place in double boiler over low heat, stirring until completely melted and smooth.

2. Meanwhile, pierce 1 end of each cookie with a toothpick. Use the toothpick to dip entire cookie into the white chocolate mixture. Let excess drip back into bowl and lay cookie on wire rack. Before the white chocolate has a chance to cool, decorate the cookie with various candies into a playful snowman.

 3. Place chocolate sprinkles as eyebrows, blue or green dots for eyes, an orange sprinkle placed vertically for the nose and several red nonpareils for a mouth. Cut a gumdrop in half, slice a sliver from each half lengthwise to form a crescent shaped brim to the hat. Top off the hat with a gumdrop half and reserve the other half for another snowman. You may have to flatten the gumdrop a bit to fit the snowman.

After the snowman has completely dried, tie a red string licorice around the neck as a scarf. Using a rolling pin to flatten the licorice will make it easier for the scarf to stay tied and look natural. Recipe source Sandra Lee Food Network Specials




Hot Cocoa Recipes, Ideas and Fun!!

May 25, 2009 20:21 by Barbara Shelby

 Cocoa 'Gift Ideas' & Coffee Bar is at page bottom...

 Updated November, 2013


WHEN IT'S COLD, COLD, COLD...have a comfy-warm Cocoa Party!   Set up a 'hot chocolate bar' where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream, and maybe a dusting of cinnamon to cups of cocoa. Consider adding a pajama party! Wear PJ's and lounge on pillows and blankets and watch a movie. (An old favorite or just released)  Don't forget favorite stuffed animals!)

Things to add to cocoa...

Garnish your cocoa with a candy cane which can double as a stirrer.
• Top with whipped cream and colored sprinkles!
• Top with whipped cream, cherry and chocolate sauce.
• Make a "Milky Way" drink by adding caramel topping.
• Place chocolate chips in the bottom of a clear glass mug. Add steaming hot milk and stir the melted chocolate.
• Top hot cocoa with whipped cream and cinnamon.
• Drop a scoop of peppermint ice cream into a mug of hot chocolate.
• Put two large marshmallows in the bottom of an empty cup and pour hot chocolate on top so that the marshmallows melt. Serve with graham crackers to make s'mores in a cup.

1.  Purchase an inexpensive 'party coffee pot' for 35 cups or more; pre-make the hot chocolate. Just fill the pot with water--get it hot--add the mix.
2.  For a larger group you'll need 2 pots or add a couple air pots to keep it warm as it's made.
3.  Don't use any mix with marshmallows already in it; the spout of the coffee pot may clog!
4.  You can also use the pots for warm apple cider at other times! (To use this method-don't use a pot that has been often used to make coffee; the coffee tasted may linger.)


FEELING CREATIVE? Try some of the following yummy recipes!

MAKE SNOWMAN SOUP (See 'Hot Cocoa Gift and Poem Ideas' at page bottom) 
Put hot chocolate mix in a cup.
Add hot water and mix.
Put in two Hershey kisses…stir again.
To cool off add an ice cube and then two or three marshmallows for the snowballs.
A Candy cane would a nice touch as stirrer.


Before we start we 'traditional cocoa ideas' try this wonderful NUTELLA COCOA! If you like Nutella-you'll love this!


1 Tablespoon of Nutella for 'each cup' of milk (whole milk tastes best)
Whipped cream or Marshmallows
Optional: Sprinkle of Cinnamon'
1. Heat milk in sauce pan or microwave. When hot---stir/whisk in the Nutella until all is combined
2. Pour into cups and top with mini-marshmallows or whipped cream 
3. Optional: Sprinkle with a little cinnamon

NOTE: Nutella hot chocolate is like regular hot chocolate-but with a bit of hazelnut taste. You can also reheat in microwave or again on stove-top after being refrigerated.


Basic Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
Dash salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups (1 qt.) milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream(optional)

1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil a second time.
2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS TO THE ABOVE: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract...

SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.
MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white crème de menthe. (At home-for adults only) Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.
CITRUS COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur. (Again-for adults only)
SWISS MOCHA: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.
COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time. SLIM-TRIM COCOA: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.
CANADIAN COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.
MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend. Source:


3 cups instant hot cocoa mix
1 package unsweetened raspberry-flavored kool-aid mix
Combine all ingredients in a container that seals/closes tightly.
Shake until well blended.
 Store in an airtight container.
To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons into a mug of hot water.


3 c. non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 c. cocoa
1 c. sugar
Dash of salt
Thoroughly combine all ingredients.
Will make mix for 24 servings.
Can be stored in airtight container for two months.
For one serving - 3 heaping teaspoons and 1/2 cup hot water.


2 lbs. can Nestle Quick powder
1/2 c. cocoa
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 to 1 c. granulated sugar
7 c. powdered milk
2 1/2 c. Coffeemate
Sift all ingredients together. Makes 1 gallon of mix.
To make hot chocolate: put 1/4 cup mix to 1 cup hot water.


A steaming mug of a rich, whipped cream-topping treat.
Makes 8 servings
Cook Time: 5 minutes
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
4 cups milk
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or peppermint extract
Whipped cream or whipped topping

  • In medium-sized saucepan, combine EAGLE BRAND®, milk and cocoa.
  • Heat thouroughly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla or peppermint extract.
  • Serve warm in mugs; top with whipped cream or whipped topping.


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix cocoa, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan.

  • Over medium heat, stir constantly until mixture boils.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla; blend well.
  • Serve immediately.
    Makes 4 servings.




Serves six
6 cups of milk
6 packets of powdered hot chocolate OR ½ lb. of dark chocolate bits
1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Lots of whipped cream

Heat milk to almost boiling. Place hot chocolate mix into mugs and thoroughly mix in ¼ T of pumpkin pie spice in each cup. Pour in hot milk and stir well. Load on the whip cream. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.


1/4 cup cocoa and 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash salt
1 quart milk (4 cups), divided
1/4 cup half-and-half
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Heat 1 cup of milk in a saucepan until bubbling.
Stir in cocoa mixture and whisk until smooth.
Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.
Source: Diana Rattray


1 ½ tablespoons white-chocolate instant pudding mix
1 cup milk
Whipped cream
Combine pudding mix and milk in a microwaveable mug.
Heat  in the microwave for 60 seconds on high.
Top with whipped cream and/or crushed candy canes, if desired.
Source: Family Fun Magazine, Dec/04


A spoonful of marshmallow creme tops steaming homemade cocoa with rich chocolate flavor and a hint of spice.
Start to Finish:15 min... Makes 6 servings (about 3/4 cup each)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups milk
3/4 cup marshmallow creme
1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat sugar, cocoa, water, cinnamon and nutmeg over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in milk. Heat over low heat. Pour cocoa into 6 mugs. Top each with 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme. Source:



8 cups dry instant skim milk
4 3/4 cups powdered sugar (note: can use 1/2 Splenda & 1/2 icing/confectioners sugar)
1 3/4 cups cocoa
1 1/2 cup Light non-dairy creamer
1 small package Low-fat instant chocolate pudding mix
1 box of 12 candy canes, pulverized
Combine above ingredients in a large mixing bowl and fold together well-- or place into a food processor and mix to make it a fine powder.
To Serve:
Mix 2 tablespoons in a mug of hot water, top with marshmallows ...can put a candy cane in cup as stirrer... Source:


CANDY CANE (Hot Chocolate) MINT FLOAT   

3/4  cup (6 oz.) prepared hot chocolate
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2  cup  Mint Chip Ice Cream
Whipping cream, whipped
Mint candy cane, crushed
(OK...If you're an adult loking for a yummy holiday drink--you can add 2 tablespoons peppermint schnapps or creme de cocao liqueur instead of the extract)
In large  mug, pour hot chocolate and extract or liqueur; stir to mix. Spoon ice cream into hot chocolate mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle of candy..Or top with whipped cream and a peppermint candy cane or stick. Yumm...
Makes 1 serving...

TIP: For 4 servings, use 3 cups (24 oz.) hot chocolate, 1/2 cup liqueur or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and 1 carton (14 fl. oz.) of ice cream. Follow directions above.


The secret ingredient in this mix is the mini chocolate chips, which melts when combined with the boiling water and give the cocoa an extra-rich flavor. Ingredients:
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended.
2. Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you're ready to use. Makes about 4 cups of mix.
3. Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into your cup (depending on the size), add boiling water, and stir well.


Not 'Cocoa 'but sounds fun for you at home!  PEPPERMINT PATTY MOCHA
ngredients: 1 small (1-1/2 inch) YORK Peppermint Pattie
1 to 2 teaspoons milk
hot coffee
Whipped cream(optional)
1. Unwrap candy and cut into quarters; place in large microwave-safe mug. Add milk.
2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 seconds or until candy is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in hot coffee until mug is almost full.
3. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately. 1 serving.


HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS ...Your kids may like to try this cooking activity!

3 tablespoons (3 packets) powdered gelatin*
2 cups cold water
2 cups sugar
2 egg whites
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for dusting pan and marshmallows
Butter, for greasing pan

  • In a medium sized saucepan soak the gelatin in the cold water.
  • After the gelatin has softened, approximately 10 minutes, add the regular sugar and then gently dissolve over low heat, approximately 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks and then fold in the sifted confectioners' sugar.
  • While the mixer is on low, slowly pour in the cooled gelatin mixture. Increase the speed and beat until white and thick. The volume should double in size and should form between soft and firm peaks.

Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with high sides with foil; grease slightly with butter and coat with confectioners' sugar. Alternatively, you can use a baking sheet, but the marshmallows will not be as tall. Pour marshmallow mixture in and top with more sifted confectioners' sugar. Leave out overnight or for at least 3 hours to set. The marshmallow should be light and spongy when set. (Loosen marshmallow from edges of tray and invert onto a large cutting board. Peel off foil and use a large knife to cut the marshmallows into cubes. Dredge each piece in confectioners' sugar.
(Yep, reading it again-there's some work to it!) Source:



1. Buy peppermint candy canes or peppermint round candies. Using a blender, crush them to powder.

2. Using either 16 oz. of 'Cool Whip' or your own whipped--whipping cream-- use a 1/2 cup of powdered peppermint candy.

3. Stir the crushed candy into the cream topping. It makes a fun pink cream and the tiny chunks that didn't crush add to the yummy!

4. Top each mug of cocoa with one or two spoonfuls of peppermint pink topping.

To store left over cream, put into freezer baggies or a freezing container; freeze until needed again.
To thaw--place in refrigerator.
To store leftover peppermint powder--place in a plastic bag or covered container. Be sure to check out the 'Candy Cane and Peppermint Goodies and Ideas Category!



Small glass jar (baby food size)
1 serving of hot cocoa mix
About 1/4 cup of small marshmallows
4-inch or larger fabric scrap (depending on the size of your jar)
18" length of ribbon
Hershey Kiss candy
Small wrapped candy cane

lean the jar and dry it well. Measure a one-cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill the jar to the top with small marshmallows. . Cut the fabric scrap into a circle. Center the fabric circle on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the edge. Glue the Hershey Kiss on top of the fabric cover. Glue the candy cane to the side of the jar. Write a personal note and draw a candy cane or other symbol on the card.

Include simple directions such as the following:
"Here's a little gift to warm you up on a cold afternoon. Simply pour this jar of cocoa mix into a mug filled with 6 to 8 oz. of hot water. Top with marshmallows and drop in the Hershey Kiss. Stir with the candy cane and enjoy!"



Place in a clear plastic bag...
1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 small candy cane

Add one of the following poems...

When the weather outside is frightful,
Snowman Soup can be delightful.
May it warm your spirit and your soul.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

When you feel a chill or 'burrrrrr',
Use the peppermint stick to stir.
Add hot water and sip it slow.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

POEM #2 When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!

Pour the packet in a mug. Add marshmallows too.
And throw in these kisses
that are special just for you.

Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit!


A little cup of cocoa, I'm sending your way,
For you to sip and enjoy,
On some cold winter day.

As you sip this cocoa, it's warmth will warm your heart...
Just like our friendship warmed mine, Right from the very start.


HOW ABOUT MAKING 'CHOCOLATE SPOONS' for a yummy hot cocoa addition (for yourself or cocoa gift?!) These are nice!
For 12 spoons need:
1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips and 12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in winter colors 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start at about 2 minutes and then keep checking. You don't want to burn the chocolate. Dip the spoons into the chocolate...allow the spoons to cool slightly, then dip them in the chocolate again. Repeat until chocolate reaches the desired thickness on the spoon. If a gift---after the spoons are cool, wrap them in gift cellophane and tie with a ribbon or yarn. Wonderful for coffee and hot chocolate...



1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 candy cane or 5 peppermint candies, crushed
12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in Christmas colors

1.  Put candy in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
2.  Melt chocolate.
3.  Dip spoons into chocolate to fill.
4.  Sprinkle with crushed candy.
5.  Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet to cool.
Wrap with cellophane and tie with ribbons for gifts.




Surround coffee and cups with your choice of goodies!
Dipped Chocolate Covered Spoons are always a wonderful addition.
(Directions here).
Whipped Cream
Candy Canes
(visit candy cane category for ideas)
Powdered Coffee Cream in a variety of flavors
Hot Cocoa mix
Red and White Sugar Crystals
Shakers filled with Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg.
For those over 21 Kahlua and/or Bailey’s Irish Crème is always a nice addition.