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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...

 

 BANANA BLIZZARDS
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

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COTTAGE CHEESE SNOWMEN
Ingredients:
Cottage Cheese
Carrots
Cottage Cheese Snowman
Raisins
Slice of toasted bread
Celery stalk
Ice cream scoop and melon ball scoopers (for graduated body size)
Directions:

  • 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.

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SNOWMAN COOKIE
Nice after snow play...this gives 1 Snowman Snack
Ingredients:
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.

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 MAKE SNOWFLAKES TO EAT! (Fry Method)

 

Flour Tortillas 
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Oil 
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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!)

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SWEET SNOW FLAKE SHAPES (Bake Method)

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!

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'REAL SNOW' SLUSH CONES
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.

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“SNOW” COVERED DONUTS
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.'

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FROZEN JUICE IGLOO BLOCKS
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.

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POLAR BEAR CUPS

  •  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.

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PEACH HALF IGLOO #1 

 

Ingredients:

•Canned peach halves
•Paper towels
•Small paper plates,
•Cool-whip type topping
•Coconut-optional
•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 KidActivities.net)

IGLOOS #2

MARSHMALLOW  IGLOO
Ingredients-
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!

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NO-MELT SNOWBALLS
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".

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NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER 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.
Source: cookingvillage.com

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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.

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SNOW CREAM!!!
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!

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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)

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PENGUIN COOKIE

  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 KidActivities.net)

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PEANUTBUTTER AND COCONUT SNOWFLAKES
Ingredients:
Peanut butter, hexagon shaped crackers,  coconut

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

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REINDEER FACE SANDWICH (1 slice bread)
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...

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REINDEER FOOD FOR KIDS

Ingredients:
   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 partyfood.suite101.com

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REINDEER COOKIE

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

Directions:
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.

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 ICE CREAM SNOWMAN
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!

 

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'MAPLE SYRUP' SNOW CANDY

 

  
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!

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SNOW CANDY #2
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 KidActivities.net)

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

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

Ingredients:
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

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 ICE CUBE SHAPED JELL-O

  • 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.

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ANGEL FOOD SNOWSTORM CAKE (10 servings)

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.

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SNOWBALL DESSERT
Ingredients:
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.

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CHERRIES IN THE SNOW
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.

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BEVERAGES

  KID’S CRANBERRY CITRUS PUNCH
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

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WARM APPLE ORANGE PUNCH
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!

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

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POLAR ICE CAP 
Ingredients:
Blue Kool-aid (prepared as directed),
Ginger ale
Vanilla ice cream
Clear glass
Straw
Directions:
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: perpetualpreschool.com

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

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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 

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