Gobble up some Halloween treats
Robot Snack Packs
My niece, Chrystina, is always looking for creative ways to make snack time fun for her children. This time, she and her son, Damian, made Robot Snack Packs for Damian to share with his kindergarten class.
- Applesauce cups for the robot head
- Juice boxes for the robot body
- Snack-sized boxes of raisins for robot feet
- Smarties or Sweet Tarts for robot arms
- Googly eye stickers
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (see note)
NOTE: Parents or adults must supervise and help with this project so that little ones do not get burned with the hot glue gun or glue. You can use heavy-duty double-sided tape for this project if you’d rather not use hot glue.
To to assemble the robots:
Make the robot head:
Flip up the two side flaps or “wings” of the juice box so that they are laying on top of the box. Add a small line of glue to each flap. Turn the applesauce upside down and stick the top to the juice box flaps.
Make the robot feet.
Glue the boxes of raisins to the bottom of the juice box “robot body” to make feet.
Make the robot arms.
Glue one end of the Smarties to the sides of the juice box to make robot arms.
Lastly, stick the eyes on the side of the applesauce “robot head.” Damian had fun making these. I’m sure you’ll have fun with your little ones too! Enjoy!
Caramel Apple Dip
I love caramel apples, don’t you? What I don’t love is having to bite into it, so I usually end up cutting the apple into slices so I don’t make a huge mess.
This recipe makes it so much easier to enjoy this delicious treat. I used toffee bits in this recipe, but you can also use miniature chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or even crushed jolly rancher candies. The possibilities are endless to how versatile you can make this.
Give this recipe a try. I know you love it!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce (you can use ice cream topping),
- plus more for drizzling
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- Sliced apples (I like Rome apples for this)
Place the cream cheese into a small mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until creamy. Add the 1/4 cup of caramel sauce and brown sugar to the bowl; mix until you don’t see any large lumps of brown sugar. Next, mix in the marshmallow cream. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
My niece, Chrystina and her son, Damian have so much fun making snacks together. Damian shared these cute pretzel snacks with his friends at school, but they’d be perfect for a kid’s party or for Halloween (being that they look like aliens or bugs). Chrystina adapted this recipe from one she found in Parent magazine.
You’ll need to buy pretzels already covered in yogurt, but you can buy plain pretzels and coat them with white candy melts.
Use candy melts and multi-colored sprinkles for the eyes. Melt the candy melts in the microwave in 30-second intervals then pour into a frosting bag fitted with a small tip to do the eyes. If you don’t have a frosting bag, you can also use a resealable bag, cutting a tiny piece off one corner.
NOTE: You need a helper to be putting the sprinkles on because the candy melts settle real quick!
Have fun making these cute snacks. Chrystina and Damian sure did.
Place the dip into a serving dish. Sprinkle toffee bits or your favorite caramel apple topping all over the top. Drizzle with more caramel sauce (as much as you like). Serve with sliced apples and ENJOY!
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