Children’s Snack Treats

OCTOPUS GARDEN 

Vegetable Snack Treat

 

This dish is to encourage children to eat healthier, vegetable snacks by creating a crunchy creature from the deep sea.  For the body, remove the pepper’s stem end and scoop out the white ribs and seeds.  For the arms, slice a second pepper into strips.  Place some hummus or vegetable dip (French onion dip will also work) in a shallow bowl, then arrange the octopus’ arms as shown.  Use a little bit of dip and sliced black olives to give your create some eyes.  Serve with extra veggies such as carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers, celery, fresh green beans, or lightly steamed broccoli spears.

Ladybug Bombe

Whether this is used for a  summer birthday party or great summer dessert treat, this luscious ice-cream ladybug is a cool dessert replacement for cake.  You need the following ingredients:

  • Raspberry sorbet, softened
  • Chocolate ice cream, softened
  • Black Licorice lace
  • 2 Junior Mints
  • Dark cocoa chocolate melts
  • vanilla wafers (optional)

1.  Line a metal bowl (6 cup capacity is good) with plastic wrap, overhanging the edges.  Put the bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes, then fill two thirds with the raspberry sorbet (A).  You will need about 1 1/4-1/2 pints depending upon bowl size.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, approximately 45 minutes.

2.  Fill the remaining third of the bowl with chocolate ice cream (B), the freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight.

3.  Thirty minutes before decorating, put a 12 inch or larger platter in the freezer to chill the plate.  To unmold the bombe, dip the bowl up to the rim in warm water for a few seconds to loosen the ice cream mix, then turn it upside down on the platter, lifting off the bowl.   (Tip:  if the bowl does not release, cover it with a warm dish towel for a few seconds and try again).  Once the bombe is on the platter, smooth the ice cream with a wide spatula or the back of a large spoon.  Place the bombe back into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow to harden once again.

4.  Decorate the ladybug with the licorice, mints, and chocolate melts, or vanilla wafers to give the appearance of a ladybug (as in the picture above).  Keep frozen until ready to serve.  Serves about 8 portions.

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