Butterfly Pretzels & Cinnamon Sticks
I’m in the stage of life where everything revolves around kids. I have three little rug rats of my own at home. I go to church and teach a group of six- and seven-year-olds. I go in to help in the classrooms of my two oldest kids every week and plan the class parties. I babysit kids. My kids have lots of fabulous friends over to play.
I get asked all the time, “What can we eat?” “Can we make something?” “I’m hungry, can I have a snack?” “What treat did you bring us?” and “What can we do?” I love to attempt to make things fun and special for the kids. Here are a few of the snacks I’ve made lately that are hands-on and easy enough for the kids to join in and make them with you. They’re a little messy, but in my experience that’s the kind of project kids like to help with the best.
Butterfly Pretzels Supplies:
- Large pretzels
- Gummy worms
- Chocolate melts
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place two large pretzels together and place an unwrapped Rolo on top where the two pretzels meet. Repeat until your cookie sheet is full. Place in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit until the Rolos melt (approximately 8 minutes). Remove from the oven and place in the fridge for the Rolos to harden again.
If you purchased the larger gummy worms like me, they are a little too long (the smaller ones were too short). Cut off the last color stripe at the end of each worm. Set aside.
Place your chocolate melts in a glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, repeat until the chocolate is smooth. Let cool slightly before dipping your pretzels. Quickly coat your pretzel/Rolo combo. Place back on your parchment paper. Add the worm to the middle. Add whatever other sprinkles or edible embellishments you’d like and then let them set.
That’s it. I made mine for the youth class that I teach at church. They fit perfectly in a snack-size zipper sandwich bag for sharing.
- Evaporated Milk
This next recipe I got from my mom. She use to call it Poor Man’s Dessert. It was what her mom would make for them when they had very little in the house. It’s made from just a few ingredients that they usually had on hand. They are tasty and come together quickly. My daughter helped me make these (and the butterfly pretzels) and had a blast doing so. Here’s how to make them.
Cut the crust off your bread and cut into sticks. You’ll need three bowls. In the first bowl, pour your evaporated milk. In the next bowl, melt your butter (I did one stick), and in the last bowl, stick mix your cinnamon and sugar (I did a half a cup of sugar with a tablespoon of cinnamon). Also, line a cookie sheet with tinfoil.
Take a bread stick and dunk it in the evaporated milk quickly, coating both sides. Then move it to the butter, and then to the cinnamon sugar. Don’t dunk them too long or the bread will start getting soggy and hard to handle. After they’ve been coated, place on your lined cookie sheet. Repeat until your cookie sheet is full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
They are a little crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle and pretty addictive.
That’s it for today. Hope you try one (or both) of these fun food projects out with your little ones.