Advertisement

Throw a birthday party and let the kids help

March 09, 1999

Birthday Party fun!Looking for a new activity for your child's birthday party?

How about making and decorating cereal and marshmallow snacks? Creating recipes provides a unique, hands-on experience for any kids' party.

Kids will love making these colorful, fun snacks themselves. Children can help make these recipes by counting marshmallows and measuring cereal. Or let them decorate frosted cereal bars with fresh fruit. Little hands can decorate marshmallows rolled in melted chocolate, with colorful toasted rice cereal to make delicious marshmallow truffles.

[cont. from lifestyle]

Your child's friends will enjoy creating these imaginative snacks, learning about cooking and decorating and most importantly, will love eating the delicious results.

Tips for a safe and fun food-making party




* Have each child wash his or her hands with soap and water and dry them well before starting. Wear rubber gloves if necessary.

Advertisement

* Give each child a role by creating different food preparation or decoration stations.

* Offer gumdrops, jelly beans and tube gels for decorating.

* As a party giveaway, let each child take home what he or she made by providing plastic sandwich bags. Tie each bag with a colorful ribbon.

Marshmallow Truffles

  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 10-ounce package marshmallows, regular size, about 40
  • Chopped pecans
  • Colored crisped rice cereal


Arrange marshmallows on tray; freeze 15 minutes.

In microwave-safe bowl, microwave chips on high 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute.

Dip marshmallows into melted chocolate; turn until coated. Roll in pecans or cereal. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Refrigerate or keep in cool, dry place.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Prep time: 30 minutes, plus freezing

Birthday Fun Cups

  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 10-ounce package marshmallows, about 40 regular size or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • Pudding (or nonfat frozen yogurt, nuts, raisins or another favorite snack)


In large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave margarine and marshmallows on high for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 30 seconds. Remove from microwave, stir until smooth. Add cereal, stirring until cereal is coated.

Divide warm mixture into greased 2 1/2-inch muffin pan cups coated with cooking spray. When cereal mixture is cool to touch, shape mixture into individual cups.

Cool. Remove from pans and fill with your favorite pudding or snack. Serve immediately.

Makes 16 cups.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Frosted Fruit

  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 cups colored crisped rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 cups sliced fruit, fresh or canned (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or mandarin oranges, canned, well drained)


In large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave margarine and marshmallows on high for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 30 seconds. Remove from microwave, stir until smooth. Add cereal, stirring until cereal is coated. Press into bottom of 8-by-8-by-2-inch square pan. Let cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the 1/4 cup margarine, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread evenly over cereal layer. Using a metal spatula, mark off into 12 bars, being careful not to cut all the way through cereal layer.

Arrange fruit pieces on top of bars, pressing lightly into frosting. Refrigerate until well chilled. Before serving, cut all the way through the cereal layer. Store in refrigerator.

Makes 12 bars.

Prep time: 30 minutes, plus refrigerating




Materials from Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and Kellogg's Rice Krispies Cereal

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|