Halloween is always special when you have children. Playing dress up with costumes and candy? What a fun combination for my little ones! This year I was asked to do a cooking demonstration for the kindergarten class of my second daughter. I took the opportunity to make some Halloween inspired treats, which (believe it or not) made use of absolutely no candy!
The challenge was finding something that was crafty, easy enough for the children to make and completely edible! Making sure the kids enjoyed the treat was a stretch but I was willing to take the chance.
We are so fortunate to live in the generation of the world wide web I tell you, where so many ideas are right at your fingertips. I found these 2 adorable snacks that met my challenge stated earlier. So it was decided, I would demonstrate how to make cream cheese and cookie owls and raisin ants on a log. I edited my ingredients a little bit based on availability, health benefits and economical value. Here are my versions of the popular snacks.
Spreadable Cream Cheese
Monde Eggnog Cookies
Peeled Watermelon Seeds (Butong Pakwan)
- Spread cream cheese on one side of the digestive cookie and smoothen.
- Place an almond, rounded side up, in the middle of the cookie to represent the owl’s beak.
- For the eyes, place 2 eggnog cookies, flat side down. Finish the eyes with 2 raisins, using leftover cream cheese as a glue to ensure they stay on.
- Place 2 almonds, rounded side down, above the eyes to represent the owl’s ears.
- Use the back of a small spoon to create a feather like pattern on the owl’s body.
- Arrange watermelon seeds on both sides of the owl to represent the wings.
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ANTS ON A LOG
Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- Slice celery stalks. I made mine around 3 inches long, a good size fore kids.
- Spread peanut butter.
- Top with raisins in a straight line, leaving a bit of space between each.
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The demonstration turned out to be a success. The children were very excited and happily followed along. They did a wonderful job creating the little owls and logs and you could see their sense of accomplishment when their end product looked similar to mine. And if that wasn’t enough, they all devoured it… Yes, even the celery! There were so many highs, but none more than how proud my 4 year old was to call me “Mommy.”