Cooking is one of our kids’ favorite activities, and they get especially excited to make special snacks for almost any holiday. We wanted to make snacks for Valentine’s Day that were easy enough for our kids to help with, but cute enough to offer at a Valentine’s Day party or for a special school snack.
These marshmallow pops were a cinch to put together and our kids loved dipping the marshmallows in the sprinkles. Even though they are a sugary snack, each pop is only one marshmallow so we didn’t feel too bad about serving them to their friends as a school snack.
Marshmallow Pop Supplies/Ingredients:
- 1 bag of marshmallows
- Paper straws (we found ours at Michael’s, but you can find them on Amazon, at most craft stores and even a few grocery stores).
- About 5-6 Tbsp corn syrup
- Small pastry brush
- Sprinkles, in any color you’d like!
- A baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat
Start by pushing a straw in the middle of each marshmallow. This is a great activity for the kids to help with! Pour the corn syrup in a small dish. Using the pastry brush, brush the corn syrup around the bottom half of the marshmallow. Let the kids dip the marshmallow pop in the sprinkles. The sprinkles will stick to the marshmallow wherever the corn syrup has been placed. Place each marshmallow pop on the parchment paper or Silpat baking mat for a few hours while the corn syrup dries.
Fresh Fruit Heart Skewers
We wanted to make a snack that was on the healthier side and these fresh fruit skewers were so colorful that we couldn’t resist…and neither could our kids! The kids loved using the heart cookie cutters to make the heart shapes and they loved eating them even more.
Fresh Fruit Skewers Supplies/Ingredients:
- 1 package raspberries
- 1 seedless watermelon
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 pineapple
- 1 honeydew melon
- 1 package blueberries
- Heart cookie cutter. We used a 1 1/2″ heart cookie cutter, which is available in this set on Amazon.
- Bamboo Skewers
Slice the watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew so that you have large disks that are about 1/2″ thick. Let your kids cut out the hearts using the 1 1/2″ heart cookie cutter. Making the heart shape out of the pineapple was a bit trickier to figure out, but once we did it was easy to make. First slice off the top and bottom of the pineapple, then slice it lengthwise into quarters. Remove the outer peel of the pineapple. You should now have four long wedges of pineapple. With the point of the wedge facing down on the cutting board, cut a lengthwise “V” shape out of the side of the pineapple that is facing up. Now you can make slices from the long wedge that are 1/2″ thick and you have your heart! If you have kids on the younger side like we do, you may want to assemble the skewers yourself.
Both of these tasty and colorful snacks were such a hit amongst our kids and their friends that they didn’t last long!
Ashley + Hallman