Snacks are crucial for everyone. They keep us full in between meals and quench our cravings. Children love snacks as much as we do and with the holiday season approaching let’s make snack time exciting for you and for them!
We have found some delicious snacks that are all perfectly festive for the holidays! These snacks range from a few healthy ideas to even sweet sugary treats as well as a few savory recipes too. Most of these recipes are so easy to make that you can encourage your kids to help you prepare them. Turn snack time into an exciting time spent together!
Rice Krispie treats are a hit with almost all kids! Make a batch of these adorable reindeer Rice Krispies for your kids to enjoy this holiday season!
First, you’ll make a regular Rice Krispie Treat recipe followed by placing them in the fridge to cool and harden. Once they have hardened in the fridge you’ll be able to cut them into rectangles. Add a craft spoon to each Rice Krispie square and then with melted chocolate and a few candies, you can transform these tasty treats into adorable reindeers.
These edible Christmas wreaths are a similar idea to the reindeer Rice Krispie treats but instead use cornflakes. They’re delicious and your kids will have fun making them too!
All you’ll need are 4 ingredients. These include cornflakes, butter, mini marshmallows, and green food coloring. Once you have your materials and ingredients in place your kids can help you mold these wreathes into shape. Lastly, decorate them with red cinnamon candies.
Do you and your kids love muddy buddies? Try combining the flavors of muddy buddies with other exciting ingredients such as holiday M&M’s, peanut butter cups, and pretzels that together make reindeer chow.
This treat is easy to make and even more exciting to eat! Make a large batch so you can indulge with your kids and gift some to friends and family too!
This may not be the healthiest treat but your kids will surely love these! They’re also so easy to create you can encourage them to help you.To make the trees all you’ll need are pretzel sticks, green colored chocolate wafers, and sprinkles.
Drizzling melted chocolate allows you to create the tree shape effortlessly. Set them in the fridge to harden into shape and then enjoy them on their own or atop a one bite brownie.
Do your kids need encouragement to eat more healthy foods? Try presenting them with an exciting platter that makes eating healthy food fun!
This snack idea is so easy you don’t even need a recipe! Simply cut up the fruit of your choice and arrange in the shape of a Christmas tree.
These peanut butter celery reindeer sticks are adorable and delicious! They take minutes to make and your kids will have fun gobbling up their reindeer treats.
All you’ll need to create this snack are celery sticks, a nut or seed butter of your choice, pretzels cut in half, and raspberries. You’ll also be provided with a link to make your own homemade edible googly eyes, however, chocolate chips will work great on their own too!
Oreos are a delicious snack on their own! However, this holiday season put a festive spin on a classic snack by creating these chocolate covered strawberry Christmas trees.
You’ll coat strawberries in melted green chocolate wafers. To achieve an even and thorough coat of chocolate, you can use a toothpick! Add a dollop of melted white chocolate or icing to the Oreo cookie and add the chocolate covered strawberry on top. Lastly, decorate the trees using candied sprinkles of your choice!
Let’s face it, we all know kids can be some of the pickiest eaters! A great tactic to battle this daily dilemma is to try and make food fun for them!
Transform an ordinary string cheese into an adorable snowman that your kids will love! You can make these ahead of time and pack in their lunches the days leading up to Christmas or you could send a batch to school with your kids for a fun treat to share.
If you don’t have a set of holiday cookie cutters, it is about time that you get one! Cookie cutters are great for the obvious, cookies, however, they are great for so much more too!
You could use these cookie cutters to create fun holiday shaped sandwiches. You could even use them to cut soft fruit or veggies! It’s a simple and budget-friendly way to make food exciting for your kids!
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This is another simple snack idea that doesn’t require a recipe! These strawberry Santas are healthy, adorable and delicious!
All you’ll need are fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and black sesame seeds. Cut off the pointed end of the strawberry and add a swirl of whipped cream. Then, place the pointed end on top of the whipped cream and add another drop of whipped cream that looks like Santa’s pompom. Lastly, use black sesame seeds for eyes and you’ll have these delicious Santas made in no time.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a classic holiday story that many enjoy every year. Whether you’re reading the story or watching the movie make sure you whip up these adorable Grinch fruit kabobs. They’re so easy to make and would even be a great snack idea your kids could share at school!
All you’ll need for these Grinch fruit kabobs are toothpicks, green grapes, sliced bananas, fresh strawberries, and mini marshmallows. If you have young children consider cutting up the fruit and laying the ingredients out for them. Then allow them to get creative and create the kabobs themselves.
Brownies are a crowd pleaser and there is no question that your kids will enjoy them for a delicious snack. These holiday tree brownies only require a few ingredients and are even more fun to decorate.
You’ll start with boxed brownie mix. Bake the brownies in the oven and once they have cooled cut the brownies into triangles. Add a mini candy cane at the base and then decorate using green frosting and sprinkles!
This snack idea is a great example showing how you can utilize those holiday cookie cutters. Once again you can effortlessly transform a basic snack into one that is festive and exciting for the holidays.
What you’ll need for this snack are holiday cookie cutters, crackers of your choice, ham slices, and cheddar cheese slices. This snack will take about 5 minutes to whip up and its so easy to do you can allow your kids to make their own!
Tell your kids that their snack is Caprese salad and they may turn their noses up at you. However, you can easily take those same ingredients and turn them into little snowmen that they’ll definitely want to eat up!
They’ll have fun indulging in a snack and you’ll feel satisfied that they’re indulging in wholesome and fresh ingredients.
This fruit platter is another great example of how you can display fresh fruit festively. Instead of kiwis and Christmas trees, you can create a Santa fruit platter!
It’s so easy you don’t need a recipe. Simply wash fresh raspberries, cut bananas into slices and use 2 chocolate candy melts and chocolate chips for eyes! Your kids might also feel more inclined to eat all the fruit when they realize there is chocolate on their plate too!
Chocolate bark treats can look fancy but you’ll quickly discover it’s incredibly easy to make! These melted snowman treats would be a great activity to keep your kids busy!
All you’ll need are white chocolate wafers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Wilton candy eyes, pretzels, and Red Hot candies. These are so adorable you could even gift some away. Additionally, you may want to ensure your kids only indulge in one snowman at a time otherwise the sugar rush may be more than you want to handle!
If you loved the melted snowman chocolate bark you’ll definitely love this version too! Instead of snowmen, this chocolate bark is decorated with Christmas lights!
The steps are just as easy as the previous recipe and even require fewer ingredients. For this snack you’ll need green and white colored chocolate wafers, peanut M&M’s and dark green Mike & Ikes. It’ll only take about 20 minutes to create and then you’ll need to set it in the fridge. Before you know it you and your kids will have an adorable festive treat you can indulge in.
Searching for a savory snack? This pull-apart crescent Christmas tree has your name on it! It’s so easy because all the ingredients are store-bought.
Start with store-bought crescent roll dough and fill the dough with garlic and herb cheese. Then arrange the little crescent rolls into the shape of a Christmas tree. You’ll bake the tree until it has reached a golden brown color and finish by brushing on melted butter and freshly chopped parsley. Your kids will surely love this ooey-gooey cheesy treat!
These Christmas hugs are festive, delicious and simple to make too. You’ll need just 3 ingredients such as square pretzels, chocolate kisses, and M&M holiday chocolate candies.
To assemble this snack you’ll need to lay the pretzels on a baking sheet with a Hershey’s kiss on top. They’ll need to bake in the oven for about 4 minutes or until the chocolates are shiny and melted. You’ll then press an M&M into each chocolate and place in the fridge to harden.
Kids love sugar so there is no question that a simple marshmallow stick would satisfy them! This idea is simple and doesn’t require a recipe!
To create these snowman marshmallows you’ll need skewers, large marshmallows, chocolate, and orange chocolate wafers. Assemble the marshmallows on the sticks and then decorate the snowmen’s faces using food-safe paint brushes and melted chocolate! Turn this into a fun edible craft that you can make with your kids and they’ll have fun with it!
This pizza recipe gets a festive upgrade and transforms mini pizzas into little Christmas trees. Your kids will love making these and they’ll love eating them even more.
To make this recipe easy you can use rolled puff pastry for the pizza dough. Then using a Christmas tree cookie cutter you can cut the perfect shape. Add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings then bake in the oven!
This is another delicious and savory snack idea that your kids will love! Instead of pizza, you can try creating these calzone Christmas trees! If your kids love pizza pockets they’ll surely love this snack too!
For the dough, use store-bought pizza dough. Then you’ll cut the Christmas tree shapes by hand, or you could use a cookie cutter too! These calzones are filled with blended cheese, pizza sauce, roasted peppers, artichokes, and tomatoes. However, you can fill them with whatever ingredients your kids love!
Popcorn and candies come together to make a delicious Santa Crunch that your kids will undeniably enjoy. First, you’ll need to pop about 10 cups of popcorn. Then you’ll melt mini marshmallows with butter and pour the mixture over the popcorn.
Lastly, sprinkle red and green M&M’s over top the popcorn and let it cool. Then you can break apart and enjoy together!
This idea is so simple and you’ll only need a few ingredients. To create these cheese reindeer you’ll need Laughing Cow cheese wedges, pretzels, olives, and red pepper.
If you have younger children consider cutting up the peppers and olives for them. Then, when all the materials are ready, encourage your kids to build their own little reindeer before they dig into their delicious snack!
Earlier we talked about how you can transform an Oreo cookie into a Christmas tree but here is another excellent example that shows how you can put a festive spin onto a simple treat. Cake pops are delicious but they do require a lot of work and many steps.
Skip all the steps because these Oreo pops are simple, tasty and will take no time at all! To decorate these Oreo pops you’ll need colored chocolate wafers, candies, and pretzels. Make this an afternoon craft for the family and then enjoy your Christmas snack soon after!
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