Christmas (non) Baking Ideas

Date: 09 Dec 2015

Treat the family to some festive delights this December with some Christmas (non) baking ideas that you can do with the kids. Because there’s no baking involved it’s an enjoyable and worry-free activity that both you and the kids will love – not to mention it’s fun for all ages!

Here are our top three treats to make; they’re all easy, fun and cheap.

Party pops

What you’ll need:

-          Lollipop sticks (you can buy these from supermarkets)

-          Melted chocolate

-          Biscuits or marshmallows

These are really easy to make, but really fun too and as long as you have the sticks, you can make them whenever you like and with whatever you have in the kitchen. Melt the chocolate (you can choose white, dark or milk) and place your choice of pop on the stick (it could be a marshmallow, biscuit or apple – anything you like) then simply dip your pop in the melted chocolate. If you want to make this is a really sweet treat then you can dip it in sprinkles or crushed nuts too. Let the kids be as experimental as they like.

Marshmallow snowmen

What you’ll need:

-          Giant Marshmallows

-          Strawberry laces (or whatever flavour you prefer)

-          Icing sugar (mixed with water to stick the snowmen together)

-          Sweets

-          Icing pens

These cute little marshmallow snowmen are the perfect treat to make in the run-up to Christmas. Mix your icing sugar and water together and use the mixture to stick your two giant marshmallows on top of each other to form the body of your snowman. Then all you need to do is decorate! Laces make a great scarf for your snowman, while fruit pastels make a good hat. And don’t forget an orange sweet for the nose – Skittles look good. Use the coloured icing pens to give your snowman a face and some buttons and then they are ready to be eaten!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer biscuits

What you’ll need:

-          Plain digestive or rich tea biscuits (or, you can make your own beforehand)

-          Melted milk or dark chocolate

-          Twiglets (pretzels could be an alternative if your kids don’t like twiglets)

-          A red nose (M&M’s, Skittles and Smarties all look good)

-          White chocolate buttons

-          Strawberry laces

Smother your biscuit in melted chocolate and place the white chocolate buttons on as the eyes, the red nose on and the strawberry laces on as a smile for Rudolph. While the chocolate is still melted stick the twiglets to the top of the reindeer’s head to create the antlers. Then all that’s left to do is to let it set until the chocolate has cooled - and then your Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is ready to eat!

You can use the above ideas to create other designs too. For the party pops you can use strawberries, cupcakes or apples. Instead of Reindeer biscuits why not create Santa biscuits or Christmas tree biscuits? These sweet treats are ideal as snacks for visitors – your children will love seeing people enjoy food that they’ve made!

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