Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Snacks (nope, not the healthy kind!)

When I saw these two posts on acorns and turkeys, I knew I had to give them a try! 1) They're just adorable and 2) they'll be yummy to snack on while the turkey's in the oven. They're so easy to do and the kids could even help if you're busy with the cranberry sauce, the rolls, the mashed potatoes......

1.) Peanut Butter Chocolate Acorns

Nutter Butter Bites
Hershey's Kisses
Chocolate chips

Take a small plate and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. See how many Hershey's Kisses you can unwrap in those 30 seconds (I got up to four). After the 30 seconds, take the plate out and place the Hershey's Kisses bottom down on the plate. Give them a few seconds to warm up and once the bottom is slightly melted, put it on a Nutter Butter Bite and on a different plate to cool. Do this for as many acorns as you'd like to make.

Once the Hershey's Kisses are securely "glued" to the Nutter Butter Bites, do the same things with the chocolate chips, only keep in mind they only need to be on the plate for a couple seconds. Trust me, they melt fast! Stick them on the other side of the Nutter Butter and voila! Peanut butter chocolate acorns!

2.) Rice Krispies Turkeys

Rice Krispies
Marshmallows (1 bag of big or 1 bag of mini-marshmallows)
Reese's Miniature Cups
Fruity Roll-ups
Googly eyes

First, make a batch of Rice Krispies treats. If you don't know how to do that, neither did I, I just followed the recipe on the box. It's quite simple: melt butter, pour in marshmallows, then pour in Rice Krispies. I poured the mix into a pan covered with aluminum foil, cut it into pieces, and once it was completely cooled, I flipped the batch over so the flat side was facing up.

 Now it's time to make the turkeys! Use the Reese's miniature cups as the body, googly eyes, and fruit roll-ups for the feathers! The original post called for using Starburts, melting and rolling them out but that just seemed like WAY too much trouble!


TOTAL COSTS: About $25 (prices from Vons)
$3.50 for Hershey's Kisses
$3.50 for Reese's Miniature Cups
$2.49 for Nutter Butter Bites
$3.99 for Fruity Roll-Ups
$2.99 for Rice Krispies (I used the generic brand)
$2.49 for marshmallows
$2.99 for chocolate chips
$3.99 for googly eyes

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: 2 hours to complete both
1.5 hours for the Rice Krispies turkeys
30 minutes to make 30 acorns

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 1 out of 5 for the acorns, 2 out of 5 for the Rice Krispies turkeys
The turkeys aren't difficult to make, they just take a little more time! Enjoy!

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