Seasonal Snacks for Kids

Fall is here, and the kids are settled into their back to school routine.

With all the autumn adventures right around the corner, fun seasonal snacks for kids are always on the menu. Whether you’re utilizing all those incredible Hudson Valley apples you’ve picked or just sending some Halloween surprises in your kid’s lunchbox, these snacks are sure to spark a smile.

It’s never too early in the season for some fun Halloween snacks that will add an unexpected twist to school lunches.

Caramel Apple Nachos

Ingredients
  • 3-4 gala apples
  • 3-4 granny smith apples
  • ½ package Kraft Caramels (unwrapped) (or Ice Cream Caramel Topping)
  • 1 TB water
  • white chocolate (vanilla) candy coating
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Heath toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Place heath bits and mini chips into separate bowls. It’s important to have these all ready so they can be sprinkled on as soon as the caramel and white chocolate are on.
  2. Cut a Ziploc bag at the corner. This will be for the white chocolate for you to drizzle on.
  3. Cut your apples right before working on candy coating and caramel so they do not brown. Place on your prepared dish.
  4. Unwrap caramels and place in a small pot with 1 TB water. Heat on low-medium temp until melted. (Or if you opt to use Ice Cream Caramel Topping skip this step).
  5. At the same time, melt white chocolate by placing candy coating in a small pot on low heat and stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Place in a ziploc bag with a cut corner as soon as it’s done.
  6. Drizzle white chocolate and caramel on as soon as they are melted and smooth. Sprinkle toppings (toffee bits and mini chips) on immediately.
  7. Serve immediately.

Haunted Haystacks

  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • candy eyeballs
  1. Melt butterscotch chips in the microwave for about 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir gently until smooth, then add peanut butter, stirring once more.
  2. Add in chow mein noodles and marshmallows and stir to coat.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Arrange candy eyeballs on one side of each treat. Let cool to set. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
  4. For the purple, white and green Haunted Haystacks, melt 1/3 cup candy melts in a glass bowl (about 30-60 seconds in the microwave) then add 1/2 cup chow mein noodles and 2 TBSP mini marshmallows. Stir to coat, drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Arrange candy eyeballs on each treat, then let cool to set.

Sweet Treat Bats

Ingredients
  • Miniature Reeses Cups
  • Thin Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Pre-made cream cheese frosting or homemade
  • Edible eyes

Instructions

  1. Remove the wrappers from the Reeses cups.
  2. Break the cookies in half and then separate all of the pieces from one another so you now have four “bat wings”. Scrape off the frosting and discard (or eat!)
  3. Fill up a plastic bag with the store bought or homemade frosting. Cut off the tip of the bag and pipe frosting onto the back corners of the broken cookie pieces.
  4. Press one cookie piece on the left of the Reeses cup and another cookie piece on the right of the Reeses cup.
  5. Pipe frosting on the back of the edible eyes and secure on top of the center of the Reeses cup.
  6. Enjoy!

Silly Apple Bites

Ingredients
  • 2 green apples, each quartered
  • sunflower butter
  • 32 sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1-2 homemade googly eyes per apple bite
 Instructions
  1. Cut the middles out of each quarter of the apple to create a mouth. Don’t worry about perfection, you are filling this gap with sunbutter anyway so if you cut too deep, you can always just cover it up and no one will know.
  2. Coat the inside of the cut gap with a filling of sunflower butter.
  3. Place 4 sunflower seeds on the top of the “mouth” for the teeth.
  4. Place 1 sliced strawberry inside the mouth for the tongue.
  5. “Glue” each eye above the mouth with a dab of sunbutter to stick.
  6. Serve with a smile.

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