What’s a slumber party without fun snacks? While feeding someone else’s kids for the night might seem like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, it doesn’t have to be that way. These snacks will please picky eaters without taking too much of your time and these snacks won’t make a mess of your kitchen, so the sleepover can go smoothly for both you and your houseguests. The recipes are so simple, in fact, that the kiddos can help make them.
If your little guests are more into monsters than unicorns, swap the sugar sprinkles for chocolate rocks and choose a yellow-colored jelly, like orange or mango. Messy fingers, sugar rushes and happy smiles guaranteed.
Makes 2 s’mores:
2 sheets of graham crackers
2 tsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp water
1-2 tbsp sugar pearl sprinkles or any other kind of colored sprinkle
2 tbsp marshmallow fluff
1 tsp strawberry or other red-colored jelly
2 tbsp dark chocolate M&M candies
Snap each of the graham cracker sheets in half. In a small bowl, stir the powdered sugar and water together until it forms a thick glaze. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar until thick. Spread the glaze on top of two of the graham cracker halves and immediately press the sprinkles into the glaze.
In a small bowl, stir the marshmallow fluff and the jelly together until combined into a pale pink fluff. Dollop the fluff onto the unglazed graham cracker halves. Top with M&Ms. Heat the graham cracker-fluff-M&M stack in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Top with the glazed graham cracker halves and enjoy!
S’mores-covered Apple Slices
The decadence of a s’more is enhanced by the bright, juicy crunch of the apple. Just the right amount of sweet and satisfying, these slices are ideal for a late-night snack.
1 large apple, sliced
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp Marshmallow fluff
1 sheet of graham crackers, crushed into small pieces
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at thirty second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth.
Dip each slice of apple halfway into the chocolate. Lay on a plate or tray and refrigerate for about thirty minutes, until the chocolate is hard. Dollop marshmallow fluff over top of the chocolate layer. Sprinkle graham cracker pieces over top.
This non-alcoholic take on the light and refreshing mimosa will have your kids feeling like fancy grownups.
Makes 2 mock mimosas:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cold water
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sparkling water
2 Orange wedges (can also use lime)
Spread the sugar on a plate. Pour the cold water into a bowl or plate. Dip the rim of your drinking glasses about 1/2 inch into the water, then immediately dip the rim of the glasses into the sugar until the rim is “frosted” all around.
Fill the glasses with ice. Then, fill halfway with orange juice and the rest of the way with sparkling water. Add the slice of orange to the rim of the glasses. Enjoy with your favorite fanciful reusable straws.
Mini Pizza Pals
Even the pickiest eater can’t turn down these cute tiny pizzas, especially when the pizzas are smiling up at them with veggie smiles.
Makes 2 mini pizzas:
1 whole wheat English muffin, halved
1/3 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup shredded provolone and/or mozzarella cheese
Sliced bell peppers, mushrooms or any other kid-friendly veggies
Preheat the oven’s broiler.
Spread the pizza sauce over the open face of each of the English muffin halves. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Add veggies in the shape of smiles, animal faces, or other symbols.
Place the mini pizzas on a cookie tray. Broil for about five minutes or until the cheese is turning golden-brown on top, rotating halfway through.
Let sit a few minutes before serving to avoid burned tongues!
In addition to writing and serving as Assistant Managing Editor for Space Coast Magazines, Heather Motro writes the sustainability blog The Blergh, manages social media for the Marine Resources Council and was co-Editor-in-Chief of Holy Trinity High School’s award-winning yearbook, The Tigrium. She is a member of Clemson University Honors College Class of ’24 (go Tigers!).