Kids in the Kitchen: Snow Days!



These fun recipes are great for your next snow day with the kids! Avalanche Treats, hot chocolate and Maple Snow Candy are perfect for those cozy days inside when it’s snowy and school is out. Just be sure an adult helps with the Maple Snow Candy!

Avalanche Treats

Ingredients:

2 cups Crispy Rice cereal

1 cup mini-marshmallows

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 lb. white chocolate chips

¼ mini-chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper
  2. Mix cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Melt white chocolate and peanut butter together in a double boiler (or melt in the microwave 1 minute at a time, stirring in-between until melted smoothly).
  4. Pour melted white chocolate over the cereal and stir until completely coated.
  5. Drop onto the lined pans using a tablespoon.
  6. Sprinkle with mini-chocolate chips, if desired.
  7. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

 

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

1½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

6 cups whole milk

Mini-marshmallows

 

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients except marshmallows in a slow cooker, stirring to combine.

  1. Cook on low heat, covered, until everything is melted and smooth, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours.
  2. Ten minutes before serving, add marshmallows and let them get a little melty.
  3. Garnish with more marshmallows if desired.

Note: You can skip the heavy cream and just replace with additional whole milk, but the heavy cream gives a wonderful, rich taste.

 

Maple Syrup Snow Candy

Ingredients:

Pure maple syrup

Clean, fresh snow

Wooden popsicle sticks

 

Directions:

  1. Pour syrup into a small pot and heat until boiling. (The syrup will bubble.) Using a candy thermometer, continue to boil the syrup until it reaches the “soft ball” stage (235-240 degrees). If you pass the soft ball stage, your candy will just be more crunchy than chewy.
  2. Fill a baking sheet with packed, fresh, clean snow.
  3. An adult should remove the pot from the heat and pour the syrup in lines onto the snow. Be careful. The syrup will be very hot.
  4. Press a craft/popsicle stick into the syrup and as it is cooling, roll the syrup around one end of the stick, forming a Maple Syrup Snow Candy Taffy Pop!

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