Monday, September 24, 2007

Edible Crafts - Crafts that are fun to make and yummy to eat



Making crafts can be really fun. What is more fun is to make a craft that you can eat. YUMMY!

Try out these crafts Now!

Candy Bird Nests

You can make these cute little candy nests as treats to serve at parties.

You'll need some adult supervision in melting the chocolate

Supplies:
A large mixing bowl and a spoon
1 cup chocolate chips and/or peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles and/or cereal (like crispy rice cereal, cornflakes, or crumbled-up shredded wheat)
A muffin pan or a flat baking pan
Aluminum foil or Waxed paper
Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds)
Optional: Marshmallow chicks

Directions:

1. Put a piece of aluminum foil (or waxed paper cut into squares) on top of a muffin pan or a flat baking pan (a flat baking pan makes flat nests). If using a muffin pan, make indentations in the paper or foil in each of the depressions. If you're using waxed paper, try cutting individual squares of paper for each of the muffin holes (this makes the waxed paper maintain the cup shapes).

2. Have an adult melt the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips) in the microwave or in a double boiler (do not overheat the chocolate or it gets grainy). When they are melted, mix the chocolate with the chow mein noodles or cereal in a large bowl.

3. Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies), put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in each cup of the muffin pan, forming little nests (or if you're using a flat pan, after putting the mixture on the pan, make an indentation in it with the back of a spoon).

4. Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little nests. If they won't stick, use a dab of peanut butter or marshmallow cream to glue them in.

5. Let the nests cool. If you like, add a marshmallow chick to each nest (glue it with peanut butter or marshmallow cream). You now have cute candy nests to eat and enjoy.

For a non-chocolate version of these nests, use marshmallows melted with a little butter instead of the chocolate mixture (use the Rice Krispies treats recipe: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 package (10 oz.) marshmallows, 6 cups cereal).


Rainbow in A Cup

This cute snack is simple to make, but each layer has to set before you add the next layer, so start days before you want to eat it.

Supplies needed:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple Jello
Hot and cold water
Clear plastic cups
Refrigerator

Directions:

1. Make the red Jello according to instructions on the box. Pour a small amount in the bottom of each clear glass (about one sixth of the cup).
2. When the red Jello has set (this will take hours or overnight), repeat using the orange Jello.
3. Repeat with the yellow, green, blue and purple Jellos.

You now have rainbow Jello to help you celeberate any festive occasions!


Sweet Necklace or Bracelet

This is an easy way to make a very sweet, edible necklace or bracelet using licorice whips and Fruit Loops cereal and/or Cheerios. This is a good group activity for a child's party.

Use long licorice whips for necklaces and short ones for bracelets -leave a lot of extra room for tying the ends.
String the cereal onto the licorice whips.

Tie the ends together.
Wear and eat!

Cup o' Fish

Make an edible aquarium in a cup. This is a great party treat you can make.

You will need:

blue jello
gummy fish (or fruit-flavored sharks)
clear plastic cups

Directions:

1. Make blue jello according to the directions on the box.
2. Pour into clear plastic cups.
3.Let them cool in the refrigerator until partially set - about an hour.
4. When they're partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup.
5. Put them in the refrigerator until they're completely set.

Eat and enjoy!

Variations include:

Frozen fish-popsicles (just freeze the jello in popsicle molds - add the gummy fish when they are partially set - unmold very gently when entirely frozen). These are really messy to eat and are best eaten outside.

An entire punch bowl of fish jello (made like the cup o' fish)!


Fire Truck Snack

Each fire truck takes one and a half graham crackers. This craft makes a great snack that kids can make themselves (with some guidance). This craft can be messy!

Supplies:

A paper plate
Graham crackers (1 1/2 per fire truck)
Tiny Ritz crackers (for wheels)
Stick pretzels
Black licorice
Softened cream cheese (or thick frosting)
Red food coloring
A red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry

Directions:

1.Have an adult mix a few drops of food coloring to the cream cheese (or frosting). The children will use this edible "glue" to put their fire truck together.
2.Start with a whole graham cracker. Using the back of a spoon, spread some of the "glue" on one side of it.
3.Put half a graham cracker on top of the "glue." This is the cab of the fire truck.
4."Glue" a red jellybean, a red Dots candy, a cherry, or a strawberry on top of the cab. This is the fire truck's red light.
5."Glue" four of the tiny Ritz crackers to the sides - these are the wheels.
6. On the back of the truck, "glue" two pretzels parallel to each other. Then "glue" in broken pieces to make a tiny ladder.
7."Glue" on a piece of licorice - this is the firehose.

You now have a tiny fire truck that is great for snack time!














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