This Winter, thank goodness, has been mild, but I haven’t forgotten the Winters of the recent past that forced the seven of us to stay indoors (cooped up and in close quarters) for days on end.
Snow Days are inevitable during January and February in Washington DC, and as a mother of 5 living in a small townhouse, I MUST be prepared with some snow day activities to keep my kids entertained (you know rather than the alternative of having them tear at each others’ throats…).
Thanks to a quick internet search, I found the perfect white chocolate snowman treat that even my kids could handle.
Here’s the image that I found on Disney’s Family Fun:
Crunchy the Snowman
I headed out the other day to get all of the ingredients for the project (you can read all about my shopping trip and my crazy directionally-challenged self in the Google+ story I made with all of my phone pics).
The good news was that I finally made it to Weis, learned about a new grocery store in my area, and got a fancy new club card to add to my wallet (I’m actually truly interested to watch their ads now for deals because their rewards program sounds pretty cool).
After I got home and layed the ingredients out on the table, we got started. Here’s the simple process (and when I say simple, I mean that my 6 year old son made the finished example below just by looking at the pictures!)
- - container of large pretzel rods
- - 1 cup white melting chocolate (I use almond bark)
- - mini chocolate chips
- - orange Tic Tacs
- - Fruit by the Foot (or some kind of fruit leather, cut into strips)
- - gummy rings or chocolate wafers
- - gumdrops
- Melt 1 cup of white chocolate (almond bark) in the top of a double boiler.
- One at a time, dip one end of a pretzel rod in the melted chocolate and use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate two thirds of the way down the rod.
- Set the pretzels on a sheet of waxed paper and let chocolate dry for a few minutes.
- Press on mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons and a Tic Tac for the carrot nose.
- When the chocolate has hardened, tie the Fruit by the Foot around the snowman's "neck" for a scarf. Stand the pretzel rods in a stable glass.
- For each hat, stretch a gummy ring over the narrow end of a gumdrop and secure it on the pretzel rod with a dab of melted chocolate. You can also "glue" a gumdrop onto a chocolate wafer and secure the hat onto the pretzel rod in the same fashion.
After we were done with the pretzel snowmen, we dipped some Oreo cookies in the melted white chocolate (because who wants melted chocolate to go to waste??) and added the same embellishments to make them into little snowman heads. All in all, it was a great activity for my kids – a perfect snow time time-filler. Heck, I’d even make these snowmen treats to cool off a hot summer day (in other words, they are yummy any time of year).
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. The opinions and photos are my own.
PS – I’ve been having problems with this recipe plugin and photos, so I apologize if things don’t look quite right!
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