Monday, January 28, 2013

Delicious Chocolate Crunchies!

Do your children like to make snacks for themselves?

How about an easy, chocolatey snack that contains only two ingredients? Mmm...

Well, have them try making a batch of homemade Chocolate Crunchies!

What you will need:
A small, microwave-safe bowl or mug
Mixing spoons, one per child
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (We used Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips)
Dry cereal (We used Cocoa Krispies)

1. Have each child carefully wash and dry their hands.

2. Pass out microwave-safe mugs or bowls and spoons.
*Each child should have their own mug and spoon to make this snack.

3. Give each child up to a tablespoon up to 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
Then, have each child pour their chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl or mug.

4. Melt the chocolate chips, being careful not to burn them. Each child should get a turn to place their cup of chips into the microwave.
*The time to melt the chips will vary, depending on the wattage of your microwave, as well as how many chips you decide to melt.
 **Start with 20-30 seconds for a small amount of chocolate chips and then, carefully remove the chips and stir until they are melted.
***The mug or bowl may be hot, so have adult supervision and check before pulling the chips from the microwave.

5.  Have each child stir their own chocolate. Then, once melted, have the child carefully start to pour some Cocoa Krispies cereal or other dry cereal into the melted chocolate.
the child should then stir their chocolate and cereal mixture.
 *You will need a few tablespoons of the cereal.

4. Have a small silicone baking sheet (We used a Silpat) out on top of a small cookie sheet.
Have children spoon their snacks onto the cookie sheet.

5. Place the snacks into the freezer and allow them to firm up on the sheet.
*If you have many children making these, you may wish to label their space by using parchment paper with their names written in permanent marker to indicate their space for their snack. 

6. When the Chocolate Crunchies feel as if they have hardened, carefully peel from the sheet and then, enjoy!

What is nice about this snack is that since each child is making his or her own snack, they are not swapping germs with anyone else making snacks.
Also nice is that you can accommodate for those with gluten or chocolate allergies by switching up the ingredients to meet the child's specific dietary needs.

Plus, if every child makes their own tiny snack, it helps with portion control, as these are pretty irresistible!


Do you have any simple, fun snacks for children?
If you do, would love it if you would include a comment with a link to your post.

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