Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Swinging in a healthier snack!

This year baseball season nearly killed me!  It was our first year that we had two kids in sports, same days and times for most games and practices!!  So our son was a Ray in the Acorn league and our daughter was a Ladybug in the TO Softball league! 
(Baseball season is tough for a mom with four lil ones needing me, two girls in college and a CPA husband during his busiest time at work!!)

I was able to step down and not commit as team moms (to both teams -eek - an honor to be asked but I thought I'd give up on sleep if I did)!  I dooo like to make fun treats though... fun and I try for healthy. 

I created these lil Pops of Yummy Goodness!  It's healthier than most teats and good too!

Slice Fuji Apples in Half... Stick a Popscicle Stick into the Core area.  (I like Organic Fuji apples as they are sweet and yet firm and can hold up to pies or great lil treats like this!)

Dip the Sliced half in Melted Chocolate to SEAL the slice!

For the Lady Bugs, after the sealed chocolate was set, I dipped the top 1/4 into melted chocolate.  I then dipped toothpicks into chocolate and 'glued' them to M&Ms!  Take more M&Ms (or Skittles) into chocolate and apply as eyes and spots.  I used a toothpick to draw a line to create the Ladybug "wings".

Before giving out I Chilled them in the fridge and when I took out to serve I stuck the toothpicks in so they stood up like antenia.

Our lil Ladybug had fun giving these treats out!  We had a great game that day and a wonderful season!  We couldn't be more proud of our kids this year!  Both are being promoted up next year and I can't wait to make some fun snacks next year!

I did this for my son's Ray's baseball team.  Same idea, I used the White Chocolate with pastel sprinkles in it to add a lil fun.  I then dipped the 'sliced' side to create that 'seal'.  I chilled it.  I then dipped the rest of the apple and then did lil red squigles and a line to create the stitching!  Needless to say it was a HUGE Hit!  The coaches were fighting for one, too... a fun and healthier snack!

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