Thursday, October 15, 2015

#MixInMonsterMash :: Snack Pack Made Fun

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I don't know what it is about the holidays but when Fall rolls around and the holidays inch closer and closer, all I want to do is bake and cook and create. One area that I've been focusing on more is allowing Connor help me in the kitchen more often. I want him to have memories of him and I in the kitchen to look back on as an adult. One easy way to get him involved is to make snack time fun. Thanks to a little Snack Pack influence, Connor and I created 4 Halloween themed snacks on Monday. Not only did we have a BLAST making our creations but they tasted pretty good too! 

 
Monday afternoon we packed up and headed to our local Meijer. I can't tell you how much I love our newly remodeled Meijer - the aisles are wider than other stores making shopping easier. It's clean and easy to navigate. Am I the only one who has a favorite grocery store and only visits that ONE location? Yeah, didn't think so. Snack Packs are fairly inexpensive but before you head out to Meijer to snag yours, be sure to sign up for their FREE mPerks program. Now through October 31st, there is a $1 off coupon when you buy 4 Snack Packs.  We had our list and we shopped for must have snack goodies.
  • Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding
  • Oreos
  • Gummy Worms
  • Candy Eyes and Pumpkins
  • Green Icing
  • Green Sprinkles
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • Nutter Butter Cookies

Once we got home, we got to working on our chocolate creations. We made 4 Halloween inspired pudding snacks: a Nutty Graveyard, Dirt Pudding, Green Marsh Pudding and Pumpkin Patch Harvest. First up was our Nutty Graveyard treat.


Remove the lid from your Snack Pack. Using the green sprinkles, cover the top of you container to create the appearance of grass. Using the black decorating gel, add eyes and a mouth to your Nutter Butter bar. Place your spooky Nutter Butter in the grass and add 2 candy pumpkins for decorations.  

 
Remove the lid from your snack pack so that you can add you dirt and worms. Using a small plastic bag, add 7-10 oreos and smash them to create crumbs. I used my rolling pin (which Connor thought was hilarious!). Dump the broken cookies into the top of your cup, creating your dirt pile. Place your worms in and around your Snack pack.


This was Connor's favorite to make and eat! ALL THE MESS! Open your snack pack and fill the top with green icing creating a bump as you go so you have somewhere to stick your eyes. Once you've filled the cup to your (or Connor's) liking, add the eyes. Now sit back and watch your clean faced toddler get messy real quick!


Lastly, it wouldn't be Fall without a pumpkin patch. I added a bit of icing to create a field (use your imagination, mmkay?) and added 4 jack o' lanterns. Simple but full of the Halloween spirit. If you want to make your own Halloween inspired treats, visit Snack Pack on Pinterest and Facebook.

Snack Pack are a consistent in our home. Each serving provides us with as much calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk. And let's face it, chocolate pudding with sprinkles or pumpkins is way more fun to eat than boring milk. Since Connor is picky, I like being able to sneak things into his diet without him knowing. Calcium in items like Snack Pack help get the job done.

I had the best time putting together these treats with Connor. Getting him more involved in meal prep has been a fun (messy) experience for both of us but I'm loving the memories we are making in the kitchen. I can't wait to see what we can come up with for Halloween and Christmas! Yes! Christmas! Be sure to visit your local Meijer to pick up the goodies for your holiday treats! Don't forget your Snack Packs!  

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