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I am devoting the last few blog posts until Hanukkah to a few of my favorite super easy things to do with the kiddoes.
#1 Make edible dreidels
Ingredients: small pretzel sticks, marshmallows, Hershey’s ® Kisses, and some kind of frosting (like tubes of blue frosting).
- Break off a piece of pretzel stick for the dreidel handle and jab it into one end of the marshmallow.
- Dab some frosting “glue” on the other end of the marshmallow. Apply the flat side of the Hershey’s Kiss to the frosting.
- Write a Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin around the marshmallow in blue gel.
You can dunk marshmallows (already on the pretzel sticks) into melted chocolate, then coat with sprinkles.
Or you can use Nutella® or creamy peanut butter as “glue” instead of frosting.
If you have kids or guests with peanut allergies, take that into account when you choose the “glue” to use.
#2 Make edible menorahs
While there are many, many ways to do this, one super simple approach is to make them from brownies or doughnut holes. Check out this article about making edible menorahs.
#3 Host a cupcake decorating party
Cupcakes are fun for everyone. They can be full size or mini. Basic or super fancy. If you want to go fancy and seasonal, you can try Lemon Cupcakes with Olive Oil, Sage, and Sea Salt.
Or you can just keep it simple, tailoring your kids’ role to their ages.
For littles, you handle the frosting and they add sprinkles and press little pieces of candy on top.
When they’re a bit more comfortable with a small butter knife, they can spread on smooth frosting and even embed a gold-covered piece of gelt into the frosting.
Tweens and teens can:
- Create more intricate designs using cake decorating tips and frosting bags
- Design and make cupcake toppers using seasonal symbols (e.g., dreidel shapes and Jewish stars)
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