Pumpkins, Spiders, and Bats… OH MY!!
By Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD
Use these fun ideas to get your kids in the kitchen and whip up some tasty low-sugar festive treats! Don’t have Wholly Rollies at a store near you? Don’t worry, you can order them online or use Crazy Richard’s creamy peanut butter to make some peanut butter balls of your own!
To start: Take a bag of Wholly Rollies and let them thaw on the counter for 1-2 hours. (Or if you’re in a hurry, put them on a microwave safe plate and heat on high for 45 seconds.) Take 2 Wholly Rollies and squish them together in your hands. Slowly start to knead them together and roll them into one larger ball. Repeat this until you have 5-6 larger balls. (Note: You can make all of these ideas with just one Wholly Rollie, but they’re a bit easier to manage with a larger base of two balls smooshed together.)
For the Pumpkins: Stick a small piece of a pretzel stick into the top for the stem, and make a smiley face using mini chocolate chips on the front.
For the Bats: Cut a bar of dark chocolate into triangles. Carefully stick one triangle into each side of the wholly rollie to make the bat’s ears. Add mini chocolate chips for eyes.
For the spiders: Shape the larger balls into more of an oval shape. Break off semi-circle pieces of heart shaped pretzels for the legs and carefully insert 4 on each long side of the oval. Add mini chocolate chips for the eyes.