With Halloween on your kitchen calendar, a lot of sweets will be passing through your house – and your children’s hands! With sugar-free candies and cookies, you can treat them with sweets and still keep a lid on their sugar-induced hyperactivity.
So, let them eat candy
Start with the fall colors, holiday shapes, and a small degree of difficulty to make special treats for the family. And, be ready to let the children make mistakes. As you’ll find at Bright Horizons, “While learning from mistakes, they also develop self-confidence, self-concept, and moral judgment that comes from doing something like apologizing to the neighbor and working to right what went wrong.”
Halloween Trail Mix: Put out the supplies and invite the kids to make a trail mix to their taste.
Ingredients: almonds, pistachios, crumbled pretzels, peanuts, cashews, sugar-free licorice drops, raisins, chopped pieces of dried fruit, popcorn, goldfish, and anything else of which you may think. Let them grab for quantity, taste for quality, and hand mix their treats.
Licorice Crafts: Sugar-free and gluten-free licorice come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, many of them available in bulk from Sweet Services.
- Strings and vines can twist into trees without leaves, eyebrows and antennae on “monsters,” or whiskers, eyebrows, and mustaches on creature faces.
- Licorice drops can serve as eyes or noses, and licorice bears and bats can populate a scene.
Oreo Bat Pops: Tasty, but not too scary, Oreo Bar Pops are easy for kids to assemble.
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Ingredients: Sugarless Oreos, sometimes available with an orange filling during the season; lollipop sticks; and, candy google eyes.
- Separate the two sides of two Oreos.
- Laying one-half with cream fill on the table, insert the lollipop stick about halfway
- Cut the other side into two halves with water moistened serrated knife to form the ears.
- Affix each of the two ears so the stick out from the opened cookie.
- Cover the stick, ears, and bottom cookie with another Oreo side.
- Stick edible eyes on the face.
With a little patience, you can cut angles into the wings or create an adhesive with icing.
Halloween cupcakes: Make cupcakes in any flavor you want, but dark chocolate, orange, and red velvet contribute to the holiday themes. Ice the cupcakes with thematic colors, and let the children decorate.
Ingredients: crushed or whole Oreos, sugarless candy corn, licorice, and jelly beans. Make sure there are spider legs, whiskers, antennae, miniature pumpkins, and candy eyes.
Halloween cakes: Full-size cakes present a larger canvas for crafting with candy. Look for sugar-free cake mixes in holiday colors and flavors, and ice the cake with white or pale orange so any artwork will stand out.
Better yet, make several small cakes, one for each child. You can see a whole inventory of non-edible decorations and cake toppers at stores like Michael’s. Or, you can provide a supply of crushed cookies, candy corn, licorice strips, and more. With a large enough variety, each child can own his/her cake design.
Candy Corn potted gifts: Turn small flower pots into table treats or party favors. Buy mini-terracotta flower pots: 2″ across the top; 1-1/4″ across the base; 2-1/4″ tall. The plan is to paint them the colors of candy corn.
- Paint the pot bright orange below the rim. Use latex paint, chalk paint, or craft paint.
- When thoroughly dry, wrap the pot with paint proof tape about ⅕” above the bottom. And, paint that stripe white.
- Paint the pot around the rim with bright yellow.
Fill each bowl with a holiday mix heavy with candy corn. You can insert a stick with a Halloween mask or message flying like a flag.
According to Yale Scientific and the National Institute of Health, there is no proven connection between sugar and pediatric hyperactivity. But, mothers still worry, so substituting for heavy sugar treats still, makes a lot of sense.
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