Make holiday snacking a two-time pleaser with this 2-in-1 snack and craft for kids. Create the trail mix (or any snack idea really) prior to making these Surprise Witches Hats and set aside. Invite the kids to join you in the kitchen for some Halloween fun with these allergen friendly ingredients.
I was delightfully reminded this weekend about how my mother always wanted me to be something scary for Halloween. I asked my new 10 year old friend what she was going to dress up as and whether or not she preferred to dress cute or scary. She said scary. Good girl. My mother would have been proud. Growing up our conversations would go a little something like this: “So you want to be a princess, huh? Why not be a scary one! Little Red Riding Hood? Consider being eaten by the Big Bad Wolf!” (which I actually did pull off in the 8th grade. I actually wish I had a picture to show you all. Just imagine an awkward 11 year old dressed as Little Red with her face painted white and fake blood coming out of the corners of her mouth. With braces). Can you see now where my love for Halloween first developed?
It was essential to have a witch’s hat on standby, stashed away in the closet, just in case. You know, as a good accent to spook up any non-scary costume I might have that year. Witches hats; they are to a Halloween costume the way a statement jewelry piece is to a plain dress. Did I really just bring fashion into this? I did. Okay so you can’t wear them but they are a FUN snack idea that will turn any ol’ allergen friendly snack into something exciting and spooktacular.
You can bring the kids in on the fun for assembling everything together or place a surprise gluten free snack inside and watch them break open the Witches Hats and…SURPRISE! See why these are called Surprise Witches Hats? Clever, I know…Print
- 2 gluten free ice cream cones
- 2 allergen friendly cookies (store bought or homemade)
- 2 Tbsp. nondairy chocolate, melted
- snack of choice (I used a combo of nuts, seeds, nondairy chocolate chips and dried fruit)
- Place your snack inside the ice cream cone.
- Pipe the edge of the cone with the melted chocolate.
- Place the cookie on top, making sure the cone is in the center of the cookie.
- Pipe the exterior of the cone where it meets the cookie just to even out the line of chocolate.
- For an added bonus, you can “glue” Halloween shapes with the melted chocolate if you want. For the ghosts, I used the nondairy white chocolate coins (their shapes were perfectly like ghosts!) and homemade monster googly eyes. For the bats, I made them from a homemade cookie dough and dipped them in melted chocolate.
You have a lot of freedom here for what snack you choose to stuff inside these Hats. I threw together an equal amount of almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, and nondairy chocolate chips. If your little one is allergic to nuts, go for an all-seeds trail mix full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. OR what about your favorite brand of fruit snacks? Want to go for something totally different? Go for a nonfood item and put a toy inside. See? Options!
If you make these, I would LOVE to see your fun recreations over at Instagram! Tag me @forkandbeans so I can see. It always makes my day and I try my best to comment on every tag I see!