Time to get creative and make some fake ice cream treats...
- mini ice cream cones - one per child - check!
- white marshmallows - two per cone - one normal marshmallow to pop inside the cone, and one to go on top after it's been given a good squashing on the kitchen tabletop to flatten it down and make it wider and flatter - check!
- chocolate sprinkles or 'freckles' as we call them here - to stick on top to look like chocolate topping - check!
I served my daughters their 'ice-cream' and they cheered, and then they laughed when they realised they weren't real. I held my breath to see if junior was going to spit the dummy and chuck a wobbly, but no, she was content to eat her sweet treat ice cream substitute, and every one was happy.
Sometimes it's ok to stand your ground in parenting - so long as what's on offer is as good as what's on demand! Besides, I now have a super easy party food idea I can serve up at the next get together that's a whole lot less messy than icky-sticky melting ice cream.