Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fake Ice Cream Treats

It's no secret that ice cream is yummy, but that sometimes it's just too cold to eat it... okay... maybe it's never too cold for kids to eat it, but it's too cold for parents to imagine serving it to their children to eat it.  That's where fake ice cream comes in.  It's Winter in Australia, so there's no way that an ice cream as an afternoon snack is a great idea, but try telling that to two preschoolers who have arrived home after a car trip in which the 3 year old has lectured the 4 year old about a book they apparently read which mentioned ice cream, and she's been obsessing about it ever since.

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.

11 comments:

myric andreasen said...

Oh how cute and a nice treat for kids!

xo
Myric

Partycraft Secrets said...

Thanks Myric - your puppy is so cute!!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

This is such a fun idea. I'm glad your little ones liked it. And that's too cute you call sprinkles "freckles." People call them jimmies here sometimes too.

-Lauren
*always comment back*

Linda @ Two Succulent Sisters said...

Great. i pinned this. Thanks, linda

Partycraft Secrets said...

Thanks Lauren! My kids call what they wear to bed 'jim-jams' so they'd think that calling sweet treats 'jimmies' pretty hilarious!
&
Hi Linda - it's always nice to have other Linda's come visit! (Loving your blog name - must go check it out!)
Best wishes,
Linda! x

odetoinspiration said...

Very cute idea!! They would make super fun treats for an ice cream themed party:D

christine gokey said...

Cute idea, where did you find those mini cones?

Partycraft Secrets said...

Hi Christine, they were just in the usual ice-cream aisle at the supermarket; my kids are too little for the standard sized cones - so they're a staple at our house all Summer (and now all Winter I suspect !) x

Heather Delgado said...

You can do the same thing using "cake pops" instead of marshmallows. Especially for a little one's birthday where too much cake is always a problem. Nice!

Partycraft Secrets said...

You're so right Heather - Australia is only just discovering 'cake pops' - but I found a fun tutorial for newbies like me who want to see what you mean (they also used full-sized cones Christine, and sawed them down);
http://www.bakerella.com/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for%E2%80%A6/

Heather Delgado said...

If you can find the flat bottomed 'cake cones' in the mini size, that can make for easier party food as well. Just a thought. :)

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