Crafting Edible Christmas Trees

Chef Toya creates edible christmas trees with kids at YAC

Crafting Edible Christmas Trees

I paid a visit to The Young Audiences Charter School to help them creatively enjoy their snack time. I really love the way this school manages to integrate all art forms into their curriculum, the art on the walls was pretty impressive as well! We made edible Christmas trees with chex cereal, nutella, peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar with a pretzel stick base. The teachers enjoyed it as well! The kids were stoked when I told them that it was ok to lick their fingers lol . I hope this sparks something in them to make them want to create with ingredients that can be found in their own home. When I was 8 years old , I was crafting all sorts of things up and can you believe that when I was a kid I never thought of being a chef at all?!

I firmly believe that cooking is a survival method that can give comfort and independence . If you have children, introduce foods to them, show them that minimal ingredients can go a long way. That’s the very thing that amazed me about cooking, I always watched my father make something out of practically nothing and I watched my mother turn small meals into meals that would have leftovers!

Ingredients for Christmas Trees

  • 3 cups of Chex cereal preferably chocolate flavor or Fiber One cereal
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • 1\2 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1\4 cup of Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 cup of Powdered Sugar

Directions for Christmas Trees

Step 1

In a bowl combine peanut butter, nutella, sugar, and butter together and mix well.  This will create a sweet and tasty sticky base for chex, spoon a tablespoon of the mixture on to a plate.

Step 2

Place the pretzel stick in the center of the mixture in a standing position. With your fingers push the mixture up the pretzel to the top and begin place chex into the mixture in layers starting at the bottom . Repeat until every space is filled. Last sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Step 3

Sidenote: Teachers, this is for a class of up to 24 students.  2 boxes of cereal, 2 jars of nutella, one stick of butter and a box of powdered sugar. Bring a sifter from home to make the sugar look like snow.  For nut allergies I mixed nutella alone with butter and sugar, and it worked out perfectly!

 

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