Treats You Can Eat With Braces
Now for the good stuff! Here are some festive treat ideas you can make for, or with, your child that will be safe for their braces.
To make a sweet treat that looks just like Santa, all you need is strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles!
- Slice off the large stem-side of a strawberry so it can stand upright on a plate.
- Cut off the top quarter of the strawberry (this will be Santa's hat.)
- Put a dollop of whipped cream on the large strawberry to make his face.
- Add two chocolate sprinkles for the eyes. The round confetti-style sprinkles work best.
- Place the strawberry hat onto the whipped cream and dab some cream on the very top of the strawberry to give his hat the iconic white ball at the end.
- Continue making more Santas until you have enough for the whole family to enjoy!
Where would Santa be without his reindeer? Stuck at the North Pole with no way to deliver his gifts, probably. Luckily, with some soft cheese triangles, a yellow bell pepper, some olives, and cherry tomatoes, you can ensure Santa can travel with his reindeer to spread Christmas cheer.
- Place a soft cheese triangle on a plate. The narrow point will make the reindeer nose.
- Cut strips of yellow bell pepper and push them into the wide "head" of the soft cheese triangle.
- Dice an olive and use two small pieces to make the reindeer's eyes
- Cut a cherry tomato in half and use it to make Rudolph's nose.
Snowmen are more delicious when they're made out of marshmallows. All you need for this holly jolly treat is marshmallows (obviously), some white chocolate candy coating, chocolate chips, a carrot, and a straw or a wooden skewer.
- Melt the white chocolate candy coating in the microwave.
- Push your skewer or straw through three marshmallows to make up the body of your snowman.
- Dip the marshmallows in the candy coating.
- Before the white chocolate sets, press chocolate chips into the top marshmallow to make the snowman's eyes.
- Cut off a tiny piece of carrot for his nose – but be sure the carrot isn't too big that it could damage a braces bracket.
Christmas Tree Brownie Lollipops
Most lollipops are not safe for your child's braces – but it's a different story if they're made with brownies that look like Christmas trees! All you need to make these treats are your favorite brownie recipe, green frosting, and colored sprinkles.
- Make your favorite brownies and cut them into triangles.
- Spread green frosting on them so they look like trees.
- Use colored sprinkles for ornaments.
- Push a brightly colored, stiff straw into one edge of the triangle. Snip off the end of the straw to form your lollipop stick.
Strawberry Banana Candy Cane
Candy canes are likely to damage braces, but if you make them out of soft, fresh fruit, your child is in the clear!
- Make 1/2 inch slices of banana.
- Make 1/2 slices of strawberries.
- Place them on a plate, alternating between fruits, and make them into a cane shape.
- Serve to your child, and any of the leftover pieces can be a treat for you!