Kid-Friendly Kitchen Creations
By Nancy Finch, Food Columnist
And then the day comes in the summer when the wail is heard, "What can we
Or, the family has
gone to the beach or to a vacation cottage maybe youre in a camper and
it rains, it rains and it rains. Then the mother wails, "What am I to do?,"
aside from saying, "forget this, lets go home!"
To the rescue: the kitchen!
Nana Pops are easy "make-your-own" popsicles. The trick was trying to
find popsicle sticks. If you arent successful, use wooden skewers, two to a
popsicle. They serve the purpose of a popsicle holder just fine, and theyre a lot
easier to find.
And there is that old faithful many of us tried for a first "cooking"
experience Rice Krispie Candy. But were suggesting a new twist
colored and flavored.
Even little ones can dip marshmallows in chocolate to make Marshmallow Truffles,
licking fingers all along the way.
Rice Krispie Candy
Directions: Grease 15- by 10- by 1-inch pan. Microwave margarine in large
microwavable bowl on high 45 seconds or until melted. Add miniature marshmallows. Toss to
coat with margarine. Microwave on high 21/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring
every minute. Stir in drink mix. Immediately add cereal, mix lightly until well-coated.
Using greased spatula or waxed paper, press into prepared pan. Cool. Cut into squares or
shapes with cookie cutters.
Top of Stove Method: Melt margarine in saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows.
Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Continue as
Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender. Cover with lid and blend at
high speed 1 minute or until thickened. Pour into cups. Cover each cup with aluminum foil,
make a slit with a knife in the foil, insert a popsicle stick. If using skewers, use the
sharp end to make a hole in the foil. Insert two four-inch skewers, side-by-side into the
hole. Freeze until firm. To serve, dip cup into warm water. Slide out the pop. Makes 6.