One of the (many!) things I dislike about winter, is the weather. In our area, it’s usually overcast and gloomy. If that’s not depressing enough, it’s often pouring rain. This winter has been especially unpleasant. Just add freezing temperatures to make it worse! On days like that, I don’t want to stick even one little toe outdoors. When it is too unpleasant to go outside, I often turn to baking because a fun snack makes any day better. I have always encouraged the kids to help me bake so, over the years, we’ve made a lot of fun recipes. Animal themed snacks were a hit. One of our favorites was this pudding bowl decorated to look like a cat. It’s easy to make the recipe gluten-free and can be prepared in around fifteen minutes, including chilling time. Now that’s something to purr about. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
How to Make A Cat Pudding Snack for Kids
I used a box of sugar-free vanilla pudding mix, but any flavor of pudding could be used. I think this would be super cute using chocolate pudding to make black cats for Halloween. To make the cat, we prepared a small box of pudding exactly as directed on the package. Then we spooned the mixture into four small dishes and allowed it to chill. We like to use custard cups, but any small round dish will do. While the mixture was chilling, we gathered the rest of our supplies; mini round chocolate candies, Candy Confetti, decorator gels, and graham crackers.
When the pudding is removed from the fridge, smooth the top of each pudding cup. Add two mini round chocolate candies (think mini chocolate M&Ms) for eyes. I used a piece of Wilton’s Candy confetti (find it in the candy making supply section) as the nose and decorator gel in different colors for the whiskers and mouth. String licorice could also be used for the whiskers if you prefer. For the ears, I cut 1/4 of a piece of graham cracker into triangles. After the pudding chilled, it took five minutes to put all of the rest of the cats together.
- 1 (3.4 ounces) box vanilla pudding mix
- 3 cups milk
- 1 graham cracker, divided into fourths (to make the recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free graham cracker
- 8 mini M&Ms
- 4 Confetti candies (could also use sweet tarts)
- decorator gel in color of choice or thin string licorice
- Mix pudding as directed on package; pour into four small bowls. Let set until firm, then smooth the tops of the pudding. Place two mini M&Ms onto the pudding for eyes, add confetti dot or sweet tart for the nose. Add whiskers and mouth with decorator gel or with licorice strings. Serve and enjoy!
What is your favorite snack for those chilly winter evenings?
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