With two young soccer players in our house, sports are kind of a big deal around here. As a soccer mom, I’ve got after-game snacks to plan, not only for my kids, but for their team. There are also playoff treats, snacks for awards day, and a few soccer-themed birthday parties in our future. So if your kids are also soccer fanatics and you’ve got snack plans to make, here are ten soccer-themed treats kids will definitely approve of:
1. Cut-out soccer cookies – Who doesn’t love cookies? Look for some novelty soccer-related cookie cutters and use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to create some sporty treats the kids will love. Try soccer ball cut-outs, sneakers, jerseys, goals, or team mascot shapes.
2. Black and white ice cream balls – For a quick and easy soccer-themed way to cool off, try serving Oreo or chocolate chip ice cream scoops in green ice cream cones (or green cups) to resemble soccer balls in the grass.
3. Soccer field brownies – Forget the traditional balls in this treat, and focus on the field. Bake a pan of traditional brownies, then frost the top with green icing, and pipe white lines to create a soccer field, before cutting them apart.
4. Soccer ball cupcakes – Soccer-themed cupcakes are a breeze in this easy treat. Frost cupcakes with vanilla icing, then pipe chocolate lines and shapes, or add chocolate chips or brown M&Ms to resemble a soccer ball (or, you could always cheat and purchase soccer ball cupcake toppers; hey, the kids won’t care!).
5. Popcorn soccer balls – Make a traditional popcorn ball, but add chocolate chips or Hershey’s Kisses around the outside (point stuck inward), to gain a soccer ball appearance.
6. Soccer cake balls – These treats couldn’t be easier. After making a standard cake ball filling, dip the centers in white chocolate, then create the dark shapes of the soccer balls with piped chocolate or chocolate chips.
7. Custom drink bottle labels – Who says treats have to be desserts? After a long practice or game in the hot sun, treat your players to a refreshing drink, made special and soccer-themed with custom bottle labels. Simply type messages (such as “Go Team!”), then print, and tape around each bottle. Or, try personalizing each bottle with a player’s name, position or number.
8. Team color treats – There’s an opportunity to go healthy with this treat idea. If your kid’s team colors are red and blue, try making treat bags containing foods that show those colors – strawberries and blueberries. Or, green and yellow – grapes and cheese chunks.
9. Candy popcorn – Speaking of popcorn, and speaking of team colors, combine these two ideas into one special soccer-themed treat. Kids will go crazy over this snack, when you take melting candy wafers in your team colors, then mix the melted candy with popcorn. Pack individual bags for each team member, and watch the excited reactions.
10. Rice Krispie treats – So you’re not a fan of brownies, popcorn or cookies, try some soccer-themed marshmallow treats. Take a handful of Rice Krispie mixture and roll it into balls, then let cool. You can, of course, leave them as is, or decorate with chocolate shapes, using Hershey Kisses or chocolate chips, icing, or melted wafers.
Kids will go nuts over these soccer-themed treats, no matter whether you’ve got a birthday party treat or after-game snack in the works. Got any other suggestions for soccer-related treats to add to our list? Leave your ideas below!