I like late-night snacks all year round. This is mostly due to the fact that I am a night owl with horrible sleeping habits. I’ve worked the overnight shift for so many years; my body is not acclimated to “normal” hours. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy these favorite snacks at any hour.
Midnight Snacks for the Kids
Sometimes, I fly off the proverbial radar of traditional parenting and let my kids stay up past their bedtimes. Friday night snacks are definitely a part of this fun time. For my kids, Friday nights are a fun time to stay up late and “sneak” treats. Our favorite is a spin on popcorn. These popcorn balls are easy, and can be made up ahead of time. They are delicious. We ditched microwave popcorn and now stick to these tasty goodies.
If Paula Deen makes it, you know it’s going to be good. This recipe for popcorn balls falls into the categories of both delicious and easy.
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
18 cups popped corn
Heat all ingredients over medium heat until it reaches a temperature of 225 degrees (or runny…for those without a thermometer) and is hard-candy consistency. Pour melted mix over popcorn and form into balls. You can vary the sizes depending on your size of family and ages of children.
Ham, Pickle and Cream Cheese Rolls
This is my all-time favorite snack. I can eat it anytime of day and often make these for potluck appetizers. You can make as many or as little as you need which makes this a great late-night snack option. My kids love them as well.
Sliced deli ham
Sweet or dill pickles (I prefer dill)
Simply spread cream cheese on a piece of ham and place pickle in the center. Roll into a spear and eat as is or slice for single bite servings.
Chocolate Trail Mix
The concept of trail mix is healthy, but that’s not always the case. When I want to sneak good snacks into the diet of my children, I do it with chocolate. This recipe has many variations. This is my favorite to pack a vitamin punch to late-night snacking.
1 cup peanuts
1 cup sunflower seeds (shelled)
1 cup cashews
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chocolate chip morsels
Mix all ingredients together for a fun and healthy treat. Vary the nuts or dried fruit to taste