If you see one movie this winter, make it “Frozen.” It’s an arctic adventure like Hans Christian Andersen’s “Fairy Snow Queen.” Disney’s Frozen is a perfect theme for a winter birthday or just-because party. Here’s a menu of Frozen-inspired snacks kids will love.
Chili Elsa: Here’s a beverage to warm the coldest of ice queens, a less-gruesome, non-alcoholic Bloody Mary. Heat vegetable juice then season with cumin, oregano, basil and celery seed. Garnish with celery stick or lime wedge. Create carrot-grape tomato bowties. Make radial cuts in cucumber slices. Place one end on toothpick, then a grape tomato. Twist cuke and stick to other side. Add Cajun pepper blend or Tabasco sauce to taste.
Kindergluwein: This Scandinavian/German beverage has been enjoyed by children in frozen climes for generations. Simmer cider or apple juice with fruit juice (any flavor, cranberry or grape preferred). Add raisins or currants, cloves, lemon and lime slices and cinnamon sticks and a tiny dab of butter. Make orange-strawberry bowties as you did the cucumber one for the Chili Elsa.
Snowballs: Let kids help make this snack. Melt marshmallows and add popped popcorn. Have kids rub light margarine on hands and form popcorn (snow) balls. Roll in sprinkles if desired.
Olaf the Snowman treats: Here’s another interactive snack craft. Make popcorn balls above in different sizes: small for head, medium for middle, large for snowman base. Use raisins for buttons and eyes and matchstick carrots for nose. Cut Fruit Leather or Fruit Roll-Up for scarf and smile. Add candy corn cob pipe. For hat, place round chocolate candy like Brach’s Star on head. For hat top, affix gumdrop, Hershey’s Kiss, or Reese’s Peanut Butter cup with dab of frosting.
Snowshoe cookies: Frost Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies with vanilla frosting. Sprinkle with clear, white, silver or blue sugar crystals. Rest cookies on sprinkles to look like snowshoes in snow.
Ski Pole cookies: Place pretzel sticks in mini marshmallows. Warm vanilla frosting in microwave. Dip marshmallows in frosting, then dip in colored sprinkles.
Kristoff’s Kool Kocoa: Heat milk on stove and add chocolate syrup. Add colored marshmallows (snowballs). Stir with ski pole pretzel cookies. For a healthier swizzle stick, dip pretzel in peanut butter and roll in powdered milk. Stir with candy stick or candy cane if you have any left. Make flavored stirring spoons. Melt chocolate, butterscotch, mint and peanut butter chips in separate dishes. Dip plastic spoon in melted chips then roll in colored sprinkles, crushed cookies or candies. Allow to harden.
Anna’s Arctic Adventure Cake. Frost vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Add blue or white sprinkles. Place Nutter Butter cookies on top to look like a snowshoe trail. Add a few ski pole cookies. Have kids make standup “Frozen” character dolls from Disney Spoonful free printables. Use those to decorate cake.
Spoonful has more free printable Frozen games and crafts. Bargain Briana shares Frozen printables for party decorations and crafts. Use coloring pages as party activities or placemats.