Half-term has begun early for us as Aars has an inset today 😀 so we thought we would share some foodie fun; the treats we enjoy making in the holidays. They are all fun for kids to watch and participate in as they have a bit of a magical element to them.
Cinder toffee, a.k.a honeycomb is surprisingly easy to make and pretty spectacular. Children love watching (from a safe distance as it’s über HOT) the gorgeous sweet stuff foam and grow before their eyes. Due to it’s utter unhealthiness we only make it once or twice a year, and may half term (for the last three years) for some reason has become that time!
We like to drizzle some safe melted free-from chocolate over the top for that fabulous “crunchie” effect. Once it’s cooled if you pop it in a ziplock bag in the freezer it keeps really well so you can ration it out to stop the sugar high reaching epic proportions! It’s a really special holiday treat, great for taking out on a picnic to share where the kids can run wild and free!
Another holiday fave is popcorn. Salty popcorn is super easy and speedy to make, our sweet versions require a little more prep time and consideration. We have a little electric popcorn machine and the kids love watching it popping the corn and spewing it into the waiting bowl, the first “pop” normally makes them jump!
Popcorn is also pretty cool to take out on picnics for everyone to dig into – it’s really light to carry you can pop it in a ziplock bag and the likelihood is no-one else will have brought some along.
We also love snuggling up for a film in the evening with a cosy blanket and a big bowl of sweet chilli or cinnamon popcorn.
I love having half-term holidays at home, when we get the time to make things together that we can’t fit into the school days, and share them with friends and family we don’t normally see day-to-day.
Having finally tried and succeeded with the aqua-faba vegan meringues, we will be playing around with them this half-term too! Maybe we’ll make some vegan coffee meringues or orange vegan meringues dipped in dark chocolate – the possibilities are endless and we will have the time to play, and plenty of mouths to feed our experiments to!
I hope todays post has inspired you to get in your kitchen this half term with your little ones and have some fun playing and creating special free-from foodie treats.
Have a fabulous, fun-filled and tasty half-term,
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