It seems my son is more likely to try foods when they are presented on sticks than if I just handed him a plate with the same ingredients in it. The other day as we shopped at Target, we were in the process of our usual routine…. stopping to buy him an ice and popcorn, then heading to the book section. On our way over to look for a new book to buy, we stopped in the Halloween section of the store and, of course, I started to go all googly-eyed. All the decorations and cooking supplies were so clever and creative. It completely inspired me to make something fun and different as a light meal or snack for my boy this Halloween season. I started to think of what I could do and then it hit me: treats on a stick!
Like a bat out of hell I ran to the market section of my beloved Target and picked up cheese, puff pastries, salami and olives. Then I found lollipop sticks that I knew would do the trick… or treat! I casually mentioned to my son that we would have fun in the kitchen working on a project when we got home that day. I wanted to plant the seeds, so he would know that an activity was coming. Usually if he helps me make something, he is more willing to try what he made.
Once we were done baking and I carefully placed my puffed ghosts on sticks, he said “Can we stick them in a pumpkin so they look like they’re floating?” I like the way he thinks!
Ingredients for Ghostly Boo Sticks:
- Puff pastry
- cheese (cut into 1/2 inch squares)
- lollipop sticks
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
- Cut puff pastries into ghost shapes.
- Place ghosts on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or wax paper.
- Cut olive slices and press into puff pastry as the eyes of ghosts.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- String a lollipop stick with cheese, olive, salami, and puffed ghost on top.
- Drill little holes in pumpkin to display, but pushing the lollipop sticks into the holes it will appear as if your ghosts are floating.
- Enjoy! Happy Halloween!
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