Here are a few favorite snacks that I thought any family would love--adults and kids alike! Great for hot summer days, or relaxing summer nights, make a few new memories in the kitchen (or backyard) this year!
This recipe was introduced to me by Mr. Terry, Roxie's dad! He brought in this delicious treat one day at lunch and I just fell in love with its refreshing flavor! This recipe can be made in individual servings or by the pan. Perfect for a summer dinner party or afternoon snack, you're going to love this Frozen Fruit Salad! Visit our Recipe Archive to find this recipe, along with other great recipes to try!
There is something magical about s'mores...or maybe it's just the campfire. Either way, I'll never turn them down! Making memories around a fire with friends and family is always fun. Whether you stick with the classic stack of graham crackers, hershey bars and roasted marshmallows, or you put a new spin on an old classic, you can't go wrong! (I found a delicious S'mores Bar recipe that is so fun, and easy to make.) My Nana always made a simple and yummy treat for us grandkids when we rustled up an appetite. She would lay out saltine crackers on a pan, smear a little peanut butter on each one, and top them with a few mini marshmallows--then pop them in the toaster oven until the marshmallows were perfectly toasted! It never failed, this simple treat would always make my night! Maybe the magic is actually in the marshmallows...
Homemade popsicles are also something we would make as kids, that seemed so fancy at the time! Even if it was something simple, like kool-aid, that my mom would pour in the molds, I felt like a summer princess eating my popsicle on the back steps. I'd savor every bite while the melted drops of juice stained the dirt. Now, there are endless possibilities for making your own pops. There are a million recipes ranging from using fresh fruit and yogurt (more healthy options) to fudge and ice-cream (a more indulgent choice). Whichever you choose, popsicles should be pressure-free, fun snacks! My personal favorite right now is a combination of homemade lemonade and fresh strawberries!
A simple trail mix is as classic as it gets when it comes to summer snacks. Whether your taking a week long road trip or a 30 minute grocery store run, a baggie of trail mix can save the day! Mix it up ahead of time for a quick snack on-the-go! Keep it as simple as you wish using cereals and pretzels, or shoot for a healthier option with dried fruits and nuts. Trail mix is a great way to get the kids involved in choosing a fun snack they'll love to munch on!
A slushie is another great way to sneak a little fruit into your daily diet, not to mention a quick way to cool down! I usually opt for a quick combination of frozen fruit, ice and a splash of juice when I'm on the run--but your options are once again endless! There is just something special about those tiny bits of chipped up ice that makes a simple drink all the more refreshing.
When it comes to summer nights, fresh popcorn is right up there on the list next to s'mores! Whether you make it over a campfire, or on the stove, this fresh and flavorful snack is always a winner! My roommate in college loved to make this quick and simple snack for us to have while we watched a movie or socialized. I just love all of the possibilities and flavor combinations--they're endless! Mary Claire's staple recipe was coconut oil, popcorn and salt. It is so light and such a guiltless snack when kept simple!