5 easy, fun snacks your kids will love

Published May 20, 2021, 2:56 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

artwork by Ariana Maralit

One thing that parents need help with all the time is how to come up with fun and easy-to-prepare snacks for the family. If adults get bored eating the same food almost every day, what more for children? Here are five reinvented snack ideas that the whole family will enjoy.

Cookies and cream pastillas

Don’t we all just love this local favorite pastillas? Up the anté with another favorite, by adding Oreo cookies.

7 cups fresh milk
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 ¾ cups milk powder
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 pack (133g) Oreo vanilla, coarsely chopped
¼ cup Oreo crumbs
1 cup white chocolate, melted

  1. Mix fresh milk and granulated sugar, and cook in saucepan over medium heat. Mix regularly until thickened.
  2. Add butter and milk powder, and mix until smooth.
  3. Transfer into a greased bowl. Add in the chopped Oreo Vanilla.
  4. Roll at least 1/3 inch thick. Cut into desired shape. Use cookie cutter or roll by hand.
  5. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and sprinkle with Oreo crumbs.

Colorful kamote and carrot fries

Everyone loves French fries, and here’s another way to include more veggies in their diet. Why not try using a local favorite kamote (sweet potato) and carrots instead?

1/2 kilo sweet potato (yellow, french fries cut)
1/2 kilo carrots (french fries cut)
1 pack of Aji-Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, 7 grams
1 cup Dried Thyme as optional garnish, 3 grams

  1. Place cut kamote and carrots in a bow lwith Aji-Ginisa, and toss them well.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and fry vegetable strips in batches until golden brown.
  3. Drain excess oil by placing in a bowl with kitchen bowl.
  4. Transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with dried thyme for added flavoring.

Grilled cheese sandwich

A power-packed sandwich is always a good idea, even more when there’s a lot of cheese in it. Eden Cheese just made it even better by adding another well-loved ingredient—bacon!

2 slices of bread
2 slices of Eden Melt Sarap
3 strips of fried bacon
1 tbsp butter

  1. Stack both Eden Melt Sarap and fried bacon in the bread.
  2. Heat butter in pan until melted.
  3. Grill sandwich in the pan until golden brown.

Caramel crunch brownies


Brownies are always a staple and easy bake to prepare for the kids, but now that we have Australia’s Violet Crumble available through Candy Corner, why not add some crunch into it?

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar 
1/2 cup cacao powder (or drinking chocolate)
2 eggs 
1 tsp vanilla essence 
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup plain flour
1-2 Violet Crumble bars or Violet Crumble 180g bag

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a small saucepan, Melt the butter on a medium heat in a small saucepan. When butter has melted, stir in the sugar, cacao, and vanilla essence.
  3. Remove from heat, and cool for five minutes. Then, transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add eggs and mix through thoroughly.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl.
  6. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly. Make sure that there are no big clumps of flour.
  7. Make sure to line a small, deep baking dish with baking paper. Then, pour mixture into the dish and spread.
  8. Crush Violet Crumble and sprinkle on top. 
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked. You can poke using a toothpick or fork or knife to check if it’s ready. If it has sticky residue, then it’s not yet cooked.
  10. Cut them into squares and enjoy!

    You can also order their ready-to-bake brownies mix over on candycorner.ph

Fruit ice popsicles

Worried about kids not having enough fruits and juice intake? Pure Nectar’s kid-approved drink set comes in eight bottles of 300ml drinks. Plus, it also has free popsicle molds for you and your kids to have fun making ice popsicles with. A free thermal bag, upon delivery, keeps the drinks fresh, too!