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Crafts you can eat. Could there be anything more wonderful? These Christmas snack ideas are sure to brighten up lunch or snack time during the holiday season. The best part? They’re a healthier option and kid-friendly.
These candy canes, Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer, and presents are so cute I could eat them. Literally. Each fun design is made with either Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese or Meat and Cheese Combos or a combination of the two! Bring a little Christmas magic, a lot of smiles, and “stringalicious moments” to an after school snack or lunch!
We love Frigo® Cheese Heads® products–their mozzarella String Cheese, the cheese sticks, the turkey or beef sticks…we keep these on hand almost all the time. I am all about smart snacking and feel good serving Frigo® Cheese Heads® products to my family. They are a good nutritional source–their String Cheese has 6 grams of protein, and only 80 calories! They are completely delicious and perfect for quick snacking, bringing on road trips, adding to lunches, and of course crafting edible goodies.
5 Beef Stick/String Cheese Christmas Snack Ideas
The Christmas snack ideas I came up with are intended to be fun and nutritious. Some are simply a snack in a fun, crafty wrapper while others are edible all the way with fruits and vegetables.
String Cheese Snowflake
Of all the Christmas snack ideas with Frigo® String Cheese, this one is the best for sharing with a sibling. After I made this using three String Cheese sticks, E and S shared it with lunch (I snacked on some too–Mama loves String Cheese just like they do!).
Lie three sticks down on top of each other in a snowflake shape. The first layer you will want to cut out the center on an angle so it sets up neatly against the bottom String Cheese.
Do the same with the very top layer, only the opposite direction and this one you will want to cut so it fits between the two layers already there.
Using the extra pieces, cut small circles to place around the snowflake.
Make small slices into the ends of the String Cheese pieces–two per point–then bend them out a little bit to give the snowflake more detail.
Note: you can also make these with one stick and just pull the cheese apart to make strings.
String Cheese Christmas Gift
Here is one of my String Cheese Christmas snack ideas that keeps the wrapper on, so it is great for adding to school lunches or serving at Christmas parties.
Simply draw on a ribbon that goes vertically and horizontally. Add some patterns to the white space if you wish.
Tie a small bow out of Christmas ribbon then glue it to the top of the String Cheese wrapper, using a clothespin to hold it together as it dries.
String Cheese and Tomato Candy Cane Snack
This String Cheese candy cane is completely adorable and delicious. Simply slice up a String Cheese stick into thick, angled pieces then do the same with some grape tomatoes and a sharp knife. Lie the sliced tomato pieces on a paper towel to remove excess liquid.
Line the string cheese and tomatoes up on a plate, alternating cheese and tomato, to form a candy cane shape. You can use this for teaching kids about patterns (cheese-tomato-cheese-tomato…what comes next?).
(Drizzle with olive oil and make holly with tomato slices and a basil leaves on the side then eat together as a Caprese salad!)
String Cheese and Beef Stick Reindeer
You can make this adorable reindeer snack with either Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese or their Beef Sticks from the Meat and Cheese Combo Packs. E and S both helped me make these, so it turned into family snack time!
Fold the top of the wrapper in half backwards and clip on with two mini clothespins that will serve as antlers.
Glue on two googly eyes, a tiny red pom pom nose, then draw on a harness with gold paint dots to look like bells (I used a paint pen for this.).
Let dry completely before serving. These are another in-package snack that would be great in a lunchbox or as a party food.
Beef Stick Christmas Tree Snack
My favorite of these Christmas snack ideas…the Beef Stick Christmas Tree. This was a little more challenging to make, but it is fantastic because it incorporates dairy, protein, fruit, and even a little treat. Involve the kids by letting them decorate!
For this one, I left the beef stick in the wrapper so it was neat and did not get any of the flavor onto the fruit.
Slice a pear in half then core one half so it will fit around the beef stick. (Alternatively, you can use a cucumber for this.)
To prevent the pear from browning and from touching the beef stick wrapper, I cut out a small piece of plastic wrap that can easily be pressed on and stick in place, then made sure it was pressed into the center so everything was covered. Any excess, I just scrunched up to hide it the best I could. If you are going to eat it quickly and don’t mind the pear touching the beef stick wrapper, you can bypass this step.
Place the pear over the beef stick, folding the top of the beef stick wrapper down so it doesn’t show and leaving some of the beef stick showing out the bottom. If your pear slice doesn’t lie flat, place a tiny candy piece or piece of cheese underneath to help it out.
Using a Cheese Stick from the Frigo® Cheese Heads® Meat and Cheese Combos pack, cut off one of the ends then cut off pieces of the cheese wedge to make a star. Place it at the top of the tree snack.
Dip mini candy pieces into a little peanut butter (or chocolate if there are peanut allergies) and stick them onto the pear to “decorate the tree.”
Which String Cheese design is your favorite? Do you have any fun Christmas snacks you make every year? Share with me in the comments!