Have you ever noticed that a lot of recipes and flavours made specifically for kids are often pretty unique combinations that adults wouldn’t necessarily find appetizing? Sometimes we look at the flavours or kinds of desserts and treats that our kids want to order at restaurants or buy in stores and we definitely think it’s a fun idea, but we’re skeptical of how it’ll taste until we see how much they love it once they’ve gotten their hands on whatever it is. That’s how we felt when our kids came home from school saying they tried a cupcake that had gummy candies in it for a friend’s birthday and now they want to make all kinds of delicious gummy candy things!
Putting chewy candies into other foods might not be an idea we’d have jumped at ourselves but our kids were really excited about the whole idea, so you can bet that we started looking up new recipes regardless! The ideas we found were actually surprisingly awesome, even for us. We’ve tried quite a number of these now and our kids have love every single one, so we thought we’d share the list to get other people on the trend too!
1. Gummy worm popsicles
Making your own popsicles has always been a classic summer activity, and it’s also always been easy. Even when we simply freeze some juice in a popsicle shape our kids adore eating them basically all year round. Imagine how excited they were, then, when we made them these little homemade popsicles that have an exciting twist! Growing up Gabel shows you how to put delicious fruity gummy worms into your popsicle mixture so there’s a candy snack in the middle of your cold, refreshing snack.
2. Worms in dirt
Here’s another classic that we actually remember eating when we were little kids! The dirt, of course, is really chocolate pudding and crushed cookies and the worms are gummy worms. The whole idea is especially grossly authentic if you can find the pink kind that really look like fishing worms rather than the rainbow sugared kind! This tutorial from Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cardio might have these styled all spooky like a Halloween treat specifically, but our kids are interested in cool slimy snack ideas all year round, so we still keep this one in the vault no matter what time of year it is.
3. Dirt cupcakes
Were you a pretty big fan of the whole “worms in dirt” idea above but you’re throwing a birthday party and you’d just rather serve the kids finger foods instead of something they have to eat using a spoon and a bowl? In that case, we’ve found a totally awesome alternative for you! The Dessert Chronicles shows you how to make a cupcake version of worms in dirt that’s absolutely delicious and full of rich flavour… and also pretty gross, in that uniquely good way, to look at.
4. Rainbow gummy bear pinata cake
Perhaps the thing your kids like best about eating gummy candies is how many bright, fun colours they come in! Our kids have been really into rainbows lately, so any project, food, or thing that involves lots of fun shades and hues is a big hit with them. That’s how we knew we just had to save this rainbow gummy bear cake idea when we saw it! We love the way Simple Cooking Channel teaches you to build an avalanche of candy in the middle so it cascades out like a sweet surprise when you cut into the cake.