Kids in the Kitchen: Making a Pretzel Butterfly


Celebrate your home planet with these fun and easy-to-make goodies! Kids, are you ready to eat dirt (pudding)? How about crunching on a birds nest? Or maybe swallowing a butterfly? We’ve got some things to keep you busy in the kitchen, making some easy, “down-to-earth” recipes!

Pretzel Butterflies


• 2 cups small pretzel twists (about 45)

• 1⁄2 cup white vanilla baking chips or 2 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating, cut into pieces

• 1⁄2 teaspoon vegetable oil

• 1/3 cup small round candy-coated fruit-flavored chewy candies


1. Line large cookie sheet with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper. To make 20 butter ies, arrange pretzel twists on cookie sheet in groups of 2 with single-hole sides of pretzels touching to form butterfly wings (see diagram). Break remaining 5 pretzels into pieces for antennae; place 2 pieces at top of each butterfly between wings.

2. In 1-quart resealable freezer plastic bag, place vanilla chips and oil. Microwave on High 1 minute 20 seconds or until melted, squeezing bag to mix. Seal bag; cut small hole in 1 corner of bag.

3. Squeeze bag to pipe thin zigzag of melted chips between pretzels to look like bodies of butterflies. Press pretzel pieces rmly into melted chips. Pipe melted chips into each hole in wings; top each with 1 candy. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes. Remove from waxed paper; store in tightly covered container.

Dirt & Worms


• 12 chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies • 1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

• 2 cups milk

• 1 (3 ounce) package gummy worms candy


1. Place the chocolate sandwich cookies into a resealable plastic zipper bag, and crush with a rolling pin into crumbs. For a more mud-like appearance, untwist the cookies and scrape off the creme filling before crushing cookies.

2. Whisk together the chocolate pudding mix with the milk in a bowl, stirring for 2 minutes. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the crushed sandwich cookie crumbs into the bottom of a serving bowl, and spoon the chocolate pudding over the crumbs. Smooth out the top of the pudding, then top with the rest of the chocolate cookie crumbs to resemble dirt. Poke gummy worms halfway into the dirt. Refrigerate until serving.

Jelly Bean Nests

• 2 cups miniature marshmallows

• 1⁄4 cup butter

• 4 cups chow mein noodles


1. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.

2. Combine marshmallows and butter over medium heat in a saucepan; stir until the butter and marshmallows have melted. Stir in the chow mein noodles, coat well. Butterfingers and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared muf n tin. Refrigerate until firm.

3. Remove from muffin tin and add jelly beans to nests!


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