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Back to School Treats

July 30th, 2019

It is back to school time! So, bring out all the pencils, markers, notebooks and snacks! Today on the Little Debbie blog, we are so excited to bring a few of our favorite school-themed snack creations. These adorable treats will get your kids extra happy about going back to school, and they will have fun making them!

Between the Fancy Cakes® Notebook Paper, Banana Twins Rulers, Powdered Mini Donut Apples and Fudge Brownies Chalkboards, your child will have a blast snacking at lunch or after-school. Each snack shown is really easy to make and can be a fun activity for you and your child to do together.

You need just a few supplies to get started:

1 Carton Little Debbie Fancy Cakes
1 Carton Little Debbie Fudge Brownies
1 Carton Little Debbie Banana Twinss
1 Bag Little Debbie Powdered Mini Donuts
1 Package Red Cookie Icing
1 Package Blue Cookie Icing
1 Package Black Cookie Icing
1 Package White Cookie Icing
1 Bag Pretzel Sticks
1 Small Pack White Mints
1 Small Pack Green Leaf Decorations
1 Handful of Toothpicks


FUDGE BROWNIES CHALKBOARDS

Chalkboards are a staple in any classroom and these Fudge Brownies Chalkboards are the perfect addition to studying. Unwrap three to four Fudge Brownies and get ready to write! You don’t have to have perfect handwriting, just be creative with your letters, numbers and ideas! Write a few school-related items like a math problem or spelling word with the white cookie icing, then add the pretzels at the bottom! Make sure to top it off with a small white mint for the chalk.

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POWDERED MINI DONUTS APPLES

No school year is complete without an apple for the teacher! Make these fun, poppable treats for your child or your child’s teacher to show your appreciation for them. Using a few Mini Powdered Donuts, add the red cookie icing across the top, spreading a generous amount to cover. Be careful, though, it might get a little messy! Then break a pretzel stick in half, add it to the top of the donut and don’t forget your leaf! Place them in the freezer until the cookie icing is hardened or enjoy immediately!

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BANANA TWINS RULERS

Let’s rule out any downtime with our Banana Twins Rulers! These are super simple to make and oh so delicious to eat! Use the black cookie icing and a toothpick to create small lines as shown in the picture. Don’t worry, making it to scale is not required for this fun treat. Just be creative and draw as many or as few lines as you like. Plus, you can get even more creative and add in numbers too!

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FANCY CAKES NOTEBOOKS

Undoubtedly some of the cutest snacks we have made, these treats are an “A”-plus addition to your after-school routine! Unwrap four to five Fancy Cakes and create two straight lines with the blue cookie icing to create lined paper. Then take the red cookie icing and draw one straight line for the ruled side of the paper. Using the black cookie icing, make three dots on the side of the cake as shown in the photo. Easy peasy! Be sure to place them in the fridge so the cookie icing does not melt before all your other yummy treats are created.

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The new school year is here, and with it comes homework! Love it or leave it, homework is a part of your child’s daily routine. As their minds are growing and learning more information, homework builds the foundation for a variety of life skills.

But, we know what you are thinking - sometimes it is not fun, and it might even be difficult for you to understand as you start to help them on their assignments. While we cannot help solve your math problems or make flashcards for an upcoming spelling test, we can offer a few helpful tips that will help ease the stress.

Our list is compiled from real moms who work at the Little Debbie bakery. Who better to help! Check out their tips below that they use for their own children!




INCENTIVIZE

Using the phrase, “once you do this, we’ll do this” is always a handy thing to have in your back pocket. Your incentive for them? Their favorite Little Debbie® snack! Maybe it’s Zebra® Cakes, Mini Donuts, or Mini Muffins. Keep it close by and when they are finished, let them take a bite!

TIMING

Before distractions, before TV or a video game, have an after-school routine set for homework first. While they are still in “school mode” set up their homework station and let them get to work. While you prepare dinner, they can study away and then play their favorite video game afterwards.


PRACTICE

Creating flashcards is a great way to establish healthy memory habits. Practice in the car, at the grocery store or for a few minutes after dinner. Flashcards are portable, functional and fun!

HOMEWORK STATION

Using a rolling cart, you can easily create a homework station that stays in their room and can be rolled to any part of the house. On it, have pencils, markers, notecards, paper, and whatever else to help them get the job done. Having their materials organized creates less stress for them and allows them be more productive. It might even make them look forward to studying for science!

TAKE A BREAK

Let’s face it, after a full day at school, their energy is built up and ready to be released! For every ten minutes of work give them five minutes to wiggle around! You can even set a timer on your phone to make it easier. Letting them “get their wiggles” out lets them be silly and you a little less stressed.


WORK TOGETHER

Yes, helping them is important but, maybe you are a blogger, a student yourself, or have emails to catch up on. Set some time where both of you can work together on your own projects. Then once you are done, do something fun together - like a dance party!

APPLY IN REAL LIFE

Applying math concepts in real life like cooking in the kitchen or picking up toys, allows them to see the practical side of their studies. You can also weave spelling words into conversation, and then ask them to spell it back to you. Easy, simple and effective! 

Posted by Jill Sito | Topic: |Family Fun|  | Category: Family Fun

Celebrating Independence Day is an American tradition loved by all. Between the loud booms of the dazzling fireworks to family cookouts with hamburgers, hotdogs and BBQ, it seems like everyone pulls out their best red, white and blue outfit and dives into the delicious fun. Families all around the Little Debbie bakery this time of year start talking about their family traditions, too, and it’s always a fun time hearing how each person celebrates. 

In true American-fashion, no cookout or summer party is complete without an array of sweets. If there is one thing for certain, it’s everyone loves a good treat that makes the summer more memorable. We made these adorable American flags in less than 20 minutes using simple, no-bake ingredients. Everyone is going to love giving these flags a try!

You need just a few supplies and ingredients to get you started. Buy a carton of Fancy Cakes, delicious vanilla cake with scrumptious vanilla creme sandwiched in between each layer. You will love Fancy Cakes on their own, but they are especially good in this recipe creation. Next up, you will need two colors of cookie icing – red and blue. Buy nonpareils sprinkles in white and then red, white and blue straws in assorted patterns. Now let’s get started making!

First, unwrap each Little Debbie® Fancy Cake and place on wax paper. Next, take your straws and cut in half. Take each straw half and insert halfway into the cake on the left side. Next, take the blue cookie icing and in the left corner of the cake, make a small square and fill in. The cookie icing stays pretty well without running over the cake, so no need to worry about excessive icing dripping! Next, take the red cookie icing and make squiggly lines across the cake. Next, use a few white sprinkles for stars on the blue. Continue those steps until each cake is done, and voila! You’ve got a whole parade of cute, delicious flags.

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Red, White and Fancy Cakes Recipe Creation  |  Makes 10 Servings

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 1 Carton Little Debbie Fancy Cakes
  • 1 7 oz. Package Red Cookie Icing
  • 1 7 oz. Package Blue Cookie Icing
  • White Nonpareils Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Red, White and Blue Assorted Paper Straws

Directions

1.     Unwrap each Fancy Cake and place on wax paper

2.     Cut 5 straws in half, making 10 halves

3.     Insert each straw halfway into the cake on the left side

4.     Using the blue cookie icing, make a small filled-in square in the left corner

5.     Using the red cookie icing, make squiggly lines across the cake

6.     Take a few white sprinkles and put on the blue square for the stars

7.     Repeat steps three through 6 for each cake

8.     Serve immediately

Creative Tip

If not serving immediately, place cakes in the freezer so the icing doesn’t melt!

Posted by Jill Sito | Topic: |Events|Seasonal|  | Category: Events, Seasonal

Little Debbie Pumpkin Patch

October 31st, 2017

Celebrate Fall with a cute and tasty Little Debbie Pumpkin Patch Trifle. My table is set and ready to welcome my guests to the annual Fall party. I love all things pumpkin and this easy throw-it-together dessert will take no time for you to whip up.

I like desserts that can be made ahead of time, I always seem to be running on empty by the time dessert rolls around. Thanks to Little Debbie's Fall inspired treats, I was able to develop a cute, Fall themed trifle that makes everyone giddy with excitement.

 This scrumptious layered Fall dessert has moist, vanilla Little Debbie Fall Party Cakes followed by cold and creamy, candy corn colored puddings, a layer of tender chocolate cake and decorated with Little Debbie Pumpkin Brownies to make the cutest pumpkin patch!

Pumpkin Patch Trifle

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Little Debbie Fall Party Cakes, Vanilla
  • 1 box of Little Debbie Pumpkin Brownies
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix, prepared according to directions on box
  • 2 boxes of vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 box of white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 6 cups of milk (for pudding)
  • orange and yellow food coloring
  • bamboo skewers to hold pumpkins in place
  • pumpkin candy
  • Fall colored sprinkles

Directions:

  • Prepare boxed cake mix according to the package directions. Bake cake in a 9x13 pan and allow to cool. Crumble cake using a fork and set aside.
  • Prepare instant puddings in 3 different bowls. 1 box of instant pudding mixed with 2 cups of cold milk and set aside to firm up.
  • Leave white chocolate pudding alone and set to the side (this will stay white).
  • Color each of the vanilla puddings, place a fair amount of yellow food coloring in one bowl of vanilla pudding and orange food coloring in the other. Mix each of the puddings well.
  • In a large trifle bowl, crumble the entire box of Little Debbie Fall Party Cakes.
  • Next, pour the yellow pudding on top of the crumbled, vanilla Fall Party Cakes.
  • Followed by a layer of the orange pudding and then white (this should resemble candy corn).
  • For the top layer of the trifle, crumble the baked chocolate cake. Be sure to cover all of the pudding so the top looks like dirt.
  • Skewer each of the Little Debbie Pumpkin Brownies from the bottom and place in the trifle bowl.
  • Place pumpkin candies and Fall colored sprinkles around the "dirt" cake.
  • Keep trifle cold if making overnight. Otherwise, it is fine sitting the dessert on the table for a couple of hours.

Brownie Pumpkin Scarecrow Pops

October 10th, 2017

Little Debbie Fall treats and snacks are now available in stores! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love all things that scream autumn. From pumpkins to apples, cinnamon sticks to cloves, and orange to red foliage; these things inspire me the most!

Little Debbie Brownie Pumpkins are in stores and the moment I saw them, I knew what to make! My girls love crafting and getting their hands on any kind of creative activity. I thought it would be fun to turn these tasty, little pumpkin brownies into a build-your-own scarecrow pop. Fun, artsy, and sure to keep your little ones busy for a bit. These also make great centerpieces for the fall dinner table.

My Scarecrow Pops are made of rice cereal treats, fruit leather, shredded wheat cereal, melted chocolate, and Little Debbie Brownie Pumpkins.

Scarecrow Pop

Ingredients:

  • Bamboo Skewers (1 per pop)
  • Little Debbie Brownie Pumpkins (1 per pop)
  • Rice cereal treats (store-bought or homemade)
  • Fruit Leather (2 serving rolls per scarecrow)
  • Shredded wheat cereal ( 3-4 pieces per scarecrow)
  • Melted chocolate ( 1/3 cup chocolate chips, melted in microwave)

Directions:

  • Lay rice cereal treat in front of you and cut a 3" rectangle for the shirt.
  • Remove top sides of the rectangle at an angle to represent shoulders.
  • Slide bamboo stick through the center of cut rectangle.
  • Cut another small 3" rectangle from rice cereal treats and slice out a triangle at the bottom.
  • This forms the legs. Slide onto bamboo skewer.
  • Lay fruit leather on top of rice cereal treat cut outs.
  • Rub with hand to get the fruit leather to stick.

  • Using clean scissors, cut along sides of fruit leather to cover front of scarecrow's body. 

  • Cut another 3" rectangle from rice cereal treats and lay horizontally.

  • Cut the ends off of the rectangle forming 2 small triangles and one larger (in the center).

  • Push a small piece of bamboo skewer into a small triangle's short side and slide into the body of the scarecrow.
  • Do the same for the other piece.

  • Lay fruit leather on each arm, rubbing with fingers to secure.
  • Use clean scissors to cut to size.

  • Using small pieces of a bamboo skewer, slide into the longer, flat side.
  • Slide skewer into each leg for a shoe.
  • Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and place in a sealed plastic baggie.
  • Snip of tip of one of the ends.
  • Squeeze chocolate onto each shoe and spread using a toothpick or butter knife.
  • Pipe a belt of chocolate and patches on pants, as well as the scarecrow's shirt.
  • Crush shredded wheat cereal with your hand and sprinkle on wet chocolate to look like straw.

  • Unwrap a Little Debbie Brownie Pumpkin and slide onto the top of the bamboo skewer.
  • Squeeze more chocolate on top of the head and sprinkle more shredded wheat.
  • Secure "neck" with a dollop of melted chocolate and wrap fruit leather around the neck to look like a handkerchief.

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