Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Applesauce Aliens or Robots

For our church picnic last Sunday, I decided to make a few food items for the children. The food table is always filled with mounds of heavy, casserole type dishes and my children leave those functions starved, as do some of the adults ;). So I decided to make applesauce aliens/robot treats. I found the original idea on pinterest, of course, does anyone think for themselves now a days?, but I always try my best to NEVER replicate it to a "T". I like to make it my OWN creation. Instead of pretzel sticks for the arms, like pinterest had, I used smarties. Not quite as healthy, but the kids were happier :) I also added a hershey kiss to resemble a hat. Other cute robotic/alien like ideas could have been rolos (for a hat) or starbursts (for a neck). I bet someone really artistic, like my friend Erin, could make this even cuter by drawing a nose and a mouth or something. Erin, don't try it. I don't want you to out do me :) HAHAHA.

These were a ton of fun to make. My kids even joined in on assembling them. Not too time consuming. Oh and the biggest plus, ALMOST every item cost $1.00
Smarties: $1.00
Raisins: $1.00
Hershey Kisses: $1.00
Applesauce: $1.00
Spoons: $1.00
Google Eyes: $1.00
"Half" Pretzel Rods: $1.00 (If you want to use pretzel rods, you need the half ones. These are sold at the Dollar Tree.)
Juice Boxes: $1.99 (on sale, normally $2.99).

The individual thank yous I received, from the kids, on their own, really made all my work worth it. They seemed so excited to have something, on their level, to enjoy/eat/play with. HAHA.

I used a hot glue gun to assemble everything. I highly recommend using a hot glue because they are easier to transport and there is less of a chance they will become disassembled. Be sure to use your lowest setting, to ensure the hot glue doesn't melt the chocolate or seep through any of the other food items or worse your finger. Yes, I burnt myself :( My finger got stuck to the hot glue on the juice box. OUCH! Days later it still hurts.
One other tip, be sure that your juice box's weight is primarily all on top of the raisin box or the robot will NOT be able to stand on it's own.