My kiddos are really weird about movies. They have a few they like to watch (over and over and over) but have a very hard time watching something new. The most successful method we have to get them to watch a new movie is to sit down and watch it ourselves. About a year ago, my partner and I put on How To Train Your Dragon, which I had never seen and which he loves. The kids, predictably, didn’t want to watch and spent the first ten minutes in the hallway, “peeking” at it. Then they were coaxed over to the sofa to watch with us. Again, not unexpectedly, they loved it and were eager to watch it again, over and over. They were excited for both sequels and even went so far as to join us at an actual movie theater (a rare occurrence) to watch the third.
As we were planning our summer, the kids came up with the idea of “How To Train Your Dragon Day.” The first rainy day of the summer, we would watch all three movies, in a row, complete with dragon snacks. I admit, I maybe thought of the dragon snacks- google is a wonderful thing.
A few days ago, our time had come. It was a dark, pouring, gray day. It was time for How To Train Your Dragon Day. Now, I will freely admit two things: one, none of these snacks are even remotely good for you. They are stomachache inducing, heartburn causing, leave you feeling slightly sick to your stomach-ing snacks. Two, only one of these snacks was our own idea which struck us in the grocery store while we were looking for- but couldn’t find- cheese balls. By the way, cheese balls? Super hard to find around me. Who knew? Also hard to find? Bugles.
At any rate, I give you our dragon snacks.
First we needed dragon food. And what do the dragons eat? Fish!
For the savory side, we used a combination of goldfish crackers (plain, cheddar, pretzel) .
On the sweeter side, we used fudge brownie goldfish crackers and Swedish fish.
We decided we needed dragon fireballs. That consisted of cheese balls (so hard to find here!) with red and orange m&ms and (our own idea because we saw them at the grocery store) pretzel bites covered in orange cheese sauce. (I have to say, the cheese sauce was pretty salty and gross, but the kids liked it!)
So the first round of snacks were a hit.
Another savory snack that works with this theme is bugles. You can call them dragon claws and serve them as is. My kids don’t like them (yes, there’s some junk food that even my kids won’t eat!) so we didn’t serve them this time.
For the second round, I made viking helmets. Both were from sweet items and both simply required some assembly.
One kind of helmet was made from oreo cookies and bugles- a weird combo to be sure. To assemble, I melted a little bit of white chocolate and used a toothpick to get it on the bottom edges of the bugle.
Then I pressed it into the oreo, sort of between the cookies.
Repeat on the other side and viola, you have a viking helmet.
The second viking helmet was made up of cupcakes, brownie bites, and white chocolate.
I used mini-cupcakes but in retrospect, regular would have been better. I had to scrape off the frosting from the cupcake, saving it on the side of the plate. Then I experimented with the brownie bites (mine came frosted which I used like glue to keep it on the cupcake)- I used one as is and another cut in half.
Place one brownie bite on top of the cupcake. Then add white chocolate viking horns, using frosting and gentle pressure to get them to stick.
I made the white chocolate horns by melting some white chocolate wafers in the microwave (heat at 50% power for 30 seconds, stir, and heat an additional 30 seconds at 50% power if needed). I poured the white chocolate out onto parchment paper and spread it out to make a thin layer. After it hardened up a bit, but while it was still somewhat pliable, I used a knife to cut horn shapes out. I let it harden a bit more and then separated the shapes from the layer.
Freehand means that they weren’t uniform. Not even close.
But they still seemed to work!
Happy How To Train Your Dragon Day!