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Dec 6, 2007 12:38 PM

Classroom Birthday Treat Ideas - Help Needed

My soon-to-be 7 yr old son would like to bring in a treat for his classmates to celebrate his birthday, which is at the end of December. I need help thinking of something that meets the school's nutritional policies and also doesn't contain eggs or nuts (classroom allergies.) As far as the nutritional policy goes, the main concern is that sugar not be the first ingredient.

I'm trying to avoid baking anything, partly due to the "no egg" restriction (I know there are vegan recipes) but I have a ton of baking to do this month and I just can't add one more thing to the list.

I've already thought of stuff like popcorn, but because of the classroom allergies, the kids get popcorn at every single classroom party.

Any ideas anyone?

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  1. I used to take cupcakes! And it wasn't that long ago. I guess times change, though. The only thing I can think of off the top of my head are those fruit roll up or fruit by the foot thingies. They do have real fruit in them and they're fun for kids to play with (and get all sticky.) Or maybe fruit juice popsicles, if the weather's not too cold for that. Pretzels are boring. Maybe the yogurt-covered ones?

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    1. re: Glencora

      Believe me, if it wasn't for the egg allergy in the classroom, I would have brought in cupcakes, and the heck with the "nutritional policy". (My son's school actually isn't completely rigid about this - but they definitely encourage people to abide by the policy.)

      But your fruit roll-up suggestion is a good one - and I'm adding it to the list of possibilities. Thank you! :)

    2. I was thinking of caramel apples for my own kid's upcoming 7th. But then it occurred to me that kindergarten and first grade are prime no-front-teeth years. But sliced apples dipped in caramel might be cool! In the past I have ordered pizza for the whole class for lunch, which is popular and not too expensive.

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      1. re: 2m8ohed

        Will you be there for the treat part? Because you could do a chocolate fountain w/ fruit as the dipping sauce (just get the cheapy chocolate fountain from Wal Mart!).

        Geez.....I remember when my mom came to school and made homemade pasta for everyone (it was also a lesson on cooking). Another time she made cherry tarts. We had ONE girl who was allergic to wheat on both occasions, and she just had the cherries. When we had pasta, my mom brought her something..don't know what it was. But, she didn't seem bothered.

        1. re: 4maxwelz

          My thoughts exactly. Also root beer/cream soda floats with frozen yogurt or soy dream.

          1. re: 4maxwelz

            You have to be careful with those though because some kids cannot have the gelatin for religious reasons.

            1. re: ArikaDawn

              Good point about the gelatin - my son's class potentially has some children that might fall in this category.

              1. re: flourgirl

                They make veg marshmellows without it

          2. Gosh. I grew up in the 80s, and bringing birthday treats to class was much less of an ordeal than it sounds today! No eggs kindof eliminates baking! I have a no egg chocolate cake/cupcake recipe that is really easy; let me find that and post it later, but as another idea, can you make chocolate-dipped fruit? (Strawberries, bananas, etc.)

            Or just plain fruit? Or cheese and crackers? Gosh, that is hard. . .

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            1. re: anzu

              whatever happened to mini candybars...... or Marshmallows on a stick.. hahaha, guess I'm getting old.... :))

            2. I know you have a lot of baking and cooking to do, but here are some fun ideas for your son's birthday.

              Dip pretzel rods in chocolate and roll in M&Ms or some other candy

              Make a trail mix of pretzels, chocolate covered soy nuts, M&Ms and some type of honey chex cereal

              Dried fruit dipped half way in chocolate

              Pudding and bring whip cream--A take on this is make a huge bowl of chocolate pudding (and mix with berries--do 7 y/o eat berries?). Write happy birthday with whip cream on it. Then you (or the teacher) can scoop out each serving.

              Cut up lots of apple and pear slices and pretzels. Then on each table have the teacher place little dips of chocolate, carmel and soy nut butter.

              A take on the popcorn--make regular popcorn but jazz it up by drizzling with chocolate, carmel or marshmellow fluff

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              1. re: Jacey

                I am an elementary school teacher and was surprised once when a student brought a fresh fruit salad which was a huge hit with the class. Another popular idea is pizza. You can get inexpensive pizzas from Domino's or Papa John, and the kids love it.

                1. re: brandygirl

                  This post reminded me of a dessert I made several years ago. You can make homemade pie dough, or buy the disks. Spread flat on tart pan or pizza stone. Bake it off. Combine cream cheese with vanilla & powdered sugar. Spread on top of pizza for topping. You could do this in advance. Brings bowls of sliced fruit, orange sections, red or green grapes, pineapple, kiwi fruit, pears, etc. Let the kids decorate the fruit pizza and cut into slices. If you are really into it, you might try cutting out rounds with a 3 in biscuit cutter and make individual pizzas. Kids love to make their own creations. Good Luck!

                  1. re: Diane in Bexley

                    This sounds like a good idea for my kid's birthday at preschool. Her school doesn't really have any restrictions on sweets and I've seen a crazy number of cheap Safeway cakes - yuck. Since I'm always the one complaining about the amount of candy and sweets in her classroom, I'm looking to set an example of something tasty, but not junky. Anyone have any idea if this would travel well? I'd probably smear the cream cheese on in the am and drop it off in the around 8 would have to be ok for an hour or two before it was served. To complicate matters, we are undergoing a kitchen remodel so any pie crust baking would have to happen in the toaster oven. I'm thinking I'd just make a couple rectangles rolled out and let the teacher slice it up.

                2. re: Jacey

                  I like the pudding idea. You can make it without eggs, and it's something nearly everyone likes.