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Passover snack help

#1 - I live in the kosher wastelands of North Carolina. It's tough and very expensive to get KP food here.

#2 - I got myself named "snack mom" for the week of Chol HaMoed so that my kid could actually eat snack at school that week.

#3 - No Tam-Tams available this year. The few stores here that even have Passover food have Manishcewitz almost exclusively so I don't have the option of other brands.

What do I send to school?

I don't mind baking and I laid in a small stock of KP Cabot cheese. There's always fresh fruit and I thought about deviled eggs. The 25 kids are between 3 and 6 years old. Candy is unacceptable to the school.

Anyone have any good ideas?

(I'll cross-post on the Home Cooking board, but I hate to weed through the answers that will so obviously be chometz. Thanks for the help.)

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  1. How about baking KP brownies? Substitute potato starch or cake meal for the flour in regular brownies, and they come out tasting decent.

    Decorating the top with multi-colored KP sprinkles (I hope these are available in your area) adds a bit of texture, appeals to the aesthetic tastes of small children, and distracts from the fact that the texture of the brownies is not quite the same as "regular" brownies (not in a terrible way, but there is a difference).

    1. Macaroons are a yummy snack and vey easy to make. I'm not so sure about deviled eggs for 3-6 year olds... even if you dyed them purple with beet juice and called them dinosaur eggs.

      I feel your pain about KP stuff in the hinterlands. I grew up in Oklahoma (can you hear the chirping crickets when you talk about the kosher??)

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      1. re: cheeseguysgirl

        Purple dinosaur eggs! Whoa, how cool is that! Neat idea.

        Bake goods are just fine and I was considering making Passover bagels since my recipe has a little sugar ( as opposed to my Passover rolls which get all their flavor from sauteed onions and parsley).

        It's odd what we can get here. Mango chutney, small bags of Bissli, and Swedish fish are all available. Borsht is not.

        Great ideas. Thanks for the creative thoughts.

        Btw, we don't do kitniyot.

        1. re: cheeseguysgirl

          Purple dinosaur eggs?! Thats so cute!

        2. When you say that candy is against the rules, do you mean candy, or all sweets including cookies and other baked goods?

          1. Things that come to mind:
            1. Terra Yukon gold potato chips...they're my favorite kind and they're KP!
            2. Macaroons
            3. Chocolate covered matzos (unless those too are MIA this year due to the shortage)
            4. Egg Kichel
            5. Soup nuts

            1. Snack mom for the whole week! That's bold.

              I think cheese, fruit and eggs are great ideas. Baking some small Pesach cookies would go over very well. If you can get Pesach cereal (like fake fruit loops), kids seem to love them. I'd also add into the mix carrots and celery. You could have matzo, and cream cheese and almond butter as spreads. I love the idea below about Terra chips -- that will be a treat. I would definitely serve one type of fruit each day, and one or two of the other things, so that you'll have variety over the week.

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              1. re: milklady

                If potato chips are ok, Utz makes KP ones.

              2. How about meringues? All you need are egg whites, sugar and vanilla. You could add some cocoa powder if you want to make them chocolate.

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                1. re: websterhall1994

                  if you can get a KP cereal and KP marshmallow how about Krispie Treats?
                  Also trail mix, dried fruit, some chocolate chips (or broken bars) and maybe some cereal.

                  1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                    I LOVE the idea of (not really Rice) Krispie Treats! Brilliant! I might have to make some for my Dad-- he's coming to visit for my birthday/Pesach. My hubby would love them, too. Are there any KP nut butters? Could add that to the treats, because I know that peanut butter rice krispie treats are delish-- would imagine almond butter Krispie Treats would be good, too.

                    1. re: cheeseguysgirl

                      KP Almond butter is readily available in the NY area; I don't recall seeing any others, but perhaps there is also cashew butter. I'm just guessing, though.

                2. My first thought was potato chips. If you go the colored cereal route (assuming it is available) you have have them string it on pipe cleaners and eat the "bracelets." My 4 year old brought this home from school and loved it. For a healthier snack, how about lady apples (the small ones) and mini bananas? The kids love the miniature versions of their favorite fruit. Let us know what you do.

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                  1. re: daphnar

                    Our pre-school would definitely frown on things like chips and very sweet baked goods such as rice krispie treats.

                    I just bought some mini muffin tins for pesach. I found a recipe for passover banana muffins online that I'm going to try for my kids. I've made those Passover bagels and they aren't too bad. Trail mix sounded like a good idea if you don't have nut allergies. I haven't decided whether to send my kids on chol ha-moed yet....

                    1. re: memememe

                      You are reading my mind, memememe. So far, your suggestions are exactly what I have planned. I found the same banana muffin recipe and am proabaly going to try that. I was just discussing the trail mix thought this morning, too. If I send in some Cabot KP cheese one day and grapes and bananas another day, sounds like I've got it.

                      We just got back from Spring Break so I can't even consider keeping the little one home for another week. That, and my sanity depends completely upon her dear, sweet teacher.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        I understand completely. The only reason I'm considering keeping them home is that bubbe will be here the whole week. And because her school once served her a (treyf) hot dog, even though I have vegetarian written on all of her forms (thought it was easier than writing kosher.)

                  2. You can never go wrong with fresh fruit or cheese. I make a pesach trail mix that my kids love - whole wheat matzah farfel coated with honey and a bit of oil. Add some nuts (almonds, etc) maybe some dried fruit and bake. Add the raisins after or they will burn. Brownies are a good choice as you can make a big batch. I also make date nut squares, if there are no nut allergies. I also make pesach chocolate chip cookies and pesach mandelbroit, which keeps very well. Google passover recipes and you should get some ideas. Oh yes, you should also be able to find somewhere a recipe for a pesach spinach kugel which is wonderful hot or cold and makes a change from cookies.