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Fun Treats for Christmas: How to Make Reindeer Poop

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I’ll bet you never thought you would want to know how to make reindeer poop, right? Well, if you have mischievous children, you are probably well versed in the concept. I know, it sounds awful, but reindeer poop is just one in a long list of fun treats for Christmas.

From about Thanksgiving on through Christmas, my four-year-old and my almost-two-year-old (along with all the other kids in their day care!) seem to magically lose their “listening ears” and forget how to behave well. The clever teachers at day care tell the children that they’d better be careful, because if Santa doesn’t like how they are behaving, he might just put reindeer poop in their stockings. My older son, in particular, continued to be naughty, so my husband and I decided that Santa would send him a message this year.

Quick and easy recipes are among our favorites, so I created this surprisingly yummy one for how to make reindeer poop. All you need is four regular-sized marshmallows and about a half-cup of Ovaltine.

Before you start anything, put a piece of waxed paper on a paper plate.

Put the Ovaltine into a bowl for “dredging.”

Using clean kitchen shears, snip each marshmallow in half crosswise. Next time, I might spray the shears with cooking spray so the ‘shmallows don’t stick so much.

Drop the marshmallow halves into the bowl of Ovaltine and coat them as much as possible. I got my forefinger and thumb just a little bit wet (water from the tap) to help more of the coating stick to the marshmallows. Set them on the waxed paper as you get them coated, making sure they don’t touch each other. Leave them to set/dry as long as you can. I made mine around 9:00 a.m., and didn’t pack them into a baggie until around 9:00 p.m.

After the “poop” has dried sufficiently, put it into a small zip-top bag. Attach a note to your little one with this poem:

You’ve been naughty
So here’s the scoop:
All you get is
Reindeer poop!

Santa did leave some nice goodies in my son’s Christmas stocking, but the baggie of reindeer poop was on the top. My little guy was actually visibly upset, particularly when my husband ate a piece. I think he got the message, though. Of course, later on, we told him that reindeer poop isn’t real poop, and that reindeer just poop chocolate covered marshmallows. It was hours before we could get him to try a piece, and while I don’t think this will ever be on his top ten list of fun treats for Christmas, he did end up enjoying it and laughing about it later.

Hope you all had a very merry Christmas! What is YOUR favorite Christmas food story? Please let me know!

Originally published on RecipeLion


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