Summer is here, and it’s the perfect season to make paletas with your kids!
Will you be making your own coquito for kids?
I have a free printable for you. It’s actually a jpeg file, that you can print in whatever size you may need. I would suggest to save and upload to a Microsoft Word doc, and adjust the size of the image for your label.
Of course, we used a blender.
- Ecuador is named after the equator which runs through the country.
- Ecuador is the only country in South America that does not share a border with Brazil.
- Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.
- Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar.
- Ecuador’s official language but there are also 13 other languages!
- 2 cups masa harina (traditional corn flour)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups very warm water
- 1 tsp. oil
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A few weeks ago we participated in a global candy swap, and we were thrilled to explore Germany’s and France’s sweet treats!
Here is a sweet little package for you all to discover Germany and France. We hope you have a sweet tooth.From Germany: Gummi Bears: these can be find in many countries but they are a real classic in Germany. People give them to kids all the time (usually in small packets). Many people use them as part of a cute wrapping when giving a gift to a child too.Ritter chocolate: A typical and very popular German chocolate. It comes in many varieties and flavors. Hope you like that one.Toffifee: Also a very typical and traditional German chocolate treat with caramel inside. These remind me of my first encounter with real German culture as my flat mate (who became one of my best friends) used to get them in her care packages from home when we lived together in the UK.Hanuta: Germans are big on chocolate and nuts. This is one way of eating both together. My kids love those in their snack boxes.
From France: Pâtes de fruit (in different colored wrappings) These are a very traditional candy in France. My mum even makes her own. It is like a jelly fruit gum but extremely sweet. I love them.Carambar: A school playground classic. The caramel version brings back so many childhood memories. There are jokes inside the wrapping. Watch your teeth!Nougat: Who doesn’t know Nougat. As far as I can tell this one is quite soft compared to some others you find.
We also read the book If You Were Me and Lived In… France… by Carole P. Roman. This children’s book gives us a glimpse of life in France from a child’s perspective. It shows France in the map, and what names are popular as well as landmarks, holidays, and sports. I love how this book introduces the children to France in a simple, and meaningful way. It was a perfect way to get our French candy taste testing started.
For Germany, sadly no children’s book but we did read some interesting and fun facts print-out that I had in hand (perhaps Annabelle sent it to me? Can’t recall).
Now for the “candy taste test”, I printed a one-page France and Germany booklet from Activity Village’s website. They were perfect for the kids to write what they thought of the candy. As you can see in the picture below they even had a cup of water to “cleanse their palate.” Their reaction was hilarious! Read below what there thoughts were.
- The gummy bear tastes the same.
- The Ritter taste like ice cream.
- The Toffifee like what (Nutella hazelnut cream he didn’t write it)
- The Hanuta taste like a dry wafer.
- The gummy bear taste different.
- The Ritter taste sour.
- The Toffifee taste good.
- The Hanuta taste great.
- The Pâtes de fruit taste sweet.
- The Carambar taste a little hard.
- The nougat taste horrible!
- The Pâtes de fruit taste a little sweet.
- The Carambar taste good.
- The nougat didn’t taste good.
Here’s the recipe for you.
- 2 packs of 8 oz. softened cream cheese (for a lighter version I used Neufchâtel cheese)
- 1/2 cup of guava paste
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 ready-made pie crust
- 4 tablespoons of guava jam
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cream cheese, guava paste, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs, and mix together. Pour mixture into the ready-made pie crust. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center of guava cheesecake is firm. Chill for 3 hours or overnight spread guava jam over it, and then serve.
2 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of shortening (Crisco)
1 teaspoon of almond or vanilla extract
- Mix together softened butter, shortening, extract and sugar
- Mix until it’s creamy
- Add flour slowly
- You will have a firm but crumbly looking dough
- With a scooper (or your hands) form a ball approximately 1 inch
- Place parchment paper on cookie sheet and place balls of cookies with 1″ space between each cookie
- Push gently in the middle and sprinkle the sprinkles or place a small piece of guava
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until it has a golden color
Enjoy! Do you have a favorite recipe cookie? Please share!
Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other recipes from various countries thanks to our participating bloggers: