string cheese witches’ brooms, a no sugar halloween treat

TODAY’S POST WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY PINTEREST. You’ve seen them, haven’t you? These adorable witches’ brooms made from string cheese, pretzels and chives? Now let me be honest. Sometimes I have to take a break from Pinterest because it makes me feel bad about myself. But on this particular day, with the pressure of my turn to supply the preschool snack upon me, I bravely tried to recreate one of the zillion wow-I-can’t-believe-other-moms-are-doing-this ideas from Pinterest and guess what…it was actually pretty easy. Here’s how you can do it too.

I like these brooms because they fall into the Healthy-Ish Halloween Ideas that I’m looking for these days. With three small kids and a fun holiday around the corner, I say let’s focus on costumes and cute food. Who needs so much sugar? More on that in my recent BabyZone column here…

Buy a regular pack of string cheese (I like organic but potato, potah-toe.) Cut the cheese into thirds. Then use a paring knife to dice the “bristles” about 3/4 of the way from the top. Cut 3-4 planks on one side, then rotate the cheese and cut 3-4 slices again, giving you matchsticks.

Tie a single fresh chive around the top, just for cuteness.

If you are storing them overnight don’t put the pretzels in yet. Wait until the morning to simply press a pretzel stick into the cheese. Not too far. They’re sturdier than you think but not impenetrable. Fluff the bristles — consider standing them up like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice — and serve.




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