Whether for a backyard get-together or a summer movie night with friends, here are ten food hacks and ideas for your next party, big or small! Readers who snagged our Summer 2021 Foodie Box will find ways to make the most of all their new goodies.
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bananas
Brainiac makes this amazing chocolate peanut butter packed with a whole lot of stuff that’s good for you, which inspired us to make a snack that sits right on the edge of being responsible and decadent. Whether you’re using the chocolate peanut butter we did or making your own mix of sweet and savory, this food move is as simple as taking frozen banana halves on popsicle sticks and dipping them in the melted coating of your choice before dipping once more in your favorite crushed nuts or other toppings. A great blend of textures and sensations.
2. Bloody Mary Pops
Ever needed to simultaneously satisfy your thirst, a hankering for something salty, and the need for a bit of extra courage to stare down the raccoons in your backyard? We took some of Van Holten’s ever-inspired Pickle Pops and used them thawed as a base for these Bloody Mary ice pops frosty pickle juice, Bloody Mary mix, and a bit of vodka blended up and poured into an ice pop tray with celery sticks as handles to boot.
3. Chili Cheese Hot Dog Ring
Research shows this is a suitable substitute for a diamond ring. Take some mini hot dogs or hot dog halves and wrap them in pre-made pastry dough. Line the edge of a cast-iron pan with two concentric rings of these mini-wrapped dogs. Fill the space left in the middle with chili and cheese; we used Marukome’s plant-bant-based miso chili to balance out all this dang meat. Bake in the oven until the pastry is golden brown, then let cool, pull apart, dip, and enjoy!
4. Easy Ice Cream Sandwich
You might’ve already heard about how slicing ice-cream containers into rounds makes for perfect ice-cream sandwich filling. If you want to preserve the ice cream in its original container, consider upcycling another round container for this task. We found our leftover container of Hearthy Foods’ sweet potato flour to be the perfect size for filling with ice cream and then slicing for quick and easy disks of ice cream for an awesome summer treat.
5. Boba Margarita
J-Basket’s instant boba kit makes it easy to add a touch of tapioca to any drink of your choice for that tiny Taiwanese twist. But here’s another twist for you: soak the boba balls in tequila for a few hours before plopping in a glass and pouring over with a simple, refreshing margarita. Please chew responsibly.