Growing up my favorite after-school snack was cookies. The first thing I’d ask my mom for when I came home was for some cookies along with a tall glass of milk. Though I would eat any type of cookie she gave me, I was always partial to chocolate chip ones! I’d sit at the kitchen table, eat my snack and tell my mom all about my day.
Fast forward a few decades and now I’m raising two children of my own. Just like their mom, my kids love to have an after-school snack too!
I’m lucky that I have a job that allows me to work from home one day a week, so I’m able to pick my kids up from school and spend some quality time with them.
The first thing we do when we get home is sit at the table, have a snack and talk about what kinds of things they did at school. What did they learn? Who did they partner with in class? Who did they play with at recess? What did the create in art class or what game did they play in gym?
It’s a special time for me – I’m having a meaningful conversation with my children. It helps me to find out what’s going on in their heads, about who they are and what their likes and dislikes are. This time is special for them too, it gives them the opportunity to express themselves and to be heard.
To show my children how special it is, I like to give them an extra special yummy snack.
Now, I’m not much of a baker, so I like to look for sweet treats that I can assemble. I was inspired to create this after-school snack when I was at, of all places, in the checkout line at Walmart.
Tucked on the shelves at the checkout were these NABISCO Go-Packs! cups in all different cookie varieties for just $1. I stocked up and bought a bunch of them – Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Chips Ahoy! Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mini Nilla Wafers and Nutter Butter Bites Sandwich Cookies.
I knew I had some chocolate Snack Pack® Pudding Cups in the cupboard along with a can of Reddi-wip real cream whipped topping in the fridge. I figured I could create a sort of cookie lasagna and would make and serve them in the Go-Pack! cups themselves, since they are plastic and don’t leak.
I made my yummy treat before I went to pick up the kids from school and stored them in the fridge. All I had to do is top them each with a little Reddi-wip and we were able to snack and chat together!
Here’s how I made my Go-Pack! Snack Pack® Pudding cookie lasagna:
1 – Take 4 Snack Pack® Pudding cups and place the pudding in a mixing bowl.
3 – Take about 12-15 Go-Packs! cookies of your choice and place them in small plastic snack bags. Use the back of a large spoon to break them into pieces.
4 – In an empty Go-Packs! cup, place about ¼ cup pudding/whipped topping mixture.
I made three different varieties for our afternoon snack. My son went for the OREO one and my daughter took the Nutter Butter. As you can see, they were a big hit with the kids. If you’re wondering which one I had, well of course I had the Chips Ahoy! one, because old habits die-hard!
Now it’s your turn to share. What was your favorite after-school snack growing up?
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