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Smucker’s Breakfast Time Story Snacks

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Children’s author Ted Staunton helps launch Smucker’s Breakfast Time Story

School’s out! And the kids are constantly going to be asking you for snacks. Here’s a great way to satisfy snack-time and keep the learning going throughout the summer months (and beyond). Read together with your kids and create some fun recipes inspired by the story! It’s a great way to get your children to discuss the books they read, and vary the snack routine.

At the beginning of June, The Motherboards attended a Bookworm Breakfast at Lillian H. Smith Library, hosted by Smucker’s. Prolific children’s author Ted Staunton was featured, reading his popular picture book Puddleman.

Smucker’s invented some crazy snacks based on Ted Staunton’s books that we got to put together with our children. We’re happy to be able to share them with you, below. You and your kids can come up with any sort of fun meal influenced by their favourite stories. Get creative!

Smucker’s has also launched a Breakfast Time Story promotion with Staunton to help get families excited about reading together. The contest runs until August 6, and the lucky winner will have a professionally bound book written by Staunton about their own family. Just click here to enter for your chance to win.*

Puddleman

PuddleMan

Puddleman takes on a new look with purple mud fur and wild chow mein noodle hair.

Ingredients

1 tbsp each (15mL) Smucker’s® Pure Wildberry Jam and cream cheese, softened

1 mini hamburger bun (23 g each)

Chow Mein noodles for hair

1 small slice cheddar cheese

1 tbsp (15mL) Smucker’s® Pure Strawberry Jam

Directions

Combine jam and cream cheese. Spread all over top of bun, making peaks with a butter knife. Place chow mein noodles to look like hair.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 Puddleman

Freezing: Not Recommended

Puddle PancakesPuddlePancakes

Get your kids involved by letting them spread jam all over the plate and then squishing down the pancake on top to make the puddles come through. Try Smucker’s® Pure Strawberry Jam for red puddles or Smucker’s® Pure Apricot Jam for orange puddles.

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups (425 mL) buttermilk

2 eggs

¼ cup (50mL) Crisco® Pure Canola or Vegetable Oil

¼ cup (50 mL) sugar

½ tsp (2mL) salt

2 cups (500mL) Robin Hood® Original All-Purpose Flour

2 tsp (10mL) baking powder

½ tsp (2mL) baking soda

Butter for frying

Jam for puddles

Directions

Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until small lumps remain. Melt butter in large frying pan. Drop about 1/3 cup (75mL) pancake batter into hot skillet and, using a long wooden skewer, immediately drag it through the batter to make holes. Let cook until set – turn and cook on remaining side until golden.

To serve, spread jam on plate – put pancake on top of jam and carefully press down so that jam comes up through the holes – these are the puddles.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 9 pancakes

Freezing: Excellent

Toasty CampfireToastyCampfire

Recreate Morgan’s campfire (featured in Ted Staunton’s Campfire Morgan) at the breakfast table by arranging toast logs into a campfire shape and “igniting” it with Smucker’s® Pure Apricot jam mixed with yogurt. It’s fun and delicious.

Ingredients

1 tbsp each (15mL) Smucker’s® Pure Apricot Jam and Greek style yogurt (embers)

1 piece of buttered toast, cut in strips

1 large strawberry chopped,

12 blueberries

Coconut dyed green (grass)

Additional apricot jam for drizzling

Directions

Combine apricot jam and yogurt and drop by spoon in the middle of a small plate. Top with chopped strawberry. Lay toast strips teepee style to form bonfire. Surround with blueberry “rocks,” coconut “grass,” and drizzle with additional apricot jam for the fire.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 campfire

Freezing: not recommended

 Morgan’s Campfire Hot DogsMorgansBurgerDogFries

These cute little hot dogs, based on Morgan’s other favourite campfire food, can be made in many different ways: try using mini hot dog buns and a mini banana instead of the cheese.

Ingredients

1 mini croissant (16 each)

1 stick of stringable cheese, cut to fit croissant

1 tsp (5mL) Smucker’s® Pure Strawberry Jam

1 tbsp (15mL) chopped kiwi

Directions

Place cheese in bun, top with remaining ingredients.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 hot dog

Morgan’s Campfire Burgers

Morgan loves hamburgers, so we’ve taken one of his favourite meals and turned it into a mini breakfast burger.

Ingredients

1 mini (23 g each) hamburger bun

2 slices of ham, cut in rounds to fit bun

2 (2”/5 cm) squares of cheddar cheese

1 tbsp (15mL) Smucker’s® Pure Strawberry Jam

Shredded coconut “onions” (optional)

Chopped kiwi “relish” (optional)

Blueberries for garnish

Directions

Spread top and bottom of bun with jam and layer with ham and cheese. Top with coconut and kiwis (if using). Skewer with a toothpick and garnish with blueberries.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 mini burger

Freezing: not recommended

Morgan’s Favourite French Fries

These go great with Morgan’s burgers.

Ingredients

1 slice buttered toast

Smucker’s® Raspberry Squeeze Fruit Spread

Directions

Cut toast into thin strips. Arrange on plate to look like French fries. Drizzle with fruit spread to look like ketchup.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Makes: 1 order of fries

Freezing: not recommended

*The Motherboards receives no payment for featuring brands in its posts. The brands we do feature are being endorsed by us as we have used, tasted and tested them ourselves and believe other families will enjoy them too.

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