Did you have a favorite snack when you were a kid?
I always loved Handi-snacks. Scooping up the cheese with that little red plastic spreader. Or Dipping the Pretzels in the cheese. They were always so good. My parents never bought pre packaged snacks like Handi-snacks.
I think my parents we onto something though. Because do I buy overly processed, pre-packaged snacks for my kids?
I don’t like buying anything where I don’t recognize the ingredients.
I decided to try making my own Handi-snacks. With only simple REAL ingredients. I used store-bought pretzels though. I feel like store-bought pretzels are usually pretty safe.
My biggest challenge, when making these Homemade Handi-snacks was the presentation. People recognize Handi-snacks by the cute little container and the little red spreader.
Welp, I wasn’t gonna go out and buy Handi-snacks just to get the little red spreader, so I just opted for pretzels instead of crackers. I used a little “sauce” container for the cheese sauce. I am sure that the teeny plastic containers,used to store baby food would also work for the cheese sauce container if you wanted to pack these for school lunches.
The Cheese sauce was SUPER easy and I made it using only TWO ingredients!
“Handi-Snack” Cheese Sauce
1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 tablespoons of ultra pasteurized half and half. – You can also use milk. I chose ultra pasteurized half and half because I wanted to store it in the fridge for a few days, and I didn’t want to worry about the expiration date on the milk.
Procedure : Place Cheese and milk in a food processor or blender and blend until you get your desired consistency.
That’s it! It only takes about 5 minutes to make!
My husband loved this, but suggested maybe a little more milk in the cheese to make it creamier. Nevertheless, it was tasty!
If you wanted to make this snack ” Handi” for school lunches, you can store it in a plastic bag or a small Tupperware container.
This would also work with your favorite kind of healthy cracker. You can always save your “sample spoons” from costco to use as the spreader!