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« on: November 10, 2006 09:09:49 AM »

My mom's work has a themed holiday party every year. This year the theme is Candy Land. She has to bring a plate of appetizers. I volunteered to make them for her because she is always so busy.

So I am trying to think of an appetizer that is colorful, fun and would fit the theme. It can't be a sweet or dessert because it's supposed to be a starter. I thought maybe fruit skewers, parmesan cheese straws (colored somehow) or spiced nuts in colorful paper cups?

She doesn't want to bring anything that has to be hot or heated. I guess that's why I'm having a hard time.

Does anyone have any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2006 09:38:39 AM »

yes definitely colourful... anything with green/red/orange/yellow peppers, carrots...  something like this Hummus Vegetable Pita:

I got this from http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_display&u1=bytype&u2=6*442&u3=**16*33&wf=9&recipe_id=56100

or maybe a spinach dip... usually the spinach dip that i make i just put chopped spinach in it so it's chunky... but a friend of mine blends all the ingredients into a blender and it comes out this lime green dip...

I find anything from Kraft Kitchens is good and it's easy to find colourful stuff.... http://www.kraftfoods.com

Hope that helps a bit... good luck!!

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2006 09:40:25 AM »

A quick and easy (and very tasty) appetizer would be small round crackers spread with cream cheese and topped with a dollop of pepper jelly.  Since it's a holiday party, you could easily alternate between green jalapeno jelly and red pepper jelly to have a really pretty festive presentation.

I've done this with rice crackers, Ritz crackers, and Carr's crackers... I liked the Carr's best, but they're all pretty tasty.  The jelly should be available in a specialty store if you can't find it in the supermarket (it's usually shelved with the condiments or with the jams, depending on the store).
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2006 10:51:24 AM »

Thanks for the link to the Kraft site! I like the idea of stuff on crackers, the Kraft site has all sorts of crazy things (like cheese flowers and butterflies) on Ritz crackers that would look whimsical. Also a pretty safe bet as there will be a lot of kids there and unadventurous adults.

At first I wanted to make veggie sushi because that can be colorful, but I don't think anyone would eat it!
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2006 11:22:22 AM »

ooh... veggie sushi... with avocado in it (i don't know what's with me and the green food)... you'd be surprised at the amount of people that eat sushi without fish in it... the veggie one is actually the sushi that got me started on my crazy sushi obsession...

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2006 11:43:10 AM »

Everyone at mom's work likes Mexican food! I don't know how many of them like sushi of any kind or have even had it! I know my mom doesn't like it and I don't want to send her there with something she wouldn't eat.

I think I'll make it for myself though! I found what looks to be a good recipe for veggie sushi on the Food Network site while browsing for appetizer ideas: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_23265,00.html
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2006 12:01:53 AM »

Martha Stewart  (I know I know!) has a great recipe for colorful veggie breadsticks.  Really simple, too!

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2006 07:34:09 AM »

After looking at this site (http://www.hasbro.com/candyland/), I was thinking about the different characters.

Gloppy! He's so cute.
Just before you get the the Candy Castle, you'll pass through the Chocolate Swamp, where you just might meet Gloppy. Don't be afraid, Gloppy might look like a monster, but he's really a loveable glob of chocolaty goo. But Gloppy gets very lonely sitting in the swamp all by himself. So, give him a hug and you'll have a friend forever.
You said that most of the people that will be at the party like Mexican food. I was thinking you could do some sort of bean dip, there are a million recipes on the web. (I don't actually eat bean dip, so I don't have any recipes myself) You could make a little sign with his picture and his story next to the dip.

Gramma Nutt!
Things can get a little nutty around Candy Land, and nowhere better than Peanut Acres. Here lives Gramma Nutt with her dog Bazz, carefully tending her peanut fields. These fields need special, loving care, for they don't grow just any old peanuts, but peanuts with magical surprises inside. Gramma Nutt loves to experiment with creating new types of magic for her peanuts (not always successfully). Whether you take a slide around her house, or hunt for that perfect peanut, you'll always have fun with Gramma Nutt.
I was thinking cold sesame peanut noodles. You could put them in little cupcake liners to make them portable. Again have a picture of the characters and her story.

That was fun looking up the characters and thinking about appetizers that would go with them. Even if you don't use my ideas, at least I had fun trying.  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2006 09:21:54 AM »

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, they are really easy and colorful:

2 8oz pkgs. cream cheese
1 (12") package soft flour tortillas
1 1/2 pkgs. ranch dressing powdered mix
1 can black olives, drained and finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 red or orange pepper, finely chopped

Mix cream cheese, dry ranch dressing mix, olives and peppers together.  Spread thinky on individual tortillas and roll tightly.  Refridgerate at least 1 hour.  Cut into bite sized pieces and serve. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2006 02:47:01 PM »

I think all of these idea are super helpful! I REALLY appreciate everyone's help.

Poo head, you gave me an idea of using the actual game! I think I'll try to find an old Candyland game board or print one out and laminate it to put on a tray. Then I can make a bunch of the different appetizers you guys suggested and line them up along the path of the game.

Wouldn't that be fun looking? Plus she doesn't have to feed everyone, other people are bringing appetizers too.
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