Edible Fall Project: Chocolate Acorns

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on October 3, 2014

Edible Fall Acorns: A kid-friendly craft. You only need a handful of supplies and even young kids can participate!

“Go anywhere today?” My husband asked me about ten minutes after walking through the door from work.

“Um… does the mailbox count?” was my lame reply. I was actually proud of myself for making it that far.

Since Saturday, I have been fighting the current Crud going around. Unfortunately, sick days aren’t really covered in the Mom Contract. I keep looking for a clause, but nope. Nothing. I think the general rule is that Moms just aren’t supposed to get sick in the first place. Alas, here I am. Leaving the house under protest. Blowing my nose constantly. Sleeping whenever possible. Feeding and clothing my children only when absolutely necessary.

My parenting skills have hit an all-time low. I call it Couch Parenting. I gave up on the Naptime! Game, in favor of just telling my 3-year old, “Please don’t break anything, including your brother, while I close my eyes for 5 minutes.”

Yesterday I felt the first spark of my old self returning. What’s this? Energy? I had not left the house with both children in five days, let alone do anything fun with either of them. I was ready to get back on track.

I remembered seeing a fun little edible project in a Ladies Home Journal a few weeks ago. With only 3 ingredients and 3 steps, I knew this was a project I could tackle with a toddler on my first day back to reality. She loved unwrapping and lining up all of the Hershey’s kisses. I assembled acorns while stuffing Nutter Butter Bites into my 1-year old’s mouth. It was super simple, and the end product was cute and tasty. A successful project, if you ask me!

With plenty of fall still ahead of us these would be a fun weekend project to do with your kids or a unique addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.

For the record, I know acorns don’t come from maple trees. But there were no oak leaves within an easy walking distance. Like to the mailbox.

Chocolate Acorns
from Ladies Home Journal
yield: 5-6 dozen

1 cup chocolate chips, divided
9-12 oz. bag of Hershey’s kisses
8 oz. bag of Nutter Butter bites (or Ritz Bitz)

  1. Place about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, stopping and stirring it every 20 seconds until melted.
  2. Unwrap the kisses and use the melted chocolate to attach one kiss to each Nutter Butter bite. (You could also split the bites in half to make more acorns.)
  3. Dip the flat side of the chocolate chips into the melted chocolate and attach them to the tops of the acorns. Let cool & serve.

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Diana @ SAHMonomics December 3, 2012 at 5:28 am

You crack me up about the Maple, and a Japanese Maple at that!
There. I used my B.S. in Agriculture today. lol
A very cute project. I think I’ll get the ingredients for this recipe to have my 13-yr-old put together with her 4-yr-old cousin at Christmas. Thanks for posting!

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Sue October 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

To make it even easier you can attach the cookie to the kiss with peanut butter. Looks adorable and yummy! :)

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Aimee @ Chickenville November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

Emily,
When I Googled chocolate acorns you and I are the two folks that came up. I thought I’d come and check yours out too. So cute and all while recovering – I’m impressed. I’ve done “couch parenting” but usually while I’m pregnant! I just get so exhausted.

Love the leaves in your photos. I made my acorns with mini nilla wafers just to keep them peanut free. If you get a chance, come visit. ~Aimee

http://fromchapelhilltochickenville.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-acorn-treats.html

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Jennifer November 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

These look yummy

On another note, you crack me up! Love how you write…

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JM November 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this – will be a lot of fun to do with my 2 and 4-year-old granddaughters. ( It’ll be me, not the kids, that can’t stop eating the nutter butters!! ;)

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Mae November 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Gosh–aren’t they adorable!!

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krista lenae November 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

can’t wait to make these

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Shannan November 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Liz Martin–
I wonder if the mini nilla wafer cookies would work??

These are way too cute! thanks for sharing!!

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Demetria November 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Sorry you caught the crud. My husband and I caught the stomach variety crud last week and called Nana after a whole morning of couch parenting. I laid on the floor with a blanket, a container of puffs and a box of cheerios – occasionally pouring more for my “puppies” to eat for breakfast. When I came out of my coma we made 3 ingredient pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Looking forward to trying these acorns and not as a project for post-sickness…enough of that!

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Liz Martin November 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm

They look like a perfect little project. I might do these for the “craft” at my daughter’s 3rd bday party. I do have a child coming that is allergic to peanuts. Does anyone have a suggestion to use as a substitute for nutter butters?

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Nanell November 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

mini nilla wafers may work.

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JM November 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Like Emily said in the recipe, you could use Ritz Bits (the cheese ones).

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Lisa November 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Those are so cute and sound yummy! Thank you for posting the recipe and the photo. Hope you are feeling 100% soon!

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Nicole November 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your stories and writing style
Easy to read, fun to follow, and always relatable.
Mom to Mom Thank you!

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