BERRIES THAT ARE CUTE AS A CUPCAKE

With food manufacturers pouring billions each year into convincing our kids to eat junk, how’s a health-minded mom to compete?

Presentation is a big part of it, something Madison Avenue marketers figured out long ago when they started decorating food packages with cartoons and inserting toys into cereal boxes. One study found 50 percent of kids reported snack from a package adorned with a cartoon character tasted better than the identical food from a plain package.

These “Cute as a Cupcake” Berries are my latest ploy to make nourishing food look every bit as appealing as sugary store-bought treats. With strawberry season officially in full swing, now is a good time to give this one a whirl.
Start with any fresh berries you can get your hands on in any combination. Fill cupcakes papers to the brim along with toothpicks for spearing the fruits. Littler kids can use their fingers if you’re worried they’ll go rogue with a toothpick.

For a more filling snack, whip together equal parts low-fat lemon yogurt and low-fat plain Greek yogurt. Scoop yogurt into cupcakes papers (I use two for added sturdiness), top with fresh berries and serve with a spoon.

Beyond everyday snacks, these treats are great for playdates, after-sports nibbles, and birthday parties. Arrange a dozen on a cake stand and you won’t need Sponge Bob to get the kids to dive in. It’ll be pretty enough to market itself, and whole lot healthier than a cream-filled cupcake.

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  1. 04.17.2012 at 9:48 AM #

    We should do this for our tea! I think even I can handle this!!! :)

    • katiemorford
      04.17.2012 at 9:55 AM #

      Perfect with petite scones and clotted cream!

  2. Pamela
    04.17.2012 at 1:07 PM #

    Very sweet indeed! Clever too~~~thanks

  3. Pam Hochman
    04.24.2012 at 8:25 AM #

    Sophie loved these during the cooking class. She’s not a big yogurt eaters but she gobbled it up! What kinds/brands of yogurt do you recommend?

    • katiemorford
      04.24.2012 at 10:19 AM #

      We used Fage brand non-fat plain yogurt. I also like Chobani.

  4. 04.09.2013 at 7:48 AM #

    Thanks! This is just what I needed to market fresh fruit after soccer games.

    • katiemorford
      04.10.2013 at 8:18 AM #

      The marketing is half the battle!

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