Super Summer Snacks and Fun
Last weekend, I treated myself to a Dairy Queen banana split. I watched with great anticipation as the clerk carefully prepared my treat and tried not to gasp when she told me the price was $5.30 (CDN). I inquired about the other prices and discovered that, like everything else, Dairy Queen treats had risen in price.
I watched as carloads of families slowly progressed through the drive-through and mentally calculated the minimum and maximum amounts a family of four could easily spend. If they all selected peanut butter parfaits, the cost would be $21.20 (CDN). Four small dipped cones would ring in at $11.72 (CDN). These are not budget-shattering expenses, but could easily add up if summer temperatures soar and humidity levels become unbearable.
While there aren't too many substitutes for a DQ peanut butter parfait, buster bar or blizzard, it is possible to create reasonable facsimiles of DQ sundaes and banana splits at home. Invest in a set of sundae dishes and create your own cool delights. Involve each family member and encourage them to experiment with different ice cream flavours and toppings. Name each creation and whenever possible, incorporate the child's name into the treat. Alternatively, you could play with words, using alliteration and other literary techniques to come up with unique names.
If you have dietary concerns, substitute frozen yogurt, fresh fruits, and chopped nuts for the ice cream and toppings. Read the labels carefully, ensuring that the sundae or banana split has at least six grams of protein (the equivalent of one egg) and have the cool treat for breakfast or lunch during the dog days of summers. Extend the Make-Your-Own-Sundae theme to summer parties and get-togethers. Try some of my favorite homemade sundaes:
For 31 years, Joanne Guidoccio taught mathematics, computer science, business and career education courses in secondary schools throughout Ontario. Her articles, book reviews, and short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and online. She has bachelor's degrees in mathematics and education and a Career Development Practitioner diploma. Visit her website at JoanneGuidoccio.com.
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