Polynesian Christmas: Island-Style Snowman Snacktivity


I’ll be honest: I’ve never seen something like this the whole time I lived in Hawaii. In fact, at dinner after we made these we tried to figure out the logistics of making a snowman out of sand. Not to be confused with the sandman.

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So no. I’m not going to pretend this is one authentic Polynesian delicacy. But it’s fun. This is Christmas, not an anthropological thesis. So if you’re a purist you should scroll right along.

Step 1. Make rice crispie treats. I like to add a little vanilla to mine.

Step 2. Instead of pressing into a pan, drop by spoonful onto a tray or into muffin tins.

Step 3. By the time you’ve finished what’s in the pot the first few should be cooled off enough to ball. Note: the harder you press when you’re shaping, the harder the treat will be to eat. Personally I prefer them soft and gooey so I don’t squash too much. I like when the marshmallow stretches like cheese on a pizza.

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Those on the left have just been dumped.
Those on the right have already cooled a little and been balled.

Step 4. Once cooled and solidified in spheres, roll each ball in melted butter, then graham crumbs. This is the perfect time for your sous-chef to join in the fun.

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Step 5. Build your snowmen.

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Step 6. (optional) Add face.

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Step 7. Enjoy! These were a hit in our house. I definitely think we will make more before the month is up.

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This post is part of our month-long exploration into Polynesian Christmas traditions and inspirations. See the whole collection of activities and discoveries here.

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