Holiday treats have a tendency to be high in sugar, which is great for your taste buds but terrible for your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth that leads to plaque and bad breath feeds on sugars from the food you eat. The more sugar you consume, the more your mouth starts to rot away.
The good news in all of this is that there are plenty of snacks out there that taste great and won’t have a detrimental impact on your smile. Check out these three holiday treats that won’t hurt your teeth.
This is such an easy treat to make, and it tastes amazing. Melt some dark chocolate candy in a sauce pan on the stove. Drip apple slices in the hot mixture, and then dip the chocolate side in a set of holiday-colored sprinkles. Set it on a wire rack to dry. The apple will provide the sweetness you’re looking for without all of the artificial sugar, and the dark chocolate will give you that candy taste with a fraction of the sugar milk chocolate has. You’ll want to prepare this shortly before a party so the apples don’t brown, or cut into smaller portions and dip the entire piece in chocolate.
Banana snowmen are almost too cute to eat, and they are pretty fun to make. Start with a wooden skewer and thread three banana slices on the end, forming the three balls in a snowman’s body. Tope this off with a hat made from a strawberry, an apple slice, or any other triangular fruit. You can put a grape or mini marshmallow on the top of the had to make it even more festive. Then make a face and buttons out of raisins, apple sees, or dark chocolate chips. Put some pretzel sticks in the middle circle for arms, and you’re set!
These are the easiest treats to make on the list, and they are fun to prepare with children. Wash off a set of strawberries and then cut the pointed ends off them. These will act as Santa’s hat. Put a little bit of whipped cream on the flat surface of the large section and then put the “hat” back on. Add a tiny dab of whipped cream to the top and two dots on the front to finish off the look. It looks like a scrunchy, tubby Santa Claus!
Test out these treats for your holiday parties, and your guests will be begging for more.