Gold Medal Snacks for the 2012 Olympics

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The Olympics are here! Get your friends and family together for the Summer Games, and while you’re watching, snack on these fun and delicious Olympic-themed treats.  At the end of the night, you’ll get the gold medal in well, food!

Olympic Torch Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • Canola oil
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Crushed red pepper (if you can handle the heat)

 

Directions:

Roll brown, medium-weight paper into a cone, and tape it up the seam.  Use scissors to trim away any excess at the top, leaving you with a cone.  Using appropriately colored (non-toxic) markers, draw the Olympic rings on the side (or be more creative and make them look like the real Olympic torch). 

Pop some popcorn the old fashioned way (with a pan and some canola oil).  Season your oil with Tabasco and a little cayenne pepper to add some fire to your Olympic Torch Popcorn, and pop your kernels. 

Once you’re popped, toss it around with a little salt and crushed red pepper (if you want some more heat). Fill a cone for each guest to enjoy during your favorite event!

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Fish and Chips

Ingredients:

  • Fish sticks – store bought or homemade
  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Honor London by serving some yummy fish and chips.  You don’t have to make these homemade, but here are a couple tips.  Bake it all instead of frying it, and then wrap it up London-style in a piece of newspaper. 

Cross cultures by making something between a British chip and an American french-fry.  Slice potatoes in rounds.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Pat dry with a paper towel.  Lay out on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper (garlic and rosemary are optional, but make your house smell AWESOME).  Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  You might even call these a Gold Medal side dish!

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Gold Medal Queso Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2% Velveeta
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • Light Sour Cream

 

Directions:

Melt your Velveeta with your Rotel for a yummy queso dip.

Or, halve the mixture and mix it up with a light sour cream to thin it out and keep it from crusting over.  This dip is perfect for corn chips, pita chips, and veggies of all kinds.  For a fun decorative idea, put different colored veggies in five bowls and set them up like the Olympic rings.

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Cake of Champions

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Can of Coke Zero
  • White frosting (cream cheese or vanilla) or Vanilla Cool Whip
  • M&Ms

 

Directions:

Mix a chocolate cake mix (just the powder) with half a can of Coke Zero, and bake the mixture in a 9×13” pan. 

Once it is cooled, top with your favorite white frosting or Vanilla Cool Whip.  Then use M&Ms to create the Olympic rings on the top.  It makes a light dessert with less sugar than you’ll find in your grocer’s bakery.  You win!

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