I am so excited to be sharing this super simple snack recipe round up with you all as part of the RITZ Lunch Goes On Campaign! Here are 6 simple snack ideas that take 5 minutes or less to make and 6 reasons to run out to your local Walmart and stock up on RITZ Family Size Original Crackers. There’s 6 stacks of crackers; one for each recipe I’m sharing. And for every RITZ product purchased at Walmart in the month of March, RITZ will be donating $.10 to Feeding America to help support children who depend on school lunches as one of their main meals of the day!! So let’s stock up for a great cause ya’ll! Learn more here.
- Ants on a Stump (Peanut Butter & Raisins)
This is a tastier version of Ants on a Log (made with celery as the base), which my kids love! It’s super simple to make. You just spread peanut butter on the top of each RITZ Cracker and then sprinkle some raisins on top. A fun twist is to make designs out of the raisins. I also love putting different amounts on the raisins for the girls to count.
This is actually a Thanksgiving tradition of my husband’s family that I have adopted for snack time. Spread various flavors of cream cheese on a RITZ Cracker and pair with a fruit or vegetable on top. You can either pre-make them or set up as a help-yourself horderves tray. The kids actually like being able to spread their own cream cheese and pick their toppings and spreading knives are a great, safe way for your kids to practice fine motor skills. Our favorite combination is strawberry cream cheese and strawberries, but the options are endless.
This is a fun spin on pizza, which of course is a favorite with the kids. It’s also another great snack to get the kids involved in making. To make pizza crackers, line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay out RITZ Crackers. Top each cracker with a pepperoni, add a dollop of sauce (pizza sauce, pasta sauce, or tomato sauce will work), and sprinkle cheese on top. I use whatever shredded cheese we currently have open in the fridge. Then put the pan under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until all the cheese is melted, take out, and enjoy immediately.
This particular RITZ Cracker recipe has a special place in my heart. It has been a Christmas tradition of ours as long as I can remember. My mom always gifts my dad a summer sausage, a block of Colby cheese, and a box of RITZ Crackers on Christmas (all wrapped separately and placed among the other gifts). My dad always acts so surprised to receive these gifts and then proceeds to make us all a treat of sausage and cheese crackers. To make these, line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay out RITZ Crackers. Cut the summer sausage into coins and then quarter them. Each cracker gets a quarter piece. Then cut small cubes of Colby cheese off the block and place on top of the sausage. Then put the pan under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until all the cheese is melted, take out, and enjoy immediately.
I worked in Italian restaurants throughout my college years, so I am always craving bruschetta. This simple twist on a classic bruschetta is easy to make with RITZ Crackers. To make, dice a few roma tomatoes and toss in a bowl with a 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pro tip: Remove the excess tomato juices from your diced tomatoes before combining with other ingredients. Mix in a 2 cloves of minced garlic, 3 cut up fresh basil leaves, salt, and pepper to taste. Fresh spices are best, but I’ll be honest, I often just shake in a teaspoon of Italian seasoning if I don’t have any on hand. Now sprinkle parmesan cheese on each RITZ Cracker, add a spoon of your tomato topping and top off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
Rounding out my list with a fun RITZ Cracker dessert. Toffee crackers take a little bit longer than 5 minutes to make, but I couldn’t resist adding in this delicious treat. To make toffee crackers, you will need 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 cups of chocolate chips. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat on the stove. Mix in the brown sugar, bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes without stirring. While it is boiling, line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay out RITZ Crackers. After the 3 minutes, immediately remove the mixture from the stove and pour evenly over the crackers. Pop into the oven for approximately 7 minutes. Pull the sheet out and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and return to the oven for an additional minute or until the chips have melted. Use a spatula to even out the melted chocolate and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to cool.
Don’t forget that for the entire month of March for every RITZ product sold at Walmart, RITZ will be donating $.10 to Feeding America to help support children who depend on school lunches as one of their main meals of the day!! So let’s stock up for a great cause ya’ll! See more info here!
Want to take your impact up a notch? Here’s another idea! Bulk buy some RITZ products and donate them to your local food bank! If you are in Knoxville, Second Harvest Food Bank has collection barrels around town and they partner with Feeding America.