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Braces-Friendly Halloween Recipes

Halloween can be one of the most detrimental holidays for your teeth and braces. With endless amounts of candy available, it can be difficult to find foods to satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your brackets and wires. As Halloween is just around the corner, our Las Vegas, NV orthodontist, Dr. Mark Truman, and the rest of our team want to share some of our favorite recipes for sweet alternatives to sticky, hard to chew candy, that are kid and braces friendly!

 

Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts

This spooky snack is the perfect, kid-approved treat to serve at your Halloween party this year. Rather than dishing out the jolly ranchers and milk duds, we recommend serving this sweet, healthy, and easy to eat treat that your guests will love.

What You’ll Need: (serves 4) 

  • 4 bananas
  • 24 chocolate chips, regular sized and/or mini
  • 4 tangerines
  • 1 stalk celery

Directions:
1. Peel the bananas and cut them in half. Place the cut side down so the banana stands up.
2. Use small chocolate chips to make ghost eyes and large chocolate chips to make ghosts mouths.
3. Peel the tangerines.
4. Cut the celery lengthwise into thirds and then across into ½ inch pieces. Insert the celery pieces into the tops of the peeled tangerines to make them look like pumpkins.

Candy Corn Popsicles

Instead of indulging in the real thing, these look-a-like candy corn popsicles offer a naturally sweet alternative to the Halloween classic. With these popsicles you can avoid getting the sticky, sugary stuff caught in your braces and instead enjoy a healthy snack.

You’ll Need: (makes 8-10 popsicles)

  • ¼ cup cream of coconut
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup mango juice
  • red food coloring

Directions:
1. Combine the coconut water and the cream of coconut in a measuring cup. Pour into 10, 3-ounce or 8, 4-ounce popsicle molds, dividing evenly.
2. Freeze coconut mixture in molds until set, at least 2 hours.
3. Mix the mango juice with 1 drop of food coloring in a measuring cup. Pour on top of the coconut mixture mold, dividing evenly. Insert the popsicle sticks, pushing gently into the coconut mixture to keep them upright. Place molds back into the freezer and freeze until firm, at least two hours.
4. Finally, pour the pineapple juice on top of the frozen mango mixture, dividing evenly. Freeze all three mixtures together until firm, at least two hours and up to 4 days.

 

Visit Your Local Las Vegas & Summerlin, NV Orthodontic Office

We hope you enjoyed our braces-friendly, Halloween-themed treats! If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about what foods to avoid while wearing braces, give us a call and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment with your Las Vegas and Summerlin, NV orthodontist, fill out our online form or contact us today. Happy Halloween!

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