Once a year, we do a little time traveling with some of our besties & celebrate a spirit week inspired by another decade. THIS year, we’re headed back to the ’90s, and wanted to kick it off with an after-school snack box full of throwback surprises!
Way back in my kid years, when I was still just experimenting with simple cooking, I was gifted the “Better Homes and Gardens Step-by-Step Kids Cookbook“. It was filled with 2 or 3 step recipes and was where I first discovered the joy of mini snack “hamburgers”.
A few years later, my sister and I would get a McDonalds Hamburger Maker (do you remember those?!). Ironically, neither of us have ever eaten much meat – but for whatever reason, those darling little faux hamburgs left a lasting memory.
The OG recipe called for a York Peppermint Patty “patty” and honestly, it was like WHOA – TOO. MUCH. SUGAR. So I made up a mixture of VERY basic ingredients and recollections, melded my favorite bits and pieces of those burgers together to create this DIY ’90s inspired snack – complete with a colorful DIY two-tone snack box!
This is a super fun snack for kids to make themselves, especially at slumber parties, after school, or during kid-friendly cookouts. 🙂 It also has some protein, fiber, and less sugar than most cookies or processed snacks, and pairs perfectly with our healthier versions of Ecto-Cooler and Pop Rocks Punch (total throwback!). So gather up the kiddos and get ready to relive one of my classic ’90s snacks. “Reader 1, Reader 1 – your ’90s meal is ready…” 😉
For the mini hamburger treats you’ll need:
- 12 Vanilla Wafers
- 1/4 c. Shredded Coconut
- 2-3 drops Green Food Coloring
- 2 cups Rice Krispies
- 1/2 c. Peanut Butter
- 1-2 tsp. Water
- 1 tsp. Cocoa Powder (or a hot chocolate packet)
- 1 T. Sesame Seeds for sprinkling
- For the “classic version” you can use a small tube of red and/or yellow icing for “condiments”
- 1 T. Protein Powder to mix in the patties
Mini Hamburger Treat Instructions:
- Color the shredded coconut “lettuce”
Prep by making your “lettuce” first so it’s ready to go. In a small bowl, combine about a 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and 2-3 drops of green food coloring (add more as desired). Once you’ve stirred until evenly green, your “lettuce” is ready to go!
- Create your “hamburger” patties
Start by roughly crushing about 2 cups of Rice Krispies (or similar). You don’t want a powder, just slightly smaller bits. I poured the cereal into a baggie then crushed it with the flat side of a mixing spoon, which worked well. Pour into a small bowl, and stir in peanut butter until your mixture sticks together and holds form. Add about a 1/2 teaspoon of water, and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, stirring until fully combined. If you’d like to add protein, you can mix in a tablespoon of protein powder. Form into small patties.
- Add sesame seeds to the tops of your vanilla wafer “buns”
To really give these the royal hamburger treatment, brush half of your wafer “buns” with the tiniest bit of water, then sprinkle a few sesame seeds on the top. Looks just like the top of a real hamburger bun, right??
- Build your vanilla wafer burger treats
It’s time to begin building the hamburgers, so grab a vanilla wafer to use as your base bun and build it just as you would a real hamburger. Starting with a flat-side-up wafer, add a patty, dot with some red and or/yellow icing “ketchup” or “mustard,” sprinkle on some lettuce, and top with a seeded wafer.
- Plate, package and serve to-go, or set up a “burger” bar!
If you’re serving these as to-go treats, you can cut a few small 5″x5″ squares of colorful tissue paper, wrap the burgers up and hold them together with a fun sticker! If not, you can save some paper and create a build-your-own-burger bar by serving the individual ingredients in small bowls.
How incredibly cute are these tiny “hamburger” treats?!?
The wrapped burgers served up in a two-tone treat box REALLY take these over the edge and make them a memorable to-go party treat or surprise snack. Scroll down for the full instructions!
For the snack box you’ll need:
- Our Snack Box PDF Printable
- Heavy Cardstock (you can use white, or mix-and-match different colors)
- Scissors/An X-Acto Knife
- A Glue Stick
- Clear Packing Tape (or similar)
Instructions for the DIY snack box:
Step 1: Download and print out our ’90s Meal DIY Snack Box Template, then cut out as indicated.
Step 2: Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the insides of the handles as indicated (note: 1 handle isn’t cut all the way around so it can close the box, and a dotted fold line is shown).
Step 3: Once your 2 pieces have been cut out, fold along all fold lines. For super clean, straight fold lines, fold along a metal ruler or similar straight-edge. Once you’ve made your initial folds, you can run the flat end of your X-Acto knife along the folded edge (applying moderate pressure) to give it an extra sharp finish.
Step 4: Add glue on the tabs at the right side of both pieces. Align and join the 2 pieces together to create your box.
Step 5: Fold the bottom of your box by pulling the “barley & birch” tab inward first, fold the 2 short sides on top, then fold down the last tabbed side. Tuck the flap underneath to create the bottom.
To keep the bottom of your treat box from opening, place a strip of strong, clear tape on the inside (you can add a piece to the outside as well for extra reinforcement). You can decorate your box with a little ’90s flair in the form of these free printable DIY stickers too!
Can I get fries with that…
Hamburgers and fries go hand-in-hand, right? Pair your mini hamburger treats with these healthy “french fry” snacks:
- Cut apple slices into thin strips (about 1/4 inch wide and 2-3 inches long).
- Sprinkle with a little lemon juice to keep the apples from browning.
- Cut the bottom off of a paper bag, fold it in half, tape along the side and fill with “fries”!
For a warm fall treat, you can also brush these with a little melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Mmm…so good, and they have a hint of brown, just like the real thing!