In some households, there are usually two debates that surface when it comes to Family Home Evening. 1) What are we going to do? 2) What are we going to eat?
Let’s face it, food is awesome, but it can be a hassle to get full-on treats ready in time for Family Home Evening sometimes. If you’re scrambling to get something prepared and want something quick, we’ve got you covered.
1 – Sundae Bar
With things starting to heat up for the summer season, this is a pretty solid option. All that you’ll need is a tub (or two) of your family’s favorite ice cream, a couple bags of assorted toppings, bowls, ice cream scoops, and spoons.
This option’s also pretty quick to kick up a notch with the addition of brownies or cookies, but they’re not required.
2 – Popcorn
Pre-bought, popped on the stove, or zapped in the microwave, popcorn is a crowd-pleaser. You can top it with pretty much anything you want, from sweet to savory or anywhere in between. It’s also possible to keep this one light by keeping it plain or using just a tiny bit of butter.
3 – Breakfast for Dessert
Not full-blown eggs and bacon breakfast, of course, but a pancake or two with a few different toppings. A fun twist to take with this one would be to make smaller pancakes for easy dipping in syrup.
4 – Dirt Cups
What’s better than chocolate pudding, crushed up oreos, and gummy worms? Well, that all depends on your taste, but these were pretty standard fare at FHEs, Scouting Events, and Activity Days meetings for me growing up. They’re a quick prep and fun to look at. Simply put chocolate pudding in a small plastic cup, then add crushed oreos, and top with a gummy worm or two.
5 – Easy Mode Indoor S’Mores
S’Mores are great. S’More prep? Not as great. With fire, potentially sharp objects, and molten marshmallows involved, sometimes it’s better to take the difficulty down from campout to movie night. Luckily, there’s a way to manage it, thanks to the magic of marshmallow fluff.
Take your graham cracker, scoop a spoonful of marshmallow fluff onto it, and top with a piece of chocolate. It’s just as messy as the original, but hopefully easier to control.
6 – Jello ANYTHING
Jello is like the duct-tape of Mormon cooking. It can do anything. It can be a salad, or a dessert, or a snack. This can be used pretty much however you want it to be. Though you can’t really go wrong with straight-up jello topped with whipped cream.
Honorable Mention: Something Store-Bought
It should be said that there’s no shame in just picking up something quick from the grocery store, or even forgoing the treat entirely. Sometimes playing a game together is a better alternative. It really all depends on what your situation is like.