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Creating this bee snack for students is a great addition to a unit on bugs or a summer recipe to send home to families. Note that the recipe uses peanut butter. Always follow the guidelines for your school district's policy on peanut-based products in the classroom.
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You will need the following ingredients to make your bees:
- Wax paper
- 3 cups of peanut butter
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 3 large Hershey chocolate bars or 3 bags of Hershey kisses
- Black licorice strings
- 1 bag of chocolate chips
- 1 yellow jelly bean for each student
- Ziploc snack bags
- Large mixing bowl
- Large spoon
- Microwave safe bowl
Follow the directions below to create your bee snack:
- Lay a sheet of wax paper on each student's desk
- Measure the peanut butter, butter, and sugar. Place into a large mixing bowl.
- Stir the mixture and give each student a chunk of it.
- Have the students roll the chunk in to an oval shape to form the bumblebee's body.
- Melt the chocolate kisses or Hershey bars in a microwave safe bowl. Pour a little chocolate in Ziploc snack bags, one per student. Have the student cut the corner of the bag to squeeze the chocolate out.
- Have the student squeeze some black lines on the oval shape to create a brown, black, brown, black pattern (as the dough is brown). These are the bumblebee's stripes.
- Place two chocolate chips on the top of the face for the eyes.
- Cut a yellow jelly bean in half and place one half on each side of the bumblebee's body. These are the wings. They should be sticking up.
- Cut two small black strands of licorice and stick them in the top of the bumblebee's head. These are the bumblebee's antenna.
- Eat at snack time.
*Note: It is important to have a complete list of any student's food allergies before making this recipe. Send home a note to parents asking them for permission for their child to participate in this snack.