Many years ago, while taking my nieces on a little nature walk, I remember watching as my youngest niece picked up a pinecone and tried to eat it. I can only imagine how prickly the scales were on her tiny tongue! Here’s an idea for a pinecone snack that’s sure to make curious tastebuds happy.
Made with dry cereal and a peanut butter mixture, it’s part-healthy, part-sweet, and 100% fun. It’s a great edible craft for the kids to make this winter when the snow arrives and cabin fever sets in. No baking required—just mix and assemble.
And while they’re a clever snack for kids, these chocolate pinecones also look very chic and elegant at a winter wedding reception or other snow-themed event. Mother Nature never tasted so sweet.
What You Need
- 3 cups Chex Chocolate cereal or comparable (I used Chocolate Fiber One cereal)
- 6 pretzel sticks (I used the thicker dipping sticks)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.
Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape.
Holding it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.
Cut several cereal pieces into triangles and add those to the top (most pinecone scales get smaller toward the end.)
If your pinecone is getting too tall (like mine were), cut off the top of the pretzel and add a dollop of peanut butter mixture to cover it. Insert a few more triangle pieces of cereal into the top of the pinecone.
For a “snowy” effect, dust the pinecone with powdered sugar.
So now for the big question…. How do you eat a pinecone? Simple! Pluck it apart, piece-by-delicious-piece.