Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We Celebrated National Cookie Day with Gramma in a Box -- This Cookie and Candy Craft Monthly Box for Kids Would Make a Great Gift Idea This Holiday Season! + You Can Try Out Your First Box for only $10! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Did you know that today was National Cookie day?  The girls and I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies for dessert this evening. There is nothing better than freshly baked cookies and a cold glass of milk while watching holiday movies before bed.

I bake all the time with my girls, but they always look forward to when my parents come to visit, as they get to cook with Nana (AKA Gramma).  I know how they feel, as I loved to bake with my Nana when I was little.  The holidays were always a fun time, as my parents would drop us off at my Nana's house while they did last minute holiday shopping and wrapping.  In addition to watching holiday movies with her and helping her decorate her tree and setting up her holiday village on her dining room table, we would also do cookie baking and decorating.  I have so many great memories of holiday cookie decorating with my Nana, and love seeing my girls experience the same fun with my mom when she does cookie and candy crafts with the girls.

Kids love to bake with Gramma, but when she lives far away or is no longer with us, what are they to do.  

Enter "Gramma in a Box," a monthly subscription box that is made by a Gramma, who knows how much kids love to bake, and is creating a fun box for kids that includes cookie and candy crafts. 

What is Gramma in a Box?:

"Each month you will receive a fun filled box of treats to make. Your box includes almost everything you need to make and decorate up to 20 cookie and candy treats, including fresh homemade cookies, a variety of sprinkles and colored frosting, two easy candy crafts, detailed instruction sheet with photos, as well as decorating ideas. 

Some months will also include holiday theme candy and cookies, such as Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day.

This will be a fun memory maker for children who do not live near their Gramma, or as a great activity for when Gramma visits! So fun and easy that even Grandpa will enjoy helping out! Subscribe for yourself or give as a gift. Recommended for children 4 or older."

Who Should Order a Gramma in a Box?:

"Gramma in a Box is perfect for:  grandparents who spend time with their grandchildren; grandparents who want to send something to their grandchildren because they don't see them as often as they'd like (I Skype with my grandkids when they get their Gramma in a Box); nieces and nephews; college students (their dorm mates will love this!); stay at home date night for couples; and even parents who want a fun activity with their children without all the work! Gramma in a Box is perfect for everyone!"


The Gramma behind Gramma in a Box was kind enough to send me her December box for me to do with the girls. I couldn't wait to experience her cookie and candy craft box firsthand with my girls as I have been reading rave reviews from other parents, grandparents, caregivers, etc. about how much fun their kids had completing the different edible crafts from her monthly boxes.

The box arrived yesterday, and seeing the holiday cookies in the box, I knew this box would be perfect to share with the girls after our homeschool work today. I mentioned earlier that we made chocolate chip cookies this AM for dessert time, so the girls had no idea that I had more cookie and candy fun in store for them after class today.  They had seen the box yesterday and I gave them a peak inside, but they had no idea is was for them to do.

After I set up the table with the three projects included in the box, I called the girls over.  They both eyed the candy sprinkles and cookies, and couldn't wait to sit down and start making these edible holiday treats.  

The first project was Hot Chocolate Treats.  

When you get a Gramma in a Box each month, you are provided with everything you need to make these tasty treats. All you need is a microwave for melting chocolates (if included), plates and maybe a knife or toothpick, depending on project.  

For the first project we had to melt half of the green melting chocolates, and then dipped the end of a mini candy cane into the melted chocolate before sticking into the center of a marshmallow.  

We waited a couple of minutes for the chocolate to harden so that we could hold the candy cane as a handle to dip the base of the marshmallow in to the melted chocolate.  

Then, we dipped the marshmallow into crush peppermint we had on a plate.  When the girls were done, they let their treats harden on the wax paper sheet was included in the box for each other, and also acted as a placemat.

As we waited for our Hot Chocolate Treats to harden, we moved onto the second project, which were Holly Wreaths.

This project had us melting more melting chocolate, before stirring in corn flakes.  Then, the girls placed the corn flake mixture into the candy papers provided.  They used the tip of the knife to make a small opening in the center of the mixture, so it looked like a wreath, before adding three red hot candies to the top to look like pointsettia.  

These treats had to sit for about 5 minutes in order to harden, before the girls could lift from the candy wrappers and enjoy.  But, when they were ready, they were a favorite with my girls - minus the red hots as they aren't fans of hot candy.  That meant more for me! :-)

The third and final project was decorating winter cookies.  

My girls couldn't wait to get to this project, as they love decorating cookies. As you can see in the photo below, Gramma sent the girls enough cookies for them to each get 1 gingerbread man, two star sugar cookies and 2 sugar cookie Christmas tree.  She also included frosting already added to piping bags and assorted jimmies and sprinkles.

The girls had so much fun decorating their cookies.  They liked using the piping bags which gave the more control over applying frosting, rather than just spreading on with a knife from a container of frosting.  

I didn't expect these and the other treats from Gramma in a Box to last long, as they looked tasty.  I poured glasses of milk for the girls and I, and we celebrated National Cookie Day by enjoying the cookies from this box, that the girls decorated themselves.

Here is a quick video from each of the girls thanking Gramma and sharing their favorite project from the box...

As soon as we were done with the three projects in this box my girls asked when the next one would come, as they had so much with it, and want to do more cookie and candy crafts that Gramma comes up with.  I told them she sends them once a month, so they would have to wait until January.  While they were bummed, they understood that Gramma needs time to come up with fun projects for them and other kids who love the Gramma in the Box monthly boxes.  My youngest drew a picture of Gramma that she wanted me to share...and, I have to say, it came out really well. 

If the above cookie and candy projects look like fun, and something your kids would love doing with you, then you definitely check out Gramma in a Box.  At only $20 a box (includes shipping) per month, you can get a fun box sent to your child each month (boxes ship the first of every month).  Head on over to www.grammainabox.com  to learn more and start your subscription today.

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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