The Cutest And Healthiest Holiday Party Snack

December 3, 2012   20 Comments

Last year, I made adorable santa hats with whipped cream. There were complaints.

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Actually, there was only one complaint from a friend of mine and regular reader, Shanna. She made my santa hats and then complained that they had to be consumed IMMEDIATELY or the top would slide off.

She was right about that. Here is last years photo which went a bit viral:


Notice how the hat is already sliding off the strawberry as I am rushing to take the photo.

This is simply strawberries and canned whipped cream with some mini chocolate chips. They were a huge hit, but I had to agree with Shanna about their stability.

This year, I went back to the drawing board and came up with the “new and improved” santa hat. I used part skim ricotta cheese to make them more stable and it works!

The key to keeping the hat on is to slice the strawberry very straight so that the hat rests flat. If there is an angle, you will have hat slippage.

These are also simple to make (not as easy as last years) and they will store in your fridge for a party. Just mix up ricotta, sugar, and vanilla and spread it on the strawberry.

I was able to find some tasty fresh strawberries in the grocery store, which was a surprise. They are from Mexico and did not taste like styrofoam. I hope you are as lucky.

Do you have a favorite healthy holiday snack? Please share.

Santa Hat Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

makes 10 hats

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10 fresh strawberries
½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla


Hull strawberries and slice a small portion off the bottom so that the strawberry will lay flat. Mix together ricotta, sugar, and vanilla. Using a spoon, put filing between the bottom slice and the top slice. Add a dab of filling to the tip of the strawberry.

These can be enjoyed immediately or put in the refrigerator to be served later. These will last one day in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts

For one strawberry = 27 calories, 1.0 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 3.1 g carbohydrates, 0.6 g sugar, 1.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 16 mg sodium, 1 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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These are too cute. They will be on my dessert table for Christmas.

I love it! To cute!!!!

Maybe if you don't slit the strawberry all the way through the back will act as a hinge. Just a thought. I may try these this year because they really are so cute.

I really enjoy your newsletter. I would like to ask about "white wheat" flour. Is it healthier than regular white flour?

You are so clever! This is the most adorable holiday snack I've ever seen. This will most definitely be at our party. Thank you. Always love your healthy tidbits.

Why can't you get stick a toothpick through it? The hat would not move and it would be easier to eat as well.

Would FF cream cheese with some Splenda work for that? These are really cute.

These are great! They are bite sized so no problem with the sliding hats...just popped them right in the mouth!

Loved that these treats were strawberries...feels less guilty eating them.

Nice! Too cute!

@Helen - white whole wheat flour is better for you than white - here is my post on the subject:

So cute!!!

A small green toothpick through the top keeps the Santa together... and makes an easy way to pick them up :)

love this----the anti-fattening dessert!

Cute! I thought cream cheese would probably work as well ..


Woo hoo! I'm famous! OK, not as famous as you Lisa, but you did mention me in a blog post. ;)

The revised version is super cute - cuter than the original I think. Maybe I'll have to try this new recipe if I can find decent strawberries. Thanks. :D

How clever! Using some of the toothpick ideas above to prevent slippage...You could put a toothpick through the top point of the strawberry with a mini-marshmallow on the end to act as the pom-pom. You could also use a a white-chocolate chip or any white candy. I love these and will definitely be trying them!!!

If you wanted to just use whip cream that would not deflate, you can take heavy whipping cream and add the sugar to it and mix; put in refrigerator for at least one hour before whipping. The whip cream stays and does not deflate. Just after making them, keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Also, you could use blue berries for the eyes.

I'm going to try them with vanilla Greek yoghurt. I might mix in some shredded coconut. Such a cute idea. Thanks!

Picking up my daughter at college tomorrow and taking a sleigh-load of these along. Cute and healthy, yes!

Merry Christmas, Lisa! Lainey and I made these this morning, and will be taking over to Jill Walsh's house! Miss you!

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