October is the month of tricks and treats. It also happens to be Orthodontic Health Month. With that being said, you know that the two somewhat conflict each other. However, if you play it smart, you can enjoy some treats while maintaining good oral health.
The fun treats that are typically found in your bag after trick or treating are not recommended for those that have braces. If you try to sneak a piece of the ooey-gooey sticky candy, it puts you at a big risk for breaking brackets.
If you have braces on your teeth, biting into a hard piece of candy puts additional force onto the bracket or band attachment. More often than not, the bracket or band will succumb to the force and they will break or “pop” off. When a bracket or band becomes loose, your orthodontic treatment comes to a screeching halt until you are able to see your orthodontist to have the bracket re bonded. For most patients, a loose band or bracket will set their treatment back. Basically, that grape jolly rancher is just not worth it.
There’s good news! You don’t have to deprive yourself of the sweet treats! Soft, easy-to-chew foods are acceptable Halloween treats. The American Association of Orthodontics suggests: melt-in-your-mouth-chocolates, peanut butter cups, milk shakes, gelatin, ice cream and sliced apples. Just don’t forget to brush after!
Soft Treat Idea:
- 9 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
- 12 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
- 9 cups Rice Krispy cereal, divided
- yellow food coloring, orange food coloring
- Lightly coat a 9×5″ loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add in 4 cups marshmallows. Stir until combined. Pull pan off heat and mix in rice krispies until thoroughly covered with melted marshmallows. Immediately transfer to prepared pan and press firmly (I used a small spatula) to get an even layer on the bottom.
- Rinse saucepan and repeat the first step: melt 3 Tbsp. butter, add in 4 cups marshmallows. Stir in orange food coloring and then rice krispies treats. When combined thoroughly, pour into pan over the first layer of cereal treats. Pat in firmly using buttered fingers or a small spatula.
- Repeat the step one more time, melting the butter, adding in marshmallows and this time yellow food coloring. Stir in rice krispies and then pour and pat into the pan.
- Let set for 2 hours, or until completely set. Run a knife around the outside of the pan and invert the loaf onto a cutting board. With a serrated knife, cut into 10 slices and then cut each slice in half crosswise.
- Gently mold each square into a candy corn shape. Serve & enjoy!