Snack Cake Penguins – a great treat to celebrate Christmas in July

O.K. I really don’t celebrate Christmas in the summer, but I just couldn’t keep this idea to myself and thought that a Christmas in July post was the perfect excuse for me to share these silly snack cake penguins with you. 
Recently I sat with a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls and contemplated the edible craft possibilities. I studied the shape of the cakes and quickly realized that they look like paper towel rolls. So I did a quick internet search for crafts made using these cardboard tubes. One of my favorite ideas, transformed the rolls into penguins. 
I figured if you can make a penguin using a cardboard tube, paper and glue, I could create an edible version using a snack cake, candy and frosting. 
People ask me all the time how my mind works…this is it =)
Once this idea was conceived, it took me mere minutes to turn my Swiss Roll into a penguin with orange slice feet, a marshmallow  belly, Tootsie Roll wings, candy eyes, and an orange slice beak. I even added licorice feathers on one penguin’s head. Don’t ya just love ’em?
This project is as easy as the paper tube version, and if an adult cuts out the candy, even a young child could have fun creating his/her own sweet little penguin snack cake.
Snack Cake Penguins
You’ll need:
chocolate roll snack cakes (Little Debbie Swiss Rolls or something similar)
orange slices/orange gumdrops
Tootsie Rolls
edible eyes
frosting (or use Nutella, peanut butter or melted chocolate)
optional, black licorice laces
kitchen shears or a knife
rolling pin
optional: mini egg shaped or oval cookie cutter
optional: toothpick

Flatten an orange slice into an even 1/4″ thickness. Using kitchen shears or knife, cut two feet and a beak from the orange slice.

Cut a thin slice from each end of a marshmallow. Eat the center piece or save for your hot cocoa.

Soften a Tootsie Roll in the microwave on high for 5 seconds. (This wont be necessary if you are fortunate enough to have really soft candies.) Roll your candy out thin. Cut two wings out using a cookie cutter, kitchen shears or a knife. Stretch the oval into a longer curved wing. 

Attach all of the candy decorations to the snack cake with frosting making sure the orange slice feet go all the way to the back edge of the snack cake or your penguins will topple over. Add licorice feathers by poking pieces of black licorice laces into the penguins head. You can poke holes with a toothpick first if you need to.
Keep your penguins stored in an airtight container. While most penguins like the cold, these little guys prefer a nice balmy 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, so keep them out of your refrigerator.

Nestle your penguins in a snowy scene, by sprinkling sugar onto a serving platter.

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  1. says

    This is such a stinking cute idea that I can hardly stand it. My oldest son (who is well into his 20s) loves these snack cakes, and he also loves penguins. Naturally, I'm going to have to make these for him the next time he comes for dinner. I think he'll get a huge kick out of them. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. MissyB_in_NJ says

    So cute!!!!!!!!! I am hosting an "Ice ice baby!" pool party for my son this weekend and these will be on the menu!!!!

  3. says

    Very cute! Actually I know some Australians who celebrate "Christmas in July" (because that's when it's winter there, and some of the traditional dishes taste best) so this topic is, well, seasonal. For them. 😉 Really good stuff – thanks.

  4. says

    Oh my! Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about some home-made steak burgers I did. Have a lovely week.

    • says

      Thanks, Janine. I sprinkled sugar on a platter and just nestled the penguins in the sugar snow. When I made the penguins, I made sure the orange slice feet covered the bottom of the snack cakes so that they could stand up all on their own.

  5. says

    So cute!!! I love these. OK, so if I am having a "winter wonderland" themed tea party (just so I could use these) what other food can be served? You are soooooooo creative.

  6. says

    These are adorable, I can see why you couldn't wait to share! I showed them to my daughter who loved them and when I told her they were made with Swiss Rolls she burst out in giggles! Nice job!

  7. says

    BETH! I'm totally making these! Swiss Rolls just got added to my grocery list :) Sharing on Facebook now! Oh yeah, and pinning of course 😉

  8. says

    Hi Beth! We didn't get a chance to actually meet at the St. Louis Food Media Forum. Thanks for the PB Starfish and the little attached tag. That's how I was able to find you :) Are you in St. Louis?? Look forward to connecting. Have a fabulous week!

    • says

      Hi Kelly, I sure wish I could have had a chance to meet everyone but it was a jam packed weekend. I had a great time and really learned a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed the starfis. I can't wait to find time to visit everyone's blog.

  9. Anonymous says

    I teach 3rd grade and this week's story is a nonfiction penguin selection and these are so adorable I think we'll have to make them Friday! Thanks for sharing. The kids will love these!!!

    • says

      Are you feeling a little like Christmas in July! It's so hot here that those penguins sitting in the snow look very appealing to me. These are definitely a fun and easy project to do, and I hope you enjoy making them.

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