Turn an ordinary corn dog into the cutest Valentine's Day lunch or dinner. These Corn Dog Bumble Bees are easy to make and will brighten your kid's day.
My childhood memories of Valentine's Day are quite vivid. I remember spending hours transforming a shoebox into a beautifully adorned box covered with red heart-shaped cut-outs, bows, and ribbon.
I always wanted to have a really pretty box to act as my mailbox during our class Valentine's Day party. The biggest thrill of the party was exchanging cards and hoping that I got a really sweet one from the boy with whom I had a crush.
After school, I would sit with my mom, eating the box of conversation hearts she had given me, and we would read all of the cards laughing at the corny jokes and discussing the party. Evening came and we had dinner together as a family, but honestly, I couldn't tell you what we ate.
I thought it would be fun to create a meal that your kids would find so fun, that they might just remember it when they reminisce about their childhood Valentine's Days.
I think this recipe will surely get your kids excited about eating dinner on Valentine's Day and hopefully will be memorable too. This recipe for bumblebee corn dogs was actually created for our Halloween party this past October, but during the party, my sister suggested that this recipe would be fun for so many other occasions. Her kids' elementary school's mascot is a bee and she thought her friends would love to make these for their kids. When I began creating recipes for Valentine's Day, I thought about all of the images associated with this holiday and bumblebees came to mind as they are often associated with the phrase "be mine", or rather, "bee mine."
I use store-bought corn dogs for this recipe, as I think they taste pretty good and they can easily be decorated with their stripes, baked, then adorned with their tortilla chip wings and chow mein noodle antenna. I originally designed this recipe for a very large crowd at our party.
So, I used a sponge roller, purchased from the craft store, to paint two stripes onto each bee (as shown in the picture above.) The roller made fast work painting stripes onto 60 bumblebee corn dogs for our party.
I've written the directions using the sponge roller, but you can also just use a pastry brush or even a small paintbrush to paint 4 or even 5 stripes on each bee (as shown at left). Just be sure to use a brand new paintbrush or one that is only used for food for this project.
5 frozen corn dogs
10 corn tortilla chips
10 chow mein noodles
Special equipment needed:
1" wide sponge roller or small paintbrush
non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper
*purchase black paste food coloring
at a cake/candy supply store or at
your local craft store.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Unwrap the corn dogs and set on a piece of non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper. Pour some black coloring onto a disposable plate. Roll sponge brush into coloring and roll coloring onto each corn dog to create two stripes (or use a paintbrush to paint 4-5 stripes on the corn dog. If using a paintbrush pour the coloring onto a plate. Do not put the brush directly into the jar of coloring then onto the corn dog or you can contaminate the coloring.)
Paint eyes and a smile onto each corn dog.
Set corn dogs on the lined baking sheet.
Bake corn dogs according to package instructions. I don't recommend using the microwave, as the cornbread coating will be too soft to hold the tortilla chip wings in place.
Remove corn dogs from the oven.
Press two corn tortilla chips into the middle of each corn dog bee, to create its wings. Add two chow mein noodles above the bee's eyes to create its antenna.
Serve hot. If you are serving these at a party, bake the corn dogs according to the package instructions then add the wings and antenna and return to a 200 degree oven to keep warm until ready to serve. Do not bake at 350 degrees with the corn chips and chow mein noodles attached as they will burn.
If you'd like, pipe "Bee Mine" in mustard on a plate before serving. You could also use Valentine's Day paper plates and just write "Be Mine" in marker off to the side of the plate. Have fun making these, and I'm sure your kids will have fun eating them. Just a note, your kid's mouths will turn black temporarily after eating these bees. This will fade as they drink something or after they brush their teeth. The kids at our Halloween party thought that their black mouths were cool. They all giggled as they showed off their colored tongues.
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If you are looking for other treats or gifts to make for Valentine's Day,
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In a comment above you suggested, "make thin stripes of black on your bumble bees and make them a day ahead of your party so the stripes have plenty of time to dry."
How would you make them a day ahead? Would you make the black icing stripes and put them back in the freezer (you do put the icing on them straight out of the freezer, right?)? or do you cook them, refrigerate them, and then re-heat them the next day?
I would bake them and refrigerate them and reheat them. I actually did try this at one point years ago and the black stripes bled a little bit around the edges but it was nice to have them all made before my guests arrived.
Super Cute! I did this for our letter B pre-school, home-school. My daughter loved it! I posted picture of our corndog Bee and posted a link to your blog on my facebook preschool page :0) https://www.facebook.com/dawnsdesigns22#
Trish - Mom On Timeout
Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!
Beth Jackson Klosterboer
Thank you for the pin:)
Too Cute!! I've pinned this 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.
This is adorable! I love making fun meals for my kiddos! I found you through Making the World Cuter. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Not Your Ordinary Agent
Oh my gosh! These are the cutest and most clever things I've ever seen. I'm making these for v-day!! Not Your Ordinary Agent
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Could not be cuter! I will be making these soon!
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Beth @ Hungry Happenings
Hi Anonymous - The great thing about the corn dogs is that they are on sticks, so the kids have something to hold onto. The kids at our party thought it was fun that the bumble bee corn dogs temporarily turned their lips and teeth black (actually kind of purple). As soon as they drank something the color washed away, but that didn't stop the kids from showing off their colored teeth. The kids all thought the corn dog bumble bees were so much fun and this treat was much less messy than the cupcakes a friend brought to the party that were frosted in neon green icing. I found the icing on the back of my couch, on the carpet, and in the bathroom.
My suggestion is to make thin stripes of black on your bumble bees and make them a day ahead of your party so the stripes have plenty of time to dry. You can even roll the painted dogs in a paper towel to dab off any excess coloring.
Have fun and hope the kids enjoy your party!
I love this idea!! I want to use it for my daughter's birthday party, but I'm worried about the black food coloring getting allover the children. Did you have the problem?
That is too funny!