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Help! I need "healthy" ideas for bake sale goods!

somervilleoldtimer | Dec 30, 201108:11 AM     13

Years ago, I perfected the art of making 150 pretty cupcakes in only a few hours, for bake sales. However, we have an upcoming musical-related bake sale that will take place over a few days, (during intermissions of the show) and the school committee has decided that most of the sale goods should be "healthy" (not a well-defined term in this case.)

Another piece of the challenge is that since the musical is "Guys and Dolls", it would be fun to have some sale items that look like dice. So what I'm currently thinking is stuff like whole wheat banana bread in full-size loaves, slice them long way and then into smaller rectangles (dice), ice them with cream cheese frosting and put on six chocolate chips for the spots on the dice.

I could also do a whole grain unsweetened bread with cream cheese, but what would I use for the spots? Not capers -- kids will have to be willing to eat these.

Some kind of bar cookie, also dice-shaped?

These treats also have to be able to be made somewhat in advance and then held until sales time, plus transported from my home to the school. I used to use large foil trays for cupcakes; I could fit 30 cupcakes in one tray, with a heavy foil lid, and that worked very well during transportation. Since we live in the north, the closed containers with cupcakes just stayed frozen or very cold on my back porch, and the icing kept the cake part fresh.

Has anyone else faced this challenge? We used to raise seven hundred dollars during each intermission, which is a lot of money for the school's music programs, by selling cupcakes, brownies, cookies, etc.

We will probably be able to sell some clementines or apples for fifty cents each, but I don't think anyone will buy carrots or celery.

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