Traditionally Diwali is said to be a festival of lights, but it ends up being a festival of joy, fire crackers, prayers, gifts, new clothes, and last but not the least, festival of sweets. We all love sweets but watching kids excited about sweets is divine! In fact, kids who are fussiest eaters, also adore eating sweets.
Here are some of the most loved and trendy sweets for Kids, which are made during Diwali especially in North India:
This is one of the hottest favourites of my little girl. It is a simple, conventional sweet but has an evergreen charm. Made of few ingredients - milk, sugar and cardamom seasoning, the milkiness lefts a great after taste in your mouth.
Healthy and soft Muffins are ideal for those new teeth. What's more, they are just right for a Diwali hamper to gift to your friends and their kids. In case you are worried about excess sugar content or quality of its ingredients in the muffins from the market, they are super easy to make at home as well.
Kaju Katli (Cashew slice) is an extremely famous sweet in Northern India and the children equally love its Chocolate rendition. I don't know any kid who wouldn't be excited to eat chocolate Kaju Katli on Diwali.
A child I know, doesn't like to eat anything on Diwali except these dry fruits chocolate ladoos (Round Balls). These can be made at home or can be bought from the market. Being packed with dry fruits, they are extremely nutritious and delicious at the same time for kids and adults alike.
This sweet is popular among all age groups. My friend's son calls them snowballs. The best part of this sweet is that it is loaded with calcium (uses only milk as an ingeredient) and you can even squeeze it to wrench the sugar syrup out of it and be guilt-free about feeding your children excess sugars. It can even be had when the child is not so well.
This sweet has so many versions like chocolate petha, mango petha, rang biranga petha and these different versions make them very popular among children. It's rather amusing that they end up eating pumpkin (core ingredient of 'petha') in disguise, which they otherwise wouldn't have had as a vegetable.
When I was a child, it was one of the most loved sweets of my sister and me. At that time, it was just naankhatai (Crumbly Delicate Biscuits) and now chocolate Naankhatai is the modern and fancier version. Children love eating it like a cookie.
On Diwali, my niece's favourite is Moong dal barfi (Mung bean slice); she can even have 3-4 barfies (slices) together at a time. These barfies (slices) are said to have the capacity to help you keep going for the next ten days, however, my sister struggles to keep them around for more than ten hours!
Gulab Jamun (golden fried balls soaked in sugar syrup) can be popped into your mouth, simply as many as you like. For kids, you can top it up with ice-cream and that makes it pure bliss for kids. The combination of hot and cold makes this sweet simply sumptuous!
This is a modern addition to the traditional varieties of Diwali sweets. Chocolate, being all-time favorites of children, can be offered in different shapes, sizes and forms. An assortment works best for your child and his friends.
Two Sweet tips:
• If you are buying sweets from the market, prefer a known shop, keeping hygiene aspects in mind.
• Don't go overboard while treating your child's sweet tooth, as it may lead to tooth decay later.
Enjoy Diwali and create many 'sweet' moments with your little one this year!