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Hot Dog Splits – Kid Friendly Fun Food

Hot dog splits are the kid friendly dinner that gives a big thumbs up to playing with food!


Did you grow up in a house like mine?

When I was a kid, my mom, like most others I knew, discouraged dinnertime dramatics.  The moment my 5 siblings and I sat down at the dinner table, the “no whining zone” rule was enforced. So when a food I didn’t like was served (insert Lima beans, Brussels sprouts, and liver here), I put on my “good girl” face and kept my trap shut.

But my fork became a makeshift front end loader to the mashed potatoes.  I would shovel the potatoes from one side of the plate to the other, secretly covering the pile of green mush along the way.  The theory was, what I couldn’t see couldn’t hurt me.

When I got older and began to enjoy cooking, I appreciated the creativity involved in plating a dish.  After all, we eat with our eyes first.  The way I see it, meal time should be a fun and enjoyable experience.  In my opinion, making food fun gives kids another great reason to eat it!

There’s no better way to assure a happy meal time than to give kids free reign over their plate.  These adorable and edible hot dog splits will allow your child’s inner Picasso to shine.


The beauty of this fun food idea is to use food and toppings that you and your family enjoy.

Here’s how I assembled my hot dog splits:

Cut hot dogs lengthwise and lay them down the sides of a dish.

Place one scoop each of potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni salad down the center of the dish.

Drizzle steak sauce  on the potato salad and hot dogs to create the split’s “chocolate syrup”. Then, top the macaroni salad with yellow mustard to imitate pineapple. Finally, add a dollop of mayonnaise onto the coleslaw for a perfect bed for the”cherry”… a grape tomato!

I hope you have as much fun creating these hot dog splits as I did. 

Finish up your meal with another fun, kid friendly food – these peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies!

Put some fun into your lunch box with this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies from
Click on the photo to get the recipe.

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