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Braces-Friendly Recipes You Can Eat This Holiday Season

Choose braces-friendly treats this holiday season in Brookings.What’s not to love about the Christmas season?

Whether your favorite part is the fluffy South Dakota snowflakes swirling to the festive holiday music, the smell of the cinnamon at grandma’s house, or opening gifts with your loved ones, we can all agree on one thing:

This is the best time of year for food and treats.

But that gets a little frustrating when you have braces, so here are some suggestions and recipes that will keep you on Santa’s Orthodontic Nice List this season.

Give An Extra Gift

… to your oral hygiene, that is. With all of the inevitable extra snacking and sugar, it doesn’t hurt to do a little extra brushing. It’s always important to brush at least twice a day — and be more mindful of this during the holidays.

Also, be sure to drink water after eating sugary foods and to floss regularly.

Recipes for Success

Unfortunately, there are certain Holiday-favorite foods that you should definitely avoid this season while you have braces.

But that certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy some of your favorites! This season of life gives you an opportunity to try some new recipes. Here are some we love here in Brookings.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberry Santas

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberry Santas | Braces-Friendly Recipes in Brookings

Photo and Recipe from SuperGlueMom


  • 16 ounce package fresh California strawberries, washed
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons honey or 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips, to decorate


  1. On a cutting board, slice the stem off the strawberry (try to cut it as “flat” as possible since the Santa-berries will use that as a base).
  2. Cut the top third of the strawberry, this will be used as the “hat”.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, honey or powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mixture will be thick so it’s best that the cream cheese really is at room temperature.
  4. Place creamed mixture inside a zip bag (or a piping bag) and snip one corner off. Make this first cut a bit larger since you are filling the “faces” first.
  5. Top strawberry base with cream mixture, top with the strawberry hats, and squeeze additional mixture on top of the hat.
  6. Next, snip the opposite corner or the bag (or change your piping tip) and make a smaller opening. Use this end to decorate “Santa’s” jacket buttons.
  7. Use mini chocolate chips or chocolate sprinkles to decorate Santa’s eyes. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

 Marshmallow Snowmen

Marshmallow Snowmen Braces Friendly Holiday Recipe

Photo and Recipe from Elizabeth LaBau at The Spruce


  • 4 oz. candy coating (white)
  • 36 large marshmallows
  • 12 long wooden skewers
  • 1 Fruit by the Foot (or 2 Fruit Roll-Ups, or similar fruit leather)
  • 1 gummy orange slice (or other soft orange candy)
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 4 oz. chocolate candy coating
  • 12 chocolate peanut butter cups (unwrapped)


  1. Melt the white candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Once melted and smooth, glue three marshmallows together by spreading a dab of melted coating between each of them. Repeat until you have 12 snowman bodies made of 3 marshmallows each. Place the snowmen on a baking sheet and refrigerate briefly to set the coating.
  2. Thread a long skewer through each snowman, stopping before it extends through the top.
  3. Slice the Fruit by the Foot into narrow strips about 4-5 inches long and wrap each one around the snowman bodies, underneath the heads. Use a dab of candy coating to glue each scarf into place.
  4. Cut the gummy orange slice into small triangles and glue each triangle into the middle of the snowman’s head to act as a nose.
  5. Cut the pretzel sticks in half, and dip the ends in the melted coating. Press two pretzels into opposing sides of the marshmallow for the snowman’s arms.
  6. Melt the chocolate candy coating in a separate bowl in the microwave. Dip a toothpick in the coating, and dab small dots of coating onto the snowman to represent the eyes, mouth, and buttons.
  7. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment. Spoon small puddles of coating onto the baking sheet, about 1-inch wide. Tap the sheet against the counter to level out the coating and cause it to spread out and thin out a bit. Press one peanut butter cup on top of each chocolate disc to represent the hat, and chill in the refrigerator until set.
  8. Add a dab of chocolate coating on the bottom of each hat, and press them onto the top of the marshmallow snowmen. Once the hat is firmly in place, your snowmen are ready to serve and eat!

Reindeer Cheese

Braces Friendly Christmas Cheese Treat in Brookings

Photo and Recipe from cutefoodforkids.com


  • Cheese wedges
  • Pretzels
  • Red peppers
  • Black Olives


  • Place the pretzels on the cheese to make “antlers.”
  • Slice the olives and peppers and place on the cheese to create the nose and eyes.


Happy Holidays from Meyer Orthodontics!

We hope you have a fun and festive holiday season with your loved ones in Brookings and afar.

Take great care of your braces this season, and remember to contact us if a mishap does happen.

See you next year!