If there’s one thing teenagers want at a party in addition to good music, it’s a lot of snack food. Skip the chips and dip and try these fun and festive graduation party snacks instead. They will add a memorable touch to the party and fill up the kids with fun and healthy food.

1. Edible Diplomas

Everyone graduates in good taste after trying these delectable diplomas. Wrapped up in true diploma form, these sandwich–like snacks are perfect for your graduation party. They are made to look like diplomas, but pack a big punch in taste. Unlike the real thing, you can take as many of these you like!

What You Need:

  • Flat bread such as tortilla or lavash flat bread
  • Sliced meat – any variety is fine (turkey, ham, etc.)
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce (try spinach or something leafy so it is easy to roll up)
  • Mustard and/or mayo
  • Scallions (the longer the better)

What You Do:

  • Place your desired meat and cheese combo in the center of the flatbread.
  • You may want to vary the kinds you offer – some with mayo, some with mustard, etc.
  • Roll the flat bread so it resembles a tightly wound diploma.
  • Wash and dry the scallions. Using one, wrap it around the bread and tie gently yet firmly to hold the roll in place.
  • Stack them on a platter and Voila! You have graduated and can now eat your diploma.

2. Hats Off! Grad Cap Cupcakes

The hallmark of graduation day is when those caps go flying into the air and it’s official. Your child has graduated. Re-create those famous caps in an adorable snack version with these easy to make cupcakes. Not only do they taste delicious, but they will have everyone admiring their recognizable and fitting form.

What You Need:

  • Cupcake mix
  • Cupcake papers
  • Graham crackers
  • Frosting
  • Fruit rollups

What You Do:

  • Bake the cupcakes according the package instructions. For healthier versions, try banana bread muffins or zucchini muffins instead of cakes. They’ll work just as well.
  • After the cupcakes or muffins have cooled, keep them in the papers, but take a knife and slice off the top of the muffin or cupcake if it rose above the paper. When you turn these upside down, you want them to be as flat as possible on the platter.
  • Turn them upside down and place on a work surface. They might still be a bit wobbly; that’s ok.
  • Place a dollop of frosting on the top of the paper. This will be the glue that holds the mortarboard in place.
  • Break the graham crackers into square sized crackers.
  • Place a good amount of white frosting on the top.
  • Carefully place the unfrosted part of the graham cracker on the dollop of frosting on the muffin. It should look like a cap!
  • For the tassle, unroll a fruit roll-up and cut it (scissors work well) into a two inch square. Roll it up tightly to resemble a string, and then fray the bottom by cutting little strips at the end. Another way to create an edible tassle is to use tiny licorice strips, untwisted and cut into a two inch strips.

Some other ideas for this treat are to use chocolate coated grahams, so you don’t have to mess with frosting. Also, you can use cupcake papers and food coloring in the colors of your child’s high school to make them more festive. Add an M&M candy to the top of the tassle to look like a button holding it in place. You can also use mini-muffins and place a square chocolate on top! The variations are endless….have fun with it!

3. Rivalry roll-ups (bacon-chicken)

Most teens want food they can easily pop in their mouth, especially while the party is rocking. But you want them to eat something more substantial than pretzels and chips. These fun and easy bacon-chicken roll-ups are tasty and full of protein to keep them going all night.

What You Need:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Bacon
  • Toothpicks
  • Oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper

What You Do:

  • Cut the chicken into strips.
  • Salt and pepper them liberally.
  • Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Cook the bacon until it’s cooked, but not crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the pan and place on a plate with paper towels.
  • When it is cool, but not cold, wrap each chicken strip with a piece of bacon by rolling the bacon around the strip. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the chicken-bacon roll-ups in a baking dish, lightly greased, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the meat thermometer reads 170 degress.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a platter. You can replace the toothpicks with toothpicks that showcase the colors of your child’s high school.

To make these true rivalry roll-ups, make tiny little school flags and wrap them around the toothpick tops. You can do several of the colleges and universities that the kids are attending. Then they can eat the roll-ups of their new school – or their new rival school!

4. Dorm dogs

Hot dogs are bound to be a staple of every teen’s college diet. So get them into the college mode now at their graduation party. These dogs are a bit more gourmet than the ones they’ll likely microwave when they get to school!

What You Need:

  • Hot dogs (all-beef ones are tastiest and best for you!)
  • Crescent roll dough or other pastry dough
  • Egg (for wash)
  • Mustard, Ketchup, or BBQ sauce for dipping
  • Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, parmesan cheese (optional)

What You Do:

  • Slice the hot dogs into pieces about two inches long.
  • Unwrap the dough and let rest according to package instructions.
  • Make tiny slits in the hot dogs (so they don’t explode!)
  • Beat an egg with a little water and set aside in a bowl.
  • On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into a large rectangle shape.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into rectangles about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide (alter this depending on the size of your hot dogs.)
  • Wrap the hot dog pieces in the dough.
  • Use the egg wash to seal the dough to itself and to brush on the tops of the dogs, This will help create a golden color while baking.
  • If you’re so inclined, you can sprinkle the dogs with sesame seeds, poppy seeds or even parmesan cheese.
  • Place the wrapped hot dogs on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees until they are golden in color.
  • Serve with a variety of sauces. BBQ is great for dipping, as is mustard or ketchup. Place them among pickle spears and potato chips to round out the platter!

5. Honor Rolls

These tasty rolls are filled with tangy and delicious stewed meat that will fill up your guests and leave them begging for more. They’re also a cute, small size so they’re easy to eat.

What You Need:

  • Slider rolls (mini hamburger rolls)
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • BBQ sauce
  • Lettuce (optional)
  • Cheddar cheese (optional)

 What You Do:

  • Slice the slider rolls down the middle so they are open faced.
  • Remove the meat from the rotisserie chickens and place in a bowl.
  • Place a large skillet on the stove over medium heat.
  • Combine the shredded chicken and BBQ sauce in the pan.
  • Warm it until it’s hot and ready to serve, but do not over cook. Since the chicken is already cooked, you just want it to be heated up.
  • Place a dollop of the chicken mixture on one side of the roll. Place the top on it.
  • Feel free to add a piece of lettuce (adds a nice color) or some cheddar cheese to the rolls.
  • This recipe also works with shredded beef or pork – why not make them all!