Tips for a great kid-friendly honeycomb platter

You've mastered the art of putting together an impressive honeycomb platter for that fancy dinner party you were invited to, but have you won over the toughest foodie crowd out there? We're talking about kids, of course. Picky Eaters. Grazers. Busybodies. Texture Critics. Monovores. No matter which one of these you're raising -- or hosting at a birthday party, classroom celebration, or Halloween monster mash -- you CAN get kids to not only try, but love, honeycomb.

Here's how ...

1. Trade in the expensive imported meats and cheeses. Forget about the obscure, hard-to-pronounce fruit. Don't even bother with petit toasts and luxury crackers. (Yes, there is such a thing. Google it.) Make it familiar. Pile your platter with nutritious snack-time favorites and go-to goodies. Slip in something slightly exotic just for funzies. You never know, your kids might be feeling adventurous.

2. Get them involved in the prep. Let them choose some of the accouterments and decide how they would like to arrange them.

3. Be their taste tester. Let them combine a few ingredients into a sample and have them serve you their concoction. Tell them how impressed you are with their culinary skills. And then see if they are willing to let you create a sample for them to try.

4. It wouldn't hurt to throw in some fun facts about honeycomb that they can share with their party guests:

  • Honeycomb is a container made with wax that bees produce.
  • Beeswax can be used for making lip balm, soap, and candles.
  • Beeswax was the first chewing gum and is still a common ingredient in today's natural chewing gums.

What to pair with honeycomb ...

  • "Plain cookies," such as graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and ginger snaps
  • Mini pretzels (Waffle shape and pretzel chips work best.)
  • Plain crackers, such as Saltines or Ritz
  • Apple slices of all different colors
  • Sliced kiwi, oranges, pears, cucumbers and strawberries
  • Carrot chips
  • Pre-sliced cheeses, such as cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, and Muenster

Before you know it, all the other parents will be begging you to bring your Famous Honeycomb Platter to the party.

* Always check whether anyone has food allergies before serving at a party.