- There are nine different items, of which each child takes ten;
- The last ten items are added by me while the child counts;
- Those ten items are chocolate chips, the "sometimes snack" additive to celebrate the 100th Day.
This year the other nine items were:
- Plantain Chips (yes yes, not the healthiest)
- Dehydrated Sweet Corn Kernels
- Happy Puffs (this organic toddler snack thing - I eat it and had a lot sitting around at school)
- Almonds (no tree nut allergies in this class, nor any peanut allergy so no worries about contagion from ingredients)
- Dehydrated Apple Slices
- Animal Crackers (again, not the healthiest but not the worst, either).
When I have time to get to a Trader Joe's or similar, I tend to use more dried fruit and the animal crackers would probably be something of equally questionable health value like sesame sticks. I have in the past used wasabi peas, too - most of the kids like these. (Besides, if a child reports s/he doesn't like something, I observe that there are ninety other snacks in the bag - there's plenty to eat, but on the 100th day you need 100 snacks.)
If I had a lot of nut/milk allergies I would do something with fruit - like cutting a slice of apple/pear/melon/plum into ten pieces, adding ten berries and so on up to one hundred. This would be more expensive - as it is, even cheap 100 day trail mix is probably $30 or so.
Whatever you use, the snack is huge and the kids won't finish it, but they enjoy making it. I think they are less tempted to overeat it because they know it is 100 things, therefore a lot.