Bake Sale Resources and Smart Snacks News
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Smart Snacks for Bake Sales!

October is the perfect month to start talking about Bake Sales! Remember, bake sales are the perfect way to engage children in scratch baking projects while discussing healthy eating habits. You can find a wide assortment of recipes on the Home Baking Association Bake Sale Central page.

Smart Snacks

The Home Baking Association (HBA) is pleased to present A Baker’s Dozen Smart Snack recipes!  This new resource was developed by the Kansas State Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Training Grant Funds in collaboration with the Home Baking Association. 
A Baker’s Dozen Smart Snack recipes are in compliance with the Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools - Read more information here

New! A Baker's Dozen

Smart Snack Recipes

To be a Smart Snack baker, you'll  use some special twists and turns to achieve the saturated fat, sugar and whole grain goals required.  Fortunately home-baked recipes are often lower in sodium than commercially baked goods and selling items "fresh-baked and locally made" makes 200 mg or less per serving" not as difficult to achieve.

Click here to explore A Baker's Dozen Smart Snack Baking Recipes

Smart Snacks in Schools

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.

The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day.

Continue reading this valuable resource here

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies is a beautifully simple recipe that incorporates the current "no trans fat" spread margarines that can be used in some baked goods and decreases saturated fats. By using the lighter colored white whole wheat flour, the recipe keeps its pale, soft sugar cookie appeal. 

Provided by HBA Member Country Crock

Spice Snack Cake

Spice Snack Cake used the softening characteristic of corn starch with the whole wheat flour. View the video showing how to prepare a cake flour substitute.          

The dark corn syrup, is an "old-fashioned" twist to add flavor, color and shelf life to a low-fat cake. Reminder: Karo corn syrup is NOT a High-Fructose Corn Syrup product. 

Provided by HBA Member Argo Corn Starch and Karo Corn Syrup

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls are a sweet yeast dough, still lower in fat and sugar than a cookie or cake.  The butter and potato flakes help keep the rolls moist and flavorful into the second day after baking. Apples and cinnamon provide a wonderful tang and spice to boost their appeal without heavy frostings.  

Provided by Home Baking Association

No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength's Bake Sale For No Kid Hungry is a grassroots fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities and donate the proceeds to No Kid Hungry, to help end childhood hunger in America.
Provided by HBA Member Share Our Strength

Bake A Difference!

Visit the Domino Sugar website for a variety of bake sale tips and tools!  You can find ideas for how to promote your bake sale, printable signs and tags, recipes, and other fun ideas. Plus, learn how you can host a bake sale to raise funds for Share Our Strength and help end childhood hunger in America.

Provided by HBA Member Domino Sugar

Bake for Funds

There may be easier way to raise funds, but there aren’t many that can teach more to young people while building positive community support. By applying creative, timely planning, thoughtful salesmanship and a unique approach, bake sales can be very profitable.

Join History. Bake sales are a part of American history. For centuries, people have “baked their best” for schools, churches, families in need, parks and community buildings. Individuals and families became “known” for a special cake, pie, bread, cookie or ethnic baked good that was sold by auction, baskets, cake walks, special order, whole or by-the-slice where everyone gathered.

Download the Bake for Funds resource here!
Provided by Home Baking Association

Baking with Friends 

Encourage families to bake together with the Benjamin Franklin Award winning book!   Dragonfly Bakers and Bumblebee Spice Specialists will generate excitement for parents and children of all ages learning to bake. 

  • Each book sells for $20
  • Earn $5.00 for each book sold
  • Downloadable Sales and Ordering Forms
  • Purchase Orders Accepted
  • Case orders only
  • 10 or 20 books per case
View more information about Baking with Friends Fundraising opportunities here!

In the Kitchen with Sharon

Baking to raise funds for local concerns is almost as old as the U.S.  Whether planning to sell baked goods during, or after school hours, a well-executed bake sale offers students and communities dozens of learning outcomes supporting literacy, sciences, math, health, technology, families, careers and communities. 
Top Ten Bake Sale Benefits

10. Apply team work—move beyond individual sales prowess to communal service.

9.  Expend effort to create sales and services using tact, service and gratitude to customers and supporters. 

8.  Calculate costs of products, package for profitability, evaluate customer traffic.

7.  Package portions appropriate to individuals and value for families of two or more.

6.  Apply baking science—weigh/divide dough for uniform products; temperatures for leavening and doneness.

5.  Learn and apply food safety guidelines during baking, while packaging and selling.

4.  Post and promote well before the sale. Download bake sale guides, kits, resources, recipes.  Use both printed posters and social media.

3.  Offer options! Whole grain, mixes, par-baked pizza crusts, less sodium, ingredient allergy substitutions.

2. Create labels that sell AND provide ingredient list, net weight, recipe source, date.

1. Read and follow directions as group (activity calendars, sales regs) and individuals (recipes).

Home Baking Association Resources click here

Baking with Friends has received four national awards.  The new Cultured Chef book provides an international flair. A perfect gift idea for any occasion is the Dough Sculpting 101 DVD providing more than 30 shaping techniques. View more educational resources

Baker's Glossary

What is a Scone?

Scone: A Scottish biscuit-like bread made with oats, flour, butter
and leavened with baking powder; savory or sweet and frequently
served with breakfast or tea.

Visit our online Baking Glossary with more than 350 terms!   

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Home Baking Association
Executive Officers

First Vice President

Tom Payne
King Arthur Flour

Sam Garlow
Shawnee Milling Company

Second Vice President: 
Eric Wall
Cereal Food Processors

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