I love Groundhog’s Day! It’s every year on February 2. Why do I love it? Because it’s a reminder that spring is coming. And, groundhogs are so cute! You’ll definitely want to make a Groundhog’s Day Rice Cake this year with your kids!
History of Groundhog’s Day
When I was doing some research for my Groundhog’s Day music lesson, I discovered some interesting facts about how the holiday started.
Groundhog’s Day began in 1887 on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It is “believed” that the groundhog, named Punxsutawney Phil can predict how long winter will last. The tradition comes from Germany where farmers would observe how badgers behaved to get a clue as to when spring weather would arrive. The badger was changed to the groundhog after Germans immigrated to the United States since the groundhog is more prevalent than the badger in Pennsylvania.
People say that if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2, it will be frightened by it and will then return to its den, indicating that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then spring will be coming sooner.
Groundhog’s Day Rice Cake Ingredients
Chocolate rice cake
2 gingersnap cookies
2 mini marshmallows
1 heart-shaped candy
2 banana slices
2 chocolate chips
2 mini muffins
Groundhog’s Day Rice Cake Recipe
Spread hazelnut spread over rice cake.
Place the gingersnap cookies to be the groundhog’s cheeks.
Above the “cheeks” at the point where they meet, press a heart-shaped candy into the crevice. Below this spot, press the mini marshmallows as teeth.
Above the cheeks, lay the banana slices and put a chocolate chip on each banana slice.
Put the rice cake on a plate and above the rice cake, put the two mini muffins.
What do you like to do to celebrate Groundhog’s Day? Leave a comment below!